Applewood

★★★★☆
  • 501 11th St

    Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  • 718-768-2044

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I am voting for all my favorite places in Brooklyn. this place is great for brunch but there can somethimes be long lines. I think it's well worth the wait

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★★★★★

I am voting for all my favorite places in Brooklyn. this place is great for brunch but there can somethimes be long lines. I think it's well worth the wait

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Had dinner here with a friend last weekend. I had no idea this restaurant was even here. I was pleasantly surprised. The citrus soda is very refreshing and I could have had several more. The creamy lobster broth is more a bisque and was amazing. Silky smooth and creamy. My friend and I both ordered the braised short ribs which were wonderfully seasoned and pretty tender. The chocolate souffle was a bit of a disappointment. I was excited at the thought of the salted caramel topping, but it was something else. Overall, the meal was very good and the atmosphere was very cozy. I will certainly return. The cocktails sounded interesting.

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★★★★☆

Had dinner here with a friend last weekend. I had no idea this restaurant was even here. I was pleasantly surprised. The citrus soda is very refreshing and I could have had several more. The creamy lobster broth is more a bisque and was amazing. Silky smooth and creamy. My friend and I both ordered the braised short ribs which were wonderfully seasoned and pretty tender. The chocolate souffle was a bit of a disappointment. I was excited at the thought of the salted caramel topping, but it was something else. Overall, the meal was very good and the atmosphere was very cozy. I will certainly return. The cocktails sounded interesting.

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Delicious food but so difficult to go b/c they have such a small space and don't take reservations. I did have the best blood orange cocktail there and it was one of the best drinks I've ever had.

4
★★★★☆

Delicious food but so difficult to go b/c they have such a small space and don't take reservations. I did have the best blood orange cocktail there and it was one of the best drinks I've ever had.

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I love their cocktail list! They infuse their own liquors and design some really unique cocktails. They seem to change seasonally. Cool. I have to come in at least 4 times a year...probably more. The food is always very thoughtful and fresh market driven. I always get a great meal and leave full. The food tastes so fresh and healthy. Service is professional and yet casual. If my meal and drinks were a little more affordable, I would eat there much more often.

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★★★★☆

I love their cocktail list! They infuse their own liquors and design some really unique cocktails. They seem to change seasonally. Cool. I have to come in at least 4 times a year...probably more. The food is always very thoughtful and fresh market driven. I always get a great meal and leave full. The food tastes so fresh and healthy. Service is professional and yet casual. If my meal and drinks were a little more affordable, I would eat there much more often.

Pros: Best local cocktail list...unique, interesting, tasty.

Cons: A tad expensive.

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I tried to make a reservation for a group of 12 people for brunch here for my husband's birthday. When I called, the manager said they don't usually take reservations for brunch, and they couldn't take us at 11am, but they could take us at 10am (when they first open). I called everyone in my group, rearranged all our plans, and called back the next day, only to be told that the manager had "talked to the owner," and they could not accommodate us after all.

I'm a food editor and a former waitress, and I know large parties can be harder for restaurants to handle. But I always tip extremely well because I know this. And I'm appalled at the idea of a restaurant simply refusing to accept someone's business because they don't want to deal with a large party. This is just bad business, and sends a message that they don't care about their clientele. I've been to this restaurant before, and they definitely have the space to seat 12 people.

The food here is quite good, but there are other places with equally good food that understand how to treat their customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I tried to make a reservation for a group of 12 people for brunch here for my husband's birthday. When I called, the manager said they don't usually take reservations for brunch, and they couldn't take us at 11am, but they could take us at 10am (when they first open). I called everyone in my group, rearranged all our plans, and called back the next day, only to be told that the manager had "talked to the owner," and they could not accommodate us after all.

I'm a food editor and a former waitress, and I know large parties can be harder for restaurants to handle. But I always tip extremely well because I know this. And I'm appalled at the idea of a restaurant simply refusing to accept someone's business because they don't want to deal with a large party. This is just bad business, and sends a message that they don't care about their clientele. I've been to this restaurant before, and they definitely have the space to seat 12 people.

The food here is quite good, but there are other places with equally good food that understand how to treat their customers.

Pros: food is good

Cons: terrible attitude toward their customers

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My fiancee and I had Sunday brunch here recently. We were attracted by the menu and the crowds outside. Little did we know that this was due to the problems with seating. We arrived at 12:10 pm and told it would be half an hour. At 12:45, we were told we would be seated shortly. We were finally seated at 1:10. An honest answer up front would have gone a long way.

The restaurant itself was pretty and well decorated. However, once seated, it took nearly ten minutes for anyone to come to get our drink order. Fortunately, we already knew what we wanted to eat and placed our order then. It took fifteen minutes for our drinks to arrive, and at least forty-five minutes for our meals (omelet w/ fruit, omelet w/ veal hash, bacon & sausage). This was rather ironic, since there were at least five people working the kitchen, which was one cook for every two tables.

The meal itself was mixed. The applewood bacon and maple fennel sausage were good, as was the orange bellini. It's tough to mess up scrambled eggs. The biscuit was decent, but nothing to write home about. The grits were good, but >very< buttery. The veal hash would have been decent, had it not been burned in the pan. There were several burn pieces and the dish was overwhelmed a burnt taste. Poor showing.

Service continued to be incredibly slow. Our water was filled once over an hour after we were seated, despite the fact that I drank my water in the first fifteen minutes. No one asked whether we wanted another round of drinks until we were ready to leave.

Adding insult to injury was the tab, which came to $50 for two. Far too much for so little. As for our server, there was a reason you only got a $6 tip.

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★★☆☆☆

My fiancee and I had Sunday brunch here recently. We were attracted by the menu and the crowds outside. Little did we know that this was due to the problems with seating. We arrived at 12:10 pm and told it would be half an hour. At 12:45, we were told we would be seated shortly. We were finally seated at 1:10. An honest answer up front would have gone a long way.

The restaurant itself was pretty and well decorated. However, once seated, it took nearly ten minutes for anyone to come to get our drink order. Fortunately, we already knew what we wanted to eat and placed our order then. It took fifteen minutes for our drinks to arrive, and at least forty-five minutes for our meals (omelet w/ fruit, omelet w/ veal hash, bacon & sausage). This was rather ironic, since there were at least five people working the kitchen, which was one cook for every two tables.

The meal itself was mixed. The applewood bacon and maple fennel sausage were good, as was the orange bellini. It's tough to mess up scrambled eggs. The biscuit was decent, but nothing to write home about. The grits were good, but >very< buttery. The veal hash would have been decent, had it not been burned in the pan. There were several burn pieces and the dish was overwhelmed a burnt taste. Poor showing.

Service continued to be incredibly slow. Our water was filled once over an hour after we were seated, despite the fact that I drank my water in the first fifteen minutes. No one asked whether we wanted another round of drinks until we were ready to leave.

