Lunetta

★★★☆☆
  • 116 Smith St

    Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  • 718-488-6269

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Okay, so I stole my buddy's description of Watty and Meg up the block for my headline; And in fariness I've had really good food in Astoria and lovel a couple of Indian spots in Jackson Heights. Lunetta is really nice to look at and reminds me of trendy spots downtown in the City - the meal started with promise, lovely crusty bread and delish balsamic and oil, 7/10 bruchetta, thank god we filled up on bread (contrary to parental advice of the ages); My wifes' pasta came and it was just boring and quite soggy/overdone. My fish soup had a broth that tasked like a barnicle's bollocks after heavy execercise. Really too fishy, I'm a huge fish guy, every raw, oysters the whole 9. Saffron broth they called it, sounded like the delicious leftovers from mussels that one sops up with bread. No sir. Anyway, I had a quite pleasant glass of white but then ordered a bourbon cocktail with Fresh mint cos we were sitting at the bar and it looked cool while being made. Iche don't think so on the taste, that's my fault more than there's I imagine. Anyway, go along if you fancy it, its not terrible and the ambience is good.

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★★☆☆☆

Okay, so I stole my buddy's description of Watty and Meg up the block for my headline; And in fariness I've had really good food in Astoria and lovel a couple of Indian spots in Jackson Heights. Lunetta is really nice to look at and reminds me of trendy spots downtown in the City - the meal started with promise, lovely crusty bread and delish balsamic and oil, 7/10 bruchetta, thank god we filled up on bread (contrary to parental advice of the ages); My wifes' pasta came and it was just boring and quite soggy/overdone. My fish soup had a broth that tasked like a barnicle's bollocks after heavy execercise. Really too fishy, I'm a huge fish guy, every raw, oysters the whole 9. Saffron broth they called it, sounded like the delicious leftovers from mussels that one sops up with bread. No sir. Anyway, I had a quite pleasant glass of white but then ordered a bourbon cocktail with Fresh mint cos we were sitting at the bar and it looked cool while being made. Iche don't think so on the taste, that's my fault more than there's I imagine. Anyway, go along if you fancy it, its not terrible and the ambience is good.

Pros: Good Steeze, nice decor and balsamic vinegar!

Cons: Bland Overdone Pasta and Uber Fish-fest

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I went here twice. Both times the service was slow and the portions were very small. The second time we went, my friend found a hair in his pasta and my fish was undercooked. I left feeling hungry. On the upside they do have a good wine selection, but it takes much too long to get your food.

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★★☆☆☆

I went here twice. Both times the service was slow and the portions were very small. The second time we went, my friend found a hair in his pasta and my fish was undercooked. I left feeling hungry. On the upside they do have a good wine selection, but it takes much too long to get your food.

Cons: slow service, small portions

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I thought the food here was excellent. From the bruschetta to the chocolate cake, amazing. Would highly recommend. My only negative comment would be that the portions are small, so order plenty if you're hungry.

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★★★★★

I thought the food here was excellent. From the bruschetta to the chocolate cake, amazing. Would highly recommend. My only negative comment would be that the portions are small, so order plenty if you're hungry.

Pros: Food

Cons: Portions

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This place is so bad! It is loud, the food is bad, the service is slow. I ordered the orchietta with sausage and it was so spicy. My friend ordered the meatballs and he said they sat in stomach for hours afterwards. The portions are really small except for the chicken made in a sweet and sour sauce, that was just plain weird tasting.Even the expresso they messed up, they served it with a spoon that did not fit in the cup. Don't bother coming here.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is so bad! It is loud, the food is bad, the service is slow. I ordered the orchietta with sausage and it was so spicy. My friend ordered the meatballs and he said they sat in stomach for hours afterwards. The portions are really small except for the chicken made in a sweet and sour sauce, that was just plain weird tasting.Even the expresso they messed up, they served it with a spoon that did not fit in the cup. Don't bother coming here.

