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501 11th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11215
nr. Seventh Ave.
A Magical Moment in Time
By SOCORRO on 1/26/2006
Venturing out of Williamsburg has been difficult due to the culinary artists that feed me there...but Applewood was worth the trek on the F train. The tasting menu is worth the price. The scallops were divine with a rich sauce, the delicious lobster broth came in a sipping espresso cup (the way it should have come), and my favorite part of the meal was the gnocci with pieces of venison. While the tasting menu doesn't bring family size portions, you're intoxicated by the rich flavors that you want to beleive that every bite was made for you, so quantity is limited. Our 2 hr plan was thwarted to 4 hours to our disbelief- every minute magical and taste-bud-fantastic!
By mattsloot on 7/10/2005
Can't say enough about this place. We were seated promptly after a short wait at the bar (arrived early for our reservation). The bartender was very helpful and the drink menu diverse. The servers know the menu to a tee. Short, but solid wine list. Appetizers and dinner were perfect and the presentation was right on. Highly recommended.
Warmth, innovation and good food
By Abbey on 2/14/2005
Such a pleasant surprise...warmth, innovation and good food...invade applewood and we, the diners, are the happy recipients. Typical of the newer Brooklyn restaurants, Applewood is small in scale, but you get the feeling that every detail was contemplated, from the "look" of the dinning room, to the hand towels in the bathroom area to the bottle the milk is served in with coffee. This holds true for the food as well. Purposeful design and taste of the dishes prove delicious. The fois gras special appetizer melted in the mouth along with the broth and ravioli upon which it rested. Aesthically simple and amazingly tasty. The duck was luscious and, spiked with citrus flavors and juices - very lively on the tongue. And, best for last, the deserts were absolutely fabulous. (We particularly liked the panocotta with orange.) Service was quite friendly and hospitable. Quite a wonderful dinner all around. Will definitely go back for a return visit!
small portions at high prices
By Hester on 1/10/2005
Two tablespoons of risotto, no matter how good, are not worth $9.00! These "small plates" may more appropriately be termed as some part of a tasting menu, but do not qualify as even appetizers at many restaurants. The atmosphere is "homey", but the main courses are pretentious and also tiny. The wait person should have asked if we wanted our "small" and "large" plates served simultaneously. Some of our party ordered only small plates and were served first, while those of us who ordered main courses had to wait almost an hour to be served while the others had finished their meal. So, in this scenario one is not lingering over a meal, but merely waiting.
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