Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Brooklyn Fish Camp
162 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.677895 -73.979591
Mon-Thurs noon-3 pm, 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat noon-3 pm, 5-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
We'd never been so insulted, but the food was great... – It was my birthday and my friends came to Brooklyn from the city to help me celebrate. We were told by the bartender that for a table of 6, we had to wait 20-25 minutes. On a Tuesday night with no reservation, we thought that was normal and we gladly waited at the bar. We ordered ONE bottle of wine and ONE beer - for which we wound up waiting 15 minutes. We were assured repeatedly that our "outside" table would be ready any minute. ONE HOUR AND FORTY MINUTES later, we were finally seated, but inside. No biggie, we were still in a good mood. The bartender had offered us ONE beer on the house for our troubles. OK.
The waitress was great (Saacha), the food was amazing and it arrived quickly. By this time it was 10:30pm and we were starving. At the end of the meal, I politely asked the waitress whether she would comp something, and she said yes. The next thing we know, the bartender comes over and says (and I quote verbatim), "I already gave you two beers (which he hadn't). No one held a gun to your head to stay here. Just pay the bill." I was so insulted, not to mention embarrassed in front of my friends, that I didn't know how to react. I told him we would pay and leave promptly - which we did. We also left a nice tip.
To the manager of Brooklyn Fish Camp: We live and work in Park Slope and are avid restaurant-goers in the area. You just lost not only our business, but that of our friends - which is not negligible (and they tell two friends, and so on...). We spent $350 at your establishment that night. A simple gesture of kindness would have sufficed to keep our future business.
Best Seafood in the Slope – My husband and I were in the mood for seafood and decided to try the lobster at Brooklyn Fish Camp. There was a great crowd on Saturday night, great ambiance, and we only had to wait 20 minutes for a table. The service was impeccible, the food was even better. We initially ordered a bottle of wine and the waitress though we may not like it, so she offered us a taste. She was right and wound up choosing a wonderful bottle of wine that she selected. If you like french fries - try theirs, out of this world. I'd go back in a New York minute!
Nice But You Pay The Price – Cute place in a cute town. You can find some great deals in Park Slope for dinner for four. BFC is not one of them. Here are the good things: good ambience, well lit for a romantic dinner, not pretentious, food is pretty good, service is warm and prompt. The not so goods: very pricey appetizers - $12 for a half cup of fried clams, $6 for two corn on the cob and $6 for a small plate of fries. Cokes are 10 oz and expensive. Entrees are a bit pricey too for average sized portions. But the food itself is pretty good. Just not worth the price. Our party had a good time, but we felt like to go to Gray's Papaya afterwards to balance the evening. If you're pocket is padded, then it's a no brainer, but if you're not ready to drop $200 for four, don't go.
i'll give it another shot – It was such a beautiful day, my girlfriend and I wanted to sit and eat outside...the hostess took our name and let us know that she'd call us on our cell phone when our table would be ready (we had a 40 minute wait)...my steamers were great, but my girlfriend's mussels were over-cooked...I ordered a lobster, which was cooked to perfection, my girlfriend had the lobster roll (highly over-rated and disappointing)...we barely saw our server during our meal (and it wasn't that busy by the time we sat down)...but I definately saw some other dishes I want to come back and try...
Delightful! – Brooklyn Fish Camp is such a wonderful dining experience. The staff is friendly and inviting. It is much less crowded than Mary's in the village, so its less hurried. You can't go wrong.
Honest Food With A Few Kinks – BFC feels like a New England coast seafood restaurant, only it's better. Having lived downeast, I know how difficult it is to find a decent seafood spot up there. At BFC and MFC in the City, you get a daily choice of all types of shellfish, whole prepared fish, raw treats, lobster rolls, soups, salads and desserts. I tried some BC oysters that were expertly shucked and very fresh, and inexpensive (6-4-10.) I also had lovely pan seared soft-shell crab on a bed of arugula, yellow tomatoes, jalapenos and unfortunately unripe avocados. I am a big fan of gazpacho, but I found the one here a tad rough around the edges, maybe even a little thoughtless. I'd stick with the seafood. There's no bar, only beer and wine, and you're likely to be annoyed by unruly Park Slope offsprings, so come late and enjoy the smart wine list.
Manhattan's beloved upscale seafood shack spawns a Park Slope offshoot. – The Scene
Brick walls, tin ceilings and vintage black-and-white photos of a real fish camp in Florida retain the mess-hall chic of the original West Village location. On the spacious back patio, impeccably behaved toddlers nosh on pricey fish sticks alongside Brooklyn Industry-outfitted hipsters. The friendly service matches the environs.
When the original Mary's Fish Camp opened in 2001, lobster rolls were limited to the lore of New England weekenders. But it's obvious why this rendition--with just the right amount of mayo and accompanied by a heaping plate of matchstick fries--help turned the dish into a trendy catch. Other items get the same simple but savvy treatment: Succulent oysters arrive with three dipping sauces, including fresh horseradish, the deep fried rouget merits meticulous bone picking, and the bouillabaisse broth matches fiery undertones to its bounty of ocean flavors. Finish with the hot fudge sundae: The price is steep, but extra spoons are free.
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