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Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2013
I have to concur with a lot of the other reviews. I did not enjoy the food at all. The flavors of the food on pretty much all four of the dishes I tried (five if you include dessert) simply did not come together. Little consolation that the plates were beautiful to look at and the chicken and trout were perfectly cooked. (The menu changes regularly, but the chicken I had was the one with cloves and pineapple. I can't really remember the rest of what we had--sunchokes?) The whiskey bread was amazing, but so is a biscuit from a chain chicken spot and anything with gluten and tons of calories for that matter! Enough said.
Posted by zo on 06/15/2012
I have been to Gwynnett St twice and have enjoyed fine dining in NYC since the early 80's. The food at Gwynnett St is very good, reminding me of the culinary delights in Vermont. Fresh, local, interesting flavors, well prepared and beautiful presented. The atmosphere is banal, having been minimally smartened from past incarnations. The big issue with Gwynnett St is the service. The wait staff is uninspired at best. One of my all time culinary service lows was in this establishment. During both visits to Gwynnett ST we were bewildered by the food runner’s unrestrained monologue, rudely interrupting table conversation, while redundantly explaining food we selected as he served...every single course! Snap out of it~ I truly welcome beautiful food and quality service to the neighborhood, and hope this establishment can evolve.
Posted by jk255 on 04/20/2012
After reading a glowing NYTimes review, my friends and I made reservations on a Friday evening to check out Gwynnett. We ordered Pimms Cup cocktails, bottle of Spanish red wine, appetizers of whiskey bread (dense and heavy on the whiskey) and maitake mushroom (amazing), entrees: bass with oyster cream and fennel + cabbage, duck breast with wild rice + goose berries, beef ribeye cap with nori + radish. Overall, everything was well cooked, flavorful and fresh. The bass was fairly average although the plating was a bit awkward as it was pushed to one side of the dish. The ribeye had an amazing sauce and radishes with just the right texture and flavor. The duck was by far the most amazing dish-- tender, flavorful and not at all too fatty. It was really cooked to perfection and the black tea infused rice with gooseberries added complexity to the dish. We finished the meal off with coconut/pomegranate dessert which was excellent. All in all a great experience although the service and decor leaves something to be desired. Our waiter was not very informative or friendly--actually he was quite stiff for a brooklyn restaurant. And the decor was definitely a bit awkward-- bookcase in the bathroom? Those are minor details though. Would definitely go back!
Posted by S.Ches on 02/25/2012
Came for dinner w/ my bf around 9:30 on a Friday night. We had a reservation, but the restaurant was about half empty. The food was mostly excellent, service perfect and a nice atmosphere. Appropriately priced. It was one of those meals, where you get the check and expect it to be higher than it is. To drink, we had The Kingston Trio - excellent, and The Second Year - ok, forgettable. We started with the whiskey bread w/ cultured butter - wow! I need this in my life on a regular basis, took everything in me not to eat it all before the rest of the food. Then the bok choy salad - dwarf bok choy, roasted cauliflower, pickled cauliflower (or so it tasted), grapefruit (though it tasted more like a tangerine) with whipped feta. Interesting and excellent. And the bf had the slow poached egg - the flavors were excellent, but the flageolet beans seemed under cooked. I asked the waiter if they were supposed to be that firm - he asked if they were too firm. I shrugged. I don't know how firm they should be, but they were very unappetizing. I would avoid this dish if you dislike the gritty texture of undercooked beans. I had the duck. Perfectly cooked, but a little disappointing. There was so much meat and very little on the side - a few brussel sprouts, a little frisee and kumquat. Pistachio puree was yummy. Bf had the amish chicken bc he wasn't in the mood for beef - and OMG, I'm glad he wasn't. This dish was delicious and perfect in almost every way - again, a lot of meat and not much on the side. We both finished our entrees with a huge chunk of meat leftover. I was disappointed that they do not serve desserts, as it was my bday. Will definitely be back.
Posted by John D. on 12/06/2011
My girlfriend and I ate there on Saturday night. We had the bread, salad and oxtail to start and then the sturgeon and ribeye. It was so so good. The cocktails were great, and our wines that the owner recommended were great. It was a little pricey but so worth it. I would definitely go back. This may be our new Sunday-night dinner spot.
Posted by Kfeni on 11/16/2011
The food, especially the Salmon and Amish Chicken was stellar. Great Wine selection and awesome service. I would definitely go back. I just wish the bread which was up sold to us was complimentary as it is in 100% of other restaurants I've been to.