Chef / owner Jacques Gautier serves eclectic Latin cuisine paired with carefully selected South American wines. Located on a well-kept, tree-lined block of Union Street, Palo Santo is part of Park Slope’s growing repertoire of food savvy, yet down-to-earth establishments.
Palo Santo takes its name from a tropical evergreen native to South America and the
Caribbean, also called lignum vitae - Latin for tree of life. The wood is known for both its durability and its healing properties, with uses ranging from ship building to natural
Recycled material and architectural salvage were used for much of the building's renovation, with original details like the century-old wooden doors that hang in the restaurant entranceway.
Multiple instillations by local artists are showcased throughout the interior and exterior design. First to catch the eye are the vibrant, organic forms of the custom steel fence and hand rail -the work of metal artist kristina kozak.
Designer Alonso Tamayo created intricate subway-like mosaics to serve as a back drop for the open kitchen, as well as a dramatic eight panel mural depicting a stylized Andean landscape that stretches the length of the back dining room.
Fresh herbs and evergreens grow outside in a small garden surrounding a fountain by stone sculptor Adam Distenfeld. Water cascading from large rocks fills the restaurant with the tranquilizing sound of summer rain - transporting diners from brownstone Brooklyn to the tropics of Latin America.