229 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11205
at Clermont Ave.
By neptunesmom on 7/27/2008
My husband and I had a glorious dinner outside the lovely The General Greene. From the moment we got there we experienced the utmost in hospitality and insanely good food and drink. We each tried one of the special cocktails along with a bevy of treats. Our must haves: Short Ribs, Iceberg Wedge, Deviled Eggs, THE BURGER!!, and yummy Lemon Cheesecake, oh and don't forget the warm cookies. Really this is what we have been waiting so long for!! They even let Neptune, our dog, sit outside with us while we ate. Run don't walk!
By 159hillwood on 2/10/2009
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?
By CakeGirl on 12/20/2008
I have eaten here several times, on different days. The food has always been great. I think it's best experienced with several people. The dishes are great for sharing and come out at different times - if everyone chooses two things, you'll have a wonderful stream of dishes, and a fun dining experience. The butternut squash soup is really delicious, and so are the chicken/grits, the burger, the steak, the lentils - and don't forget dessert. The ice-cream is house-made, the cookies are great, and they're very proud of their espresso machine. Nate at the bar is great, and our overall experience (once with 5 people, another time with 8) has always been great.
By legato66 on 8/17/2008
This was a great place. I was in a larger group so I got to try most everything on the menu. The stand outs for me were the steak, which was cooked perfectly and smothered in garlic. The Canadian bacon, that had a rich smokey flavor, and bread pudding. Also, try the cookies for desert! The service was quick and consistant through out the meal. I just had a great time.
By majormajor on 8/17/2008
It was worth the 45 minute subway commute from Manhattan. The pork meatballs were delicious, as was the steak. Maybe I'm jaded by Manhattan prices but I thought the food here represented good value for money. All in (including wine and beer) the cost was about $45 per person, and we all left feeling full. The wait staff was friendly and down to earth. I would definitely go back.
By rsthoma on 8/17/2008
Certainly in its stride when our party of nine dined there, last night. Steaks tender and wonderfully juicy-garlicky. Great, thick slabs of smoky bacon, too. The ham-gruyere bread pudding and collard greens complemented both of these dishes (and each other perfectly). It would be a shame, perhaps, to forgo these dishes for "just a hamburger" -- except that the hamburgers are also exquisitely done (thin enough to hold their succulence, but not so much of a good thing that one forgets or discards the bun). Other recommendations: the blueberry beer; the chocolate mousse; the peach cobbler. Finally, I really liked the tapas-style menu. Each dish was very reasonably priced (and not all-that small). Given our numbers, our table was able to order and share practically everything on the menu. Very impressed with the complementarity of most dishes; the lone diner would have a tough time assembling a bad combination of main dish and sides. I've seen reviews here faulting General Greene's service. Obviously, folks are still working out the "routine." But frankly, I find that the most exciting phase in a restaurant's lifecycle. Not just amazing aromas, but endless possibility in the air.
By goodfoodislove on 3/24/2013
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.
By brittanycarcova on 8/17/2010
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!
By vcmeremaid on 11/10/2009
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.
By collettephoto on 12/11/2008
I really wanted this place to be good. But the boiled meat taste of the ribs and the portions...some things simply do not work as tapas style. When you cant share it with at least one other person it is too small and you should offer it in sizes small and large. The cookie was good but there was definitely something missing in the experience. Like the reader below, I went out to dinner afterward.