Chestnut

★★★★☆
  • 271 Smith St

    Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Cross street: nr. Degraw St.

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  • 718-243-0049

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The few times I've been here it is very evident that the chef takes tremendous pride in the food he serves. There are many touches at this place that I love: the handmade chocolates at the end of the dinner is just one of them. I feel

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★★★★★

The few times I've been here it is very evident that the chef takes tremendous pride in the food he serves. There are many touches at this place that I love: the handmade chocolates at the end of the dinner is just one of them. I feel

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Food was all around fantastic and fairly priced. I will definately be back.

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★★★★☆

Food was all around fantastic and fairly priced. I will definately be back.

Pros: Great food; fair price; good friendly service; unpretentious

Cons: They don't except credit cards

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This year my company decided to have a sit-down dinner for our holiday party, and we chose Chestnut on Smith. We had some finnickey requirements and last minute requests, but the staff at Chestnut always accommodating and friendly. For the event we had 45 minutes of mingling with passed appetizers (the duck confit and tuna tartar were my favorites). Then we all sat down in their lovely dining room (we easily fit 50 in there) for an entree and dessert. Everyone was blown away with their meal. I had the pork tenderloin with grits and brussel sprouts and scraped my plate clean. Same for the honey cheescake with honey poached pear. To die for! I spoke to a number of colleagues who said that they will be returning to the restaurant in the future for dinner again or to try their brunch. I'm certainly going to do the same!

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★★★★★

This year my company decided to have a sit-down dinner for our holiday party, and we chose Chestnut on Smith. We had some finnickey requirements and last minute requests, but the staff at Chestnut always accommodating and friendly. For the event we had 45 minutes of mingling with passed appetizers (the duck confit and tuna tartar were my favorites). Then we all sat down in their lovely dining room (we easily fit 50 in there) for an entree and dessert. Everyone was blown away with their meal. I had the pork tenderloin with grits and brussel sprouts and scraped my plate clean. Same for the honey cheescake with honey poached pear. To die for! I spoke to a number of colleagues who said that they will be returning to the restaurant in the future for dinner again or to try their brunch. I'm certainly going to do the same!

Pros: FOOD!, friendly staff, lovely atmosphere

Cons: not a thing

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Chestnut seems to be living off years-old reviews and word-of-mouth referrals. The place is a Gordon Ramsey show waiting to happen. On a recent visit for brunch, my friend's poached eggs came out hard-boiled and my burger was cooked well-done, not "medium," as I had asked. We would have sent our food back, but we'd waited 45 minutes it and we were very hungry. The only thing good at this place is the mimosas and the Bloody Marys.

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★☆☆☆☆

Chestnut seems to be living off years-old reviews and word-of-mouth referrals. The place is a Gordon Ramsey show waiting to happen. On a recent visit for brunch, my friend's poached eggs came out hard-boiled and my burger was cooked well-done, not "medium," as I had asked. We would have sent our food back, but we'd waited 45 minutes it and we were very hungry. The only thing good at this place is the mimosas and the Bloody Marys.

Pros: Location, Outdoor Seating Area

Cons: Bad Food, Slow Service

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For some odd reason, I have lived not too far from Chestnut for the past 3 years but had never eaten there. On Saturday night, four of us went there and had the tasting menu ($60) with wine paring ($30).
It was simply put.... superb. I truly did not expect such innovative cuisine. The tasting menu was around 10-12 different small size dishes (we stopped counting), all of them innovative and soul filling. The Hanger steak (yes I know hanger steak) was amazing, the small chocolate cake to die for. Even the wine pairing (which I usually avoid because it tends to be either expensive or low on quality) was not only plenty (10-12 half glasses of wine but matched each dish perfectly. The somelier (owner?) described each wine with passion. Great sign, i did not even feel lousy the next day (which says a lot when you mix 10-12 diferent wines). Service was friendly but not imposing.
Eventhough the dinner lasted over 3 and a half hours, we truly did not see time fly and were almost begging for more surprises. My wife and I go out a lot both in Brooklyn and Manhattan and it has been a while since we both had such a great culinary experience at such a reasonable price.
Keep up the great work...and see you on Friday !!!