Adding insult to injury was the tab, which came to $50 for two. Far too much for so little. As for our server, there was a reason you only got a $6 tip.

Pros: Sausage & Bacon

Cons: Poor service and slow kitchen

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While I have never written a review online before, and when in a restaurant I will eat almost anything instead of sending it back, my experiences at Applewood recently have changed my behavior on both counts. Applewood was at one time a neighborhood favorite of mine, perfect for special dates and family visits. My last three visits have been progressively bad. The first was a less then stellar brunch with coffee that never came, undercooked eggs and requested substitutions (salad instead of potatoes, nothing crazy)that never materialized. Next, a romantic dinner where I was forced to send back my entree because it was not cooked, literally raw. While the waiter tried to convince me that seared pork is all the rage, I explained that I prefer it cooked. I think this was a huge misstep on their parts and nothing was comped. In fact, they didn't remake my dish, they simply threw the meat back on the grill, which as we all know doesn't work well for pork (the result is dry, chewing and gross). But, as a diehard fan of the restaurant, or a gluten for punishment, I went back, this time with my husband and father. Despite being on time for our reservation it took them 15 minutes to seat us at 9 on a Wednesday. The subsequent meal was fine, taste-wise, but the service was so slow and terrible, every stage (including taking our orders and getting us water) took forever. By the end of the night, we were one of only three occupied tables, we had to stand up and follow the waiter in order to get our check. We walked out at midnight. That's right, THREE hours after we walked in, not three leisurely, decadent hours, but three grueling torturous, often starving hours. I will never go back. I urge you to go elsewhere. 12th Street Bar and grill has a lovely and much less expensive brunch (but don't bother to go there for dinner, unless you go for the upscale burgers), and for dinner Covivium Osteria will give you a far more unique dining experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

While I have never written a review online before, and when in a restaurant I will eat almost anything instead of sending it back, my experiences at Applewood recently have changed my behavior on both counts. Applewood was at one time a neighborhood favorite of mine, perfect for special dates and family visits. My last three visits have been progressively bad. The first was a less then stellar brunch with coffee that never came, undercooked eggs and requested substitutions (salad instead of potatoes, nothing crazy)that never materialized. Next, a romantic dinner where I was forced to send back my entree because it was not cooked, literally raw. While the waiter tried to convince me that seared pork is all the rage, I explained that I prefer it cooked. I think this was a huge misstep on their parts and nothing was comped. In fact, they didn't remake my dish, they simply threw the meat back on the grill, which as we all know doesn't work well for pork (the result is dry, chewing and gross). But, as a diehard fan of the restaurant, or a gluten for punishment, I went back, this time with my husband and father. Despite being on time for our reservation it took them 15 minutes to seat us at 9 on a Wednesday. The subsequent meal was fine, taste-wise, but the service was so slow and terrible, every stage (including taking our orders and getting us water) took forever. By the end of the night, we were one of only three occupied tables, we had to stand up and follow the waiter in order to get our check. We walked out at midnight. That's right, THREE hours after we walked in, not three leisurely, decadent hours, but three grueling torturous, often starving hours. I will never go back. I urge you to go elsewhere. 12th Street Bar and grill has a lovely and much less expensive brunch (but don't bother to go there for dinner, unless you go for the upscale burgers), and for dinner Covivium Osteria will give you a far more unique dining experience.

Pros: when they cook it and serve it to you in a timely fashion the food is good

Cons: Terrible service, inconsistent food

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Everyone says this is a great place and it probably is but we had a pretty forgettable experience there. We got a table very close to the kitchen, the waitress made us wait very long and our food wasn't really good. The next day I looked up Frank Bruni's review which actually said that one of the dishes we had wasn't good, so I guess I should have looked it up before going there. The interior was very nice.

3
★★★☆☆

Everyone says this is a great place and it probably is but we had a pretty forgettable experience there. We got a table very close to the kitchen, the waitress made us wait very long and our food wasn't really good. The next day I looked up Frank Bruni's review which actually said that one of the dishes we had wasn't good, so I guess I should have looked it up before going there. The interior was very nice.

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We had the taster menu and all of our courses were accompanied by a wine. It was great. Perfect date place or special occasion place - also good for regular nights :)

5
★★★★★

We had the taster menu and all of our courses were accompanied by a wine. It was great. Perfect date place or special occasion place - also good for regular nights :)

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I don't know how many times I've been here, too many! I always have had a great time. Anyone who lives in Brooklyn and knows food knows about Applewood! Always consistent with service, and food. Can never go wrong if your looking for a perfect meal. Desserts are always a treat.

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★★★★☆

I don't know how many times I've been here, too many! I always have had a great time. Anyone who lives in Brooklyn and knows food knows about Applewood! Always consistent with service, and food. Can never go wrong if your looking for a perfect meal. Desserts are always a treat.

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So here's the thing: I used to work for Danny Meyer. That being divulged, I can't help it, but I think that if you are going to spend this much on food, you should be treated to AN EXPERIENCE. I brought my bf here for his birthday, and we received pretty good service, great food and a lovely atmosphere but not the ever elusive "EXPERIENCE experience." The wine was good too, but my server didn't help much with the decision making process, and when all was said and done, my wallet was over $200 lighter and I found myself wishing we had gone to Union Square Cafe, where they really know how to go that extra mile to make you feel like royalty. SO. If you are a Park Sloper and don't feel like commuting for your fancy feasts, go ahead and make a res at Applewood. But if you are incredibly picky and a stickler for service, you still gotta go to Manhattan.

1
★★★☆☆

So here's the thing: I used to work for Danny Meyer. That being divulged, I can't help it, but I think that if you are going to spend this much on food, you should be treated to AN EXPERIENCE. I brought my bf here for his birthday, and we received pretty good service, great food and a lovely atmosphere but not the ever elusive "EXPERIENCE experience." The wine was good too, but my server didn't help much with the decision making process, and when all was said and done, my wallet was over $200 lighter and I found myself wishing we had gone to Union Square Cafe, where they really know how to go that extra mile to make you feel like royalty. SO. If you are a Park Sloper and don't feel like commuting for your fancy feasts, go ahead and make a res at Applewood. But if you are incredibly picky and a stickler for service, you still gotta go to Manhattan.

Pros: decent food, passable service, pretty room

Cons: it ain't no Gramercy Tavern

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excellent innovative food, even better cocktails. A little pricey, but worth it, great service really makes you feel pampered. the only negative is that it is not very vegetarian friendly and they are not that willing to accommodate. But if you are a meat eater, enjoy this wonderful dining experience

4
★★★★☆

excellent innovative food, even better cocktails. A little pricey, but worth it, great service really makes you feel pampered. the only negative is that it is not very vegetarian friendly and they are not that willing to accommodate. But if you are a meat eater, enjoy this wonderful dining experience

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I'd never even heard of this place until last night, and it was one of the best dinners I've ever had. Our server was extremely charming and helpful. I had an apple cocktail with cinnamon that was perfect- I also splurged on the tasting menu, and I"m so glad I did. 4 fantastic courses for only $55, which I think is a good price. I cant wait to come back, and its perfect for a special occasion or a date.

