Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Top Of The Crescent Restaurant
450 87TH St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120940.621137 -74.027277
Neighborhoods: Bay Ridge & Fort Hamilton
OWNER IS WRITING HIS OWN GOOD REVIEWS..BEWARE – Take someone you dislike to this place and you'll have a great time. The worst experience of my life. Seriously, the ower is writing his own good reviews on this place...trust me !
my husband lost his job and we were afraid that we wouldn't be able to find a place to celebrate our daughter's christening and our parents wedding anniversary (which were on the same day). this place is sooo affordable, i couldn't believe it! we had a feast and completely enjoyed ourselves. they made the occasion so memorable - little menus were personalized and printed just for us and each guest got to take it home with them! it's totally going into the baby album - what a great idea! also, there's a HUGE parking garage right next door, so no more worries about where to park or an expensive valet! thank goodness! This place was great!
and p.s. ask to see the 'library' it might be the most beautiful room i've ever seen!
Love this place! – My fiancee and I have been wanting to have dinner here for a long time, but we never did. Wanting someplace special for Valentine's Day, we got reservations for then. All I can say is .....This is where I want to get married! The food was outstanding, and the view, the ambiance, the service were great. And to top it off, the price was so low we still can't believe it. (We overheard the couple at the next table say they were going to book a 50th birthday party for the mom) If this place has prices for large parties as low as the prices for Valentine's Day, there's no discussion - this is it. A little advice to the management - put a real big sign downstairs so more people can discover this place.
Kudos for the great food – The food is wonderful. So many courses for so small a price (from the Dinner Menu) We enjoyed our evening of delicious food, beautiful view, and soft music. It's not the hustle and bustle of the City ( the noise level in the City is so high you can't even have a conversation), but this is a GREAT neighborhood place.
Shame on YOU!! – I made a reservation for 4.We arrived at the place& it was empty.The waitress was very nice & we asked her why is the place empy.She said the workers just came in for us because the rugs were just cleaned. We placed our order and moments later the waitress comes back &says Im sorry but we have no veal & no salmon - two of the dishes we had ordered.At this point im starting to feel like im in the twilight zone. Nobody is there and the dishes we've picked were not available. I decide to pass on my meal. THe waitress then comes back and miracuously they've found a piece of veal to make my order. I agree to have it but am very suspicious of the place at this point. Im looking at my sister feeling very sorry that Ive picked this particular place. Now it starts to get a little dark outside a man comes out with filthy work clothes & starts turning the lights on for the balcony. we are worried about what the kitchen is like and about getting hepatitis. Our meal comes out and the chicken w/ prociutto was ok but the size of a white castle hamb. My little niece ordered chicken parm &complained she didnt like it & we realize it is a large piece of a chicken patti. We order soda and it is flat so we ask the waitress to just please bring us some water. The check comes and i give my credit card and the waitress comes back &says im sorry but we do not take credit cards. So, she says just go across the street to century21 & they have an ATM over there. I said are you kidding me?You want me to go out now searching for an ATM? Between the 4 of us we got up some cash. She told us that the owner said that if she doenst get the cash from us that it would come out of her pocket. I dont know how much worse it could havebeen.The only plus to this night was the view of the Verrazano Bridge &the waitress who was very apologetic.I've never had been in a worse dining experience. I dont see how much longer this place could remain open.This was the pits! i can go on but ran out of space
Worthy of a closer look – I had been planning my daughter's sweet 16. I was looking for a unique place that would be memerable for all that attended. I remembered attending a wedding at "Top of the Crescent" many years ago. I looked up the place on google and other search engines. I was upset by the terrible reviews, so I put it out of my mind.
So one day, we were at Century 21 (the home store) and I found a parking almost right in front of "Top of the Crescent". I said to my daughter, there's a beautiful place up there, but they've got some bad reviews. She thought the outside looked like an abandoned building and did not like that there seemed to be moss growing on the side of it. "This place is the one, its meant to be", I said. After all, how often do we find a parking spot on 87th street? She frowned and we entered the building. The lobby smelled kind of musty, her face showed even more disapointment. We took the elevator all the way to the top floor and were greeted by Peter (the owner).
A few long meetings with Peter, and the deal was done. I told him about my reservations and the fact that his place has gotten some negative publicity. He assured me that my event will go on as I wish.