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★★★★★

For some odd reason, I have lived not too far from Chestnut for the past 3 years but had never eaten there. On Saturday night, four of us went there and had the tasting menu ($60) with wine paring ($30).
It was simply put.... superb. I truly did not expect such innovative cuisine. The tasting menu was around 10-12 different small size dishes (we stopped counting), all of them innovative and soul filling. The Hanger steak (yes I know hanger steak) was amazing, the small chocolate cake to die for. Even the wine pairing (which I usually avoid because it tends to be either expensive or low on quality) was not only plenty (10-12 half glasses of wine but matched each dish perfectly. The somelier (owner?) described each wine with passion. Great sign, i did not even feel lousy the next day (which says a lot when you mix 10-12 diferent wines). Service was friendly but not imposing.
Eventhough the dinner lasted over 3 and a half hours, we truly did not see time fly and were almost begging for more surprises. My wife and I go out a lot both in Brooklyn and Manhattan and it has been a while since we both had such a great culinary experience at such a reasonable price.
Keep up the great work...and see you on Friday !!!

Pros: Some of the most innovative food I have tested in a long tim

Cons: I should have gone sooner

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Their brunch is amazing. I like their scones and popovers, which I had heard about from my friends. The prices were decent, the environment casual, and the staff friendly. I heard about the chocolate budino, but did not get to give it a try, so I'm waiting until the next time I go back.

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★★★★☆

Their brunch is amazing. I like their scones and popovers, which I had heard about from my friends. The prices were decent, the environment casual, and the staff friendly. I heard about the chocolate budino, but did not get to give it a try, so I'm waiting until the next time I go back.

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Ridiculous food. They have something for everyone and it all tastes good. Sauces are rich but not too oily, the meats were perfectly cooked. Great wine list. Service was outstanding: waters were refilled quickly and the wait staff was unobtrusive. It is expensive but perfect for a special meal.

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★★★★☆

Ridiculous food. They have something for everyone and it all tastes good. Sauces are rich but not too oily, the meats were perfectly cooked. Great wine list. Service was outstanding: waters were refilled quickly and the wait staff was unobtrusive. It is expensive but perfect for a special meal.

Pros: food,menu

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I found the Chestnut to be average. The service was pretty good but our main courses did take a long time. It would have been nice if the server let us know how long we would be waiting to eat. As for appetizers, the calamari, and the schrimps were my favorite. I had the pork as my main dish and it was a tad too salty. The wine list was nice and the mark up wasn't that bad. Overall, It wouldn't be my choice to go back. I would go back if my dinning companions were set on trying it. It wasn't bad but wasn't that great either.

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★★★☆☆

I found the Chestnut to be average. The service was pretty good but our main courses did take a long time. It would have been nice if the server let us know how long we would be waiting to eat. As for appetizers, the calamari, and the schrimps were my favorite. I had the pork as my main dish and it was a tad too salty. The wine list was nice and the mark up wasn't that bad. Overall, It wouldn't be my choice to go back. I would go back if my dinning companions were set on trying it. It wasn't bad but wasn't that great either.

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I really think your review should be put directly in the trash. Every time we go we have a wonderful meal. The service is casual and friendly. The food can be a bit inconsistent if you go very often but never bad like you are describing. The thing that makes this place special is if you don't enjoy what you ordered and you say something they take extra care to see that you are happy with everything. I've never heard them say no...the last time I had something I didn't like (wine) they got me another selection without "attitude" or "condescending" me. You really couldn't have gotten it any more wrong.

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★★★★★

I really think your review should be put directly in the trash. Every time we go we have a wonderful meal. The service is casual and friendly. The food can be a bit inconsistent if you go very often but never bad like you are describing. The thing that makes this place special is if you don't enjoy what you ordered and you say something they take extra care to see that you are happy with everything. I've never heard them say no...the last time I had something I didn't like (wine) they got me another selection without "attitude" or "condescending" me. You really couldn't have gotten it any more wrong.

