Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Ici
246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120540.689251 -73.969330
Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 9am-4pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 9am-4pm and 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Clinton Hill
Only go if you have all day to stay. – The first time my husband and I went was on a Sunday for a brunch and we assumed our bad service, wait take that back, our horrible service, was due to the fact that it was "Sunday brunch". But today my friend came into my neighborhood and we dedided to try it again..... The food is very tasty. We sat in the back patio, very nice. But then we waited 10 minutes just for a menu. We were told that they had a large table and that it might be slowo, ok. We weren't really in a hurry at all but we were hungry and had things to do. The so called large table appeared to be winding down but apparently that didnt matter. We ordered from what we were told later was the owner, not the waitress (it was her first day) and our order never made it to the kitchen. We at least got our wine but still no food for another half an hour or so. We had to ask the waitress a couple of times what was up with our food and again got the "large table" excuse but by this time they were gone. We ordered another glass of wine and waited another 20 minutes, we were done with our meal by the time they came. I live nearly acroos the street and tell everyone about my experiences there and do not reccomend it at all. We forgot something there and they had it but were very rude when I came to get it. They at least gave us our first glasses of wine for free but it is so over priced to begin with and to wait that long, our second glass should have been free as well. I will never go there again and I will tell anyone not to go there. To top it off we watched people show up as we were leaving getting good service, more bread and very quick. They should really be concerned about the people who live close by, we can and do make a difference on their business.
Avoid going HERE (ICI) – My friend's and I went this past Sunday and I strongly reccommend that DeKalb restaurant lovers AVOID this place if you are a service lover. The food is over priced and the quality of servie is sub par. My friends and I waited 30 minutes for cold eggs with and a sandwich. Might I add that had I not noticed that there were nuts in the food (which was not noted on the menu) I could have died! Who owns this place???!!!
My waitress was curt and had an extremely unpleasant demeanour. She looks a troll with red hair. She barely acknowledged us when we sat down after the manager took forever to seat us. The manaher was very unprofessional to say the least. She talked down to us, and took forever to serve our food that we watched sit in the window for a half hour at least! Ugh! It was utter chaos in there and the waitresses had such bad energy. What an awful experience. The food is definitely NOT worth a visit.
Beware. I would suggest anything else on the block. It's better.
amazing food, GREAT customer service – It is only because of this restaurant that I bothered to set up a citysearch account so I could write a review of it.
I love this place because not only is the food consistently flawless, they subscribe to the belief, as written on the bottom of their menu, that "eating is a political act." This is because you can choose to eat meat that has been raised humanely, or meat that has been raised in a factory farm; you can choose to eat locally-grown produce, or produce that has been shipped by Dole from some pesticide-ridden third world plantation that pays its workers a nickel an hour. And needless to say, Ici goes out of its way to find local family farms that treat their animals humanely, and to find local family farms from which to buy their produce.
When I last ate at Ici, I noticed that the three types of fish on their menu were listed as poor eco choices on a card produced by Environmental Defence that I carry in my wallet. I gave it to the waitress, and asked her to give it to the chef. (My friends chastised me for doing this before we ate, rather than after, joking about what the chef might do to our food out of irritation.) But far from being irritated, the hostess (who I think is the wife of the chef) came over to our table to thank us for the info, and explain that they go to great lengths to research what types of fish are the most sustainable, and that she and her husband had chosen the fish listed on the menu precisely because she'd read that they WERE good eco choices. Unfortunately there is a lot of conflicting info out there. So she was grateful for the info, and incredibly gracious.
Oh - and did I mention? The food is out of this world.
Excellent pre/post show at BAM dinner place – My wife and I went to ici last friday before our show at BAM and we had a great time. We thought we would only have one main dish, so we only allowed 45 minutes for our meal, but the menu was so appealing that we decided to have both appetizers and main courses. The waitress was really helpful and kindly made sure that the food was coming as quickly as possible. They even ordered a car for us, so we made it on time for the show. ici was such a delightful discovery, that we would have loved to have desserts too, so the manager suggested we come back after the show. They booked a table for us at 10pm, and we enjoyed some fantastic desserts and teas. The food was really excellent, the service was fantastic, they really go the extra mile to please customers. We very often go to BAM and this is by far the best pre/post show eating option within walking distance of BAM, and we will definitely return and recommend this place to friends.
