Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Jack The Horse Tavern
66 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.699998 -73.993741
Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights
Awful! – Let's start out with a rude bartender, followed by an over cooked burger with limp fries, and top that off with stale dessert, and round that off with a luke warm cup of coffee, and you have a place that I'll never return to.
Best food in Brooklyn Heights – If you like good food this is the only place to dine in Brooklyn Heights. It is consistently tasty, the kitchen is run very well but the only con is the service lacks experience.
Unbelievably Good Food – Jack The Horse is wondefully off the beaten path and not in a nest of restaurants like other Heights establishments. My girlfriend and I just wandered in the other night, drawn in by the lively atmosphere through window. I'm so excited to have discovered this place because the food is phenomenol. I started with the mac-n-cheese and was blown away. How can something so simple be so good? It was made with smoked gouda and perfectly crusted with bread crumbs. My girlfriend had a beet salad that wasn't out of the ordinary, other than it was a perfect.
We were waiting for our entrees when I felt a tap at my shoulder. It was the head chef! I had ordered the hanger steak, medium rare, and he had left the kitchen to personally tell me that the meat had been overcooked and he was personally preparing me another plate. As an apology he sent us several appetizers on the house, including some mouth melting fried oysters.
When my steak arrived, it was just fantastic. Crusty and brown on the edges, bluish red in the middle. Even more amazing was the gratin, which I was forced to share with my gf the second she had a bite. Her entree was just as good.
The atmosphere is not stuffy, but neighborhood-ish, and the food is the best in the Heights, in my opinion. This made Jack the Horse instantly our favorite local restaurant, perfect for special days and normal ones.
Average Food, High Prices, Nasty Staff – We were so pleased to see this restaurant open up! There are other restaurants on Henry St, but we thought the location on Hicks would make it "our secret neighborhood getaway". Well, it is pretty, but that's about the only nice thing I can say about it. My first experience with dinner was just below average. I assumed they hadn't worked the kinks out as they had just opened. My food was lukewarm at best, not everyone at our table got their food at the same time, and when the bill came I really felt that we were highly overcharged for what we received. A few months later I stopped in with a girlfriend for an after work gab - and - drink. We told the hostess we would not be dining and were just here for a drink (Tuesday night, the place was empty). She promptly seated us next to the door. We asked if it was possible to maybe sit somewhere not directly in the entrance, as only a few other tables were taken. She was extremley rude and told us to "pick [our] own table then". We sat, she slapped the wine menue on the table and as the busboy appeared with a water pitcher, announced in a very loud voice that we weren't eating, we were just drinking. She snatched the silverware and napkins away from the table, and was basically a Witch. She constantly asked us if we were done with our drinks and if we wanted our check yet. At that point we were a little hungry and probably would have eaten had she not ruined our evening. And again, the bill was high for 2 drinks. I agree, the positive reviews on this site seem fradulent. It's very expensive, the food is mediocre, and the staff are just plain nasty and rude. Also you are rushed out the door if it appears you won't be spending lot's of $$. This is not a posh manhattan restaurant, this is a neighborhood restaurant. I won't be coming back here, I'd advise caution to others, or at least bring very thick skin and wallet. Try Petit Marche, Henrys End, or Noodle. This place just isn't worth it.
Dining with children – My husband and I used to live in Bklyn Heights, and now we are in Park Slope. It seems that parents in both neighborhoods just don't "get it" where dining out is concerned. There are certain restaurants that are kid friendly (and let's face it, those who have kids know what they are), and those that are not. Why would you bring your children out to dinner after 8 pm, or to a pricier, nicer restaurant where you know the other diners really don't want to listen to the 3 year old at the next table? It's selfish and it's rude. Come on, let's all use our common sense. Having children means your lifestyle changes, period. Stick to the many restaurants that welcome children, and leave the other places to the adults to enjoy.
Im glad to see people know this is not a family restaurant. – I have lived in the Heights my whole life. I love the fact my parents brought me out to dinner with them to local places so as kids we could learn social skills in public as eating in a restaurant. I look forward to bringing my kids to dinner with me when my husband and I have company with families, and we like good food and wine while we eat with our children. Noodle pudding / Henry's end / Buon Gusto/ Heights Cafe/ even the new place Le Petit Marche is GREAT WITH KIDS. The only place I have been to that really doesnt like having families or kids is Jak the Horse. So Again Im glad the other reviewers agree DONT BRING YOUR KIDS THEY DONT LIKE THEM>>BEWARE TO FAMILIES. Since we are a family We wont be coming back to enjoy your dining
A great grown up place – Let me begin this review by saying I have three children, ages 7, 5, and
I have been to Jack the Horse Tavern (JTH) one time and that experience
was enough to leave me wanting more. JTH has earned a special place in
my heart...it's a place I can go to meet up with friends and enjoy good
food and good wine in a "grown up" atmosphere.
When you walk into JTH, it's like walking into the home of your
childhood friend. It's a warm and comfy atmosphere, one that welcomes
you like a hug. The waitstaff are friendly and the hostess was was so
welcoming that, by the time I left, it was like I had known her for
The food at JTH was beyond compare: everyone at the table tasted each
other's food and I can say that there was nothing on that table that I
didn't like...even the chicken liver "schmeer". And this is coming from
someone that would normally never go near chicken liver, let alone crave
it months after she ate it. The food was so tempting that I tasted it
all...the salmon tartare, the herbed chicken breast, the roasted pork
chops...from the wine to the appetizers to the desserts, everything was
excellently prepared. The portions didn't leave you feeling stuffed,
yet were large enough to satisfy.
So no, I would not bring my children to Jack the Horse Tavern. This is
a place to enjoy being a grown up: to relax, visit with old friends and
enjoy really good food.
I was there with a local business owner. I must review your reviews and make my comments – I must say being a Columbia Law/English professor I was intrigued by your reviews. After dining in this local tavern that I was invited too, I must clearly state the place is lacking in decorum, tact, and just basic hospitality. I decided to explore your reviews on Timeoutny.... and citysearch...... I have to agree with the Timeoutny.... review. You really need to iron out your quirks. I was compelled to let you know this through my review. The superlative reviews are seemingly created by an inhouse staff person or personal friend or maybe someone with an open bar tab. These are just one persons observations. I wish you the best in your business exploration I hope you are not a fleeting passing moment in time. Please iron out your wrinkles they are a big bump in the dining road. Sarah M.
I have to aggree they dont like kids – I was there on a friday with my daughter, she is 18 months. We dine early (5pm usually). My wife was on business in LA and I thought it nice to take her out. I have to say once the hostess saw me with my daughter she was so unpleasent. I was sat by the door and rushed. I ask if I was a problem I did not want to feel uncomfortable but got no reply. We didnt stay for desert. It was unpleasent. I was made to feel bad.
Best place for a meal – My wife and I have been to Jack the Horse Tavern 4 times now. EVERY time we go, the staff has been very courtious, prompt, and friendly.
The entree's themself are wonderful, and portion size is perfect. We never leave hungry and we also never leave over stuffed. (Sometimes there are leftovers). The ever changing dessert menu is nice as well, as you dont know what to expect each time you go.
The prices are great as well. We have been to some places were it seems they charge you an arm and a leg and you leave feeling hungry. I dont know what the other people here are talking about, unless they are used to eating at McDonalds or Burger King.
Overall the place is wonderful, the staff is friendly, and the owner is great as well. If you get the chance, please visit Jack the Horse. You wont be dissapointed.
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