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229 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11205
at Clermont Ave.
What Ft. Greene has been waiting for...
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!
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!
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.
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!
Like Tapas But with Comfort Food
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.
I liked this place
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 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.
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.
Hmm...I REALLY wanted it to be good!
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.
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.
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