It became my job to articuate my wishes, sometimes he and I did not agree, but ultimately it was well worth all of the negotiations. 175 guests attended, the wait staff tended to their every need. The sun set during the event and we were all slowly taken by the lights of the Verazanno bridge. The panoramic view was breathtaking as we snapped pictures from every angle. As I walked around greeting my friends and family, all I heard was, "this is just magnificent", "beautiful", "wow Amy" and "this must have cost you a fortune". Well it didn't. Top of the Crescent gave me what I wanted at a price that I could afford.
This place is deafinately worth a closer look. My advice to those who hope to have their event there: know what you want, articulate it clearly and enjoy the compliments.
Worst Party Hall In Brooklyn – This place was wonderful when I first went to see it. I was so happy with all the details the manager was telling me, but he forgot one. It was my daughters commuion and when i walked in to the hall i noticed that the other side of the room was also set for a party. I have come to realize that they bookes a small wedding the same time as my daughters communion. I was mad(*%$&). Whe I started complaining nobody knew what happened. The wedding was also sharing my dance floor. So while my party was going on we had to stop to watch the bride party be announced and the first dance and then the cake. All the stuff that goes on at a wedding. At that point i had no choice but to go with the flow. Ihad 100 people and no place else to bring them or I would have walked out. The next day when I called to talk to the manager he was not there so i showed up and guess what he was not their. To this day I never got a sorry or nothing. Tis place is nothing but a big joke. I wish i would have called shame on you when it happened, buti didn't think then. If anyone is interested in booking their don't. They sound very charming and know how to draw you in wihtheasy, but I promise if you do book you will be very disappointed. The people that said this place was great are the lucky few that didn't get screwed. It's their lose, since that day I have had about 11 big family functions. They lost my busniess and all my family members also.
The place to go – Wonderful, wonderful food, great low prices (certainly need that today), love the place - don't remember walls - only windows with sweeping view!
My favorite place... – ...Let me tell you why? I grew up in Bay Ridge and knew Top of the Crescent well. My favorite family photo is from my communion day (I won?t tell you how long ago that was) when my family celebrated at Top of the Crescent. This picture of me, in my little white dress, and my entire family, with the Verrazano Bridge as the backdrop, still sits on my mantle. Anyway, I came back to Bay Ridge to throw my parents a 40th wedding anniversary party (they usually come to see us, rather than putting the kids through that long car ride). I was sad to see that Bay Ridge has changed so much from when I lived there. The neighborhood is almost unrecognizable. I wanted a place that would make my family feel like home, where no one would bother us, where we?d been before. Thank goodness that Top of the Crescent is still the same. The same blue and white walls, the same basil growing on the balcony? I couldn?t imagine celebrating this milestone anywhere else. It?s the only place that hasn?t changed hands a hundred times in the past 20 years. When we met the owner, he heard my name and remembered my family from so many years ago! He could even tell what part of Italy we were from just by hearing our last name! Do you know they even have the same chef?! No wonder my Chicken Tanagro tasted the same as when I was a little girl. Anyway, all you need to know is that the food is great, the view is outstanding, and it?s the only place that makes you feel like home. Needless to say, it was a success? and now I have two favorite family pictures on my mantle.
family style – I was looking for a place to have my family together. 35 of us in one home just isn't going to work (37 if you count the twins- but they are 3 mos). I looked around and found Top of the Crescent. It was exactly what I was looking for. We had one section of the hall with amazing views of the Verrazano and surrounding Brooklyn. The wait staff was friendly and it really brought together the atmosphere. I, personally, liked the owner. He sat down at our table telling endless stories about the people we both knew and had grown up with. My family thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance; we joked around with the wait-staff everything was just very pleasant. To book the party, we wanted some things added to the menu and they took care of it on the spot (can't be an irish party w/o corned beef & cabbage). A little note on the owner, from my experience, be straight and tell him what you want and it gets done. It was business the way business is supposed to be done. On a side note - price = excellent. For the amount of food you get, you can't beat it unless you go to a buffet but then the food isn't as good. The menus were custom to our party. Let me make it simple: If your are looking for a family atmosphere where everyone can relax and have a good time, Top of the Crescent is perfect. It has magnificent views and hidden charms. On the other hand, if you are looking for white gloved service with british accented waiters and small portioned meals with french names I can't pronounce, go to manhattan.
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