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391 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. Coffey St.
Hip & cozy, liveliest spot on Van Brunt tonight
By wainscott on 12/5/2010
I just returned from dinner at the Good Fork tonight - I had the fried green tomatoes (delicious with a herbed mayonnaise alongside tomato slices nearly as crunchy as crab cakes) and soft ricotta gnocchi. The Righteous Rye beer on tap was a hearty touch. The staff was attentive, kind and thoughtful. We will definitely go back.
By Aileen Gallagher (NY MAG) on 7/5/2010
The best times to dine at the Good Fork are cool summer nights when you can take advantage of the backyard garden. Whether you're new or a regular, the staff is welcoming and helpful navigating the menu. Everything's great, from the grilled asparagus or artichoke starters to the succulent roast chicken and adventurous sweetbread fettuccine. It's a pleasure to eat there.
BROOKLYN AT ITS BEST
By FIG4LIFE on 8/23/2009
AFTER SPENDING THE DAY IN NYC MY WIFE, FILOMENA AND I CAME HOME TO BROOKLYN TO RELAX... WE HAD WATCHED A FOOD NETWORK SHOW ABOUT THE GOOD FORKS DUMPLINGS. WE DECIDED ON A LATE NITE DNNER. WITH NO RESERVATIONS WENT TO THE GOOD FORK. WE WERE GREETED BY THE OWNER AND TOLD WE HAD ABOUT A 45MIN WAIT ...AT HIS SUGGESTION WENT TO A BAR DOWN THE STREET AND HE CALLED AS SOON AS OUR TABLE WAS READY. THE DUMPLINGS WERE EXCELLANT, MUSSELS IN COCONUT MILK AND LIME WERE AS GOOD AND WE HAD A LAMB DISH THAT WAS A DELITE AND FINISHED OFF WITH PEACH COBBLER...THE SERVER WAS WELL INFORMED AND QUITE PLEASANT, THE SERVICE WAS GREAT!!! WE CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO GOING BACK...
Ummm, wait a minute
By Abbey on 7/12/2009
We decided to give this place a try after reading rave reviews from this and other blogs....and we really did want to like the place, after all, we really had to go way out of our way to get there. But the food was just not that good - for starters, the "fabulous" dumplings were heavy and not fresh tasting, we also got their special - corn soup which was decidedly just alright, a bit bland. But the main courses are where our dinner fell completely apart. We ordered the duck - which was disappointing and the special babyback ribs (which were highly recommended) - both were like eating from a salt bath. Only the dessert - a strawberry rhubarb cobbler - was delicious. Sorry to say, we won't be going back, nor would I recommend it to any friend.
Best dining experience in months if not years
By quinnsett on 10/1/2008
I showed up on a weeknight without a reservation and was seated by the lovely owner within seconds. Here are the highlights: Decor - It had the feel of a romantic dinner by the fireplace in a country rustic bohemian farmhouse/cottage. Food - We ordered the pork and leek dumplings to start. They are as tasty and satisfying as some of the Chinatown staples, but healthier and more fragrant because the ingredients are fresh and organic/green market. Then I had the duck with lentils in a red wine reduction, which was EXCELLENT (the duck was cooked to perfection, "rose"). My boyfriend had the roast chicken and mash which tasted incredible... juicy, tender, but most importantly it tasted like chicken on the farm is supposed to taste, very different form what it tastes like supermarket-bought. Just the right portion too. Finally we had the goat cheese panna cotta (very good, and compliments of the owner!) and the chocolate cake (how can a cake be so fluffy and rich at the same time?!). Wine list is also very solid. Truly worth it.
By satchelboy03 on 5/29/2008
Worth the trip from Manhattan. Mind-blowing tempura onion rings. Best fish n chips I've ever had. Beautiful, cozy space. The owner is attentive and friendly. I'm trying to think of something that didn't quite go well during the meal, but the service, the food, the price were all excellent. Definitely going back.
By panagisv on 4/27/2007
I ventured out to Red Hook for the first time after reading about this restaurant on designery Wallpaper magazine. This place is far from the subway and kind of hard to get to, but once we got there, we really enjoyed ourselves. The crowd is trendy/East Village-like, the food was great and very reasonably priced and the service was very friendly and efficient. This is definitely worth travelling to Red Hook for.
Definitely Worth the Venture
By turcod on 12/30/2006
When we first heard about the restaurant, we were worried about the location and bad reviews about service. However, when we had called to make reservations they called us back immediately to make accomodations for us. Despite the remote locale, at arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the coziness of the place, the ecletic crowd, and the wonderful ambiance. The food was even more impressive. SImple, mostly organic ingredients, and deliciously preprared, our mouths salivated as we watched near by diners receive their dishes. The review regarding serivce was a complete farse, as we experienced attentive servers and warm smiles the entire night. The restuarant even broke out into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for a near by diner. The flourless chocalate cake melted in our moths and we were tempted to lick the plates. I would recommend anybody to take the trip out to Red Hook and dine at this excellent establishment.
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