2
★★★★★

I'd never even heard of this place until last night, and it was one of the best dinners I've ever had. Our server was extremely charming and helpful. I had an apple cocktail with cinnamon that was perfect- I also splurged on the tasting menu, and I"m so glad I did. 4 fantastic courses for only $55, which I think is a good price. I cant wait to come back, and its perfect for a special occasion or a date.

Pros: Cozy and homey decor, plus a few outdoor tables

Cons: a little loud, but thats OK

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Pricey and noisy despite it's intimate appearance, this restaurant missed too many notes to make it a must-try on anyone's list. Our pleasant dinner among 6 girlfriends left us unsatisfied despite the good company. Between us, we sampled almost all of the varieties of meat/poultry on the menu and many other dishes. The verdict: TOO MUCH SALT AND TOO MUCH CREAM. It is hard to go wrong with ingredients as high quality as Applewood's, but the pork belly was too rich (almost inedible), chard oversalted, squash overdone, etc., etc. A chocolate souffle with tarragon ice cream was with what tasted like chili powder in the chocolate was a total miss. A celery root soup that could have been either heartier in flavor or made springy by being lighter, was really just a bowl of creme. Only if you *never* cook for yourself, you just might think this food was interesting, innovative or well done.
Despite our nice waiter, the overall tenor of the place was incredibly snooty - they threaten to charge the hell out of your credit card for cancellation. Between us, we could have gone to the farmer's market and cooked a more inspired meal.

1
★★☆☆☆

Pricey and noisy despite it's intimate appearance, this restaurant missed too many notes to make it a must-try on anyone's list. Our pleasant dinner among 6 girlfriends left us unsatisfied despite the good company. Between us, we sampled almost all of the varieties of meat/poultry on the menu and many other dishes. The verdict: TOO MUCH SALT AND TOO MUCH CREAM. It is hard to go wrong with ingredients as high quality as Applewood's, but the pork belly was too rich (almost inedible), chard oversalted, squash overdone, etc., etc. A chocolate souffle with tarragon ice cream was with what tasted like chili powder in the chocolate was a total miss. A celery root soup that could have been either heartier in flavor or made springy by being lighter, was really just a bowl of creme. Only if you *never* cook for yourself, you just might think this food was interesting, innovative or well done.
Despite our nice waiter, the overall tenor of the place was incredibly snooty - they threaten to charge the hell out of your credit card for cancellation. Between us, we could have gone to the farmer's market and cooked a more inspired meal.

Cons: SALTY, CREAMY, PRICEY, NOISY

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A dear friend gave me a gift certificate for a birthday gift, after 4 or 5 failed attempts to get a reservation paired with a hectic personal schedule it was tough to get in. After finally settling on a date and arriving at the table I realized the certificate was expired by a month and a half. Hoping this would be no big deal for a local haunt with no more than 20 tables, surprisingly I was met with the cold shoulder. Use it or loose it, was said. The food was wonderful, the service was on point but the host/manager had an attitude better suited for a battleship. Couldn't even get a cocktail out of her for a $100 pre-paid gift certificate... The whole experience put a damper on what would have been a special evening.

2
★★★★☆

A dear friend gave me a gift certificate for a birthday gift, after 4 or 5 failed attempts to get a reservation paired with a hectic personal schedule it was tough to get in. After finally settling on a date and arriving at the table I realized the certificate was expired by a month and a half. Hoping this would be no big deal for a local haunt with no more than 20 tables, surprisingly I was met with the cold shoulder. Use it or loose it, was said. The food was wonderful, the service was on point but the host/manager had an attitude better suited for a battleship. Couldn't even get a cocktail out of her for a $100 pre-paid gift certificate... The whole experience put a damper on what would have been a special evening.

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Went to dinner at Applewood for my wife's birthday.
I had a reservation which I took care of online. I sent it on a Monday morn & recieved a response that eve even though the restaurant is dark on Mondays. The wine list for reds by the glass is a bit lacking. Food was delicious. I started with the lobster broth. My wife the had the diver scallops. Both were cooked to perfection. For an entree I had Sea Bass in polenta - My wife an acorn squash dish. I agree it's a bit like being transplanted to a Vermont bed & breakfast. One certainly might forget they are in Park Slope.
One caveat - Careful where you sit - They have a fireplace (they stoke this a bit to much - on average every 10 minutes) - so much so it r u n s the fine line between warm & romantic and being burned as a Heretic at the stake. All that said we will be back.

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★★★★☆

Went to dinner at Applewood for my wife's birthday.
I had a reservation which I took care of online. I sent it on a Monday morn & recieved a response that eve even though the restaurant is dark on Mondays. The wine list for reds by the glass is a bit lacking. Food was delicious. I started with the lobster broth. My wife the had the diver scallops. Both were cooked to perfection. For an entree I had Sea Bass in polenta - My wife an acorn squash dish. I agree it's a bit like being transplanted to a Vermont bed & breakfast. One certainly might forget they are in Park Slope.
One caveat - Careful where you sit - They have a fireplace (they stoke this a bit to much - on average every 10 minutes) - so much so it r u n s the fine line between warm & romantic and being burned as a Heretic at the stake. All that said we will be back.

Pros: Ambience & wonderful food

Cons: Wine list - should offer more & better choices by the glass

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This is one of the better restaurants I made the trek over to Brooklyn for - most of them are pretty goodk everything about this one was excellent - I went for breakfast, the atmosphere, the food, everything its worth it if you are thinking about it just go!

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★★★★★

This is one of the better restaurants I made the trek over to Brooklyn for - most of them are pretty goodk everything about this one was excellent - I went for breakfast, the atmosphere, the food, everything its worth it if you are thinking about it just go!

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I've been hearing about applewood for months now, and my husband surprised me by taking me for my birthday a few weeks ago. I was worried that the hype would ruin it, but we absolutely loved it. The drinks were great, and the cheese plate to start was absolutely amazing - blue cheese cheesecake! The entrees were good as well (I think we both had fish), but the drinks, the cheese plate and the dessert of blueberry ice cream and crepes were what blew us away. Can't wait for a special occasion to go back!

2
★★★★★

I've been hearing about applewood for months now, and my husband surprised me by taking me for my birthday a few weeks ago. I was worried that the hype would ruin it, but we absolutely loved it. The drinks were great, and the cheese plate to start was absolutely amazing - blue cheese cheesecake! The entrees were good as well (I think we both had fish), but the drinks, the cheese plate and the dessert of blueberry ice cream and crepes were what blew us away. Can't wait for a special occasion to go back!

