Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Luz
177 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120540.692651 -73.969616
Neighborhoods: Clinton Hill
Don't Under Estimate This Place – Visited Luz three times and the service is wonderful. The barman is well educated about the drinks, knowledge of the food and history of the restaurant. The food is awesome. I love the cultural mix of the dishes served here and can say that each dish was tasty and well presented. Services was wonderful and the guy at the bar makes you feel at home.
Nuevo Latino flair lights up this off-the-beaten path eatery. – The Scene
The friendly bartender who churns out expertly poured mojitos and pisco sours sets a jovial mood at this dark and lively Pan-Latin bistro. The slim, brick-exposed space is a trek from the G train, but a local crew fills the room nightly. Regulars line up at the bar, or slide into sleek, black-topped tables for a creative mix of Mexican, Peruvian, Argentinean, Puerto Rican, Colombian and Caribbean fare.
Start with the spare ribs doused in mango-habanero barbecue sauce or a tasty empanada trio, packed with ropa vieja, black beans and queso blanco, and goat cheese and spinach. Passion fruit gellee enhances the otherwise flat snapper seviche, but roasted sweet potatoes fail to revive the bland lamb chops. Opt instead for the grilled filet mignon with crisp shredded collards or the delectable plantain and bacon-crusted snapper, artfully presented on a bed of mashed sweet plaintains. Save room for the dense and sugary tres leches cake.
Hideaway in Brooklyn: good service, luscious food – We came here after a recommendation from the Times. The food was delicious and the service was great. Although they had asked us to move after a seating arrangement faux pas, they were gracious enough to compensate us with some extra free food. The server (Jasmine) checked up on us periodically and was patient as she explained certain menu items. Even with all the food and drinks we had, the bill was still under $50 for two people! Highly recommended.
Rude Inconsistency – My husband and I have been to Luz's many times and each time, we thought the food was yummy. The service has always been so-so (long waits) but the food tasted better than we thought, given the ambiance. Since it got cold, we started ordering deliveries and noticed that the quality of the food was not as good. I guess they pay more attention to dine-in customers? Today, we ordered the rottiserie chicken and it was horribly dry and to make it worse, they forgot the sauces. It was so dry the meat actually break apart when you try to pick them up! We called the restaurant thinking that they would appreciate our feedback (since they are good with their dine-in food) but instead, the response was a cold "okay, we will look into it" and clicked, the guy hung up!
User review by babywong – Place was great, food was excellent. Skirt steak marinade was good, but maybe because I got med/well, it came out rubbery. but the pulled pork dish was wonderful. service was ok. waiter/waitress both saw that I left the skirt steak untouched and didn't ask me how it was until they cleared the table, even then she didn't do anything about it. would definitely go again.
Great Place – The ambience is great. The restaurant is a great addition to all the others in the area, and serves amazingly delicious food.
Ambience is absolutely cool. Sitting at the bar and drinking and ordering food is my favorite.
Their appetizers are superb. Their entrees are all great. Only wish they would add more as I have had all the ones on the list already.
Their desserts are so yummy.
The owners are always around and make you feel at home.
And now they have brunch on weekends too.....what more can you ask for !!
stay in park slope – I don't know what the guy in the other review was talking about. First of all, the neighborhood has some of the most beautiful brownstones and blocks in New York City--so maybe you should stay put in stroller city because it sounds like it was too much for you to handle. Secondly, I imagine it'd be tough to tell the ambience of a restaurant when it's closed and you're looking through the window.
So the food and drinks are delish, especially for the price. I'd recommend the arepas (they're the best I've had), the shredded pork or the churrasco (and I'm not much of a meat eater). And for dessert try the Mexican Sopressa; it's divine. Salute.
Modern in Brooklyn – Please do dress up or you will feel out of place. This is a very nice place with lots of professionals in their 20's and 30's. I have visited three times and certainly had a good time and really good meal. Drinks are excellent. Lamb chops, pork, salmon ......yam.
This is not a shabby brooklyn place - design is clean and modern, a welcomed change. Fridays and weekends make reservation, I had to wait 30 min for a table in the evening.
Great place to have a date with your friends and few mojitos.
A Great Addition to the Neighborhood – I went to Luz on a weeknight to have a few apps and a couple drinks. The service while sitting at the bar was excellent. The bartender was very friendly as was the owners mother who I spoke to outside. They have an extensive list of cocktails and mojitos. I tried a watermelon mojito which was just the right blance of watermelon, rum and mint. Their cocktails are also very affordable at $6 for a good sized mojito. The arepas were also excellent and topped with cilantro pesto and feta cheese. I also tried the crab salad which was good, but the flavor of the crab was a little over powered by the citrus juices they used to make it. I will definitely be headging back to for a full meal.
Beware – After reading an excellent write-up in the paper, we decided to try Luz for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The day was beautiful, so we decided to walk from Park Slope (Brooklyn). Bad idea.
The neighborhood is sketchy. Don't walk. Nevertheless, we made is safely.
Luz is closed for lunch. Maybe they're open for lunch on some days and closed on others, but this scheme is known only to them. So, don't walk and call before going to make sure they have decided to open on that day.
Lastly, the place has all the ambiance of a tiny California burrito shop. Don't get dressed to go. Dress like you're going to get a slice on the corner.
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