Pros: great neighborhood joint!

Cons: tourists

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I used to love this place. They used to have good food and good service. However, this place has gone downhill very fast. I suspect there is new management or new kitchen staff. The usual winners on their menu have rapidly turned into losers. Their pasta dishes, once excellent, are now mushy messes. They taste like re-heated over-cooked pasta that's been sitting out all day. Their veggies are now over-cooked and over-salted. Their chicken is now so dry you have to choke it down with their off-tasting tap water. Their wines by the glass, though pricey, often taste like they've been poured out of large economy-sized bottles or boxes sitting in the fridge for weeks. They taste completely oxidized, like when you open a bottle of wine, keep it in your fridge with a poor fitting cork and try to drink it again a couple weeks later. The floors and tables are sticky and smell shockingly foul, like they've been washed with filthy mops and rags (the same ones used to clean the bathroom). Needless to say, the bathroom is dirty, and the thought of the kitchen staff washing their hands in there is revolting. While most of the waitstaff is pleasant, the manager is dismissive, and there is one waitress who is pushy and rude and condescending. Don't waste your hard-earned money at this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to love this place. They used to have good food and good service. However, this place has gone downhill very fast. I suspect there is new management or new kitchen staff. The usual winners on their menu have rapidly turned into losers. Their pasta dishes, once excellent, are now mushy messes. They taste like re-heated over-cooked pasta that's been sitting out all day. Their veggies are now over-cooked and over-salted. Their chicken is now so dry you have to choke it down with their off-tasting tap water. Their wines by the glass, though pricey, often taste like they've been poured out of large economy-sized bottles or boxes sitting in the fridge for weeks. They taste completely oxidized, like when you open a bottle of wine, keep it in your fridge with a poor fitting cork and try to drink it again a couple weeks later. The floors and tables are sticky and smell shockingly foul, like they've been washed with filthy mops and rags (the same ones used to clean the bathroom). Needless to say, the bathroom is dirty, and the thought of the kitchen staff washing their hands in there is revolting. While most of the waitstaff is pleasant, the manager is dismissive, and there is one waitress who is pushy and rude and condescending. Don't waste your hard-earned money at this place.

Pros: Used to have good food and service.

Cons: Food and cleanliness has gotten really bad.

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This is one of the greatest meals in Brooklyn. The service is great, and the food is creative and always amazing. The ice cream dessert is by far the best in the city.

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★★★★★

This is one of the greatest meals in Brooklyn. The service is great, and the food is creative and always amazing. The ice cream dessert is by far the best in the city.

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I love absolutely everything about Chestnut -- the food is amazing (and though not inexpensive, worth every penny!), the Tuesday/Wednesday prix fixe is an extraordinary deal, and the service is casual and just right. The hanger steak, free-range chicken, and buckwheat crepe with gravlax are fabulous, and the ice cream they have for dessert borders on divine (and I don't even love ice cream). Thus far, the only dish I haven't been wild about was the salt cod appetizer. That said, I plan on sampling every last thing on their amazing (and seasonal) menu.

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★★★★★

I love absolutely everything about Chestnut -- the food is amazing (and though not inexpensive, worth every penny!), the Tuesday/Wednesday prix fixe is an extraordinary deal, and the service is casual and just right. The hanger steak, free-range chicken, and buckwheat crepe with gravlax are fabulous, and the ice cream they have for dessert borders on divine (and I don't even love ice cream). Thus far, the only dish I haven't been wild about was the salt cod appetizer. That said, I plan on sampling every last thing on their amazing (and seasonal) menu.

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i went to chestnut last valentines day and i thought it was great, but not worth mentioning. popped in for brunch last weekend and it was such a pleasant surprise. cute outdoor space, quiet and relaxed, fabulous oatmeal pancakes and fries. overall, a nice brunch menu that has something for everyone.

