Palo Santo is located in the ground floor of a Brooklyn townhouse on a tree-lined block of Union Street. A fifty seat, chef-owned establishment since opening in 2006, Palo Santo is a neighborhood favorite among Park Slope’s community of food savvy, yet down-to-earth restaurants.
The name Palo Santo comes 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 incense.
Reclaimed 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.
Intricate subway-like mosaics serve as a back drop for the open kitchen.
The building’s rooftop is home to a small scale urban farm where vegetables are grown and organic waste is composted. Fresh herbs and evergreens grow in the small back garden where customers dine when the weather is warm.