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Posted by M on 11/02/2009
I had the most wonderful meal tonight at Prime Meats, and received the best service I have ever had in Brooklyn. Our waitress was beautiful, like out of a Godard film, and was informed and excited about the food. My friend ordered the strip, which he said was one of the best steaks he had ever had. I orodered the Weisswurst, which came in a hot water bath, with a pot of mustard and a warm, beautifully browned pretzel roll. It was very light and subtle, and the pretzel roll was heaven. The bib lettuce salad was a little too vinegary, but still delicious. The spinach and garlic side was also good, if a bit salty. We both started off with Applejack Sazeracs and I had a really, really good $8 glass of wine. The pork rib appetizer, a special, was probably the most amazing thing we had. The flavors were incredibly intense and complex. There definitely was some cognitive dissonance---but that is what original flavors will do to you. I was very pleased with the whole experience. The dining room is strangely small, given how good the food is, but my friend and I were comfortable. There is literally nothing better on Court St., except maybe Queen. I am glad to see some German food in this area, which is lousy with cheap sushi and middling pizza.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2009
I'll keep this simple: the food here was spot on. I had the strip steak. It came with chimichurri (my favorite red meat accompaniment), which was a pleasant surprise given the german vibe. The fingerling potatoes in butter and garlic were also delish. The bottom line is if you're looking for a Frankie's vibe and you're tired of italian (very possible in CG), this is your spot.
Posted by SciFiBri on 10/14/2009
My girlfriend and I went to Prime Meats the other night for a bite to eat. Being big Frankie's afficionados and having been there for drinks, dinner was definitely in order. Unlike other reviewers who have had bad luck with the bartender and servers in general, we have had great service all around. The times we have been for drinks, the bartenders are knowledgeable, friendly, and provide great service. Ok. so back to dinner. My girlfriend and I split a delicious salad and then dug into the most succulent braised pork belly. This dish was wonderful. The pork had been braised in a riesling, served in a pork jus, root vegetables and potato dumplings. It was fabulous. Well braised. The flavors were complex, melded very well and was one of the best pork bellies I have had. Forget the Spotted Pig. Come here instead. Now, why did I say it is a good start? I agree with some of the reviewers. I think they do need to open up the rest of the operation. Open the commissary, the bar upstairs, the other dining room. Once Prime Meats does that ... be careful Brooklyn ... they will be a restaurant to contend with.
Posted by mattyirie on 08/28/2009
The only thing that could really save this place is if and when they get their full operation going. Opening the larger side room, utlizing the upstairs bar and expanding the menu with the huge commissary they have in the back. right now they exist and operate on their Frankie's fame. and not much else. The Drinks are not so overpriced in this resurgent "cocktail" scene, but they are small and it's still CASH ONLY. Which means after 3-4 restaurant/cafe openings the owners still are greedy and won't pay the CC fee to accomadate their clientele. The food is very hit or miss. The dry sausage stick is nothing unusual and can be bought retail at Stinky's cheese shop for 1.50. The burger was really the only standout among 4 dishes my friends I and ordered. Sorry, we didn't pony up (in cash) for the 1.70 per lb ribeye. Sure the salads are good, but who can make a meal or a return trip from a good salad, or pretzel for that matter?? While the decor is in fact swanky and "speak-easy-ish: The physical space is far from comfortable and sitting at the front booth is impossible to squeeze into, and trying to line up at the bar on even a semi-crowded night becomes very tight quarters. I really am not some angry ranting reviewer, but This place and it's clientele deserve each other. When will hipster brooklynites no longer support average food that is overpriced, made worse by the huge ego's of the owners who want all the press for "local" this and that, feeding us all that eco-friendly and substainable slow-food jargon only to under-deliver in most areas of cuisine and service?? Go ahead drink more of the kool-aid!
Posted by anon on 08/19/2009
And New York's Rudest Bartender Award goes to.....Prime Meats! Our party of 6 went there, Tuesday August 18. We didn't mind waiting an hour for a table; we are a mellow group of food lovers and experienced bar hoppers. We dont mind a $12 cocktail, if it's mixed to perfection. However, the rude service at the bar systematically erased Prime Meats from the neighborhood favorites list. After the bartender laboriously approached us, scowled, waited for us to greet him , acted utterly inconvenienced and botched the order, I actually stood there negotiating whether I should tip - and I'm a bartender. According to other web reviews, I'm not the only one to have had this experience. Shame really - because the food is great and the table staff were a refreshing relief. Let's hope management are reading.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2009
so i thought this place started out as a bar? now you can't even sit down in the place unless you're ordering food. not only did they take away the bar stools, they won't let you sit at a table unless you're ordering from their very small menu that really isn't that good. i was so excited to have such an addition to the 'hood, but this place is 1. snotty 2. not a good place for tasty cocktails and 3. totally overrated for food. blah.
Posted by ryanm5 on 05/14/2009
prime meats has a small, seemingly carefully chosen menu. one of our two waiters helped us pick out great cheeses. the salad and sausages we ordered were great. the spaetzle was amazing. prime meats staff were accommodating, friendly, and helpful, though the service seemed a bit disorganized at times, i.e. my pretzel came without the accompanying mustard, extra bread for the cheese plate came out after we had finished the cheese plate. these are surely just kinks that prime meats will work out. i look forward to going back.