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★★★★★

i went to chestnut last valentines day and i thought it was great, but not worth mentioning. popped in for brunch last weekend and it was such a pleasant surprise. cute outdoor space, quiet and relaxed, fabulous oatmeal pancakes and fries. overall, a nice brunch menu that has something for everyone.

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the food here is AWESOME!!!! i also had that fig-stuffed pork chop with polenta. so creative and delicious!! for sure the highlight of the meal. the quinoa-stuffed calamari also blew me away, as did the gnocci!!!!! delicious! and to top it all off, the chocolate budino was heavenly!!! i would definitely return.

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★★★★★

the food here is AWESOME!!!! i also had that fig-stuffed pork chop with polenta. so creative and delicious!! for sure the highlight of the meal. the quinoa-stuffed calamari also blew me away, as did the gnocci!!!!! delicious! and to top it all off, the chocolate budino was heavenly!!! i would definitely return.

Pros: the FOOD!!!!

Cons: pricey

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Cute restaurant in Brooklyn. Service is excellent. Food quality is good, and prep in nice. Perhaps a tad pricey for brooklyn, but the restaurant really earns it strips for its chocolate bulino, a warm cross between dense dark chocolate pudding and cake.

Very much worth the trip.

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★★★★☆

Cute restaurant in Brooklyn. Service is excellent. Food quality is good, and prep in nice. Perhaps a tad pricey for brooklyn, but the restaurant really earns it strips for its chocolate bulino, a warm cross between dense dark chocolate pudding and cake.

Very much worth the trip.

Pros: service, dessert

Cons: limited seating. Door opens irectly into seating area

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I had heard good things about Chestnut, but was not expected to be blown away by the freshness of the ingredients on the menu. The decor is simple and elegant, exposed brick reinforces the feeling of being at home- even though the restauarnt was packed, I felt like the chef was cooking just for me. I dined here last night with my fiance and friend, and fell in love. I had planned on eating light, but once I got started I couldn't stop, the food is hard to resist, even if you diligently monitor your fat intake. They start you off with homemade bread and pickles. The pickels were incredible- thier sweetness just lighted my palette up. My friend had the gnocci appetizer, to die for! The oyster mushrooms and truffle oil made me want to mop up every last bite with my homemade foccacia. The beet salad was also delicious, red and gold beets with marcona almonds- not your typical beet and goat cheese salad I have see one hundred times. I had the striped bass- which was cooked to perfection, perfectly tender and mosit in a delicious chive vinaigrette. But the real star of the menu was the porkchop- truly one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. Huge, moist, and delicious-stuffed with agridolcie figs over creamy white polenta. I gasped when I had the first bite- I was so sad I didn't order it- I easily could have polished off the whole thing, and I am not a big girl! The deserts were indulgent delights, the chocolate budino was rich and delicious, the cheesecake was light and fluffy with a perfectly flaky crust that made me jump for joy. Oh, and did I mention that our server was eight months pregnant? She couldn't have been more accomodating! If I were pregnant- I wouldn't have had a tenth of her energy! With extremely generous portions and prices that make nearby Grocery look criminal, I would tell Manhattan and Brooklynites alike to run, not walk to this little treasure of a place.

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★★★☆☆

I had heard good things about Chestnut, but was not expected to be blown away by the freshness of the ingredients on the menu. The decor is simple and elegant, exposed brick reinforces the feeling of being at home- even though the restauarnt was packed, I felt like the chef was cooking just for me. I dined here last night with my fiance and friend, and fell in love. I had planned on eating light, but once I got started I couldn't stop, the food is hard to resist, even if you diligently monitor your fat intake. They start you off with homemade bread and pickles. The pickels were incredible- thier sweetness just lighted my palette up. My friend had the gnocci appetizer, to die for! The oyster mushrooms and truffle oil made me want to mop up every last bite with my homemade foccacia. The beet salad was also delicious, red and gold beets with marcona almonds- not your typical beet and goat cheese salad I have see one hundred times. I had the striped bass- which was cooked to perfection, perfectly tender and mosit in a delicious chive vinaigrette. But the real star of the menu was the porkchop- truly one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. Huge, moist, and delicious-stuffed with agridolcie figs over creamy white polenta. I gasped when I had the first bite- I was so sad I didn't order it- I easily could have polished off the whole thing, and I am not a big girl! The deserts were indulgent delights, the chocolate budino was rich and delicious, the cheesecake was light and fluffy with a perfectly flaky crust that made me jump for joy. Oh, and did I mention that our server was eight months pregnant? She couldn't have been more accomodating! If I were pregnant- I wouldn't have had a tenth of her energy! With extremely generous portions and prices that make nearby Grocery look criminal, I would tell Manhattan and Brooklynites alike to run, not walk to this little treasure of a place.

