Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Beast
638 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123840.679294 -73.968439
Neighborhoods: Prospect Heights
Great joint, but pricey – I've been heading to Beast for a while now, at least once a month. I'm guessing that the quality of the ingredients drives the prices, but I wish they could bring the cost down a few notches especially considering the portion sizes and the low key neighborhood feel. I'm in awe of the kitchen staff who work in a miniscule space just off the bar, yet turn our dish after dish like a VERY well oiled machine. I got a chuckle from one of the other reviewers who was dissappointed by the fried manchego cheese and the burger. There are few reasons for me to order fried cheese, and even fewer reasons to order a $12.00 burger. Be adventurous at Beast. Their menu has some average 'standby' offerings, but avoid them unless your in a tastebud rut.... I think you'll be pleased. Peace-out.
User review by kross01 – This place is just confusing. The evening we visited that bar area was overwhelmingly loud- head-banger loud. When we were shown to our table we were shocked to walk into an entirely different world- too few tables, zero ambiance, and thankfully- no Quiet Riot.
The food was enjoyable, but over priced for Brooklyn tapas- especially given the lack of ambiance. There are much more enjoyable neighborhood places than this one.
Tapas-noun-Small savory dish, served with drinks – The portabella and the venison are divine; the pistachio icecream and banana dessert is the stuff dreams are made of. Keeping in mind it's a tapas restaurant, the portions are more than adequate. Complaints about size might be due to ignorance regarding tapas. Something mammoth? Try the Beast's burger. It's too large to finish if you plan to button your jeans afterwards.
The decor and lighting is lovely. It's perfect for dates and hanging with friends. Very moody. The music is also great! I was thrilled to find that Beast's play list is exactly what's on my ipod.
The staff are not only friendly and knowledgeable but somehow everyone there is attractive too. Enjoy the eye candy while feasting on great tapas in a fun restaurant with the perfect music.
User review by cansplace – ok This place is good but definetly not a 9. The cheese platter was tasty and overpriced. the grilled sardines sank. I love the flatbread but I'm a carb fiend. Bread is always good. It's not good for kids. There are no children's selection on the menu and its a bar. There was a high chair but even my very upscale ten year old could find nothing to please his palate forget about my 6,3 and 2 year old nephews. If you miss this one-oh well
Great low-key gettaway – A Brooklyn must-visit.
New American tapas-like plates, crafted and delivered in a pub-like atmoshpere.
The short, reasonable wine-list is well-chosen.
The house-baked flat-bread is to die for.
The skirt-steak can't be beat.
If you seek a hibernation-inducing finish to your feast, pair the toffee pudding with an Italian amaro.
The service can be too casual and specifically wants staff-guidance when it comes to ordering.
The menu is slightly confusing, sorted by "Earth, Sea and Sky."
Though the poetry is not lost, the roast seasonal vegetables would have paired better with our hot course than they did with the house-cured olives with which we started.
All in all a great experience and though the location is off the beaten path, when you walk through the heavy, wooden door a warm reception is the welcome you've earned for chosing the road less travelled by.
Great neighborhood place!! – I went last night and was very surprised with how the food tasted and how good the service was. Order the steak, it is very good. Other notable items are the shrimp, vegetable dish and short ribs. This place is a must try.
the smallest portions ever – I thought the menu looked appealing. Then the meal came. Four shrimp for dinner! Sure it was only $12 which sounds cheap but four shrimp are not dinner. I was embarrassed that i picked this place. The tuna- again- a ridiculously small portion for dinner. It is not served with anything. You will leave starving and while they claim it is outdoors, you'll be eating in the street if you choose to sit outside. Not a nice setting at all. Skip this place. Even trying to get a glass of wine was hard. It is served in a quartet. a glass and a half at a high price. So stupid. A terrible experience.
Small plates with enough bite to soothe the savage foodie. – The Scene
The wrought iron fence encircling this corner restaurant only hints at its slightly goth interior. Renderings of mythical creatures festoon its walls, and heavily tattooed waitresses pick up orders from the open kitchen and chat at the small bar. The clientele, as mixed as the neighborhood, gathers in groups in the spacious back room.
Beast is not a conventional tapas bar. Generous servings are piled on small plates, and eclectic house specialties outshine the traditional Spanish dishes--like the overly eggy tortilla. Try the complimentary flatbread--seasoned with a heavy hand--chewy, charred, and addictive, and breaded and fried Manchego, a clever spin on mozzarella sticks. Ribs braised in Guinness fall off the bone, and luxurious seared scallops pair well with the Italian Fiano, a soft white wine with honeyed fruit flavors. Finish with a rich chocolate pot de creme or, better yet, grilled baby bananas with homemade pistachio ice cream.
Great food, but needs improvement overall – I have absolutely no complains about the wonderful food, everything we tasted was nearly perfect. The problem is the bar. The bar staff here has no clue about making drinks. I took some European guests here the other weekend for early snacks and cocktails. They wanted to try a bloody mary, a rarity in Europe, and what we got was a vodka and tomato juice with a splash of worcestire sauce. All of the other ingredients were missing, they had no clue. I am a fan of vodka, so I didn't complain, but when I asked for a vodka soda with lemon I got a huge vodka with a tiny splash of soda and a lime. Again, wrong! I recommend that you order the fabulous food and stick to beer, wine and straight up drinks, until they train their bartenders properly. Don't get me wrong though, I will be back.
A regular from day one – I ve been keeping track of reviews of beast since i'm such an avid fan, and i still see people saying the portions are small, but ...HELLO.... its tapas! And actually if you ARE familiar with tapas you would know from your first course, that the Beast tapas are freakin' huge. The ingredients are fresh and despite running out of a couple things from time to time, it is probably the best meal in brooklyn. I think running out of things says that the kitchen doesn't have old food hanging around.
Every time i've been in the staff has been courteous and non intrusive, and i end up lingering at the bar for the great late night happy hour.
I'm a particular fan of the tremendous hamburger, with homemade ketchup, homemade pickles and potato salad.....not potato AND salad like was mentioned in another review.
Try for yourself. Beast Sized Tapas!!!!
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