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Posted by Anonymous on 01/18/2008
The people who don't like Dressler don't quite get the very distinctive note the place is trying to strike. The quasi-gothic black and white decor and acid music are as good a contrast to each other as the basil and grapefruit in the goat cheese cheesecake. Sweet and savory in unexpected forms and combinations. Our meal here was pitch perfect from start to finish. The dishes were complexly flavored, everything was cooked precisely to the right point, and creatively combined. Venison was rare in the middle and not at all gamey. The squid special was tender and flavorful. The tomato tart with the beets and goat cheese was flat out mouth watering. A crunchy bit of ham with the quail could have been its own dish it was so good. We were advised on wine and pleased to experience the recommended bottle "open up" just as predicted. And to the wonderful staff member who told us, "Thanks for making the trip over from Manhattan": we want to thank YOU for your crisp, warm, professional service. What a breath of fresh air it is to find waitstaff who are knowledgable and capable and therefore don't feel the need to flirt and fawn to garner tips.
Posted by beau brummel on 01/07/2008
maybe it was an off night as everyone seems to love this place including the folks at the michelin institute, with sea bass the size of an ipod nano and food tasting like it was cooked with rancid oil, save your time and money. the decor is nice and the staff were kind enough, but getting that bill after such an unsatisfying meal hurts.
Posted by Paul on 12/25/2007
Dressler is very attractive with an interesting menu that is well executed at fair prices given the quality of ingredients and cooking. Seems perfect except for a noise level that was so deafening the waiter was screaming at us from two feet away to be heard. This is made worse by very loud, unelaxing and unpleasant music...we were told that the owner likes this music at this volume and nothing could be done...sorry. We were very sorry as well, because this would otherwise have been a first rate experience that became third rate when you truly cannot have a normal conversation. It ain't just about the food!!
Posted by ksizzle on 09/10/2007
I visited for brunch and had a great experience. All the food was very good, service immediate, and the restaurant itself was beautifully put together. I will definitely be going back again!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2007
I had a GREAT dinner at Dressler last night. They have a nice list of unusual cocktails, a decent draught beer list, and some nice wines. I started with the beet salad, which was a *hunk* of chevre and a generous helping of baby beets. I then had the pan-roasted halibut with an unnecessary but delicious stack of onion rings. The halibut was quite good, served on a bed of gigantic, fresh English peas and (more) beets. I actually think the value at this restaurant is very good, and I was comfortable there with a young, friendly waiter who managed the courses well and kept our glasses full. I think this is the best restaurant in Williamsburg right now.
Posted by ck on 07/19/2007
When Dressler is on, it's at least as good as everyone on MenuPages says. Problem as of late? They can't seem to maintain consistency. We've had a few disappointing runs in the last few months, and given Dressler's prices, you should expect consistency. If you've never been here though, roll the dice and give it a chance. It's usually excellent.
Posted by brandi on 06/18/2007
i've been living in new york about 2 years and have never had an experience like the one i had at dressler this weekend. my boyfriend and i went for our 4th anniversary on a friend's recommendation. i sort of wanted to go to some place i knew well so we wouldn't be disappointed on such an important night, but we couldn't have made a better choice. from start to finish, dressler was just amazing -- classy without being pretentious, quality without emptying your wallet, attentive without being overbearing. when i made our reservations on OpenTable i mentioned that it was our anniversary and anything special they could do would be appreciated. after we finished our entrees (i had the chicken, which i cannot say enough good things about, my beau had the halibut which i did not try but he said was great) we ordered the roasted peaches with brown butter cake and black pepper ice milk (i don't see it on this menu, but it made my eyes roll back in my head), and it came out with a candle in it! the busboy wished us a happy anniversary and i was beaming. THEN our waiter brought us 2 glasses of dessert wine, free of charge. it was definitely more than i had expected. i wanted to share with you all this very special service we received but also convey that the service was outstanding despite our special circumstance. the waiter was very warm and gave us excellent wine recommendations. the busboys were always on point with the water and bread (they walk around with plates of rolls and serve you one at a time) as with picking up empty plates. i even came back from the bathroom with my napkin re-folded. everything was done with a very special touch. the ambiance, also, cannot be overlooked. if you go to this restaurant's website you can see what i mean. the ironwork is amazing, the lighting is perfect, the music was appropriate (both in genres and in volume).