Pros: Value, Service, Incredible pork chop

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I love this place! This is by far the best food on Smith street for the best price. I have to say I am shocked by the last couple of user reviews as I ate here with my husband last week with a large group from out of town and we all agreed that our experience was as close to perfection as we'd come in a long time. I tried the pork chop stuffed with figs over creamy polenta on the recommendation of the fantastic wait staff and I must say it was superb. I find it perplexing that the last user review would complain of its sweetness when 1) the figs would suggest the dish is on the sweet side and 2) The menu describes the sauce as agridulce. Any savy diner would know that agri implies savory, and dulce implies sweet. It was a perfectly balanced dish. My husband had the ravioli and they were unlike anything one might expect. Again, flavor and texures balanced perfectly. I should also note that the owner has been in every night I've eaten at Chestnut and he, along with the staff ,are all very gracious. Do yourself a favor, try Chestnut, you won't be disapponted.

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★★★★★

I love this place! This is by far the best food on Smith street for the best price. I have to say I am shocked by the last couple of user reviews as I ate here with my husband last week with a large group from out of town and we all agreed that our experience was as close to perfection as we'd come in a long time. I tried the pork chop stuffed with figs over creamy polenta on the recommendation of the fantastic wait staff and I must say it was superb. I find it perplexing that the last user review would complain of its sweetness when 1) the figs would suggest the dish is on the sweet side and 2) The menu describes the sauce as agridulce. Any savy diner would know that agri implies savory, and dulce implies sweet. It was a perfectly balanced dish. My husband had the ravioli and they were unlike anything one might expect. Again, flavor and texures balanced perfectly. I should also note that the owner has been in every night I've eaten at Chestnut and he, along with the staff ,are all very gracious. Do yourself a favor, try Chestnut, you won't be disapponted.

Pros: FOOD, PRICE AND FANTASTIC SERVICE!

Cons: Some of the table are a little close together.

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On Tues & Wed nights, Chestnut has $25 Prix Fix dinners. As most of the entrees alone are around $20+, it's the most economical way to try Chestnut out. Overall, I thought the chef was trying to hard to balance different tastes out in the same plates. The grilled calamari appetizer was stuffed with quinoa & romesco, a barley like grain and onion/ tomato sauce. It was very spicy and overpowered the overall flavor of the calamari. The pork chop with the stuffed figs didn't quite work for me either. It was a bit too sweet and I found myself eating the pork and the figs separately. My girlfriend liked the pumpkin ravoli which were unconventional but it wasn't something I would've wanted as a main meal.

I'm not a dessert guy typically but it was the best part of the meal. Great homemade ice cream.

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★★★☆☆

On Tues & Wed nights, Chestnut has $25 Prix Fix dinners. As most of the entrees alone are around $20+, it's the most economical way to try Chestnut out. Overall, I thought the chef was trying to hard to balance different tastes out in the same plates. The grilled calamari appetizer was stuffed with quinoa & romesco, a barley like grain and onion/ tomato sauce. It was very spicy and overpowered the overall flavor of the calamari. The pork chop with the stuffed figs didn't quite work for me either. It was a bit too sweet and I found myself eating the pork and the figs separately. My girlfriend liked the pumpkin ravoli which were unconventional but it wasn't something I would've wanted as a main meal.

I'm not a dessert guy typically but it was the best part of the meal. Great homemade ice cream.

