787 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11215
nr. Sixth Ave.
By circle9ine on 11/13/2004
Were it in Manhattan, Rosewater could jack up their prices and compete with the hautest of the haute. Thankfully it's in Brooklyn, land of lower overhead and easier reservations. One can't pick a favorite dish since the menu changes almost daily, but regular standouts include the pork chop served with seasonal fruits, and seasonal (that word comes up a lot) mushrooms - morels, royal trumpets - grilled and served in a rich savory wine-and-butter "soup" (don't forget to dip the bread in there!) The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is casual but reserved, completely without pretension - this is all about the love of great, fresh food. It's like having a little slice of Gramercy Tavern in Park Slope. Let the borough-phobic stay that way. They don't know what they're missing.
By willtraveltoeat on 9/17/2003
This restaurant features surprises for your mouth.The food is so good here that you just keep on wanting more. One dish that was so unusual for me was the Spanish Tortilla,which is a combination of eggs and potatos .The meze plate with the three dips is a tantalizing beginning for more delicious things to come. Try the grilled market peach and tomato bruschetta ,basil and feta.It just melted in my mouth . The ranch pork chop was just marvelous along with the onions ,tomatillo and Swiss chard. The service was friendly and attentive .The whole area is a little small and not suitable for large groups.
By pamelao on 1/28/2003
This is the best food in the Slope hands down!!! The service is great and the staff if friendly. The space is a bit small and it gets rather noisy but over all this is the best restaurant in Brooklyn
By joanmarie on 12/5/2007
This place has always been a favorite, not just in the Slope, but an NYC favorite. My bf and I were relieved to find that the new chef is great, and maybe the best chef they've had. We had dinner there last Friday and loved everything. Parsnip soup with pear. Grilled octopus with pinenut relish was some of the best octopus I've ever had - smokey, great texture. Suckling pig confit entree was to die for and striped bass with forbidden rice was subtle but fantastic. It came with something called musque de provence squash consomme that was earthy and fine. Fish was fresh and perfect. At $29 and $24 the entrees weren't cheap, but they were both home runs and worth every penny. Desserts have always been good, if not as flashy as the rest of the menu. Toasted almond ice cream was simple and sublime. Wine list is always interesting and fun. We had a bottle of blaufrankish (sp?) that was great value. Can't wait to go back!
By clange1 on 11/20/2007
We recently enjoyed Rose Water tremendously. We had been before, and always had a lovely time and were looking forward to trying the new chef. The food was amazing! The potato salad with the jasmine aoli was creative and delicious. We shared a rich, flavorful risotto, and I had the duck breast. Just thinking about it now , makes my mouth water. Perfectly seasoned and seared. The panna cotta for desert was also spectacular. Highly recommended. The brunch is also an amazing meal. Though the waits can be a little long for a table. Check it out!!!
By JaBrit on 12/15/2010
6 of us went to Rose Water, had different things, ate off each others plates..no need to wash up, we cleaned our plates..From the bread to start to the desserts, everything was amazing!!
By Artfool on 11/22/2012
It was the smallest mediocre-overpriced dinner I've eaten in a long long time. The closest thing I could compare it to would be a first-class dinner on a quality airline like SingaporeAir. But with no endless anything or bread/rolls. Anyway, I haven't been this dissatisfied with my Thanksgiving dinner/feast since 1971 when my loving but cashless mom served me and brother Swanson's turkey TV dinners.
By liketoeat on 4/30/2010
I am so disappointed to see this restaurant rated as a critic's pick. I went here for a prix fixe dinner with my fiance. The two of us ordered different things so that we could sample as many things from the menu as possible. Everything we ordered was awful. I believe there were gummy homemade raviolis in a too rich sauce, some terribly butchered and overly roasted chicken with pale and over cooked sides, over-dressed salad, and a dessert that I couldn't even swallow. Maybe it was a terrible night for them, but my experience was 6 very sad, flavorless, overcooked dishes. I vow never to go there again, and also to take the critic's picks with a grain of salt.
By stacey104 on 9/5/2007
Very disappointing food and experience. We heard that there was a new chef, but decided to try it anyway. Quality of food has really fallen. Practically inedible. Very sad, as it used to be quite good. And the prices have risen. Won't be going back, until current chef is gone.