Gabriele Blecher, a manager at Rice, described her restaurant’s cuisine as “anything to do with rice.” Can’t argue with that. Boasting specialty rices infused with cilantro, parsley or, instead, steamed in coconut milk, the menu at this five-year-old restaurant is largely rice-inspired but also features an eclectic mix of influences including Jamaican, Lebanese and Thai, not to mention great tamales. Blecher said the chicken kebab, served with Lebanese rice, steamed vegetables and pita, is one of the most popular entrees, but the Vietnamese lemongrass chicken salad has been turning heads, too. Seasonal fresh juices, such as watermelon or apple-lemon-ginger, are available, as is patio seating, in warmer weather. Owners David Selig and Peter Lawrence won a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce award for the restaurant’s intimate, dimly lit interior, which they designed themselves. Weather permitting, outside dining is available on the adjacent deck. Open daily for lunch and dinner and for brunch on weekends, from 10 am to 4 pm. As of November 2005, Rice has a new location in Fort Greene [166 DeKalb Ave. at Cumberland Street, (718) 858-2700].
Updated May. 1, 2009