Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Dressler
149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.710417 -73.963114
Michelin star-speakeasy – I ate here last summer and had an incredible house-made ravioli. The baby beet salad was amazing. Great quality, but maybe not the mind-bending experience that Michelin star led me to imagine.
Playful American cuisine and a hip scene – Dressler's interior is Gothic chic, with wrought iron-lined light boxes and a dazzling palazzo tiled floor. The restaurant, bolstered by critical praise (including a Michelin star), draws a heavy influx of curious Manhattanites and local foodies alike. With attentive service and a diverse menu that stars seasonal greenmarket vegetables at their finest, it's easy to understand why. Dishes include various seafood options--like diver scallops served with ground grits and bacon-wrapped monkfish--plus more traditional fare like roasted free-range chicken with Swiss chard and braised short ribs. Unfortunately, the relatively high prices, at least by Brooklyn standards, make Dressler more of special occasion place than a go-to spot.
Quality Food, with Room for Improvement – Last night I visited Dressler with a friend of mine, forgetting that I had actually already been there a few years ago.
After walking in, the attractive and affable hostess handled things well. I would have preferred for her to wait on us all evening, rather than our mediocre server.
I had a pan-roasted sweetbread appetizer, served on a bed of cauliflower and a bean puree of some sort. This was an excellent appetizer. My only compliment is that the tastes became a bit too muddied when combined and didn't hold their own, but the final taste from said combination was quite good.
For the entree I had the Cider Braised Pork Shank with braised red cabbage, creamy spaetzle & whole grain mustard. The pork was tender and easily fell off the bone, but the taste of it wasn't superb. The spaetzle was great and in combination with the cabbage tasted really "homey" and comforting. Overall I would say this was a good dish with the spaetzle being the best element but pleasurable as a whole.
For dessert we split the Warm Banana Tart Tatin with rhum ice cream, and macadamia nut brittle. I was excited to think about the nut brittle with the ice cream, but the dish didn't strike me as expected. I accompanied it with a Tokaji wine, which was excellent, as they so often are. The tatin was a bit difficult to eat and the crumb wasn't elegant and detracted from the experience. Next time I would go for something different, like the panna cotta or maybe even the cheese cake.
I would return to this restaurant, and consider it to be one of the many quality destinations in Williamsburg. But, prior to returning, I will visit other restaurants on my list. It would take another visit for me to decide whether or not this has a permanent spot on my list.
Outstanding service, stylish atmosphere and excellent food – My wife and I love this place. The staff is very attentive, the atmosphere is very stylish and chic and the food is outstanding. My only problem with the place is that it's somewhat hard to get to by train.
lovely restaurant – This is a lovely date restaurant. The interior is cozy, warm and inviting, just how you want it when you want to enjoy the company of a special someone. Decent selection of wines by the glass, which I always consider important. The last time we went there, it was a warm evening and we had to wait about 10 minutes. The food is all very good, with the appetizers perhaps a bit more memorable. Just remember -- a safe bet for a date restaurant, you will have fun and make a good impression!
Good but not great – Came here for my husband's birthday and called ahead to make reservation and let them know it's a birthday dinner (hint, hint). They not only didn't put a candle in dessert, our waitress didn't put two-and-two together when he mentioned to her it was his birthday. Tsk. In any case, the food was very tasty - the raviolini was absolute perfection - Spring on a plate! The hangar steak, however, was charred black (we ordered it medium) and the seasonal black sea bass was tiny for the $32 it cost. The bread pudding was just ok, it would have been disappointing if it wasn't for the scotch sauce. We expected a little bit more for the money, especially in Brooklyn.
Great Food – We went on a Saturday night without reservations, recommend making reservations. Our party of four spent a few moments at the bar, it was lively and we didn't mind. Once we were seated, we ordered appetizers to start. The presentation was creative and the food tasted amazing. My main dish was very good, everyone seemed to enjoy their dishes and we promised we would go again.
Excellent restaurant - best in Williamsburg – My wife and I have been to Dressler four or five time and have consistently received very good service and excellent food. It is a bit pricey for Williamsburg, but that is the direction the neighborhood is moving and other restaurants are quickly catching up. The atmosphere is comfortably elegant, and, unlike some other reviewers, we never felt rushed or that the service was lacking. The food is hands down the best in Williamsburg, and probably the best we have had in Brooklyn. We highly recommend the restaurant. The one negative, which has been mentioned before, is that the dining room can get a bit loud, although not any more so than an equivalent Manhattan restaurant. This is a minor nit, however, and Dressler is our favorite neighborhood restaurant on the whole.
Dinner under the bridge – A very appealing exterior in a hipster redoubt, a tastefully decorated interior, excellent meat and fish entrees, okay desserts, ample if overpriced (blame the euro?) wine list... why the two stars? As at least another reviewer has indicated, the rushed, spotty and on more than one occasion snotty service ruined what could have been a pleasant meal for me and my guests. Attracted by the food, I have returned several times, and found the waiting staff consistently... inconsistent at best. They offer reservations as late as 10PM, but if you linger past the staff bedtime, rest assured they will let you know in more ways than one. Another relatively minor peeve is the din in the room at rush hour: it makes conversations in a normal tone of voice impossible. Not very romantic, is it?
Stop asking to take my plate..... – We went to this restaurant based on a strong recommendation from a client who is a chef that tests recipes. The restaurant has been on our radar for well over a year and on this night we finally decided to give it try. Reservations were easy to make, but time options were limited. (we made the reservation that day, so it was understandable)
We arrived and were seated quickly on this rainy night. The atmosphere was pleasant and the place quite attractive. Our seating was , well, "eh", to say the least...sort of in the middle of the room. But it was nice enough.
Service seemed pleasant and professional. We ordered our food , appetizer arrived very quickly and was DELICIOUS. However, we started to notice a pattern of things moving very quickly. Where as the food was all interesting, well prepared and very good, the speed with which our dishes were taken away and theand wanted to savour and enjoy it) was distressing. We were asked, literally 5 times and by 3 different people if we were done with our dessert plate. There was some left over and we were sitting and chatting over coffee. I finally said, "no we are not done and I'd appreciate not being asked again".
So all in all a very good restaurant, but for the cost ($140 for 2 people- ordering 1 app, 2 entree, 1 dessert, 2 coffees and 3 glasses of wine) I don't want to be asked if I am done so many times. It felt rushed and it was unappreciated
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