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Posted by Anonymous on 04/01/2008
the food here is great, but the service is sorely lacking. servers have major attitude.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/17/2008
Super nice people and cute atmosphere, but the food is nothing special. A few items are standouts, but in general the food is bland and ordinary. No surprising flavor combinations, no interesting ingredients, just really standard, uninspired dishes. Not that the food is cooked poorly, but for the price, I expect something more than what I could cook up in my own kitchen.
Posted by So delicious.........everything on 10/15/2007
High quality and so delectable!! I had the homemade gnocchi with mushrooms and mache. My husband had the monk fish with cauliflower puree. The bread was homemade. We just moved to Carroll Gardens from West Village and have actually found better restaurants...this one being our new favorite. I am vegan and found out that there were two more vegans dining their that night. I suggest a reservation, we got a table since someone cancelled. Oh, and my husband's chocolate cake smelled so rich and satisfying. I have the best beet salad in memory better than Provence en Boite blocks away. Will go bad to try other dishes soon. (On a side note, the gnocchi I had was exactly like the fresh gnocchis I ate at :Les Deux Garcons in London which is a top (very expensive) French restaurant which is frequented by celebs and gourmands. Chestnut's dish was only $9!!!)
Posted by CHICONA CHIWOWOW on 08/09/2007
As a Londoner visiting Brooklyn I am wishing I could pick Chesnut up, put it in my suitcase and pop it down in Hackney so I could eat there every week! I am staying with my best friend from home, who is now a boerum hill local, and as my stay is coming to an end we wanted to find the perfect restaurant for a special meal so I could say thanks for having me. Chesnut is the best! The menu is small, but full of exciting and unusual combinations- the grilled calamari stuffed with Quinoa was genius, and we were told that, rightly so, it is one of their best-selling starters. Chicken stuffed with fennelly-sausage was a taste sensation, and the hangar steak - perfection. The staff and service was great , and prices super reasonable. We loved it, and it will certainly be a lasting memory of my trip to Brooklyn.
Posted by Kathy NY on 03/28/2007
Having an opportunity to enjoy Brooklyn Dines, I did dine at Chestnut, to my delight, the atmosphere and service was so cordial and comforting. Meeting the chef, speaking with the genuinely courteous staff, and enjoying the delicious food and dessert of their wonderful Chocolate Budini(believe the name)which topped off the dinner, This will be a frequent dining spot for me in the future. Most highly recommend all to try it. Most grateful to all at Chestnut's for the wonderful and delicious experience...Best Wishes Always. Thank you.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007
I live in the city and decided for a change to schlep out to Brooklyn for a saturday night meal. Well worth the trip - the restaurant is really cute and a nice vibe. I had the beet salad to start which was very good, for mains I had the special which was a braised short rib with parsnip puree. Absolutely divine ...the meat fell off the bone. The service was very good - didnt catch her name but our waitress who could have also been the owner was very sweet and described the dishes with such enthusiasm. This is definitely on my revisit list.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/30/2006
I've tried just about every restaurant on Smith st. and Chestnut is by far the best. The charred octopus salad is the best I've ever had. The brunch there is very tasty too. My only complaint is they don't change the menu often enough. Considering how small the restaurant is and how creative the chef is it seems it would make sense to change the menu at least once a month, if not more often. If they experimented more than I would certainly eat there more than I currently do. Other than that I can't complain about anything at Chestnut.