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I have been dying to try applewood since I first stumbled upon it. I finally had an opportunity to eat there last week and to say that I was impressed is an understatement. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. The wine was delicious. And the food! The food was delicious. I had gotten the duck breast served with a duck confit risotto. It was fabulous. I would have liked to try the desserts. Maybe next time, because I will definitely be back.

2
★★★★☆

I have been dying to try applewood since I first stumbled upon it. I finally had an opportunity to eat there last week and to say that I was impressed is an understatement. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. The wine was delicious. And the food! The food was delicious. I had gotten the duck breast served with a duck confit risotto. It was fabulous. I would have liked to try the desserts. Maybe next time, because I will definitely be back.

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We were quite excited to go to Applewood for brunch - but our hopes of a good dining experience were dashed by horrible service and overall a bad experience. We sat for awhile before anyone offered us beverages. When we ordered our food, we requested water. It didn't come with our coffee, so we asked for it again. When the water didn't come with our food, we had to ask for it a third time. Immediately we discovered a long hair in one of our entrees. The waiter apologized and brought us a new entree. These things happen - it wasn't the fact that we found a hair in our food that made our experience bad. But it was how they handled it. Though we received a terse apology from our server, that was it - no apology from the manager, no offer to bring us a cocktail, no offer to comp anything - not even a simple offer to pay for our coffees (which would have made all the difference). Throughout our meals our coffees and waters went unrefilled, and when our check was dropped off and when we left there was no "thank you" from our server. All of that said, the food was quite good. But there are plenty of other places in the neighborhood with good food AND good service. We'll have no reason to return to Applewood.

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★★☆☆☆

We were quite excited to go to Applewood for brunch - but our hopes of a good dining experience were dashed by horrible service and overall a bad experience. We sat for awhile before anyone offered us beverages. When we ordered our food, we requested water. It didn't come with our coffee, so we asked for it again. When the water didn't come with our food, we had to ask for it a third time. Immediately we discovered a long hair in one of our entrees. The waiter apologized and brought us a new entree. These things happen - it wasn't the fact that we found a hair in our food that made our experience bad. But it was how they handled it. Though we received a terse apology from our server, that was it - no apology from the manager, no offer to bring us a cocktail, no offer to comp anything - not even a simple offer to pay for our coffees (which would have made all the difference). Throughout our meals our coffees and waters went unrefilled, and when our check was dropped off and when we left there was no "thank you" from our server. All of that said, the food was quite good. But there are plenty of other places in the neighborhood with good food AND good service. We'll have no reason to return to Applewood.

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The way the staff took care of my boyfriend and I for fathers day brunch was exceptional. Not only did the food come out in record time (we were very short on time, and they were swamped), they even gave his doggy a bowl of water without us asking for it! I haven't been to applewood since the winter but will be definitely going back, food was very good too.

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★★★★★

The way the staff took care of my boyfriend and I for fathers day brunch was exceptional. Not only did the food come out in record time (we were very short on time, and they were swamped), they even gave his doggy a bowl of water without us asking for it! I haven't been to applewood since the winter but will be definitely going back, food was very good too.

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With three other people, I attended a cheese tasting that showcased the products of Sweet Grass Dairy. Five tasting courses were prepared and accompanied with a wine taste. The courses and wine were all very tasty but we left the restaurant starving - each course was literally hor d'oeuvre sized. With the bill+tip coming in at around $115 per person, I thought this was a stinging rip-off. At this price point, and for so little food, I would expect a nice view of Central Park.

0
★☆☆☆☆

With three other people, I attended a cheese tasting that showcased the products of Sweet Grass Dairy. Five tasting courses were prepared and accompanied with a wine taste. The courses and wine were all very tasty but we left the restaurant starving - each course was literally hor d'oeuvre sized. With the bill+tip coming in at around $115 per person, I thought this was a stinging rip-off. At this price point, and for so little food, I would expect a nice view of Central Park.

Pros: owner involvement and pride

Cons: manhattan prices

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My wife and I went to Applewood for a special occasion-- her second time, my first. I was expecting to be amazed, as I had heard good things about the food-- but I was mildly disappointed. First, the atmosphere, while simple and restrained in style and decoration, became overpowered by the noise level on a crowded Saturday night. After about 8pm, the small restaurant became loud and crowded. Might be a better bet on a week night. Second, the service was snobby and rushed. Our waiter condescended to us when we asked questions about the menu, and later when things were busy, the staff dashed around wildly, as though making up for a missing person or two. They seemed unprepared for the Saturday night numbers, both inside and outside the restaurant.
Third, the food, while quite good in places, was disappointing in others. The lobster soup was a disappointment, though the diver scallop appetizer and fish entrees were excellent (if on the raw side). Desert was good too.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal, but was put off by the ambience and the service. I'd go back if pressed, but probably not by choice.
Would recommend Rosewater, Al Di La, or Goblin Market instead.

1
★★★☆☆

My wife and I went to Applewood for a special occasion-- her second time, my first. I was expecting to be amazed, as I had heard good things about the food-- but I was mildly disappointed. First, the atmosphere, while simple and restrained in style and decoration, became overpowered by the noise level on a crowded Saturday night. After about 8pm, the small restaurant became loud and crowded. Might be a better bet on a week night. Second, the service was snobby and rushed. Our waiter condescended to us when we asked questions about the menu, and later when things were busy, the staff dashed around wildly, as though making up for a missing person or two. They seemed unprepared for the Saturday night numbers, both inside and outside the restaurant.
Third, the food, while quite good in places, was disappointing in others. The lobster soup was a disappointment, though the diver scallop appetizer and fish entrees were excellent (if on the raw side). Desert was good too.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal, but was put off by the ambience and the service. I'd go back if pressed, but probably not by choice.
Would recommend Rosewater, Al Di La, or Goblin Market instead.

Pros: Good food.

Cons: Snooty service, loud.

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I was expecting more. Especially when dinner for two was $130.

The atmosphere is nice, but nothing unique. It's also noisy.

The service was attentive if a bit quirky (but that's ok).

The appetizers were ok, but nothing memorable. My companion's lobster soup was only average.

Entrees are small. My companion's char was nicely done. My pork was undercooked (a bit raw inside), which maybe is the trend in cooking, but biting into raw pork is an unpleasant sensation.

The chocolate souffle was quite good. Coffee was average.

I won't be back. IMHO, if you're looking for nicely executed New American dining with a more cozy atmosphere and better food, go to Chestnut on Smith Street.

2
★★★★☆

I was expecting more. Especially when dinner for two was $130.

The atmosphere is nice, but nothing unique. It's also noisy.

The service was attentive if a bit quirky (but that's ok).

The appetizers were ok, but nothing memorable. My companion's lobster soup was only average.

