Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Grocery
288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.681750 -73.993713
Tue-Wed, 5:30pm-10pm; Thu, noon-2pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, noon-2pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, noon-2pm and 5pm-11pm; Sun-Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Carroll Gardens
Romantic and cozy in that insouciant Brooklyn way, The Grocery, as its name implies, is another greenmarket-driven seasonal restaurant in the mold of Hearth, Craft, Gramercy Tavern, et al. Its quality is high and its prices low, and the combination makes it among the most popular restaurants in South Brooklyn.
One of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. If you live in Manhatten -- totally worth the trip! – The food is amazing and very fresh. I'd eat her again and again. The decor is simple - not fancy at all, so if you're looking for ambience, this place is pretty casual. But it doesn't matter -- the food is worth a visit
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Not Stuffy - just bad service – I was actually the other diner, and in defense of Grizman, the service he sought wasn't "stuffy", but professional. And to say that the service we received is a Brooklyn thing is ridiculous. Go to Saul, the staff is topflight, and the food is just as good, if not better.
Maybe we're being unfair, but even our neighbors called The Grocery ?a bit of a strange place to eat at?, and they too had the same complaints about the horrendous service.
Just my 2 cents.
One of the best meals in NY in a while – I went to The Grocery with my boyfriend and another couple and it was enough to convince us that we need to venture to Brooklyn for dinner more often. The food was absolutely fantastic - fresh, innovative, satisfying but not make-you-sick-filling. The service was warm, friendly, but not that formal, fake obsequiousness you get at some of the Midtown or Uptown Manhattan restaurants. They brought us some complimentary parsnip soup and some potato croquettes as we perused the menu, and were incredibly helpful and thoughtful in terms of choosing dishes and wines that we would enjoy. The lamb chop, monk fish, and risotto with duck were out of this world. And the desserts (especially the apple cobbler and the chocolate fig cake) were absolutely fantastic. The space is small but comfortable, and allows for an intimate, unhurried feel. Great for a relaxing evening with friends or for a date. The prices weren't cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Note to Grizman23 - relax into Brooklyn – To Grizman23: I had to post a first time comment after reading your review. I've been eating at the Grocery since moving to Brooklyn in 00. I love the food. Ok the service isn't 4 star, or even 2, but Coble Hill isn't Mid-Town, you don't come here expecting that kind of service. You're new to the neighborhood, so you need to ease out of the mid-town expectations of stuffy professional service. Loyal customers come to the Grocery to eat Charley's creations, we do not hope for stuffy service.
food is incredible!~ – This is our anniversary go-to restaurant. Not too stuffy but with great food, especially in season organic-type stuff. (They give wonderful wine recommendations, too). The outdoor garden is great when it's warm.
CHICKEN WITH ITS HEAD CUTOFF – I ate at the Grocery many years back before the hoopla. The service then was mess, but the food was good, and I chalked up the unprofessional nature of things under New Restaurant Growing Pains???. December 06. I recently purchased a home in Cobble Hill and on a whim decided to pay The Grocery a 2nd visit?. Much to my dismay it?s still run in unprofessional chaos. The staff seems confused and on edge. When my tablemate asked for a wine recommendation our waitress basically said she didn?t know the wines, and that she?d send over one of the owners. Twenty minutes later the manager arrived. By this point we were already into our appetizers. The rest of the meal was basically the same, chaotic and undisciplined. Our waitress Jane seemed flustered, and apologized profusely for how the owners ran things. In her defense it was obviously she was new to waitressing and unfortunately had picked The Grocery as a starting point?.. Would have thought after 8 years The Grocery would have gotten it?s act together, sadly they have not. It?s a shame the food is good but the need for a good manager has been ignored and the service has suffered.
Average – All of my neighbors in Cobble Hill have been raving about The Grocery. I finally made it there last night. I didnt have a reservation and after a bit of confusion really didn't matter and I was seated on the patio. The service was almost non existent. Our waiter was new and when asked about the wine list admitted he hadn't tried any of them. Other reviewers say they didnt feel rushedperhaps that's because the service was realllllly slow. And not in a comfortable way.in a way like where's my food. 2 of our appetizers were really salty. Although, the beet salad was delicious so was the octopus salad. There was a lot of unnecessary running around that was odd considering how long the food took to come to the table I couldnt figure out what the rush was all about. I probably wont go back.
Disrespectful Manager – The Grocery started off with promise. I didn't eat the food, but I had a few glasses of wine, and my friends enjoyed the food and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the service, our waitress was very nice. However, after an unfortunate incident occurred, and we complained to the manager. He told us to never come back to the Grocery instead of being gracious enough to attempt to resolve the situation. For the price, I'd say that the Grocery was ripped us off, and I didn't even eat. Definitely not a place I would ever return to, even if I were the one getting paid.
incredible food – the absolute best food i've had in years. combination of ingredients is creative yet still allows individual flavors to come out. service was very good, decor is modern yet still warm. be sure to make reservations in advance.
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