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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.
Posted by dikamba on 09/02/2008
So after all the reviews, was very excited for dinner here. First off the place is really tiny and for my tastes not very homeyt. Waitstaff was nice, fairly attentive. Menu pricey for food and wine. First off for all their local and organic, not much on the menu was listed as organic or local. Both my husbands and I's main, appetizer and dessert very underwhelming. I can't say anythingwas downright bad just whateva. Might go one more time asuming they had a really off night, but in the slope where there are so many options, seems crazy to do so.
Posted by foodeater on 03/26/2008
I showed up on the wrong night for my reservation during a super busy restaurant week. The hostess (and co-owner) could not have been more gracious in accommodating my group of four even though there was really no room for us and it was completely my mistake. The discounted restaurant week prix fix option was not a bore (ie, roast chicken or salmon or whatever), but instead it offered a delicious roast duck or striped bass. I highly recommend applewood because of its warm atmosphere with no pretentiousness and truly great food.
Posted by Asa on 01/07/2008
My wife and I recently experienced a nearly perfect meal at Applewood. We got in on a last minute reservation and ended up at a table next to a delightful wood burning fire. We ordered Lobster Bisque and a lobster risotto with pesto for appetizers that were both among the best lobster dishes that I have tasted. The tastes were balanced and lively which carried on to the Seared Tuna entree that I enjoyed wholeheartedly. My wife's flan was flawless and apart from the slightly dry peanut butter brownie, our meal was a true delight from start to finish. The organic ingredients and care put into the food are felt and experienced in the dishes. Loud but homey and comfortable atmosphere were great as was the relaxed yet enthusiastic service from the staff. I highly recommend Applewood.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2008
After wanting to try applewood for a long time my husband and i ventured to brooklyn for a romantic night out and that's exactly what we got!! what a charming setting. our waiter was attentive without being intrusive, the food was great, the wine was great. i cannot wait to go back and will soon since the menu changes EVERY DAY!! who could ask for more??
Posted by Anonymous on 09/30/2007
My husband and I had heard good things about Applewood and finally tried it recently. The service was slow and spotty. The food was not memorable; I do remember that I had fish that was okay but not great and there wasn't much else on the plate. I believe that entree was around $20.
Posted by MRK on 08/24/2007
I have lived in Brooklyn for a little over a year and I feel that this restaurant is the best one I've been to anywhere in the city so far. The food was absolutely delicious. The cheese plate appetizer was a great way to begin. I melted when I enjoyed perfectly prepared scallops. To me it says a lot about the skill of a chef if he or she can prepare a perfect scallop dish! The atmosphere was so comfortable (very romantic too), and the service was the best I've had in the city. I can't wait to go back again. Go and enjoy!