Entrees are small. My companion's char was nicely done. My pork was undercooked (a bit raw inside), which maybe is the trend in cooking, but biting into raw pork is an unpleasant sensation.

The chocolate souffle was quite good. Coffee was average.

I won't be back. IMHO, if you're looking for nicely executed New American dining with a more cozy atmosphere and better food, go to Chestnut on Smith Street.

Pros: service, spiced cocktail, desert

Cons: noisy, overpriced, spotty

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Last night my girlfriend and I had dinner at this spot in the south Slope, we've been thinking about coming here for a few months but never had the right opportunity. The menu is simple yet sophisticated, I could have have most of the offerings in it however if you're like my girlfriend, your options would be a bit more limited since game meats are a big part of it, at least that was the case last night. However some of the staple dishes (like the Rib-eye) weren't available, due mainly to the fact that the menu itself changes (as stated by our friendly waiter) almost on a daily basis because they want to deal with only the freshest of ingredients, things that don't meet their standards get taken out of the menu and new items are added accordingly.

The food, simply put, fantastic. Without going into details of our specific choices, it was perfect. I'm not exactly a dessert guy, but ours was outstanding. If this place was in the city it would get 2 stars (3 maybe?) for food alone. If I have to pick, my only complaint would be that they don't have an espresso machine, something I must have after a great meal. The service was pretty good as well, our guy was very knowledgeable and friendly. The ambiance is homey and unpretentious (almost too simple perhaps), we were seated in what might be the most romantic table in the whole place, a two-seater by the window (a tad cold obviously), tucked in a spot that just barely seats two people. If you're on a date (or with the old lady/man), request that table when making a reservation. I glanced at the bar when I went to use the gents' room, and it looks like a nice place to dine solo.

The wine list seemed appropriate and educated, with even a small selection of half bottles, which we took full advantage of, being a week-night (and having quite a lot to deal with at work the next day).

Overall, we won't need much of an excuse to come back, this is Brooklyn dining at its best.

Cheers!

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★★★★★

Last night my girlfriend and I had dinner at this spot in the south Slope, we've been thinking about coming here for a few months but never had the right opportunity. The menu is simple yet sophisticated, I could have have most of the offerings in it however if you're like my girlfriend, your options would be a bit more limited since game meats are a big part of it, at least that was the case last night. However some of the staple dishes (like the Rib-eye) weren't available, due mainly to the fact that the menu itself changes (as stated by our friendly waiter) almost on a daily basis because they want to deal with only the freshest of ingredients, things that don't meet their standards get taken out of the menu and new items are added accordingly.

The food, simply put, fantastic. Without going into details of our specific choices, it was perfect. I'm not exactly a dessert guy, but ours was outstanding. If this place was in the city it would get 2 stars (3 maybe?) for food alone. If I have to pick, my only complaint would be that they don't have an espresso machine, something I must have after a great meal. The service was pretty good as well, our guy was very knowledgeable and friendly. The ambiance is homey and unpretentious (almost too simple perhaps), we were seated in what might be the most romantic table in the whole place, a two-seater by the window (a tad cold obviously), tucked in a spot that just barely seats two people. If you're on a date (or with the old lady/man), request that table when making a reservation. I glanced at the bar when I went to use the gents' room, and it looks like a nice place to dine solo.

The wine list seemed appropriate and educated, with even a small selection of half bottles, which we took full advantage of, being a week-night (and having quite a lot to deal with at work the next day).

Overall, we won't need much of an excuse to come back, this is Brooklyn dining at its best.

Cheers!

Pros: see review

Cons: location

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I walked in not knowing what to expect - I have dined on Smith street with uneven results, and I have learned to ease my expectations when it comes to places that brag about their ingredients. I went to Applewood with an open mind, and I came away delighted, with a warm and satisfied feeling. The food is honest, the service is friendly (probably a bit casual for some) and the prices are solid for the level of ingredients that are used. I can see why some people may quibble about the portions - but take a pit stop at Blue Hill or Cookshop, and you will find that the portions are quite reasonable.

2
★★★★★

I walked in not knowing what to expect - I have dined on Smith street with uneven results, and I have learned to ease my expectations when it comes to places that brag about their ingredients. I went to Applewood with an open mind, and I came away delighted, with a warm and satisfied feeling. The food is honest, the service is friendly (probably a bit casual for some) and the prices are solid for the level of ingredients that are used. I can see why some people may quibble about the portions - but take a pit stop at Blue Hill or Cookshop, and you will find that the portions are quite reasonable.

Pros: Great food, friendly room

Cons: seating by fireplace looked like it would be too warm

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This is my favorite restaurant in Park Slope. The food is delicious and creative and the service is always friendly.

2
★★★★★

This is my favorite restaurant in Park Slope. The food is delicious and creative and the service is always friendly.

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This place is very cute and the dishes are eclectic. The ambience is warm and cozy, in the summer they have some tables outside which is also nice. The food is tasty but it never amazes me. The first time I was there, I had the duck. The sauce was delicous but the duck itself was a bit greasy. They have some interesting things on the menu that are definitely worth trying.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is very cute and the dishes are eclectic. The ambience is warm and cozy, in the summer they have some tables outside which is also nice. The food is tasty but it never amazes me. The first time I was there, I had the duck. The sauce was delicous but the duck itself was a bit greasy. They have some interesting things on the menu that are definitely worth trying.

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Certainly my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn, if not New York. I've been here a few times for dinner and once for brunch and have loved every experience I've had. So much thought goes into the menu items, and the drinks are amazing. Get the maple manhattan, or the weird sounding/great tasting onion martini. If you're there for brunch, this place made me want to cry in my bacon...

2
★★★★★

Certainly my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn, if not New York. I've been here a few times for dinner and once for brunch and have loved every experience I've had. So much thought goes into the menu items, and the drinks are amazing. Get the maple manhattan, or the weird sounding/great tasting onion martini. If you're there for brunch, this place made me want to cry in my bacon...

Pros: all of it, incredible

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Was looking forward to dining at Applewood. Love the way the restaurant looks both from the outside and inside. It is extremely warm and inviting. The host staff was friendly and accomodating. Portions were rather large which was nice. The food is very hearty and rich. No one at my table was able to finish what they ordered. The sweetbreads were delicious, cooked to perfection. The duck was delicious, full of flavor. The haddock was light but very filling. The only negative thing I can say about this restaurant is that the service (while not bad) could use some improvement. People are excited to dine in your restaurant guys....you should make them feel welcome.

2
★★★★★

Was looking forward to dining at Applewood. Love the way the restaurant looks both from the outside and inside. It is extremely warm and inviting. The host staff was friendly and accomodating. Portions were rather large which was nice. The food is very hearty and rich. No one at my table was able to finish what they ordered. The sweetbreads were delicious, cooked to perfection. The duck was delicious, full of flavor. The haddock was light but very filling. The only negative thing I can say about this restaurant is that the service (while not bad) could use some improvement. People are excited to dine in your restaurant guys....you should make them feel welcome.