Pros: Nice ambience, side dishes were good

Cons: Fairly expensive for what it is, didn't love the main dishes

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The fact that we had made a reservation several days in advance seemed the least bit important to the floor staff, who reservation or not, were just taking first come first served. We sat a well 15 minutes after our reservation time and were then charged for our "waiting" drinks. My party decided on the chef's tasting menu and wine pairings. which were bitterly disappointing. Considering the price, we were not served proper meat till the end, and all the tasting wine courses were well off base! Dry, cheap, acidic whites throughout, with no thought to proper taste matchings. A very misguided rose and then a completely inappropriate Cote du Rhone for a heavy meat course. The first rule of desert wine pairings is that wines should always be as sweet or sweeter than the food, however our sommelier served us an off-dry auslese, which was downright bitter compaired with the perfunctory cheesecake and pastry 101 flourless chocolate. We asked for, and got another pairing, but some crappy 10-yr. Tawny Port we could have picked up at any 3rd rate liquor store. All in all, an embarrassment meant to impress out of borough friends, and an overall disgust at potential. Waste of hard-earned money.

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★★★☆☆

The fact that we had made a reservation several days in advance seemed the least bit important to the floor staff, who reservation or not, were just taking first come first served. We sat a well 15 minutes after our reservation time and were then charged for our "waiting" drinks. My party decided on the chef's tasting menu and wine pairings. which were bitterly disappointing. Considering the price, we were not served proper meat till the end, and all the tasting wine courses were well off base! Dry, cheap, acidic whites throughout, with no thought to proper taste matchings. A very misguided rose and then a completely inappropriate Cote du Rhone for a heavy meat course. The first rule of desert wine pairings is that wines should always be as sweet or sweeter than the food, however our sommelier served us an off-dry auslese, which was downright bitter compaired with the perfunctory cheesecake and pastry 101 flourless chocolate. We asked for, and got another pairing, but some crappy 10-yr. Tawny Port we could have picked up at any 3rd rate liquor store. All in all, an embarrassment meant to impress out of borough friends, and an overall disgust at potential. Waste of hard-earned money.

Pros: none

Cons: everything

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What happened? We were looking forward to the fabulous fresh melt in your mouth bread that we've had twice before while visiting the city. This essential comfort food brings the meal together - yes, my friends and I had a good meal but not outstanding - a fantastic dessert would have helped. Where were the little chocolates? The luscious handmade icecream? Service was great, bar small with an interesting but limited selection of wines. I'll ask around before I try again - We were all let down.

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★★★☆☆

What happened? We were looking forward to the fabulous fresh melt in your mouth bread that we've had twice before while visiting the city. This essential comfort food brings the meal together - yes, my friends and I had a good meal but not outstanding - a fantastic dessert would have helped. Where were the little chocolates? The luscious handmade icecream? Service was great, bar small with an interesting but limited selection of wines. I'll ask around before I try again - We were all let down.

Pros: neighborhood ambience, great street

Cons: no fresh breads, desserts didn't taste hand made like they used to

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Delightful, fresh, market menus. Awesome, Tue & Wed prix fixe! The garden is lovely and the dining room is mellow and welcoming. Wine list is always really good. The salt cod brandade with grilled foccaccia was one of the most wonderful comfort foods I've ever had.

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★★★★★

Delightful, fresh, market menus. Awesome, Tue & Wed prix fixe! The garden is lovely and the dining room is mellow and welcoming. Wine list is always really good. The salt cod brandade with grilled foccaccia was one of the most wonderful comfort foods I've ever had.

Pros: food food food

Cons: wish the bar were bigger!

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i would rate this third in the smith street high cuisine death match. (to 1.saul, 2. grocery). but more affordable and more fun. excellent attentive service. well concieved wine list designed to match the food. a smith street gem.

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★★★★★

i would rate this third in the smith street high cuisine death match. (to 1.saul, 2. grocery). but more affordable and more fun. excellent attentive service. well concieved wine list designed to match the food. a smith street gem.

Pros: specials.

