Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Flatbush Farm
76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.679589 -73.974689
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
I don't care for the food at Flatbush Farm, but the drinks are lovely, and oh, what a backyard!
Best Spatzle in the City, Hands Down! – Being a regular customer at The Farm for the past year, I can't help but wonder if it was another restaurant that these other reviewer's are refering to. First off, the majority of the time I have a great experience with the waitstaff, they are attentive but do not hover and sufficate the dining experience. Secondly, the food is consistently outstanding! The constant chaning of the seasonally local menu always allows for a culinary surprise. Most recently I have had the pleasure of dining on the Asapargus Spatzle, it was the best I have had in the city, and I have tried almost every restaurants Spatzle. Maybe the Chef is Austrian?
send the food and the waiters to a farm – I have a love and hate relationship with flatbush farm. Finally after last night, I will not eat there again. I first ate there when they served duck confit. Now that is not on the menu. I tried everything and nothing is that good. The wait staffs are terrible. All the women dress terribly. One brunch i had a waitress that had grease all over her blouse that was too tight and showing her extra poundage.Maybe if this was a greasy dinner in n.j. but for the price they charge, they should be more presentable. That alone made me lose my appetite. Then i got the worst grits in my life that tasted like it was not cooked long enough. The waitress basically said that 's how we cook them here. Any descent restaraunt would have offer the customer to chose something else. One evening, waitress forgot an appetizer first than forgot an entree. Did not even come to the table to acknowlege it. .As in the 80's sitcom 'Alice" you can Kiss My Grits if I ever spend another penny there. the end......
So bad I cant even begin to describe but I will try. Keep reading – Bland, bland and bland. Food was bland and service was bland to the point of nonexistent. Ambiance and dining space were both bland. I had the duck and my boyfriend had the veal. Neither of us finished our food and we took it home for the cats. The cats weren't thrilled. I ate the bread to avoid leaving hungry. I had asked the server for some duck sauce for my duck, he looked me in the eye and said, "yes" and I never saw him again. True story. I was there for at lest another 20 minutes and he kept serving people around me.
I am glad I went because now I know I am not missing anything.
Nice cuisine, Great back yard – I have had very positive experiences at this restaurant. I have been there three times. The first time I ate in the bar area. I had some oysters and then the lamb stew. I returned and had the chicken liver salad and a sea bass special with corn succotash. Most recently I had their burger. All of the food was very good, well seasoned, though not inexpensive. If you are looking for a cheap takeout meal, look elsewhere, I would say this is quality stuff.
Their back yard is spectacular on a summer evening. I have had none of the service issues that others have discussed. I usually drink beer when I go, but I have noticed the wine served in tumblers, which I never care for. I have not tried the desserts. I give it 4 stars in general, minus one for the tumblers and plus one for the backyard.
the worst experience of my life – where do i begin, the service was horrible, it was like i was doing them a favor for being there and should shutup. i think my waiter got lost because i didnt see him for a good 45 minutes. the food , well, lets just say i left the farm and walked across the street to eat. I also noticed there menu kept mentioning charcuterie. i cant help but think about the deli next door that used to be named charcuterie. i believe they moved across the street. I looked up what charcuterie means because i was curious why they used the name, turns out it means butcher shop in french, so im not sure why they have dishes using that name. all in all i feel like i wasted my money and time.
The Worst Service – The first time I went to this restaurant they had horrible service - the second time I went hoping that they were only having an off day the first time- their service sucked! At least they are consistent in that regard. I went there for brunch one Sunday with friends and we were seated on arrival which was the only plus of the afternoon. We ordered orange juice from our waitress and waited and waited. She then came to take the order and I asked her where the orange juice was (she had forgotten and so comped the juice). We ordered our meal and when it arrived part of it was missing - we brought that to the attention of our waitress and she appologized and went back to the kitchen (she forgot to put the order in)- she then brought out the wrong item after only moments before telling her what it was. Finally, we just told her to forget it. After that it was almost as though we had an invisible table - we had to constantly call her over to get either water or another fork or something (aren't the wait staff supposed to check on their tables?) The last straw came after we ordered tea at the end of our meal - we watched as our waitress walked back and forth throughout the restaurant for 15 minutes and never came back to the table ( I am still waiting for the tea.) Disgusted, we called another waiter who happened to be walking by and asked him to bring the check - which he did. I can only assume that when our original waitress realized that the bill was about to be settled and the time for getting a tip was at hand she was miraculously present and accounted for. Too bad since she didn't get a tip (I don't tip for shoddy service) - and I left a note on the check explaining that fact both to her and the manager or owner so that they would know it is not ok to run such a slip shod operation.
