Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Thomas Beisl
25 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.687010 -73.977884
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene
life on earth, lunch at thomas beisl, and the labor force – great resto to which i've never been and most likely will never go. HOWEVER, i would recommend that someone find the guy who wrote the previous review (username "le new yorkais," so all clues point to a former one-semester student at the american university in paris that never spoke more than two words of french and is currently working as a writer for NYU's monthly journal on Medical Ethics and Elegant Wines of Provence), sit him down, and find him better things to do than indirectly e-reprimanding people who actually work for a living.
very good and very bad – food is good to very good, decor is nice and romantic. HOWEVER, the reception by the waitstaff ranges from barely ok to hostile. the owner should sit down and read them the riot act, and teach them some hospitality.
Most unpleasant experience – Arrived alone post BAM theater event for quick bite and drink. Treated like pariah as single diner, and shuttled to bar though tables were empty and others opened up while I dined. Service perfunctory, food so so. Too many new great restaurants in Ft. Greene for any diner to tolerate this kind of mediocrity.
Delicious and special – This is a nice restaurant in the Ft Greene area. The food is good, not a whole lot for the vegetarian, but the fried & breaded mushroom starters are excellent, I've ordered them every time I frequent the restaurant, and they are always perfectly fried, (not too greasy... hmmm). Nice cod and fish dishes. Romantic atmosphere and polite service.
Lovely and authentic – I lived in Vienna for years and can attest to the authenticity of Thomas Beisl. The service could be better, but the food is tops. The ambiance is also good: cozy in the restaurant in winter and delightful on the patio in summer. Just don't go pre- or post-theater as it's too full. Landing there after a show has started at BAM is perfect. Brunches are also worth checking out. They also have some nice Austrian wines.
dining with friends – We've been to the Thomas Beisl several times and we love it. The owner and staff make you feel very comfortable and let you relax even after you finished eating - like it is tradition in Austria. The food is great, real Austrian comfort food. I can also recommend the Austrian Goesser beer which they have on draft. Try to go during the week, the restaurant gets very busy before and after BAM shows on weekends.
You've got to be kidding me... – I went last night and was incredibly disappointed. The food was fine - the crepes soggy, the weiner schnitzle, excellent - but things took a nosedive when the dining rooms cleared out due to a show at BAM. It was then that I noticed that not one plate had been cleared from any table. Finally, one of the waitstaff noticed and brought out a dirty bus pan which he put on the table next to me and started bussing the entire dining room. Once that chore was completed, he brought out a large, black, plastic bag which he proceeded to fill with dirty linens. All the while, a rather large fellow in a tank top and camo pants (the manager?) was yelling at the rest of the waitstaff audibly enough that I was able to follow his entire tirade from where I sat in the secondary dining room.
Apparently I'm the only one who didn't enjoy this restaurant. I waited almost 30 minutes for my appetizer and the waiter forgot to give us bread in the meantime. It took so long to get my food that by the time my my rosemary-less rosemary potatoes and my well-done and fatty steak came - that I ordered RARE - I was too hungry to bother to send it back. The only plus is the patio.
Delightful – Absolutely great experience. We were a group of 4 -- ordered 3 of their daily special apps, we each ordered an entree and got 3 desserts. Everything was really tasty. My only criticism was for the apricot dessert (it takes 15 min to make), which was a little tart for my taste.
BAM-goers and locals applaud a celebrated Austrian chef's friendly Fort Greene bistro. – The Scene
It's the sort of beloved neighborhood haunt where locals stop by the clubby bar for after-work beers, young families frequent for easy-going meals and artsy BAM-goers retire for late-night desserts in the wooded, wainscoted dining room. With half-moon antique windows, ornate plaster ceilings and retro Austrian beer signs, the sunset-colored space is comfortably elegant, and graciously tended to by an international staff.
The versatile Austrian menu, fused with French and American, rewards both high and low-end appetites: rich, cheese-laden onion soup, grilled Gruyere and country ham sandwiches and big-bunned burgers are as satisfying as velvety liver terrine with kumquat-cranberry compote, speck and sausage charcuterie and inexpensive cheese plates. Heart-warming, assured entrees--beef cheek gulash with buttery spaetzle, caraway-rubbed sauerkraut pork with knodel and little crocks of aromatic short rib Pot au Feu with grated horseradish and marrow--are best followed by inexpensive, insanely good traditional sweets, like bittersweet chocolate-hazelnut crepes.
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