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I've passed this place dozens of times and somehow managed to overlook it for an entire year. Have tried it twice recently and am won over. The downright savory stuffed pork chop (an item I'd not ordinarly be drawn to, but figured I'd give a go) exceeded my expectations. I have never had a pork chop so satisfying. While the appetizers I sampled (gnocchi; shrimp wrapped in coconut or somesuch) were not so impressive (the gnocchi portion is meager and overpriced), my table was 100% satisfied with their entrees too. The wait (35 min. after finishing appetizers) for a hanger steak during my 2nd visit this past weekend was unreasonable, but, once it arrived, I needed just one taste of it and the accompanying fingerling potatoes before all was forgiven. Absolutely fantastic and [though I hate to admit it] ...worth the wait. A clear-cut challenger to the Patois rendition available a few doors down on Smith. The worker bee waitstaff here are polite, sharp, and personable. The requisite apologies were delivered for our inordinate wait, along with token cocktails on the house. I prefer the inside dining room to the patio out back, which the other night seemed to contain many coed parties of recovering nerds in their early 30s. All were strangely overdressed, sat up too straight, and chose to communicate by murmuring, which lent a flat vibe in an area I'd otherwise expect to be a little more lively on a Saturday night.

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★★★★☆

I've passed this place dozens of times and somehow managed to overlook it for an entire year. Have tried it twice recently and am won over. The downright savory stuffed pork chop (an item I'd not ordinarly be drawn to, but figured I'd give a go) exceeded my expectations. I have never had a pork chop so satisfying. While the appetizers I sampled (gnocchi; shrimp wrapped in coconut or somesuch) were not so impressive (the gnocchi portion is meager and overpriced), my table was 100% satisfied with their entrees too. The wait (35 min. after finishing appetizers) for a hanger steak during my 2nd visit this past weekend was unreasonable, but, once it arrived, I needed just one taste of it and the accompanying fingerling potatoes before all was forgiven. Absolutely fantastic and [though I hate to admit it] ...worth the wait. A clear-cut challenger to the Patois rendition available a few doors down on Smith. The worker bee waitstaff here are polite, sharp, and personable. The requisite apologies were delivered for our inordinate wait, along with token cocktails on the house. I prefer the inside dining room to the patio out back, which the other night seemed to contain many coed parties of recovering nerds in their early 30s. All were strangely overdressed, sat up too straight, and chose to communicate by murmuring, which lent a flat vibe in an area I'd otherwise expect to be a little more lively on a Saturday night.

Pros: Excellent entrees

Cons: A little too expensive

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... literally. Every item we oredered was burned, with the exception of my date's salad. But I'm sure they could have figured out a way to burn that too if they tried. The service was great but it didn't make up for the terrible food. The only thing I enjoyed was the wine. Not worth it - there are plenty of better places on Smith St.

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★★☆☆☆

... literally. Every item we oredered was burned, with the exception of my date's salad. But I'm sure they could have figured out a way to burn that too if they tried. The service was great but it didn't make up for the terrible food. The only thing I enjoyed was the wine. Not worth it - there are plenty of better places on Smith St.

Pros: ambience

Cons: burned food

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Dine out in Brooklyn Week Menu - $20.06 gave us an excuse to make reservations for Chestnut. I loved the beet salad with almonds and arugula. My pork chop stuffed with fig was delicious. Toni and I then ordered the Chocolate Budino with carmel drizzle. It was the best flourless chocolate cake on Smith Street. Believe me, we have trying them all for the last 5 years. We will be back!

michele

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★★★★★

Dine out in Brooklyn Week Menu - $20.06 gave us an excuse to make reservations for Chestnut. I loved the beet salad with almonds and arugula. My pork chop stuffed with fig was delicious. Toni and I then ordered the Chocolate Budino with carmel drizzle. It was the best flourless chocolate cake on Smith Street. Believe me, we have trying them all for the last 5 years. We will be back!

michele

Pros: Owner interaction, excellent chef, bread platter

Cons: potato leek puree, tight quarters

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great food, great menu, great wine list. price fix on tuesdays and wednesdays can't be beat - it's the whole regular menu and a great price. we love this place and keep going back!

