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Posted by jade007 on 09/15/2011
I have watched this resto go from Mexican to American and now finally Italian. And boy did Dumbo need a good Italian restaurant. It came under new management in the spring and I've been there a few times since then and witnessed changes in decor and staff. There were a couple of times when the service was a bit on the slow side, but the last time I was there, not only was the food amazing, the service and staff were fantastic. It was like a 180. I also noticed a new new sign outside Almar changed from Dumbo General Store. The cheese and meat platter is always good, but this is the case in many good New York restaurants. What got me hooked were the crostinisor bruschettas. There was only with ricotta,mascarpone, honey, walnuts. It was to die for. There was a bean salad that was super refreshing and delicious, yet felt healthy. Finally the braised lamb shanks~they melted in my mouth like butter. I was never much a fan of lamb because of it's super strong meaty flavors, but this one was braised and marinated to perfection. Super tender, juicy with a mini-explosion of all the right complex flavors on my palate. My friend said she was having a "food moment" during the meal, the best one I've had to date at that location, better than the dry paninis at Dumbo General, and better than the too cheesy enchiladas when it was a Mexican joint. I think this place has finally found the right chef and management and I hope it stays as good as it was the last time I was there.
Posted by Ryder Jack on 09/15/2011
I have been into AlMar a few times since it changed names and I since I first dined there I am always greeted as though I'm a long lost friend. Everyone makes me feel so welcome! AND...the food is outstanding! I was there with a friend who has several diet restrictions and the kitchen catered to her every allergy without sacrificing flavor perfection. I have always been extremely impressed with the dining experience...and have never felt rushed through my meal, as often happens in our fast-paced city. I can't wait to return!
Posted by dtwnbklyn on 09/05/2011
Though the food is tasty and the space is cute, we will not return. Poor service is an understatement...there was no service. Someone simply pointed at a table and brought out our food, then the bill; no one was even present to say goodbye to. With so many excellent options in DUMBO, Fort Greene, BH, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens, why deal with this?
Posted by Clayton on 09/05/2011
The new chef/ownership is destined to make this place (newly renamed AlMar) a Dumbo destination. Brunch has some delicious dishes, like the scrumptious eggs in a cloud, and everything I have tried on the dinner menu (which varies nightly) has been tasty - though the crostinis and salads are standouts for me. Service can be spotty but the food, atmosphere and friendly staff more than make up.
Posted by andrewBK on 08/19/2011
So the General Store, which was Hecho En DUMBO on some evenings, is now under new ownership and has transformed into a great new Italian spot. They are still open for breakfast, brunch (weekends), and lunch, but so far I have only been for dinner. I am sure the daytime menu is more varied, but dinner is strictly Italian, and I must say it's quite delicious. We had a few crostini and a couple of pastas and it was really pretty incredible. The Chef/co-owner hails from the Brooklyn Heights Italian stronghold Noodle Pudding, and he has created a focused yet impressive menu. I will be back . . . and often.