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I live right around the corner and frequently pass by this perpetually busy italian joint. I was excited to try it, as it has been quite some time since I've had an outstanding italian meal. When I walked in, it looked like just my type of place: a pristine open kitchen, homey, gently-lit decor, bar seating, and tables cozily aligned in what seemed like a neighborhood favorite. However, most of the food fell flat and a couple dishes even proved offensive. There were two dishes in particular that were so unforgivably inedible due to excess salt as to render the entire meal ruined (bistecca toscano and another which I can't seem to remember). Over salting a dish, especially to the assaulting degree in which Lunetta did it, is one of those mistakes in fundamental cooking that should never occur. Even though I believe that severe over-seasoning is one of those culinary offenses that should never be forgiven, I may just give Lunetta another shot and hope that either the chef responsible for that disappointing tragedy of a meal has already been fired, or simply was having a terrible off day where he or she was suffering from temporary blindness at the time our dish was being salted. As soon as my bloood pressure returns to normal after that salt-ridden fiasco, I will give Lunetta one more - but hopefully not one last - taste.

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★★☆☆☆

I live right around the corner and frequently pass by this perpetually busy italian joint. I was excited to try it, as it has been quite some time since I've had an outstanding italian meal. When I walked in, it looked like just my type of place: a pristine open kitchen, homey, gently-lit decor, bar seating, and tables cozily aligned in what seemed like a neighborhood favorite. However, most of the food fell flat and a couple dishes even proved offensive. There were two dishes in particular that were so unforgivably inedible due to excess salt as to render the entire meal ruined (bistecca toscano and another which I can't seem to remember). Over salting a dish, especially to the assaulting degree in which Lunetta did it, is one of those mistakes in fundamental cooking that should never occur. Even though I believe that severe over-seasoning is one of those culinary offenses that should never be forgiven, I may just give Lunetta another shot and hope that either the chef responsible for that disappointing tragedy of a meal has already been fired, or simply was having a terrible off day where he or she was suffering from temporary blindness at the time our dish was being salted. As soon as my bloood pressure returns to normal after that salt-ridden fiasco, I will give Lunetta one more - but hopefully not one last - taste.

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When this place first opened it was fine. Never really great but an old standby. But now it seems to have been adopted by what looks like a Florida retirement crowd. Glad they have their spot on Smith Street... but I won't be back. I felt like it was an early bird special atmosphere...

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★★☆☆☆

When this place first opened it was fine. Never really great but an old standby. But now it seems to have been adopted by what looks like a Florida retirement crowd. Glad they have their spot on Smith Street... but I won't be back. I felt like it was an early bird special atmosphere...

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My fiance and I went there on a Saturday night and rather than waiting 45 minutes for a table, decided to dine at the bar. To begin, the cocktails were inventive and refreshing. The food was outstanding especially the orecchiete with sausage. Simply to die for. The attentive service, affordable wine list and delicious side dish of rapini with garlic rendered the evening very enjoyable. We whole heartedly recommend it!

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★★★★★

My fiance and I went there on a Saturday night and rather than waiting 45 minutes for a table, decided to dine at the bar. To begin, the cocktails were inventive and refreshing. The food was outstanding especially the orecchiete with sausage. Simply to die for. The attentive service, affordable wine list and delicious side dish of rapini with garlic rendered the evening very enjoyable. We whole heartedly recommend it!

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I eat out a lot, especially in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill and this is one of my top three restaurants (Patois and Saul round out the list). Go here--great antipasto, and definitely try the meatballs and the orecchiette with sweet sausage.

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★★★★★

I eat out a lot, especially in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill and this is one of my top three restaurants (Patois and Saul round out the list). Go here--great antipasto, and definitely try the meatballs and the orecchiette with sweet sausage.

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Enjoyed being treated like someon famous here, Godfather Keith chose a good wine and we all had a laugh and a tasty meal

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★★★★☆

Enjoyed being treated like someon famous here, Godfather Keith chose a good wine and we all had a laugh and a tasty meal

Pros: looked after well by the waiters

Cons: too many new Italian dishes to try in so little time

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This is a lovely spot with attentive staff and a cozy garden. The "small plates" here are actually quite generous and most are a good value. We had some of the plumpest mussels around, with a light and savory fresh tomato sauce; and abundant sauteed mixed mushroom plate; a really well prepared flank steak; a heaping green salad with large shavings of parmesan and dry cured ham; and a perfectly executed chocolate panacotta with sour cherries. All this was accompanied by not-too sweet margaritas and prosecco for dessert. Good find.

