Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Sweet Melissa
276 Court St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.684742 -73.995075
Neighborhoods: Cobble Hill
Okay treats, but the service stinks... – Treats are okay, not the best I've ever had. Sometimes I feel like they aren't that fresh. The service is horrible, at least in Starbucks they sometimes try to force a smile and serve you quickly.
Try it, you'll hate it – Although i gave sweet melissa more then one chance, i have been disappointed every time i go. The service is so poor, i almost left before the food arrived. It would be nice if they were more attentive to the customers then in the conversations they are engaged in with one another. When the food finally arrived, it seems like it could have potentially been good, but the fact that it was obviously more then two to three days old cut my appetite. I first ordered a sour cherry clafoutis, with two chestnut honey madelienes. Like i said, both a disaster and very over priced. Although Melissa calls herself a top pastry chef, i can say that with my own culinary experience that this is an extremely poorly run business, that is not clean and definitely needs new employees.
Amazing Food, Amazing Atmosphere, Amazing Place!! – Went in and service was punctual. Love the environment/atmosphere, very homey and comfortable, good interior design. They have a beautiful outdoor patio, and nice seating inside. Staff is accomodating with party size. Nice, friendly staff members. Ordered soup du jour (carrot ginger) and was blown away, delicious! Ordered the filet mignon sandwich, the homemade condiments were soooo good, and the sandwich was amazing! Most sandiwches come with side salads, wish they sold their homemade dressing! Also was impressed with coffees and teas. Dessert!! Amazing! I ordered the cheesecake, my friends ordered the banana cream pie, and the bread pudding, which was the best dessert by far! Overall, I love this restaurant and will go back often. The only hang up is that its slightly pricey (not expensive, but not an everyday eatery). Worth it!! Love it!!
I'm sorry to have to do this but... – Sweet Melissa's linzer tarts - though touted as being something to truly marvel at - fall very very short of mediocre.
I realize they don't have the Southern Restaurant chain La Madeleine up here, but let me tell you - *they* know how to make linzer tarts! Sweet Melissa's tarts are pointless, they have no interplay, no excitement, inspire no happiness. For some that are a bit better, try Marquet Patisserie down the street - which has a much cuter atmosphere and excellent chai tea and cookies.
If you are intent upon going to Sweet Melissa, stick to the Vanilla Cappuccino and a subtle but lovely honey chestnut maccaroon.
For some truly excellent linzer tortes try Shalamar Diner in Queens, NY at Austin St and 63rd. Or head on down to the South and get some linzer tortes by people at La Madeleine who know how to bake them up right ;)
Sweetness – I had a fantastic experience at Sweet Melissa last week! The pastries were to-die-for (esp. the Chocolate Almond croissant), and the staff was super-friendly. And it's such a cozy space in the winter for tea. Loved it!
Love sweets but don't like people – I love sweets there, especially banana chocolate pudding, which is amazing, but the people serving us are horrible. Today I asked a piece of pudding and she cut one out of the whole with the knife, which did not look clean. When she tried to place the cake in the container, she was about to drop (it actually touched the counter) but she tried to serve that one to me, so I said "I need a new one". It is just a shame why they can have a bit more educated people there to serve. At the end, it is service industry they are in.
Sour melissa – I'm sorry for the desserts but this place is a no-no. The people who are supposed to tend the counter and tables are rude, uneducated, slow. The price of some treats were handwritten in a tricky way that led to believe something diferent. Of course when the check arrived the total was surprising. No nice at all, plus all the attitude. I regret have gone to this place just because it was the closest to the movie theater. I wish we would have walked to STARBUCKS in Court St. too, the coffee and treats are cheaper there (believe or not) and you always are so welcome. Please read the other reviews.
Cramped but Nice – Sometimes the word cramped means comfy. That's how it felt inside this place. I have had nothing but a wonderful time everytime.
Lovely Spot for Tea – The restaurant features country decor in an intimate setting. The waiter was pleasant and attentive. I had afternoon tea which featured a pot of tea and several pastries and tea sandwiches, all of which were delicious. It is a small space, so I would recommend going during off-peak hours, but it's worth visiting if you're in the neighborhood.
Great all around! – Sweet melissa's is a sweet treat, and a relaxing place to spend a sunday out.
Although the seating arrangments are quite cramped they make up for that in great desserts and food. I myself have been there quite a number of times.
But i must say, their service can sometimes be slow or rude.
But hey, it can't be all good!
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