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Posted by Fiona White on 09/11/2013
I've come straight home from dinner at The Grocery to write a review, and, as is the general rule when there is so much urgency it is unfortunately due to an extremely poor experience. I'll sound like I have unreasonably high expectations as I list all the things wrong with the evening, but please know that if it were just one of these on its own I wouldn't bother writing a review - together, they are compounded to make up the worst meal of my life for significant expense. The butter came out rock hard and cold, but admittedly was pretty nicely flavored. Our waitress didn't know the specials and stuttered over them reading from the menu. When asked about the prosecco, two waitresses had no idea of whether it was dry or not and had to ask a third. The amuse bouche thing was fine, a cold corn soup and a croquette, both not bad. Then our first two dishes came out, asparagus on garlic bread - overly oily, but quite nice in flavour. Next to it was the fries salad with wood mushrooms and parsley, soaked in some kind of vinaigrette. This was pretty rubbish, a terrible combo as in the end soggy, super oily and salty fries don't work. I don't care how novel it sounds on the menu. We hoped we'd just had a couple of clangers and the good stuff was to come. Next up was our risotto which instead of al dente, was pure mush. We could barely distinguish one grain of rice from another. The Sea bass was overcooked, over salted and over oily, with some unappetizing cabbage bacon and barley which sounded awesome on the menu but was quite simply gross. The duck was below average, with a burnt spinach side. Overall the food was heavy handed by a chef that quite frankly doesn't have a clue how to cook, and this at a 'fine dining' restaurant. The worst part of this meal was that the chef kept ringing the bell furiously out the back, obviously venting rage at the wait staff. He also came out and was incredibly rude, tapping my boyfriend in the shoulder from behind to abruptly ask whether he'd already given us out risotto. He then directed me to just grab cutlery from a table next to me if I wanted, as mine had been cleared. I'm all for a personal touch but this guy was just an arse. I'm so incredibly baffled by the good reviews on here, all I can think is that it's a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.
Posted by anonymous on 05/26/2013
I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The food is really fantastic and you really get good portions for the high quality. Because of that the food is priced very well for the value. I would recommend it. The service is outstanding. This is really one of the best experiences I have had eating out in a long time. My only criticism is that the space is a little small but it as small and as if you are instantly at home. I really loved the fries salad and the duck that my boyfriend had was the best he has had in years in brooklyn (and we eat out quite a bit).
Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2011
I went recently after reading about such a heralded place. Man, was it orverrated. The food was bland, overpriced and ridiculously pretentious. The owners, presided over the dining room regularly snatching things from servers hands and demeaning them in front of customers. What an unprofessional environment. I hardly would recommend spending your scratch on this overpriced overhyped little dump of a place.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2011
had a fabulous dinner at the grocery last night. delicious food and great service. we had the grilled octopus and the fried artichoke to start, and then the duck and the lamb. everything we ate was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. we were also treated to a few extras, which were a welcome surprise. overall, it was a lovely evening.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2010
I heard a lot about this place and walked in a few weeks ago to inquire about brunch. When I walked in - there was a someone waiting on a table near the entry and I said to him - when you get a minute, I have a question. He said, "No, shoot, ask me now". I asked, do you do brunch on Sundays? He looked me up and down and said, "Actually, I SLEEP on Sundays... Sorry. But thanks for thinking of us". What a jerk.
Posted by b. kaplan on 07/01/2010
Went for dinner on a Wednesday night. Had a 7:30 reservation and sat in the beautiful outdoors. Long wait for appetizers, even longer wait for main course. Others who came in after us (we were a party of 5) were served much sooner. Even dessert was slow. Don't understand it. Based on this service I probably would not go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2010
Lovely, delicious dinner in the garden. All aspects of the evening--food, service, atmosphere--were completely satisfying. And it's a relative bargain. Smith Street has certainly changed since I lived in Carroll Gardens in the 70's. Who could've guessed?