Good gravy! Seafood spot serving Italian Sunday suppers

Family-style: The Sunday Supper at Estuary recalls traditional Italian family meals.
Courtesy of Estuary

It’s a red sauce renaissance!

A waterfront seafood brasserie has added a retro family-style Italian meal to its menu for this month. Sunday Suppers at Estuary, a restaurant at the base of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier Five, feature a giant plate of pasta, just like Mama used to make, according to the chef.

“I wanted it to feel like a kind of 1940s dinner in Greenpoint,” said Danny Brown, who opened Estuary with culinary director Francois Payard last summer.

The simple Sunday night meals start with a salad with Italian dressing, followed by a giant plate of spaghetti served with “Sunday Gravy,” a Neapolitan tomato ragu, swimming with meatballs, sausage, and braciole — thin slices of rolled, braised pork. It comes with garlic bread, two glasses of red wine, and biscotti for dessert.

The dinners started in January, and they have been popular with families, said Brown.

The meals are not only a throwback to traditional family meals, but to a staple dish served at Brown’s previous restaurant, Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen in Queens, the first eatery in that borough to earn a Michelin star.

Sunday Supper at Estuary [159 Bridge Park Dr. at Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 521–6744, ext. 1, www.estuarybrooklyn.com]. Feb. 9, 16, and 23; 5 pm–close. $40 ($15 kids).