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The Garden Cafe

620 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238
at Prospect Pl.

Avg. Rating

Food: 8
Service: 10
Décor: 7
"Highly Recommended"

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So sad this is closed.

By Tuf_Pak on 6/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

We ate here for my partner's birthday (frustratingly on Valentine's Day) and the food was quite good. The cloistered laid back environment, and the extraordinary personal attention was the star, however. One comment I'd read is that it's like the best restaurant in a small New England town. I would second that remark with the most positive possible way. It's a dining environment where you are in contact with those for whom the restaurant is their personal passion. The time the proprietors would take with you was so out of character for a restaurant in this city. I don't feel like the food was the best I'd ever had in NY, but it was very good, and lovingly prepared. The city had such a need for dedicated and unassuming little restaurants. In a city where every other restaurant is called Nooch or Chunk or Waddle...staffed with models not maitre d'hotel... there was such a giant hole that a place like the Garden Cafe filled. Boy, that hole is wide open again.

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Best kept little secret in Brooklyn

By Quees on 2/10/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I always get exited when I discover a great place. What gets me even more exited is when no one else has discoveded my little secret. This little hide a away is a great place to have the perfect little rendezvous. The food is great..French/American.The service is very personal and the music and lighting are both soft and romantic. I can not rave anymore about this need to check it out youself .

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