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★★★★☆

This is a lovely spot with attentive staff and a cozy garden. The "small plates" here are actually quite generous and most are a good value. We had some of the plumpest mussels around, with a light and savory fresh tomato sauce; and abundant sauteed mixed mushroom plate; a really well prepared flank steak; a heaping green salad with large shavings of parmesan and dry cured ham; and a perfectly executed chocolate panacotta with sour cherries. All this was accompanied by not-too sweet margaritas and prosecco for dessert. Good find.

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beautiful atmosphere, helpful and knowledgable service people. the flavors in the food were spot on: interesting and a great variety without being overwhelming. the only issue i had was how small the portions were for the price, but outstanding food nonetheless.

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★★★★☆

beautiful atmosphere, helpful and knowledgable service people. the flavors in the food were spot on: interesting and a great variety without being overwhelming. the only issue i had was how small the portions were for the price, but outstanding food nonetheless.

Pros: excellent variety of dishes, service and atmosphere great

Cons: small dishes/with unmatching prices

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Service was inattentive; I kept having to flag down the waitress. The plates are definitely on the small side, but the prices didn't really reflect that. I left the place still hungry.

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★★★☆☆

Service was inattentive; I kept having to flag down the waitress. The plates are definitely on the small side, but the prices didn't really reflect that. I left the place still hungry.

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Lunetta does not take reservations for small parties which can be frustrating when its snowing outside and the bar is full, however the hostess was very nice. We were given the option to sit at the bar but it looked busy and uncomfortable so we decided to wait. Once seated, we enjoyed the bruschetta appetizers as well as the fried artichokes. I thought the meatballs were fantastic, but my boyfriends peene with rosemary braised lamb was luke warm and a little bland. Would try again, but not wait for more than 10 minutes.

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★★★☆☆

Lunetta does not take reservations for small parties which can be frustrating when its snowing outside and the bar is full, however the hostess was very nice. We were given the option to sit at the bar but it looked busy and uncomfortable so we decided to wait. Once seated, we enjoyed the bruschetta appetizers as well as the fried artichokes. I thought the meatballs were fantastic, but my boyfriends peene with rosemary braised lamb was luke warm and a little bland. Would try again, but not wait for more than 10 minutes.

Pros: Great Decor, nice appetizers

Cons: no reservations, small space

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As a quick note, maybe the chef, a longtime Brooklyn guy who is down-to-earth, nice, and real, was angry to have someone so obviously stuck-up at his bar...

Also, De cecco dry pasta is great stuff. Whats the problem? I guarentee that many a New York restaurant uses it. Also, Lunetta does not pose to be "Fine DIning". This is a self-described neighborhood joint with nothing on the menu priced above $19, most items much cheaper. Huge, delicious bruschettas go for $3 each! Your dollar can go a long way here, and the kitchen is staffed with some longtime cooks. I hate to get personal here, but if you are going to pose as a restaurant critic Smoothdude, get your facts straight and take a deep breath every now and then.

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★★★☆☆

As a quick note, maybe the chef, a longtime Brooklyn guy who is down-to-earth, nice, and real, was angry to have someone so obviously stuck-up at his bar...

Also, De cecco dry pasta is great stuff. Whats the problem? I guarentee that many a New York restaurant uses it. Also, Lunetta does not pose to be "Fine DIning". This is a self-described neighborhood joint with nothing on the menu priced above $19, most items much cheaper. Huge, delicious bruschettas go for $3 each! Your dollar can go a long way here, and the kitchen is staffed with some longtime cooks. I hate to get personal here, but if you are going to pose as a restaurant critic Smoothdude, get your facts straight and take a deep breath every now and then.

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When you see the kitchen staff using boxed pasta that you can buy at the Met down the street you wonder why would I pay 5 times as much for this food when I can boil it myself at home. I don't know if other restaurants do this but if they do they shouldn't have an open kitchen.

