Wombat

★★★☆☆
  • 613 Grand St

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Cross street: nr. Leonard St.

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  • 718-218-7077

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Mon-Fri 5pm-2am Sat-Sun 11am-2am

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I had some good burgers here and I've had some real bad gritty oysters that had my stomach rolling before I even got to my entree. It will sound weird but the real decision breaker for me was the Facebook fan page. At the restaurant website there's a link to their mascot George Wombat on Facebook. Whoever works this fanpage continuously commented on my status, taunting my friends and being oddly pushy. No matter how I tried to deflect it, Wombat was actively causing drama with my friends. I don't even think "unprofessional" is accurate enough. I won't be going back.

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★★★☆☆

I had some good burgers here and I've had some real bad gritty oysters that had my stomach rolling before I even got to my entree. It will sound weird but the real decision breaker for me was the Facebook fan page. At the restaurant website there's a link to their mascot George Wombat on Facebook. Whoever works this fanpage continuously commented on my status, taunting my friends and being oddly pushy. No matter how I tried to deflect it, Wombat was actively causing drama with my friends. I don't even think "unprofessional" is accurate enough. I won't be going back.

Pros: great burger

Cons: bad oysters, scary mascot

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I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised by this place, the quality of food, service, prices, drinks, and location. Usually I expect any new restaurant that opens on this side of williamsburg to be either a dive catering to hipsters, or overly trendy and catering to hipsters. Wombat is none of these, and I don't even think they like hipsters let alone cater to them. It's a small, simply decorated dining room with a mural of the Outback and some twinkle lights. It's not too loud, or too dark. There aren't a lot of tables, and I've never seen a party of more than 4. It's a nice intimate place to enjoy a meal. The best thing about the menu is the fact that you can get the best burger ever (the aussie burger), but if you don't eat beef, there are plenty of other options. I love the watermelon & feta salad. The other great thing about this place are the drinks. If you're in the mood for a pint, they have a fantastic selection and it's not all the same micro-brews you find everywhere else. Also if you want a cocktail you've never had before, try the tipsy koala. I don't remember exactly what's in it, but it's a unique blend of fruit, vanilla and amaretto flavors.
As for the service, it's not saccharine sweet, but it's nice. We've had the same waitress every time we go there and each time she gives us a free shot. We always get our food and drinks in good time, never have to ask for anything twice. No complaints.

2
★★★★★

I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised by this place, the quality of food, service, prices, drinks, and location. Usually I expect any new restaurant that opens on this side of williamsburg to be either a dive catering to hipsters, or overly trendy and catering to hipsters. Wombat is none of these, and I don't even think they like hipsters let alone cater to them. It's a small, simply decorated dining room with a mural of the Outback and some twinkle lights. It's not too loud, or too dark. There aren't a lot of tables, and I've never seen a party of more than 4. It's a nice intimate place to enjoy a meal. The best thing about the menu is the fact that you can get the best burger ever (the aussie burger), but if you don't eat beef, there are plenty of other options. I love the watermelon & feta salad. The other great thing about this place are the drinks. If you're in the mood for a pint, they have a fantastic selection and it's not all the same micro-brews you find everywhere else. Also if you want a cocktail you've never had before, try the tipsy koala. I don't remember exactly what's in it, but it's a unique blend of fruit, vanilla and amaretto flavors.
As for the service, it's not saccharine sweet, but it's nice. We've had the same waitress every time we go there and each time she gives us a free shot. We always get our food and drinks in good time, never have to ask for anything twice. No complaints.