Love it!!! – Being a regular customer of ici, I feel that I need to react to the previous review. I have been going there at least twice a month since ici opened about 3 years ago. It's really unfair, ici is very well priced considering the ingredients they use: they are all organic and they use local farms and markets. In regards to the wine list, they have the most exciting selection of natural wines, and after 3 years, I am yet to get bored of trying new wines, and I know not to go there if I fancy a Gin & Tonic, they offer much more memorable stuff.
Again, the food menu changes with the seasons, I went there last week, and they had a whole lot of new recipes, like a seasonal snow pea fricasee (sp?) made using the crunchiest, freshest peas, that was really lovely. I have planned to go again on Friday night to try out more of the dishes. And they have opened their garden, so I will be spending even more time there!
Message to ici: do not change a thing, we love the place just the way it is!!!!
Awful, awful, awful – We went there for dinner this week.... and never again. Its quite irritating eating in restaurant that doesn't have a full liqour license but its wine list is small. We had to wait quite a while for our apps, only to be told that they run out of one of the things. Portions were extremely small. It seems that the menu hasn't even changed since they opened..... the items they call staple, I call terrible... We barely touched our main dishes (waitress didn't even asks us if we liked them), paid the expensive tab (for 3 pp over $150) and got out. It was a totally unmemorable dining experience; and I don't recommend Ici.
Excellent Value for All organic wine/food – My friend who lives near ici in Fort Greene organized a dinner for 5 of us during the Brooklyn Restaurant week. I don't often go to Brooklyn, and my friend did not say much about her choice of venue, so I did not really know what to expect, but ici was amazing! They had a $20 menu that included fantastic all organic dishes, that was a real bargain. I went back to check the place out during a normal time, and again, it did not disappoint. The restaurant week $20 menu was obviously no longer available, but the value of the food & wine remained fantastic, far superior to most restaurants in the City. The quality of the food is amazing, they only use local producers and farms, and everything is organic. The manager explained how by not using any pesticides and sulfates, it really allows the wine to develop its full flavour, all in respect for the environment. I have since been buying natural wine (from Astor wine, they have a great selection). I have a lot of respect for places like ici that are not only there to make profit, but also support a valid cause (respect of the environment etc) and go the extra mile to provide beautiful food and wine. Also, it's nice to be away from the Manhattan madness and be able to just walk in during the week without a reservation.
not worth its prices – We went to Ici this week with a few friends. We were the only customers in the restaurant at 9:20pm. (that should be a sign already) Waitress told us that the owners are in France, so business is a bit slower. Service was friendly but not professional. We had to wait for waitress to finish her dinner in order to take our order. She was still chewing her food while walked towards our table. We had found the wine list extremely small (only 2 reds and 2 whites by the glass) and most of their reds are from Loire. The dinner menu has only one meat dish, which made it extremely difficult for my friend who has seafood allergies. I am surpised by the great reviews of this restaurant. There are much better deals in Fort Greene at better prices.
Most beautiful private dining room in Brooklyn, if not the whole of NYC!!! – I had my 30th birthday at ici's new private dining room last weekend. Our party was literally the second one to take place in that room as it's only just opened a week ago. The room is just above the main restaurant in an stunning brownstone, it's just been redecorated and there are lots of original features, beautiful ceiling, great chandelier etc.
They organised the most amazing menu for us, with lots of different options and they even recommended organic wines that were absolutely outstanding, I am converted to natural/organic wines!! They're really delicious and because they've got no sulfates, you don't get a headache in the morning!!! The food was great, I love the fact that they take great care in sourcing their food locally and ethically. The service was excellent, we had our own waitress for the whole night and she was really good and attentive.
I'd never been to Ici before, a friend recommended it, but even though I live in Manhattan, I will definitely go back, you don't get such a great room for parties at such great value anywhere in NYC. Can't wait for my next birthday!!!
Wow! Best value for super tasty organic food in NYC!!!! – I am reading the revues and it has been more than 2 years that I go to ici (I live 3 blocks away) and , I never had anything less than a great meal with a nice service and a great wine! The restaurant is ORGANIC so when I see people getting anxious about the bill, it drives me crazy, for the same price you can eat in any mediocre French Bistro in Brooklyn, but none of them would serve you food of this quality, in respect with the environment and the community. Ici is no cheater, they deliver what they promise at a great price. And they have the best breakfast and lunch in town!!! (Village voice best of NYC last week!!!)
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