80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
at N. 11th St.
By foodisgoodinmytum on 7/31/2012
I agree that Platt's review was distracting and a little off-subject but the food is disappointing. The company that I was with ordered everything aside from the burger, including the dry-age sirloin. The grilled kale was so salty it could have been mistaken for a romaine caesar. Rock shrimp were pretty nice and tender but really salty. The grilled peaches were described by our server as being accompanied by 'quite a bit' of basil. The dish arrived with no basil - instead, frisee. The mains were just as disappointing. Bluefish nicoise was over smoked and accompanied by a very salty aoili, making it difficult to taste the flavor of the fish and the accompanying salad. An amuse of radish carpaccio was the highlight. Refreshing and delicate. The halibut had all the right parts (squash, farro) and was well prepared but over-seasoned. The dry-age was fine but, whatever. Dessert, cocktails and wine are all a blur. I could write more but I'm exhausted. I can't imagine ever giving this place a 10 for any reason in any category. Should have gone to Diner instead.
By carlyle1234 on 7/25/2012
Its a good thing that I don't rely on NYmag to guide my dining experiences in NY. If I only noticed that Reynard's was given 1 star by Mr. Platt, then why would I go to taste the "excellent house burger" or try some of the amazing wines that he doesn't even bother to mention. Also, why is a food critic for nymag so affected by his fellow diners, that he needs to go on about "the Williamsburg scene." Does anyone care- in 2012? Would people's attire be of interest if this restaurant/hotel was in Soho? Believe or not, we Williamsburg residents aren't all "bewiskered," but actually own condos and have children. My experiences dining at Reynard's over the last 3 months have been lovely. The energy of the staff and the changing menu shows a commitment and passion that is unique, even in Brooklyn. I regularly go for the scrambled eggs and vegetables for breakfast or the seasonal salad for lunch. They never disappoint. For dinner, I don't mind the wait. I've had the fantastic Arctic Char and the bluefish which were both just smokey enough. I've shared the tasty burger and fell in love with a pork chop with corn and berries. Before Reynards, there were no decent breakfast places in Williamsburg where you can read the paper and enjoy your coffee without being cramped (Bakeri) or distracted by a trail of take-away coffee customers. Its a refreshing place to hang out and enjoy great food and wine in a beautiful space, regardless of what side of the river you live.