Pros: Ambiance, portions, flavor

Cons: Service was average at best

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Great little place. in a small side street at park slope. very cozy and quiet. personal service. A nice date place.

2
★★★★★

Great little place. in a small side street at park slope. very cozy and quiet. personal service. A nice date place.

Pros: local and private

Cons: manhattan price

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My girlfriend took me here for my birthday recently. We had read several good reviews of this place and had been meaning to eat here for some time. We were blown away by our experience. Just about every aspect to this place was perfect. The restaurant is off of 7th Avenue in the first floor of a brownstone. The decor is an elegent rustic design that is just beautiful. The organic menu was top notch, from the appetizers to the dessert. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, and the wine list was original and contained my new favorite bottle of Pinot Noir (Dobbes Family Vinyard, Oregon). Some reviews write that the place can get noisey, and though there was a bit of a din at peak dining time, I don't feel that it took much away from the overall experience. Make sure to call ahead, because it's not easy to get a reservation at this popular restaurant, but I will be coming here for years to come. The quality of the food equals that of many more expensive restaurants in Manhattan. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend took me here for my birthday recently. We had read several good reviews of this place and had been meaning to eat here for some time. We were blown away by our experience. Just about every aspect to this place was perfect. The restaurant is off of 7th Avenue in the first floor of a brownstone. The decor is an elegent rustic design that is just beautiful. The organic menu was top notch, from the appetizers to the dessert. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, and the wine list was original and contained my new favorite bottle of Pinot Noir (Dobbes Family Vinyard, Oregon). Some reviews write that the place can get noisey, and though there was a bit of a din at peak dining time, I don't feel that it took much away from the overall experience. Make sure to call ahead, because it's not easy to get a reservation at this popular restaurant, but I will be coming here for years to come. The quality of the food equals that of many more expensive restaurants in Manhattan. Highly recommended.

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: Can get a little noisey

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We used to have brunch at applewood almost every Sunday, but then life got in the way and we hadn't been back for quite a while. We finally got back there this past Sunday and had the MOST AMAZING BLOODY MARY ever! The pancakes weren't my favorite, but the omelets were fabulous, as was the bacon, sausage and grits. Seriously though, this bloody mary is out of control. Even if you're not hungry, you've got to at least sit at the bar and have one of these while you read your newspaper. The only drawback (other than the pancakes) was that we had a fairly long wait to be seated, but that bloody mary (did I mention how good it is?) made it all worthwhile...

2
★★★★★

We used to have brunch at applewood almost every Sunday, but then life got in the way and we hadn't been back for quite a while. We finally got back there this past Sunday and had the MOST AMAZING BLOODY MARY ever! The pancakes weren't my favorite, but the omelets were fabulous, as was the bacon, sausage and grits. Seriously though, this bloody mary is out of control. Even if you're not hungry, you've got to at least sit at the bar and have one of these while you read your newspaper. The only drawback (other than the pancakes) was that we had a fairly long wait to be seated, but that bloody mary (did I mention how good it is?) made it all worthwhile...

Pros: great food, service, atmospher

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I came here with friends, and had the worst brunch ever! I should have known it would be bad when the waitress brought spoiled cream for our coffee... None of us liked our food- and I'm not a picky eater. The cold carrot soup was inedible. It was like carrot baby food blended with cream- disgusting. And nothing else made up for it. Not only was the food bad, but our server never checked on us, and she brought us the wrong bill at the end. Nothing worse than overpaying for a meal you barely touch. Maybe dinner is better, but I'll never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I came here with friends, and had the worst brunch ever! I should have known it would be bad when the waitress brought spoiled cream for our coffee... None of us liked our food- and I'm not a picky eater. The cold carrot soup was inedible. It was like carrot baby food blended with cream- disgusting. And nothing else made up for it. Not only was the food bad, but our server never checked on us, and she brought us the wrong bill at the end. Nothing worse than overpaying for a meal you barely touch. Maybe dinner is better, but I'll never go back.

Pros: cute building

Cons: service, food, price

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Just had to chime in after reading the previous (scathing) review of Applewood. We've been there at least a dozen times over the past couple of years and have never had a bad experience. Of course, we've enjoyed some dishes more than others, but the food is always a treat, the service is always friendly and accomodating, and the owner/manager has never been anything but gracious. The previous review strikes me as disingenuine...written by a competitor, maybe? Anyway, don't believe it. This place is a gem!

2
★★★★★

Just had to chime in after reading the previous (scathing) review of Applewood. We've been there at least a dozen times over the past couple of years and have never had a bad experience. Of course, we've enjoyed some dishes more than others, but the food is always a treat, the service is always friendly and accomodating, and the owner/manager has never been anything but gracious. The previous review strikes me as disingenuine...written by a competitor, maybe? Anyway, don't believe it. This place is a gem!

Pros: Fabulous, seasonal food. Daily changing menu. Friendly staff. Great room.

Cons: Can be very loud when crowded

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We ate here after hearing so much about it. The food is good, but the portions are tiny! If you are looking for big portions, this is not the place. The service we got was horrible. Totally unprofessional. The waiters were rude and unhelpful, and the manager or owner (not sure who she was) was also unhospitable. I will never go back there just because I think that service is very important and the service we received was terrible.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We ate here after hearing so much about it. The food is good, but the portions are tiny! If you are looking for big portions, this is not the place. The service we got was horrible. Totally unprofessional. The waiters were rude and unhelpful, and the manager or owner (not sure who she was) was also unhospitable. I will never go back there just because I think that service is very important and the service we received was terrible.

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I find many of the preceding reviews improbable at best. (makes you wonder if they aren't written by competing restaurants) This is one of the best, if not THE best, meals I've had in my life. My wife and I have dined all over the country and abroad, we love food, and we definitely appreciate high quality ingredients. Applewood is a restaurant with integrity (slow food supporters) making use of local, organic ingredients and doing an amazing job. The flavors are fabulous, fresh and beautifully balanced, the service is attentive, without being overbearing and the atmosphere is cozy and comforting. I can't imagine going anywhere else for the price!

2
★★★★★

I find many of the preceding reviews improbable at best. (makes you wonder if they aren't written by competing restaurants) This is one of the best, if not THE best, meals I've had in my life. My wife and I have dined all over the country and abroad, we love food, and we definitely appreciate high quality ingredients. Applewood is a restaurant with integrity (slow food supporters) making use of local, organic ingredients and doing an amazing job. The flavors are fabulous, fresh and beautifully balanced, the service is attentive, without being overbearing and the atmosphere is cozy and comforting. I can't imagine going anywhere else for the price!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: menu changes too frequently to try missed items on a return visit!

