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Posted by Jo on 06/15/2014
The place us dark and of another era. The decor is really depressing. The wine list didn't have any vintages or locations or names of the 18.00 bottles they sell. All wine was 18.00 a bottle . Which made me skeptical . The owner and all of the waiters push the white sangria , which I did not order. When our bottle of Pinot Grigio came , I noticed it is sold at a local place much cheaper. And I wound up drinking it with my delicious meal. They need to get it together.
Posted by loyal customer on 09/17/2011
There is not a single dish that I could not recommend. The red sauce is perfect. The fish divine, the potatoes...oh my!. This is a wonderful restaurant. You must get the rice balls and eggplant alla Tony is wonderful. All pasta dishes are perfect. That goes along with the wonderful, friendly, 'welcome home' feeling you get every time you dine there. It's the best.
Posted by Born & Raised in Brooklyn on 07/06/2011
My wife & I and our kids and our other family members always enjoy our meals at The Red Rose. There's a reason why this place has lasted over 25 years inthe same location while other places close-up in 2 years or change their name (and even the style of food they serve) every 18 months - - The Reason... Family owned, operated, and cared for. The same family owns and runs the place for over 25 years, including the 70+ year old owner. While it's a relaxed place for a bunch of guys to hang-out before or after a ball game; when there are families & ladies eating at The Red Rose - which is every Friday Night, Saturday & Sunday - the owner makes certain that the guys don't curse and single women aren't bothered. Food is always good, the sevice depends on the waiter (like any other place) but I've seen people ASK FOR the rude waiter because they know he's having a bit of fun with them. Sometime they have GREAT desserts, and other times the same old junk. Ask first if the owner's cousin made the desserts that night - if NOT, don't bother.
Posted by gardener on 10/29/2010
I have eaten in this restaurant many times over the past 25 yrs..sometimes it's better than others - but always good. I find it comforting that you can still get good fresh food without breaking the bank. Alot of newcomers feel it isn't chi' chi' enough like restaurants in nyc - but this place doesn't want to be a city restaurant. It's good home cooked food - old fashioned Italian style - not wanna be Italian like some of the newer restaurants. Service is usually good, unless you are a little rude, and sit on your cellphone when you should be ordering. I think the old atmosphere works for this place. No pretense - just good stuff!
Posted by S. Epstein on 07/04/2009
We made a reservation. One of our party was late. "It's Saturday night", we were told. We can't wait forever. No reason to be rude. We ordered immediately, not even being told the specials. We make better food at home.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2009
We came to Red Rose on a whim, ducking in for dinner just as it started to rain. It's a real trip - it feels like the set of an 80's-era mafia movie, with nostalgic paintings of Italy, white christmas lights, stucco walls, and total throwback decor. The crowd was right out of that movie too - gruff-talking middle-aged men with pompadour hairdos and lots of gold chains, holding court at various tables. Honestly the whole time we were there the place was packed, and I'd say there were only 3-4 women in the whole restaurant. Sadly, the food was 80's-style Italian-American as well. Underseasoned, oversweet red sauce came with everything, the "specials" aren't really special at all, since they're all on the menu. Service was spotty, maybe since we're not friends of (or related to) the owner: it took 10 minutes for us to get a menu, entrees came out nearly 5 minutes apart (both pastas), and our sodas never came but were still on the bill when we got it. I like that there's still a slice of Old Carrol Gardens to visit, but I'm thinking it's just inertia that's keeping the place alive - it sure isn't good food.
Posted by mozo on 11/09/2008
I was surprised to find there weren't any reviews. This place is simply terrific. Generous portions, perfectly seasoned pastas, veggies, etc. The service is homey and kind. Comfortable place with comforting, warm Italian. You'll leave here happy, satisfied with to-go bag in tow. Easy on the wallet also.