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Posted by Anonymous on 10/04/2014
Just had dinner with my husband last night. As it turns out, the health inspector decided to make a surprise visit making the evening very slow. We ordered our dinner at 8 and didn't get it until 9:30. The wait staff was very nice and comped one glass of wine to make up for it. That said, the food was very lackluster. To start, the bread tasted like communion. It was dense and flavorless so I'm not sure why the bread was getting such rave reviews. That and with my red wine I could have been at Mass. My husband ordered the pork belly appetizer that was so dry he couldn't eat it without swishing his drink in with it. It was like the turkey from Christmas Vacation. Our entrees were just okay. Not the worst but not good enough to make up for the first course. The flavors were not well composed. Hopefully it was just jitters in the kitchen because of the inspector but still, we would not go back.
Posted by Johnny on 03/03/2013
This place is great! Just spent a special dinner here the other day, and was once again impressed. The place is cozy. The servers are knowledgable and friendly; albeit slow to get the ball rolling at first. Courses are delivered at a wonderful pace, and are plated naturally. The food is so fresh and seasonal (also love where they source their cheese). Definitely recommend coming for dinner. ... When it comes to reviewers commenting on brunch this and brunch that, it makes me wonder if they had one gripe with a place. I understand that it's ParkSlope (or any other preppy nabe in the city,) but they only do brunch because its expected; they have to.
Posted by Mardi on 03/14/2011
The food here is excellent, no denying that. But this past Sunday, I wouldn't have known, because I waited for 1 hour and 15 minutes for a table before finally walking away in disgust. We were a party of two ... anyone who works in the biz knows that it shouldn't take 1.25 hours to turn over a table for two when there were only 2 other parties of two ahead of us. The (utterly imcompetant) host estimated a 30 minute wait for a table. So we waited... and waited... and waited. Every time we talked about leaving, we looked inside, saw loads of empty tables, and said "well they must be about to seat us." That never happened. When they finally seated three tables of 4 before us after a 1.25 hour wait, we walked away and had an amazing brunch at Fonda (look it up). Applewood, you've got great food but your head is way up your a**. Train your staff to turn over a two-top on a busy Sunday in less than 1.25 hours. And maybe think about breaking up tables of 4 when you have a party of 2 who's been waiting well over an hour. I'm leaving the neighborhood and this would have been one restaurant I returned to the neighborhood to visit, but now? Forget it. Byebye Applewood.
Posted by Johnny on 01/05/2011
Went last night with my wife, folks, and 2 sons (6 and 3). The setting on a cold night is great; fire crackling. The food is phenomenal; basic and super fresh. We had a few fish dishes (I had wreckfish that was superb) and the veal, which was outstanding. The staff was terrific, working with my sons food allergies (and he has a bunch) to get him something he could eat. Can't wait to go back again
Posted by Josh on 10/10/2010
Very quickly becoming a regular and determined to try every omelet combination they create
Posted by Doug on 07/20/2010
Since my wife and I began dining in earnest around NYC over five years ago, we've compared every restaurant to the best place we ever ate, which is Hearth. Until tonight, every place has fallen short. Applewood is now tied for our favorite meal of all time. The evening began with bread baked fresh in house with three spreads: French butter, a lentil and bacon mousse, and what I want to say is a rhubarb and cream cheese spread, but I think I'm remembering it wrong. The pork belly appetizer was succulent, and the celery root and apricot sauce were the perfect accompaniments. The squid salad was exquisite as well, with a clean and crisp, yet full, round taste. The wreckfish was perfectly cooked and flavorful throughout. And the lamb was prepared to a perfect pink with a deep, earthy ragout. The desserts, a chocolate and butterscotch pudding with a pistachio biscotti and and lemon raspberry cake with ice cream, were the perfect end. I've seen comments about poor or rude service; ours was fast and friendly. To the comments about small portions, I'm a pretty big eater, and I was full after the appetizer and entree. After the dessert, I was stuffed. Again, this is one of our two top restaurant picks in six years of dining. Highly recommended.
Posted by Jan on 06/05/2010
Went to the brunch here and waited quite a long time for our food. When we finally were served, the food was ok. The quality was comparable to a diner with more interesting ingredients. The omelette was overcooked and under seasoned. The fresh squeezed orange juice was sour. They don't serve soy milk, which is surprising for PS. Don't think I'll come back here again...