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288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.681750 -73.993713
Tue-Wed, 5:30pm-10pm; Thu, noon-2pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, noon-2pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, noon-2pm and 5pm-11pm; Sun-Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Carroll Gardens
Romantic and cozy in that insouciant Brooklyn way, The Grocery, as its name implies, is another greenmarket-driven seasonal restaurant in the mold of Hearth, Craft, Gramercy Tavern, et al. Its quality is high and its prices low, and the combination makes it among the most popular restaurants in South Brooklyn.
fabulous!!!!!!!!! – Amazing. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Unbelievable food, and fabulous choices of dishes, wonderful, attentive, knowledgeable service-without being abrasive or annoying, gorgeous back garden, the owner came over who was cute as a button and so lovely, and again; you will not eat a better meal in the city. All the delicious food you can eat, and simple elegance as well. I can't wait to go back!
I had very high expectations for this place and made a reservation a couple of months in advance for a special occasion. The food is definitely good, but I left a bit disappointed. First, the waiter who served us neglected to fill us in on the specials, which I would have chosen had I known about them. When we notified him that he didn't mention the specials, he didn't apologize but let us know that we made a very good decision regardless. Not what I wanted to hear. Secondly, on this night the place was overwhelmed by upper east side ladies perfume. The strong scents coming from the left and right of me negatively affected my taste buds.
food and service surpassed expectations – they were able to squeeze me in at 6 after i called the night before my anniversary for a friday night reservation and told me they'd treat us well for the occasion. they didn't disappoint, service from the second i arrived at the door was extremely pleasant and attentive with almost one server per table. all the food was excellent - considering the quality of food in most moderately priced restaurants is mediocre this was slightly more pricey and well worth it. they bring service up a notch by offerng complementary amuse bouche to all tables and gave us a small dessert for our celebration. good selection of wines ranging from affordable to high end. great experience overall.
The food is the thing – Yeah, it's that good. We've been to Grocery three times and not once has an item on the menu disappointed. While the room is not particularly comfortable, once you're seated you'll forget about everything except what's on your plate. Solid wine list, knowledgeable staff, friendly owners and an adventurous, ever-changing menu keep us coming back.
Unbelievable – As a group of 4, we went to Charlie and Sharon's small but very warm eatery last november. It was a fantastic experience. I recommend a tasting menu, as they will provide a small amount of everyting they offer that evening.Presentation was beautiful, service was efficient yet relaxed, and above all the food was the best dining experience I have ever had. Just when you think you have had your fill of the incredible entrees, the desserts and dessert wines are worth saving room for. We never felt rushed, and were attended to with care by both Sharon and Charlie as well as their waitstaff. They absolutely do make an effort with children, once creating a lovely peanut butter and jelly sandwich from a buckwheat crepe that was a winner. Go early if you can, make reservations, and expect to be dazzled.
You get more ambiance at the grocery store – This place was not ALL THAT! There was no ambiance. It was tiny and I felt like I was eating in someone's living room. The overall feeling of this restaurant was AWKWARD!The food was just ok. And a little too pricey to be just ok. Very few wines by the glass and a small menue. The neighborhood was nice though so check out another restaurant instead.
Happy Anniversary – Usually never take the time to write a review, but just felt I had to, just for this one time! Last night we celebrated our anniversary with a very special dinner at the Grocery. Everything was just perfect, glass of champagne when we sat down, wonderful squid appetizer that we share, my husband boneless trout and I had the lamb chop and a wonderful, delicious dessert served on a "happy anniversary" plate. It was our first time at the Grocery, but we loved it and from now on it is our special "anniversary" restaurant! Thanks so much all of you at the Grocery for making our anniversary even more special!
Mediocre and Overrated – I was stunned at how mediocre our dinner was. Truly, an utterly average experience. The food is between fair and poor: asparagus that was overdone and miserably plated; risotto that was loose, runny, and poorly flavored; trout with mushrooms that was overcooked and mushy; and lamb that was poorly butchered and needed salt and pepper. To their credit, they did not charge us for half-eaten entrees, the one highlight.
Excellent food and service! – This is one of the best restaurants that I have been to in New York City - the service was incredible, everyone was very friendly and nice and the food was unbelievable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Cozy Smith Street pioneer draws crowds with a market-fresh American menu. – The Scene
This charming neighborhood restaurant put Smith Street on the culinary map when it opened in 1999. Nowadays, diners arrive in hired cars from Manhattan, and chef-owners Sharon Pachter and Charles Kiely greet them with the same warmth extended to local regulars. Prices are higher, but there's still a zen-like elegance to the small, pale-green room. Service is smart but startlingly casual.
The owners' visits to farmers' markets in Brooklyn drive the ingredient-centric New American menu, which changes about once a month. Start with goat cheese ravioli atop a fan of yellow beets, or a comforting bowl of lentils with fresh poached egg and house-cured bacon. Beware of over-complication: Balsamic-radicchio glaze cancels the subtle flavors of ratatouille-stuffed calamari, and chunky pumpkin risotto with supple duck confit lacks integrated finesse. Simpler plates--like potato-crusted halibut or grilled lamb with artichokes, white beans and escarole--are wiser choices. Flaky, deep-dish cobbler is a perpetual favorite.
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