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Posted by SenseiNYC on 04/15/2014
Growing up in Brooklyn, particlarly the fact that I've been to Randazzo's countless times in my life, but yet I have not been there for about 12 years. Since we were going to go for a special dinner for my Aunt, I at least wanted to review the menu to see what I can order for the little ones as small children seem to be quite particular. For me? There was no question what I would order. ANYTHING! Well instead of finding their menu, I found a review by an obviously pompus wanna-be Italian who believes because their parents are from Napoli, he knows everything about Italian food. I am of course, referring to the prior reviewer who calls themself StraightFromTheBoot.<BR><BR> They claim that they are from Brooklyn but never prior to this visit ever tried Randazzos? You go on to rant about how Lenny's on Cross Bay is in your good graces? SHAME! Lenny's gives you canned acidic tomato crap barely heated up with day old seafood and soggy fried anything. You call that authentic? The crowd doesn't know any better because they are mostly Asian? Can you be any more racist? Whatever you ordered, you ordered wrong. My zuppi da mussels was enough for me and my wife both and YES we took the sauce home!<BR><BR> What Randazzo's is not - An Italian restaurant. Bourdain knew this but maybe you didnt listen to what he said. What Randazzo's is - An Italian-style bay-side seafood eatery. From back in 1932 until the 1970's when Sheepshead Bay was a bustling and highly-active bay with bait shops, eateries and dozens of fishing boats, I remember we would go to the docs, buy the best fish and bring it to Randazzo's and tell them how we wanted them to prepare it and order a boatload of side dishes and order beer by the gallon. I was really young and these memories are still with me now in my 40's.<BR><BR> Randazzo's is known for their sauces: - Garlic Red (my opinion, the best) - Medium-hot Red (mid-level heat) - Hot Red (extremely popular especially with Fra Diavolo) - White Clam Sauce (they have red too but their white is much better) <BR><BR> If you go, expect to wear jeans or shorts. Order a beer, get the Galamah (not Calamari as that is NOT how to pronounce it in Brooklyn), a dozen little necks raw and the Zuppa da Mussels. it's certainly worth it.<BR><BR> Oh and, I don't believe the food has changed in my 40 years going there. I hope it never does.
Posted by StraightFromTheBoot! on 03/13/2014
After seeing Anthony Bourdain's piece on Brooklyn, I thought I'd give this place a shot, as the portions appeared gluttonously good and my birthday was coming up. About me, I'm spoiled to amazing Italian cuisine because both my parents are from Napoli. I myself grew up in Brooklyn and have tried & compared every single place in the boroughs and have gathered in my 40+ year investigation that Carroll Gardens & Williamsburg still have the most authentic (best) Italian cuisine, whereas, Little Italy and a place in Howard Beach (Queens) called "Lenny's Clam Bar" supply the very best American Italian cuisine. SO, when I arrived to this place, the lights and ambiance were enough to make me just say, "No. Nope. Not doin' it". But I did it ... even though I was immediately embarrassed by the place in the presence of the displeased company I was with. We all looked at each other like, well, this is it ... we're here. The food HAS TO make up for what the place smelled, looked, and sounded like. The smell was of deep fried food found anywhere. The tables & chairs look like they've been left over from a last minute family gathering. The sound that was BLARING out from the speakers was static ridden hip hop music from a radio station instead of decent dining music from a cd ... AND not only was it loud, but orders from the kitchen were delivered to the classless staff (with the exception of a couple of nice waitresses) via a loud speaker that sounded like the announcements in the subway! The crowd that came to this place (and there was indeed a crowd!) just didn't know any better. They were mostly Asian and everything BUT Italian, which says something about the food. It just ain't Italian food! Lastly, the prices are outrages for what you get. I thought the plates would come out HUGE (thankfully not though, because I didn't even finish the minuscule portion that was on my plate. I hadn't eaten all day - but it was THAT insulting). So please spare yourself ... unless my accurate description here is something you think you'd enjoy. Also, if you happen to like this place for whatever psychotic reason, try some spots out in Williamsburg Brooklyn or Howard Beach, Queens - THEN compare when you've regained sanity. As for Anthony Bourdain, what a shmuck. This place proves that he's akin to a mechanic that couldn't even change a tire.
Posted by shauna on 01/13/2014
couldnt have asked for better. not a place like it around. 5 stars across the board!
Posted by debra on 12/01/2013
ive been coming here for 20 years and nothing has changed! and thats a good thing! yes prices went up a little bit but what hasnt these days! still amazing but my only complaint is that the service was a little slow but the was expected with the place being packed.
Posted by Slick Vic on 05/25/2013
Lobster Randazzo for dinner. A bowl of Lobster bisque soup And Fried Calamari Hot sauce for an appetizer. Do it!
Posted by bklyngirl on 04/25/2013
Randazzos has been around for ages. It was a family-vibe place where you can get great portioned food at a good price. Went there relatively recently. Not the same place it use to be. The portions are cut in half and double the price to boot, not to mention, the quality isn't up to par. I don't even think it's run by Italians anymore.
Posted by anonymous on 04/24/2013
new tables an upgrade from the cheesy green tables. Wish the waitresses also underwent the same! Only saving grace was the broiled salmon! everything here is FRIED! Ordered bottle of red wine, arrived at table ICE COLD...complained. They located bottle that had not been refrigerated! eventually drank both. Only went because Gargulios closed onTuesday. never again! Whole place caught in time warp!