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Is it possible to rate a restaurant with zero stars? Do yourself a favor and DO NOT order delivery from the place. My friend and I waited over and hour on a Sunday afternoon to get two burgers with cheese and two diet cokes. Not only was the food TERRIBLE (the burgers were watery, burned out the outside and red in the middle, plus the $2 cheese was so melted it had basically disappeared), it was over $30! The "diet coke" that cost $2.50 each, were miniature bottles, and were warm and flat. WOW, i've worked in the service industry for a long time and I don't think i've ever received such terrible service and food combined. The icing on the cake was when we finally couldn't take it anymore and called up to complain, the guy on the phone (think it was the bartender) was a total a-hole! His first offer was to "buy us a beer". What happened to the customer always being right? Update: after much bitching, they sent us new burgers and we just found a hair in one. STAY AWAY!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Is it possible to rate a restaurant with zero stars? Do yourself a favor and DO NOT order delivery from the place. My friend and I waited over and hour on a Sunday afternoon to get two burgers with cheese and two diet cokes. Not only was the food TERRIBLE (the burgers were watery, burned out the outside and red in the middle, plus the $2 cheese was so melted it had basically disappeared), it was over $30! The "diet coke" that cost $2.50 each, were miniature bottles, and were warm and flat. WOW, i've worked in the service industry for a long time and I don't think i've ever received such terrible service and food combined. The icing on the cake was when we finally couldn't take it anymore and called up to complain, the guy on the phone (think it was the bartender) was a total a-hole! His first offer was to "buy us a beer". What happened to the customer always being right? Update: after much bitching, they sent us new burgers and we just found a hair in one. STAY AWAY!

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I had to order two entrees cause I couldn't believe the first one was so good. There is a four cheese pasta dish that is out of this world. Then the Burger with Blue Cheese was incredible. The owner was there and had a great recomendation for Beer. I WILL BE GOING BACK!!!

2
★★★★★

I had to order two entrees cause I couldn't believe the first one was so good. There is a four cheese pasta dish that is out of this world. Then the Burger with Blue Cheese was incredible. The owner was there and had a great recomendation for Beer. I WILL BE GOING BACK!!!

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Was down in the City visiting my friend. She said she'd heard about this cute little cafe on grand street with great beer and a lobster night. We got there a little late in the night, but were pleasantly surprised to find out they serve till 2. I tried the Salmon which was wonderful, a nice mix of flavors that melts in your mouth. My friend ate the Tamarind (chicken) which she also enjoyed. The bar tender suggested a new import they had just gotten in which was wonderful, the name escapes me, but I'm sure whatever they're serving that day will suit your fancy. I would definetly recommend going and plan on going back next time I'm down that way. Would like to try the lobster night, seafood is always a treat.

2
★★★★★

Was down in the City visiting my friend. She said she'd heard about this cute little cafe on grand street with great beer and a lobster night. We got there a little late in the night, but were pleasantly surprised to find out they serve till 2. I tried the Salmon which was wonderful, a nice mix of flavors that melts in your mouth. My friend ate the Tamarind (chicken) which she also enjoyed. The bar tender suggested a new import they had just gotten in which was wonderful, the name escapes me, but I'm sure whatever they're serving that day will suit your fancy. I would definetly recommend going and plan on going back next time I'm down that way. Would like to try the lobster night, seafood is always a treat.

Pros: great beer selections. Great food for a good price.

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The Wombat is a wonderful spot on Grand Street. My friends and I were walking around and decided to stop because the name was interesting. I am so glad we did. We sampled a couple different beer imports that proved to be the best beer we drank in our trip to the City. Being a Burger Connoisseur, I had to try the Aussie burger, a mix of ground lamb and beef with the suggested fried egg served over the top accompanied by some smoked cheddar. It was truly the best burger I've had in my entire life, I can't wait to go back and fulfill my cravings. I also tried the watermelon salad, suggested by the owner/manager, Craig, a very nice fella. My buddy ordered the Gnocchi, a very rich and delicious dish I would also recommend. The wombat had a fun ambiance with hard carved wooden beer taps, metal tables, pictures from the outback and a semi-open kitchen in the back. Although we weren't there on a Tues, I heard from another patron sitting at the bar that Lobster night is really hopping and lots of fun. My friends and I plan on making it a mandatory stop on any return trip to the city and I would suggest the same for anyone else venturing anywhere close by, you won't regret it.

