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Posted by Phil on 01/17/2010
I loved this restaurant! The only thing I didn't like were the prices... they were a little inflated. The food was good though and the service was great.
Posted by chas peppers on 12/21/2009
Most over rated restaurant in the New York City area. Apps were served before cocktails, scallops were over cooked and too salty, and I ordered goat but was served veal. This level of service is so bad that it doesn't even warrant a second chance.
Posted by Food Lover on 07/13/2009
My husband and I absolutely love Applewood. We discovered it for brunch with his mother was in town - she's from North Carolina and says it has a very "southern" atmosphere. I think the atmosphere is very charming, country, and comfortable. Decor aside, the food is fabulous. It's is always delicious and the portions are perfect, if not on the generous side. My absolutely favorite part: that Applewood is a sustainable restaurant that specializes in using local foods (and therefore what's in season). I don't eat meat, but I'm happy to take my meat-eating husband since the meat is usually grass-fed/free range, that sort of thing. We go for brunch usually on Sundays, and there can be a bit of a wait (you can see the crowd from down the block on a really beautiful day). The best time to go is when it's pouring out! We've also been for dinner, and it's equally delicious. We sat outside and it was very romantic. Love this place! 5 STARS!
Posted by BHutt on 04/22/2009
I was excited to try out Applewood and called 5 weeks in advance for a reservation for 8 people. The woman I spoke to said to call back a month in advance and she would try and set-up the reservation even though they only seat parties of 7 or less. I called back a month in advance and they took down the reservation and told me the hostess would call back the following day to confirm. I received a call from the hostess today who told me she really can't seat a party of 8 - only 7 and our only option was to eat at 6:00 PM or 9:30 PM which is ridiculous. They are completely unaccommodating and especially a month in advance. I offered to put down a credit card to hold the reservation and they still said they could not do it. F this restaurant, there are plenty of others that will take a party of 8 and want that business - especially in this type of economy. I am not going to this restaurant ever again and I will make sure to tell my friends and colleagues that they are rude and unaccommodating. BOO!
Posted by Camdenrose on 04/02/2009
Went with my cultured teen brother for restaurant week since the regular menu is a little out of my price range. We were surprised by the loud, power vibe from the crowd and loud music contrasted with the ingenuous, homemade aesthetic; I wouldn't take a date there, since we often had to shout to converse and were jammed against another table. The service was mostly attentive and peremptorily explained ingredients and origins. We had to wait a while for our coffee to arrive after receiving dessert. Foodwise, it's excellent. The value-menu options were surprisingly sophisticated and beautifully plated; loved the velvety black bean soup, intriguing sea bass, and beet salad, although the bread pudding seemed a little dry. Now that I've seen what the fuss is about, I probably won't go back since if I'm eating around my home, I have many more favorites that are more in keeping with a Park Slope sensibility.
Posted by Adam on 02/14/2009
I still haven't had their brunch but Applewood's dinner is always incredible. If they don't have the melt in mouth duck, I go with the waiter's fish recommendation and I'm never disappointed. Delicious!
Posted by Carter on 02/08/2009
My fiancée and I had Sunday brunch here recently. We were attracted by the menu and the crowds outside. Little did we know that this was due to the problems with seating. We arrived at 12:10 pm and told it would be half an hour. At 12:45, we were told we would be seated shortly. We were finally seated at 1:10. An honest answer up front would have gone a long way. The restaurant itself was pretty and well decorated. However, once seated, it took nearly ten minutes for anyone to come to get our drink order. Fortunately, we already knew what we wanted to eat and placed our order then. It took fifteen minutes for our drinks to arrive, and at least forty-five minutes for our meals (omelet w/ fruit, omelet w/ veal hash, bacon & sausage). This was rather ironic, since there were at least five people working the kitchen, which was one cook for every two tables. The meal itself was mixed. The applewood bacon and maple fennel sausage were good, as was the orange bellini. It's tough to mess up scrambled eggs. The biscuit was decent, but nothing to write home about. The grits were good, but very buttery. The veal hash would have been decent, had it not been burned in the pan. There were several burn pieces and the dish was overwhelmed a burnt taste. Poor showing. Service continued to be incredibly slow. Our water was filled once over an hour after we were seated, despite the fact that I drank my water in the first fifteen minutes. No one asked whether we wanted another round of drinks until we were ready to leave. Adding insult to injury was the tab, which came to $50 for two. Far too much for so little. As for our server, there was a reason you only got a $6 tip.