All Reader Reviews of...
248 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11215
at Carroll St.
Delicious! Worth the trip from Mahattan!
By shabs on 9/23/2012
Hands down one of the best homemade pasta dishes (cavatelli) with pork ragu. Heard the food was good but it exceeded my expecations. Go and enjoy!
Mediocre at Best
By parksloper7 on 7/29/2010
The food is unnoticeable. The setup is difficult. The hassle isn't worth it. Skip it...
My favorite NY restaurant
By tdnyc on 5/16/2010
Al di la is, hands down, my favorite restaurant. I've eaten there dozens of times and never had a bad meal. Their fresh pasta specials and tagliatelle with ragu are reliably perfect and delicious. My husband loves the hanger steak, which is a great deal. The seasonal salads are also not to miss - always perfectly dressed and made fresh, top-notch ingredients.
TOO EXPENSIVE--- BAD SERVICE
By yanivh7 on 5/9/2010
THE SERVICE IS VERY SLOW, THE WAITER MADE TOO MANY MISTAKES WITH THE ORDER!! AND THE FOOD IS TOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXPENSIVE FOR THE QUALITY
Great for dining with out-of-towners
By mirkone on 4/25/2010
I've enjoyed al di la for as long as it's been around -- and given the changes Fifth Ave has seen, this place is practically an old-timer now. The beet ravioli is fantastic, and I'm always happy with the wine selection. I think my favorite thing about the place, though, is that it is rather unassuming. I love taking friends from out of town there because they are always pleasantly surprised that what looks like a low-key neighborhood joint offers such a great dining experience.
Delicious Food, But Too Intimate
By HubbaHubba on 6/17/2009
We enjoyed the food very much so. We ordered Braised Rabbit, which NYmag recommends, the monk fish and a side of golden yukon potatoes. However, we found the intimacy between each table overwhelming to the extent that we felt almost restricted in what we wanted to say. For example, the waiter could not even come close to fitting between the parties dining. It was also easy to be force fed neighboring conversations. Overall, great meal in a quaint, romantic and relaxed environment.
Best value in Brooklyn (all NYC?)
By rpcvhaiti on 12/19/2008
Friendly place with excellent food. If this place were in Soho or the Village, the food rating might be considered merely good-very good, but only because the prices would be 1.5-2.0x+ the cost (without exaggeration). Think Perilla, Blue Hill, etc. (food may be perhaps a shade simpler...but no less good). If I had to find fault, it would be in the winelist. OK, but not great (though the price points are a good match for the food prices).
Best Restaurant in Park Slope
By theslopeisdope on 3/19/2008
Excellent food and service in a really charming room. The prices are lower than I think they could charge and hope they leave them that way. You pay half of what you could at Il Bucco in Manhattan for food that rivals and probably surpasses it. My girlfriend and I ate there late one night and ended up being the last table there before ordering our dessert and never were pressured to hurry up. One minor complaint. When we arrived there was no one ahead of us and one table for two free. We were told to wait in their wine bar around the corner and they would call us up when a table was ready. Twenty minutes later we were called up and sat at the same table that was free earlier. It felt like they were trying to extract an extra drink purchase out of us by seating us at the bar first rather than just seating us right away...an old, and not cool restaurant trick. The commenter below who compares al di la to Aunt Suzie's is out of their mind or off their meds. No comparison at all.
By FatBastard on 12/8/2007
Unless you arrive right when the restaurant opens, expect to wait for a table on weekends -- best done in the downstairs wine bar with a bowl of olives. The dining room is cozy which doesn't lend a feeling of being any more intimate with your dining companions than with the people to your left or right. However, the menu is full of solid Italian interpretations with fresh ingredients. The kitchen does a fine job with risotto in particular. I'm not well-versed in Italian wines, but the waitstaff seems to be fairly consistent and decently knowledgeable. In all, a gem in Brooklyn for the patient or early diners that stands up to many of Manhattan's Italian mainstays without the same price shock.
I Don't Work for The Restaurant, Honest!
By sailorgirl on 9/26/2006
...But I may as well because I've turned about 30 people onto Al Di La since I moved to NYC seven years ago. Obviously food critics rave about the top-notch cooking but Al Di La also has a casually elegant vibe and is surprisingly inexpensive. Service is always that rare balance of laid back and totally on-point. Good for everything from date to parental brunch to solo-dining-at-stainless-steel-bar-downstairs. Nowhere like it in the city. Note they don't take reservations so best to get there within an hour of opening (which is usually the 6pm range).
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