2
★★★★★

The Wombat is a wonderful spot on Grand Street. My friends and I were walking around and decided to stop because the name was interesting. I am so glad we did. We sampled a couple different beer imports that proved to be the best beer we drank in our trip to the City. Being a Burger Connoisseur, I had to try the Aussie burger, a mix of ground lamb and beef with the suggested fried egg served over the top accompanied by some smoked cheddar. It was truly the best burger I've had in my entire life, I can't wait to go back and fulfill my cravings. I also tried the watermelon salad, suggested by the owner/manager, Craig, a very nice fella. My buddy ordered the Gnocchi, a very rich and delicious dish I would also recommend. The wombat had a fun ambiance with hard carved wooden beer taps, metal tables, pictures from the outback and a semi-open kitchen in the back. Although we weren't there on a Tues, I heard from another patron sitting at the bar that Lobster night is really hopping and lots of fun. My friends and I plan on making it a mandatory stop on any return trip to the city and I would suggest the same for anyone else venturing anywhere close by, you won't regret it.

Pros: Food, Beer, Service, Ambience

Cons: Limited Seating, average street parking

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We went to Wombat for their Tuesday lobster special tonight, and all of us are so angry that I have been nominated to record this misdead on the Internet for all to hear. The sign outside and the dining room menu itself said 2 for 1 draft beers during Happy Hour 5-7pm. Period. We drank 8 beers over dinner even mentioning the happy hour special to our waitress, who nodded and continued serving us. Then when the bill came we were charged full price for all of them. We were told the special was only available at the bar. We asked to see the menu, which said nothing of the sort. She blew us off and left us with the check so I hailed the manager , who was extremely rude and wouldnt budge at all on their BLATANT FALSE ADVERTISING. I said "look, this is the menu you served us IN the dining room. Nowhere, not even at the bar, does it say this price is only available at the bar." Instead of a scene we paid the bill and even tipped and left; being gouged out of $32 + tax n tip.

I'm pretty sure this is illegal. Enter at your own risk!

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Wombat for their Tuesday lobster special tonight, and all of us are so angry that I have been nominated to record this misdead on the Internet for all to hear. The sign outside and the dining room menu itself said 2 for 1 draft beers during Happy Hour 5-7pm. Period. We drank 8 beers over dinner even mentioning the happy hour special to our waitress, who nodded and continued serving us. Then when the bill came we were charged full price for all of them. We were told the special was only available at the bar. We asked to see the menu, which said nothing of the sort. She blew us off and left us with the check so I hailed the manager , who was extremely rude and wouldnt budge at all on their BLATANT FALSE ADVERTISING. I said "look, this is the menu you served us IN the dining room. Nowhere, not even at the bar, does it say this price is only available at the bar." Instead of a scene we paid the bill and even tipped and left; being gouged out of $32 + tax n tip.

I'm pretty sure this is illegal. Enter at your own risk!

Pros: Blant false advertising ($$) inside and out encourages you to order more items

Cons: Drinks are twice as much as their advertised prices inside and out, and the management wont honor their own menus.

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I returned to Wombat after almost of year and was absolutely floored by the drastic improvement. Anyone who hasn't gone recently SERIOUSLY has to go back. Two words: TUNA B*LLS. This mouth watering appetizer of vermicelli covered tuna was cooked to perfection. I was with a group of four people and after trying it, we ordered two more! My girlfriend ordered the chicken (or tamarind as they call it) for her entree, which is usually the last thing I'll order at a restaurant, but when it came to the table I was seriously jealous. Not to say that I didn't love the lamb shank, but it was best chicken dish I've ever had! I mean, hey...I was raised in France and we know birds, but WOW WOMBAT! Bravo!! Our server was hilarious and extremely friendly. Every table around us seemed to be having just as good a time as we were. It was a fun, upbeat environment with great music too! This place is the best addition not only to Grand Street, but the whole neighborhood as well. Can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

I returned to Wombat after almost of year and was absolutely floored by the drastic improvement. Anyone who hasn't gone recently SERIOUSLY has to go back. Two words: TUNA B*LLS. This mouth watering appetizer of vermicelli covered tuna was cooked to perfection. I was with a group of four people and after trying it, we ordered two more! My girlfriend ordered the chicken (or tamarind as they call it) for her entree, which is usually the last thing I'll order at a restaurant, but when it came to the table I was seriously jealous. Not to say that I didn't love the lamb shank, but it was best chicken dish I've ever had! I mean, hey...I was raised in France and we know birds, but WOW WOMBAT! Bravo!! Our server was hilarious and extremely friendly. Every table around us seemed to be having just as good a time as we were. It was a fun, upbeat environment with great music too! This place is the best addition not only to Grand Street, but the whole neighborhood as well. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: food, service, hot staff, great music

Cons: none that I can think of....