The pumpkin ravioli was decent but didn't move me to tears. The chef is also not the friendliest of people which again begs an answer to the question why the open kitchen if you're going to be yelling at people? Never going back to Lunetta.

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★★☆☆☆

When you see the kitchen staff using boxed pasta that you can buy at the Met down the street you wonder why would I pay 5 times as much for this food when I can boil it myself at home. I don't know if other restaurants do this but if they do they shouldn't have an open kitchen.

The pumpkin ravioli was decent but didn't move me to tears. The chef is also not the friendliest of people which again begs an answer to the question why the open kitchen if you're going to be yelling at people? Never going back to Lunetta.

Pros: good crowd

Cons: food not great, angry chef

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I was quite excited with grand expectations going into this meal, as I had read about chef Shepard?s talent in Michael Ruhlman?s lastest cooking tome ?The Reach Of The Chef.? Unfortunately, the meal was disappointing. Per a web suggestion (note: lots of great reviews floating around, this is just my experience) I ordered all around the menu. The bruschetta nibble, consisting of homemade ricotta and honey, was light and plated beautifully. The meal was off to a good start. Next was pan-seared mushrooms and a special milk-braised (or soaked, don?t know what to call it) parsnips with an infusion bl*od orange. The mushrooms were fine and served at perfect temp. Not great seasoning though. The parsnips were good for a bite, but overall the milk was too heavy for the delicate vegetable. But honestly, the meal was going well at this point.

Next came our second course called Piatti. Per another web suggestion I ordered the crispy chicken agrodolce (which is a kind of sweet and sour sauce similar to Chinese sweet and sour chicken) served with pignoli and some type of cooked berry. On paper this sounds like a seriously fun and inventive dish. The type of creativity Shepard is known for. Unfortunately, this was the meal?s tank. The ?crispy chicken? consisted of 4 pieces of VERY overcooked and underwhelming friend chicken. Kennedy?s Fried Chicken comes to mind. The sauce was sticky and sweet, but complemented the tough chicken poorly. My companion ordered roasted dorade with olive oil and garlic, which was tiny serving of underseasoned, underwhelming white fish.

In terms of service, the staff was very kind and asked my opinion of the meal (I told them basically this recap). The only low point was that they forgot our order of fried artichokes, which I was really looking forward to. I would brush this off as a simple ordering mistake, to be corrected during our next visit. Unfortunately, there will not be another visit.

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★★★☆☆

I was quite excited with grand expectations going into this meal, as I had read about chef Shepard?s talent in Michael Ruhlman?s lastest cooking tome ?The Reach Of The Chef.? Unfortunately, the meal was disappointing. Per a web suggestion (note: lots of great reviews floating around, this is just my experience) I ordered all around the menu. The bruschetta nibble, consisting of homemade ricotta and honey, was light and plated beautifully. The meal was off to a good start. Next was pan-seared mushrooms and a special milk-braised (or soaked, don?t know what to call it) parsnips with an infusion bl*od orange. The mushrooms were fine and served at perfect temp. Not great seasoning though. The parsnips were good for a bite, but overall the milk was too heavy for the delicate vegetable. But honestly, the meal was going well at this point.

Next came our second course called Piatti. Per another web suggestion I ordered the crispy chicken agrodolce (which is a kind of sweet and sour sauce similar to Chinese sweet and sour chicken) served with pignoli and some type of cooked berry. On paper this sounds like a seriously fun and inventive dish. The type of creativity Shepard is known for. Unfortunately, this was the meal?s tank. The ?crispy chicken? consisted of 4 pieces of VERY overcooked and underwhelming friend chicken. Kennedy?s Fried Chicken comes to mind. The sauce was sticky and sweet, but complemented the tough chicken poorly. My companion ordered roasted dorade with olive oil and garlic, which was tiny serving of underseasoned, underwhelming white fish.

In terms of service, the staff was very kind and asked my opinion of the meal (I told them basically this recap). The only low point was that they forgot our order of fried artichokes, which I was really looking forward to. I would brush this off as a simple ordering mistake, to be corrected during our next visit. Unfortunately, there will not be another visit.

 

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