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★★★★★

great food, great menu, great wine list. price fix on tuesdays and wednesdays can't be beat - it's the whole regular menu and a great price. we love this place and keep going back!

Pros: great food, great wine, atmosphere

Cons: not much bad to say!

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Everything here was lovely, but nothing blew me away except the desserts -- the hot chocolate here is *phenomenal*. Everything else was solidly done French-influenced "New American Creative" food. The appetizers were far more impressive than the main courses. (The flatbread was truly excellent, though the harissa could have used a touch less salt.) Wines were a bit on the pricey side, to match the menu. Recommend calling ahead on the weekends.

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★★★★☆

Everything here was lovely, but nothing blew me away except the desserts -- the hot chocolate here is *phenomenal*. Everything else was solidly done French-influenced "New American Creative" food. The appetizers were far more impressive than the main courses. (The flatbread was truly excellent, though the harissa could have used a touch less salt.) Wines were a bit on the pricey side, to match the menu. Recommend calling ahead on the weekends.

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the chef has recently changed at this place. i've had some fanstastic meals from the new menu. i was lucky to discover their prix fixe tuesdays a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed the best osso buco i've ever tasted. the chocolate budino is addictive. i went for brunch the first time this weekend and had lobster benedict. it was beautifully prepared. perfect meal to start off the new year.

2
★★★★★

the chef has recently changed at this place. i've had some fanstastic meals from the new menu. i was lucky to discover their prix fixe tuesdays a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed the best osso buco i've ever tasted. the chocolate budino is addictive. i went for brunch the first time this weekend and had lobster benedict. it was beautifully prepared. perfect meal to start off the new year.

Pros: new menu, friendly service, laid-back atmosphere

Cons: , no amex

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Chestnut is a wonderful additon to a neighborhood bustling with new restaurants and bars on a weekly basis. I stopped in at least 3 times a month and have a seat at the bar where I am always welcomed by smiling service and rich delicacies. The menu has changed since it open, seasonally I suppose, and one can expect to find specials often. I once had a duck soup in late February that was unsurpassed as a antidote to the city winter blues. Thank you for opening in my yuppie neighborhood- its quality and hey- who wants to see just another pretty face?

2
★★★★☆

Chestnut is a wonderful additon to a neighborhood bustling with new restaurants and bars on a weekly basis. I stopped in at least 3 times a month and have a seat at the bar where I am always welcomed by smiling service and rich delicacies. The menu has changed since it open, seasonally I suppose, and one can expect to find specials often. I once had a duck soup in late February that was unsurpassed as a antidote to the city winter blues. Thank you for opening in my yuppie neighborhood- its quality and hey- who wants to see just another pretty face?

Pros: relaxing, awesome pickles, service

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Had dinner here tonight...came in at 9:30pm or so, was seated with no reservations instantly. Nice, warm, clean room...our server was particularly excellent...had no problems with making some changes to the meals we asked for...made some good recommendations with the squid appetizer which was particularly excellent. The mixed drinks were ok...strong but not mixed well. The entrees were good but not great. I had the grilled shark which was cooked well but a tad too salty. Overall, dinner was good...excellent service, nice place...decent food.

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★★★★☆

Had dinner here tonight...came in at 9:30pm or so, was seated with no reservations instantly. Nice, warm, clean room...our server was particularly excellent...had no problems with making some changes to the meals we asked for...made some good recommendations with the squid appetizer which was particularly excellent. The mixed drinks were ok...strong but not mixed well. The entrees were good but not great. I had the grilled shark which was cooked well but a tad too salty. Overall, dinner was good...excellent service, nice place...decent food.

Pros: Excellent Service, Pleasant dining exper, Excellent appetizer

Cons: , Decent entrees

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The ambitious yet cozy Chestnut suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a special occasion spot in the Grocery vein (its Smith Street neighbor) or a more accessible everyday joint? The dining room, featuring spare white walls and…

 

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