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Great little spot! Stopped in for a quick brunch on a saturday. The staff was friendly, the menu was affordable (I had the six dollar scotch egg), and when we were leaving one of the staff handed me a To-go dessert because he had overheard me tell my party that the previous day had been my birthday. Good service is always refreshing! Check it out!

2
★★★★☆

Great little spot! Stopped in for a quick brunch on a saturday. The staff was friendly, the menu was affordable (I had the six dollar scotch egg), and when we were leaving one of the staff handed me a To-go dessert because he had overheard me tell my party that the previous day had been my birthday. Good service is always refreshing! Check it out!

Pros: Service

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I don't usually complain about bad experiences at restaurants, but this is an exception. OK, it was a busy night (Tuesday-lobster special night) but, we waited almost 15 mins. at the bar for our beer while waiting for a table(the bartender blatantly avoided eye contact). The unattentive waiter forgot to mention that they were out of lobster until we placed our order. While reordering several other menu items were also unavailable. After ordering, we sat with empty glasses for the remainder of our dining experience. It took over 40 mins. for our entrees to arrive. The waiter made no attempt to check on us during the meal. The salmon I had was undercooked, fatty, and flavorless(farm-raised). My girlfriend's duck was on a burnt bed of vermicelli and appeared to be ordered from the chinese take-out next door. Overall the experience was a nightmare, the restaurant can't handle volume for such a small dining area, and the kitchen is slow and obviously ex-fast food workers.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I don't usually complain about bad experiences at restaurants, but this is an exception. OK, it was a busy night (Tuesday-lobster special night) but, we waited almost 15 mins. at the bar for our beer while waiting for a table(the bartender blatantly avoided eye contact). The unattentive waiter forgot to mention that they were out of lobster until we placed our order. While reordering several other menu items were also unavailable. After ordering, we sat with empty glasses for the remainder of our dining experience. It took over 40 mins. for our entrees to arrive. The waiter made no attempt to check on us during the meal. The salmon I had was undercooked, fatty, and flavorless(farm-raised). My girlfriend's duck was on a burnt bed of vermicelli and appeared to be ordered from the chinese take-out next door. Overall the experience was a nightmare, the restaurant can't handle volume for such a small dining area, and the kitchen is slow and obviously ex-fast food workers.

Pros: good for a burger and fries

Cons: bad for anything else, especially service

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The first time I stepped into Wombat I was incredibly excited. I live a block away and was happy to see a dining option on Grand Street that might feature good food AND good ambiance. I gave Wombat a few tries -- stopping in for late night beers and a snack of french fries with friends, hobbling over for brunch a few times, eating burgers at the bar. However, after the last visit (brunch, featuring the world's most unattractive and sloppy omelet) I'm done. The food is the definition of mediocre -- not bad, never memorable, and definately possible to do at home, and the prices are outrageous for what you're getting. For instance, my friend ordered a veggie burger ($8) with cheese ($2 extra) and grilled onions (another $2 which we didn't see or wasn't listed on the menu). For $12 you'd expect something spectacular, instead it was micro-sized and apparently tasteless. In all, not a bad place to stop in for a few drinks and get some late night snacks, but I would avoid the place as a dining destination. Also, the restaurant's recently been pushing their (further) discounted prix fixe menu and started doing $12 lobster nights, making me question how long Wombat will be even be around...

