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229 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11205
at Clermont Ave.
A restaurant by people who like the *idea* of food, not actual food
By bklynite on 2/25/2011
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.
AVOID! NOT WORTH IT!
By brbkboy83 on 8/13/2008
We should have known by how long it took for our drinks to come that it was going to be a disaster. Our waiter was scattered and inattentive. Once the food FINALLY arrived I was shocked. I understand the whole "small plates" concept and I actually enjoy it, but what you receive for the price is ridiculous! While the extremely small plates that arrived were decent, they were definitely overpriced; especially for Fort Greene! Avoid the grilled prawns as once you get through cleaning them yourself there's hardly anything left to eat and you'll be over it. Thank God for the bottle of wine we ordered while I waited for my burger that I ordered because I was still starving after 3 plates of food. Which brings me to the one saving grace of this place: the burger. It was a 6 ounce burger served with Vermont cheddar and pickles and onions. The only problem was the waiter didn't even ask me how I wanted it cooked. We finally finished and requested the check and had to wait...and wait and wait while he socialized until we got our bill. I will NOT be going back!
So bad we left and went out to dinner!
By Abbey on 10/4/2008
You know a place is really sub-par when you stop eating, ask for the bill and then go out to dinner again. The "main" dishes we tried were either undercooked, under-seasoned or flat out bad. We had a little warning that the meal might not be all that good when when we ordered an old tapas standard while we waited for our meal - bacon dates...easy and satisfying on a cool autumn evening...but these? cold, encrusted with so much sugar you literally could not taste the bacon....the setting was really very simple and beautiful and so we were so surprised that the food didn't fit the environment. And a pet peeve - they served what they called a 12oz beer in a jelly glass! nuff said.
By davidmichael on 4/6/2009
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 clichÃ©) 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!
By MIZBISCUITS on 3/27/2010
Over priced crappy food..I guess the bus boys were doing me a favor by clearing my food without asking before i was finished.
A waste of time in FG
By Naureen on 3/18/2009
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.
Good Food can Never Compensate Poor Service
By antonybcn on 8/4/2010
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!
General Greene generally bad
By Pflei on 8/7/2008
Chicken livers tasted like over salted deviled ham, the deviled eggs were blah, and the cheese burger had no cheese - except the wait staff basically said the chef said we were wrong. Very uneven food and a very hesitant wait staff after a month is not a recipe for success. You might want to go down the street to iCi and get great food for your money!
want to like this place more
By mario_brother on 5/7/2010
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.
watch your credit cards
By spencermurder on 8/11/2008
If you pay w/a credit/debit card make sure you get the right one back. Our waiter took my card and another patron's and switched them b/c we belonged to the same bank. However, I was the lucky one who was charged for my meal and theirs. (Their check was $170) So that thursday night out overdrew my bank account costing me a lot more than anticipated. Also it took over a week to get fixed. Not saying the place sucks but inattention to detail like that doesn't help.
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