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I was concerned about all the other reviews here, but given they have only reviewed this one restaurant I usually discount them as they aren't very accurate. I had dinner last night which consisted of an appetizer of the braised veal cheeks and the duo of rabbit, braised and confit. Both dishes were amazing. Perfectly seasoned and prepared. From what I have seen applewood only serves the best organic and locally farmed ingredients. The prices tend to be somewhat higher, but you are paying for first class ingredients. I would say go judge for yourself, you won't be dissapointed.

2
★★★★★

I was concerned about all the other reviews here, but given they have only reviewed this one restaurant I usually discount them as they aren't very accurate. I had dinner last night which consisted of an appetizer of the braised veal cheeks and the duo of rabbit, braised and confit. Both dishes were amazing. Perfectly seasoned and prepared. From what I have seen applewood only serves the best organic and locally farmed ingredients. The prices tend to be somewhat higher, but you are paying for first class ingredients. I would say go judge for yourself, you won't be dissapointed.

Pros: organic, supports local farms, food

Cons: crowded

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Went to Applewood for our anniversary dinner. Great dinner, until the waiter decided to choose our dessert for us without our consent. We were looking forward to specific desserts which were in season. The waiter's decision put a damper on our special day.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went to Applewood for our anniversary dinner. Great dinner, until the waiter decided to choose our dessert for us without our consent. We were looking forward to specific desserts which were in season. The waiter's decision put a damper on our special day.

Cons: Waitstaff, Expensive, Noisy

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We walked in without reservations and waited for quite awhile. Once we were seated, our waiter had to be prompted to bring us bread even though he came to the table 3x and knew we stood waiting for a table for nearly forty minutes. He never even mentioned that bread would be brought. Then when our meals arrived, my risotto was not cooked thoroughly and still quite raw in the center, a starchy chewiness, not al dente. My husband's entree, pork chop over red wine braised lentils, was subpar...even terrible might be appropriate b/c the lentils were so saltly, no human being would be able to stomach it, AND I like salt far more than the average person. They were outrageously salty and everyone at the table of five agreed, they were inedible.
The atmosphere was nice and charming but the food was not good but rather memorably bad.

1
★★☆☆☆

We walked in without reservations and waited for quite awhile. Once we were seated, our waiter had to be prompted to bring us bread even though he came to the table 3x and knew we stood waiting for a table for nearly forty minutes. He never even mentioned that bread would be brought. Then when our meals arrived, my risotto was not cooked thoroughly and still quite raw in the center, a starchy chewiness, not al dente. My husband's entree, pork chop over red wine braised lentils, was subpar...even terrible might be appropriate b/c the lentils were so saltly, no human being would be able to stomach it, AND I like salt far more than the average person. They were outrageously salty and everyone at the table of five agreed, they were inedible.
The atmosphere was nice and charming but the food was not good but rather memorably bad.

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Overpriced, small portions, loud, cheap furniture, way-too-small tables, poor value, etc, etc, etc. This place does not live up to the hype. Go to Stone Park, Al di La, 12th Street B&G, or even Olive Vine for better food and value. This place is pretentious in the worst way possible. It's pretending to be both casual and refined but can't figure out which one it wants to be

0
★☆☆☆☆

Overpriced, small portions, loud, cheap furniture, way-too-small tables, poor value, etc, etc, etc. This place does not live up to the hype. Go to Stone Park, Al di La, 12th Street B&G, or even Olive Vine for better food and value. This place is pretentious in the worst way possible. It's pretending to be both casual and refined but can't figure out which one it wants to be

Pros: none

Cons: expensive, small portions, bad value

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we've been a few times - loved it the 1st and have been more and more disappointed each visit. i think we're done. it's friendly, but the service is not so good - the bread girl kept passing us to the point we thought it was a joke. the food is good, but nothing has sides - a few heads of baby cauliflower, a couple of roasted hazelnuts. and my fish was undercooked. for the hype and the price - it should be better. chestnut on smith st has similar style with much better food.

1
★★★☆☆

we've been a few times - loved it the 1st and have been more and more disappointed each visit. i think we're done. it's friendly, but the service is not so good - the bread girl kept passing us to the point we thought it was a joke. the food is good, but nothing has sides - a few heads of baby cauliflower, a couple of roasted hazelnuts. and my fish was undercooked. for the hype and the price - it should be better. chestnut on smith st has similar style with much better food.

Pros: creative menu, good wine list, what's good is great

Cons: presentation/portions, expensive, what's bad is poor

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I wanted to check out the restaurant once I read "New York Magazine"...I live in the negihberhood, so my girlfriend and I went for dinner...we made no reservations and opted to dine at the bar...the ambience is spot on...it's really warm and cozy...the bar was perfectly comfortable...our bartender was quick and on point...he made some great recommendations...their cheese platter was out of this world...I then opted for the venison...it was cooked to perfection...you might find the combination of the two a bit too much in one seating...we will definately be back.

2
★★★★★

I wanted to check out the restaurant once I read "New York Magazine"...I live in the negihberhood, so my girlfriend and I went for dinner...we made no reservations and opted to dine at the bar...the ambience is spot on...it's really warm and cozy...the bar was perfectly comfortable...our bartender was quick and on point...he made some great recommendations...their cheese platter was out of this world...I then opted for the venison...it was cooked to perfection...you might find the combination of the two a bit too much in one seating...we will definately be back.

Pros: service, staff, bathrooms

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Skeptical of trying after hearing reviews? Make your own opinion. So happy we did! A random Tuesday, had our choice of tables. The lobster-lemon ravioli - fresh, full of lobster meat, broth a bit salty - I enjoyed it, the other 3 at the table didn't. Butternutsquash soup special incredible! Topped w/creme fraiche and not over-creamy itself. Loin of veal, veal breast w/foie gras - perfectly balanced and well proportioned as was the venison and the lamb dishes. Mind you - the portions aren't huge as this isn't a steakhouse. High quality meats are worth the prices and the wait. Nice atmosphere, good beverage list and very tasty desserts. Choc bread pudding really tasty w/PB icecream. The cheese plate - a nice assortment of locals with an amazing spin on 'cheesecake'. Get ready, this isn't your usual 7th Ave restaurant - it's a true dining experience! Not for vegetarians.

2
★★★★★

Skeptical of trying after hearing reviews? Make your own opinion. So happy we did! A random Tuesday, had our choice of tables. The lobster-lemon ravioli - fresh, full of lobster meat, broth a bit salty - I enjoyed it, the other 3 at the table didn't. Butternutsquash soup special incredible! Topped w/creme fraiche and not over-creamy itself. Loin of veal, veal breast w/foie gras - perfectly balanced and well proportioned as was the venison and the lamb dishes. Mind you - the portions aren't huge as this isn't a steakhouse. High quality meats are worth the prices and the wait. Nice atmosphere, good beverage list and very tasty desserts. Choc bread pudding really tasty w/PB icecream. The cheese plate - a nice assortment of locals with an amazing spin on 'cheesecake'. Get ready, this isn't your usual 7th Ave restaurant - it's a true dining experience! Not for vegetarians.