Good food, nice ambience – I was skeptical about going after reading some of these reviews about the bad service, but was pleasantly surprised when I went for dinner last night. The service was fine and the food was very good. I had the spetzle as an appetizer and it was delicious (worth going back just for that), and the chicken as the entree which was pretty good (the garlic mashed potatoes were yummy). Everyone else enjoyed their meal as well. I would recommend going there in a small group-- not a kids place and not necessarily a cozy romantic place either. But if you support local organic food, this place is definitely worth a try.
Man, these other reviewers were right!! – The service at this establishment is pretty crappy, can't really emphasize that point enough times. I went over there with my boyfriend on a Saturday night. Keep in mind, the place was pretty empty. He got there before me and was seated in the back with a menu and drink list. By they time I arrived, he'd been sitting there 5 minutes already with no signs of a server. We then proceeded to wait another 15 minutes before he got up to see what the deal was with our server. We were then informed that they were now serving from the BAR menu next door, so we basically wasted time checking out a menu that was no longer in use I can understand when things are busy and it's hard to get to patrons when your busy running around. However, it wasn't that busy in fact it was pretty empty, and that's just inexcusable.
The fact is there are so many places in Park Slope and around Ft. Greene it doesn't make sense to visit an establishment that has such crappy service. If I were the owners and managers of Flatbush Farm, I would sit down and read these comments and take into account how much business they may have lost because of bad service.
Horrible service; decent food – I dined here last night with my boyfriend and a very good friend. I had the spaetzle appetizer as an entree and the lemon verbena panna cotta. The spaetzle was decent and featured a good variety of vegetables, but I would have liked it a little spicier. There was no ground pepper on our table, nor were we offered any with our meals. The panna cotta was satisfying and simple, and my companions enjoyed their meals. The worst was the service. Even though we were the only diners left in the main section of the restaurant and we had already ordered tea and dessert, our server took about 20 minutes to hand us our check! He stared over at us from across the room, then proceeded to sit down at the bar and chat with a colleague for five minutes instead of heeding our constant glances. He recited most of the specials from the list he had in his pocket, and the only thing he knew much about was the music. Places like this need staff who are both passionate and knowledgeable about local agriculture, sustainability, and the like. Flatbush Farm seems to be a wonderful idea plagued by poor execution. It's a great concept and I wish I could give it more stars, but the expense and the poor service just aren't worth it.
Terrible Service – I went to Flatbush Farm this past weekend with a friend, based on some good reviews we read. Upon entering the establishment we were seated promptly in the front of the restaurant. After receiving our menus we waited a good fifteen minutes before we were offered to order a beverage. By that time we realized it would be a good idea to order our entire meal as not to wait for the waitress to come back for our dinner order. We waited another ten minutes with our drinks nowhere in sight. I flagged down a different waitress and told her to inform our server that our beverages had not arrived. Five minutes later the waitress I flagged down walked by. I asked about our drinks and she said she forgot all about it and would tell our server. Five more minutes passed by before we got our drinks. I am talking about two beers, nothing difficult. The appetizers came and they were fine. Our Entrees came and they were fine as well, except that they forgot our side of grits. Through all this time nobody ever came by our table to ask if everything was okay. At this point dessert was out of the question. I payed my bill and left a commenserate tip.
In a city with so many wonderful choices, there is no reason to eat at Flatbush Farm.
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