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★★★☆☆

The first time I stepped into Wombat I was incredibly excited. I live a block away and was happy to see a dining option on Grand Street that might feature good food AND good ambiance. I gave Wombat a few tries -- stopping in for late night beers and a snack of french fries with friends, hobbling over for brunch a few times, eating burgers at the bar. However, after the last visit (brunch, featuring the world's most unattractive and sloppy omelet) I'm done. The food is the definition of mediocre -- not bad, never memorable, and definately possible to do at home, and the prices are outrageous for what you're getting. For instance, my friend ordered a veggie burger ($8) with cheese ($2 extra) and grilled onions (another $2 which we didn't see or wasn't listed on the menu). For $12 you'd expect something spectacular, instead it was micro-sized and apparently tasteless. In all, not a bad place to stop in for a few drinks and get some late night snacks, but I would avoid the place as a dining destination. Also, the restaurant's recently been pushing their (further) discounted prix fixe menu and started doing $12 lobster nights, making me question how long Wombat will be even be around...

Pros: Nice atmosphere, kitchen open late, interesting beer options

Cons: Mediocre to disappointing food, bizarre waitstaff, frequently dead empty

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Oh Wombat. You have the potential, but you're still just halfway there. Let's start with the positives: In the grimy stretch that is Grand Street, having an "upscaley" restaurant that stays open till 2 a.m. like yours is pretty much a godsend. The menu is not vegetarian-friendly, but still some veggie selections. An OK, but affordable, wine list, some decent cocktail selections, a candle-lit ambience with decent sound system and a cute bar...
Now, for the negatives:
The food is not great and the portion sizes do not justify the price. For instance, I had the lenguine with clams. It came out in a small bowl. There was a ridiculous amount of cream sauce; to the point where it almost looked like a soup. The price: $15. For a Grand Street spot that is pricey. That is a Dumont-type of price, and the quality of food certainly can't compare to Dumont.
If you order wine by the glass, prepare to be shocked by the amount they pour -- it's about 1/4 of the glass. I don't know how they measure it, but it looks pathetically small, and they charge $7 a glass. I guess they think pouring small amounts of wine makes them more "fancy" or something, but it doesn't work.
The waiters are kinda spacey. The place is never full -- on the two nights we were there, me and my dining companion were the only ones there. And yet, it takes like 5 minutes to bring out a piece of bread.
It's cash only, but they do have an ATM inside the place (not very "fancy") for your convenience -- the fee is $2 though...quite steep for ol' Grand Street.
The Veggie Burger is basically a big fallafel, so don't bother with that one. Ceasar salad is decent, but again, a meager portion for the price.
If they work out the kinks in the kitchen and service, this place could really be stellar. I wouldn't dream of going there if I didn't live around the corner, so unless they improve soon, they'll only be attracting locals, who don't have very deep pockets.

1
★★★☆☆

Oh Wombat. You have the potential, but you're still just halfway there. Let's start with the positives: In the grimy stretch that is Grand Street, having an "upscaley" restaurant that stays open till 2 a.m. like yours is pretty much a godsend. The menu is not vegetarian-friendly, but still some veggie selections. An OK, but affordable, wine list, some decent cocktail selections, a candle-lit ambience with decent sound system and a cute bar...
Now, for the negatives:
The food is not great and the portion sizes do not justify the price. For instance, I had the lenguine with clams. It came out in a small bowl. There was a ridiculous amount of cream sauce; to the point where it almost looked like a soup. The price: $15. For a Grand Street spot that is pricey. That is a Dumont-type of price, and the quality of food certainly can't compare to Dumont.
If you order wine by the glass, prepare to be shocked by the amount they pour -- it's about 1/4 of the glass. I don't know how they measure it, but it looks pathetically small, and they charge $7 a glass. I guess they think pouring small amounts of wine makes them more "fancy" or something, but it doesn't work.
The waiters are kinda spacey. The place is never full -- on the two nights we were there, me and my dining companion were the only ones there. And yet, it takes like 5 minutes to bring out a piece of bread.
It's cash only, but they do have an ATM inside the place (not very "fancy") for your convenience -- the fee is $2 though...quite steep for ol' Grand Street.
The Veggie Burger is basically a big fallafel, so don't bother with that one. Ceasar salad is decent, but again, a meager portion for the price.
If they work out the kinks in the kitchen and service, this place could really be stellar. I wouldn't dream of going there if I didn't live around the corner, so unless they improve soon, they'll only be attracting locals, who don't have very deep pockets.

Pros: Late hours, cozy, unique menu

Cons: Food is sub-par, portions are small, service is lazy

 

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