Pros: cozy atmosphere, good menu, high quality

Cons: pricey

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Had a meal there last week, and although I was worried about the other reviews saying it was loud, we were there at prime time with a full room and the noise level was fine. The waitstaff was professional and although they were busy, we didn't feel neglected. Our only complaint was the kitchen was running slow and there was about 15 minutes between appetizer and main course, but it was fine, we were enjoying their bread with their amazing homemade dips. The food was seasoned perfectly, no signs of the over salting mentioned in other reviews. As far as portion size, yes they are on the smallish side compared to a TGI Fridays entree , but after having an appetizer and entree we left full. Excellent meal and their seasonal cocktails are amazing!

2
★★★★★

Had a meal there last week, and although I was worried about the other reviews saying it was loud, we were there at prime time with a full room and the noise level was fine. The waitstaff was professional and although they were busy, we didn't feel neglected. Our only complaint was the kitchen was running slow and there was about 15 minutes between appetizer and main course, but it was fine, we were enjoying their bread with their amazing homemade dips. The food was seasoned perfectly, no signs of the over salting mentioned in other reviews. As far as portion size, yes they are on the smallish side compared to a TGI Fridays entree , but after having an appetizer and entree we left full. Excellent meal and their seasonal cocktails are amazing!

Pros: organic food, great cocktails, fireplace

Cons: crowded

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Too noisy, literally have to yell. Subpar service. Food is good, but this place definitely doesn't live up to the hype. The noise level alone is reason enough to skip this place, then add in the high prices and snobby, somewhat incompetent wait staff, and why bother? We won't be back.

1
★★★☆☆

Too noisy, literally have to yell. Subpar service. Food is good, but this place definitely doesn't live up to the hype. The noise level alone is reason enough to skip this place, then add in the high prices and snobby, somewhat incompetent wait staff, and why bother? We won't be back.

Pros: Interesting Menu

Cons: Too Loud, Bad Service, Very Expensive

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We were seated and ordered almost immediately. But then we waited. And waited. And waited-- without water, much less a bread basket. We finally asked someone for some coffee and waited some more.
45 minutes after ordering, we flagged down our waiter. "Oh it's on the way." Fifteen minutes later, it was "on the grill right now." (Where was it before? Connecticut???) Fifteen minutes later we left.
The host followed us out and asked why were were leaving. When we explained that we had waited for over an hour, he replied "Well, it's a really busy time. " And, reader: he shrugged and turned away.
1) it wasn't busy AT ALL when we arrived AN HOUR BEFORE and 2) it's brunch in Park Slope. HAVE YOUR STAFF READY.

I have been here twice before for dinner and thought it exceptional, but after this brunch experience, I would not go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were seated and ordered almost immediately. But then we waited. And waited. And waited-- without water, much less a bread basket. We finally asked someone for some coffee and waited some more.
45 minutes after ordering, we flagged down our waiter. "Oh it's on the way." Fifteen minutes later, it was "on the grill right now." (Where was it before? Connecticut???) Fifteen minutes later we left.
The host followed us out and asked why were were leaving. When we explained that we had waited for over an hour, he replied "Well, it's a really busy time. " And, reader: he shrugged and turned away.
1) it wasn't busy AT ALL when we arrived AN HOUR BEFORE and 2) it's brunch in Park Slope. HAVE YOUR STAFF READY.

I have been here twice before for dinner and thought it exceptional, but after this brunch experience, I would not go back.

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Have been hearing many things about Applewood (good things, not like most fo teh complaints on this board) and decided to give it a try. Went with a friend and we shared an appetizer, ordered another each and then had an entree each. There weren't many people in the restaraunt and the fire was going so it made for a nice evening. The chef even sent out a complimentery scallop with a parmesan bacon broth that was amazing. It sound strange, but it was delicious. Needless to say I left not even able to eat a dessert. I had the braised pork belly and the lamb which was beyond excellent. This excellent is highly recommended, but watch it, all of our food, plus 3 drinks apiece came out to about $125. well worth it though in my book.

2
★★★★★

Have been hearing many things about Applewood (good things, not like most fo teh complaints on this board) and decided to give it a try. Went with a friend and we shared an appetizer, ordered another each and then had an entree each. There weren't many people in the restaraunt and the fire was going so it made for a nice evening. The chef even sent out a complimentery scallop with a parmesan bacon broth that was amazing. It sound strange, but it was delicious. Needless to say I left not even able to eat a dessert. I had the braised pork belly and the lamb which was beyond excellent. This excellent is highly recommended, but watch it, all of our food, plus 3 drinks apiece came out to about $125. well worth it though in my book.

Pros: excellent food

Cons: pricey

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I attended this restauraunt with three friends to celebrate my birthday. I was drawn by the promise of organic food and cozy ambiance, however the restauraunt was so loud we were shouting at each other and the service was so snooty that I had a bad feeling before our food came out. When it did finally arrive EVERYTHING was salty from the meat to the soup to the salad. How do you make a salad salty? I have no idea, but I'm sure the people at Applewood can tell you. The point of organic food is supposed to be that it tastes better, but we couldn't taste anything over the salt. Do not waste your money on this over priced gimmick of a restaurant.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I attended this restauraunt with three friends to celebrate my birthday. I was drawn by the promise of organic food and cozy ambiance, however the restauraunt was so loud we were shouting at each other and the service was so snooty that I had a bad feeling before our food came out. When it did finally arrive EVERYTHING was salty from the meat to the soup to the salad. How do you make a salad salty? I have no idea, but I'm sure the people at Applewood can tell you. The point of organic food is supposed to be that it tastes better, but we couldn't taste anything over the salt. Do not waste your money on this over priced gimmick of a restaurant.

Cons: Salty food, Rude Service, Loud

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My husband and I have been to Applewood twice -- the first time within a few weeks of its opening, and the last time a few weeks ago. We will not be going again. The food is good, but the portions are ridiculously small. We each ordered an appetizer and a main course, and we both left hungry. I was still very hungry as my portion was the smaller of the two -- I ordered the risotto. They must have put only half a serving cup of risotto on my plate.

1
★★☆☆☆

My husband and I have been to Applewood twice -- the first time within a few weeks of its opening, and the last time a few weeks ago. We will not be going again. The food is good, but the portions are ridiculously small. We each ordered an appetizer and a main course, and we both left hungry. I was still very hungry as my portion was the smaller of the two -- I ordered the risotto. They must have put only half a serving cup of risotto on my plate.

Pros: ambience

Cons: portions too small

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The Scene
There is no visible pretense inside this homey dining room with a relaxed staff and simple decor. Yet the well-dressed professional crowd knows looks can be deceiving; behind the benign appearance is a kitchen turning…

 

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