Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Thomas Beisl
25 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.687010 -73.977884
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene
Shame it's not better – A couple of years back, this place was great. It's really gone downhill, despite the upkeep of the marvelous decor. The last couple of times I've gone recently, I've been really disappointed. The service has been lazy and careless: tables were sticky, the wait staff could care less about taking your order or making sure everything is all right. The last time I went, the mussels were room temperature. After finding our waitress at the bar, talking with the kitchen staff, I complained gently about the food. She agreed to replace it, but by this time an hour had gone by. The service drags the whole experience down. With all the great places to go to in Fort Greene and Park Slope, why bother? Want Austrian food - try Lederhosen in Manhattan.
I attended an event here and the beef gulash on the menu was really well done, the apple strudel was nearly inedible, and the endive salad was just okay. The atmosphere was pretty solid for a nice evening (but not really interesting at all...), and I think the food quality might have had somehting to do with my group's large size, so it's worth a try
worth the trip – Thomas Beisl was so great - the food was delicious and the atmosphere really took me back to a Viennese cafe. Went while a show was going on at BAM so it wasn't crowded. Had some smoked fish appetizer that was excellent - everything was great and really well priced. Great place to go with a group of friends.
need reservation – If you have tickets for show and doesn't want to be late this is perfect place for you....Verrrrry nice place ...
Really great food – Delicious, hearty, flavorful, honest to goodness food. New York has gotten so disconnected from down to earth good food. But here it is. And at good prices in a charming dining room. And for someone who grew up on schnitzel, spaetzle and other viennese fare, I can tell you this is the creme de la creme. And the mussels, YUM, with a little jalepeno in there, ask for more bread for dunking. Also, they have Czechvar on draft, which I had never had and is a great beer. Try the goulash, it's the best!
Terrible experience – Altough I made reservation on a very busy night I was surprised by the underqualified waitstaff . Our food was tasty but the "drunk?" waitress was very unpleasant. My concern was to make it to our show accross the street, which we nearly missed after waiting for our check over 25 minutes. Overall GREAT FOOD, BAD SERVICE.
Extremely gracious and helpful waitstaff; great food. – Had to respond to an earlier review that was critical of the waiters at Thomas Beisl. I have found them universally gracious, friendly, and competent, and I go there at least once a month. The food is wonderful; I've never had a bad meal there. My only criticism is that the specials are always the same, and the menu can get a little dull.
What? The food is great! – I don't know what everyone's talking about! The food is reliably great at Beisl--we always go here before a show or movie at BAM. Hearty portions -- my boyfriend and I usually split an entree. Fresh ingredients. Delicious. We usually get the salmon and a salad, and the palatschinken are great for dessert. The service may be bustling but the staff is quite courteous and friendly, esp. once they get to know you.
Good service, but surprisingly poor food – It works well as a convenient place to have something to eat after BAM. Service, even late night, was very quick and prompt, but the food was suprisingly poor. My sauerbraten was awful: tough and full of gristel (sp?). My wife's Wienerschnitzel was average, but not delicious. Our guest's salmon was, by his standard, very good. From what I noticed, the beer selection was very good, as was the selection of wine, including Austrian reds, which is relatively unusual. I would not recommend a separate trip there, but if you are in the neighborhood, or have a BAM performance, its worth a go. Not expensive for a restaurant, but not cheap. Just avoid the sauerbraten.
Fair Price, Decent Food, Not Romantic – Quality dinner for a very fair price. The raspberry crepes and the french onion soup are particularly recommended. Biggest drawback: although the place was billed as romantic, the atmosphere was more hustle and bustle. Make sure to avoid the pre- and post- theater crowd, as BAM is right across the street.
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