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The General Greene

229 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11205
at Clermont Ave.
718-222-1510

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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45% would go back.

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By goodfoodislove on 3/24/2013

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

The food, especially the breakfast is very good. The service is worse than terrible. There is one young lady in particular that works the breakfast shift on the weekends...she is slow and inattentive and barely conceals her hostility at having to serve guests...I have on numerous occasions had to wait at least 15 minutes after being seated to even be acknowledged....if I am lucky I will then get to place my order after another 15 minutes or so has elapsed....I do love the breakfast at General Greene, they always get my eggs perfect, but Dekalb Ave is a veritable restaurant row....with so many other choices I will probably not return.

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32 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

A restaurant by people who like the *idea* of food, not actual food

By bklynite on 2/25/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I live in Ft Greene and have never had good service @ General Greene. Instead, the staff behaves as though they're doing you a favor, begrudgingly -- which is a complete 180-degree shift from the normally warm, welcoming, helpful service provided by other establishments in the area. Food is ho-hum at best. Soul-less at worst. I must also say that as a person of color, I am always a bit bewildered when I find myself or my party to be the only (visible) diversity in an establishment in Brooklyn (or NYC for that matter), and this is a phenomenon I've experienced twice at General Greene. I don't know what it means, but it's weird, so I figured I'd mention it. I have absolutely no idea how GG continues to get so much press -- Good PR person? Good connects? Both? On a positive note, the ice-cream (sold in a cart outside) is delicious and the only part of the place worth patronizing.

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44 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

I Scream for Ice Cream

By brittanycarcova on 8/17/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

The Green Tea Pistachio Chip equals creamy heaven. While the food is slightly above average, it can be skipped. However do not do yourself the injustice of missing out on ice cream from the General Greene!

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53 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

Good Food can Never Compensate Poor Service

By antonybcn on 8/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Restaurant owners should start to learn that excellent service can compensate so so food, but that good food can never compensate poor service. The female bar tender was so unfriendly on the evening we went, it was ununderstandable... Food was good, but we are not going back!

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47 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

want to like this place more

By mario_brother on 5/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been to this restaurant several times and always come out feeling disappointed and unsatisfied. I'm definitely not one for stuffy serving styles but General Greene leaves something to be desired from its service. They serve everything as it's cooked from the kitchen so there is no rhyme or reason as to what lands on your table and even if you order two entrees you probably won't get them at the same time (my girlfriend had completely finished by the time my entree arrived). You're left with this feeling like you're being rushed out of the place--especially when your check is dropped on you (without being asked for) and told 'we accept visa and mastercard' as it's laid down. Not exactly how you want to end your meal. The food is good and the decor is great but it misses the mark on just about everything else.

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50 out of 95 people found this review helpful.

Lame

By MIZBISCUITS on 3/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Over priced crappy food..I guess the bus boys were doing me a favor by clearing my food without asking before i was finished.

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57 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Good but just missed the "great" mark

By vcmeremaid on 11/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Living in the neighborhood, I waited until the dust settled to eat at General Greene. The interior was well thought out with wood paneling and a wide bar that conveyed a relaxed confidence. My party of 5 sampled a number of plates that ranged from very good (whole dorado with citrus and olives) to less inspiring (radish salad seasoned with anchovy). I wanted to love the candied bacon but the pieces on the plate were inconsistently cut and cooked. The house made savory ice cream almost hit the right balance. I would easily go back to sit at the bar, but with all the dining options in FG, I'll likely spend my money on dinner elsewhere.

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89 out of 193 people found this review helpful.

Shockingly BAD

By davidmichael on 4/6/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

After reading some good reviews, my girlfriend and I decided to go last night. We weren't expecting anything amazing and while the decor was nice (minimal/rustic but not cliché) the food was utterly disappointing. First up, Lamb and Cucumber Salad, good but wouldn't make me go out of my way to have it. Next was the Turnips, Bacon, and Leeks dish. OK, but he turnips were under cooked and hard (I like vegetables raw sometimes but this didn't work) But truly offensive was the Braised Pork Ribs with Sweet Spicy Chili, not sure the chef had any idea what 'braised' means; A good braised rib should be falling off the bone or close to it. Braising means that the fat will render into the meat, creating an amazingly tender and delicious dish. None of this happened, it was way under cooked with large bits of inedible fat (fyi I love pork fat) while the crust was charred to death. It was the worst possible combination. Plus the sauce could not have been more mediocre; any Chinese take out place could serve a better rib. The Ribs would have ruined any meal. NEVER GOING BACK!

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115 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

A waste of time in FG

By Naureen on 3/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

With so many better places all around it, we were very surprised at the poor quality of the food. A group of 4, we barely got any of our food at the same time, leaving us in the embarassing situation of trying to "share" a single chicken leg among us or one of the other tiny dishes that came out. The food itself was irrelevant - hardly tasty. Decor was nice though, might consider going more for a drink than food.

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110 out of 211 people found this review helpful.

yum!!!

By 159hillwood on 2/10/2009

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

I went for lunch and loved this place! It has a great atmosphere and attentive staff. The sandwiches are delicious...a great way to spend a saturday. The menu is quirky but nothing too crazy. Very well decorated...It is a bit cramped...curious about the very spacious back area of the restaurant without anyone in it?

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103 out of 210 people found this review helpful.

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