Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Rose Water
787 Union St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121540.675683 -73.978235
Mon-Tue, 5:30pm-10pm; Wed-Thu, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 10am-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 10am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
Rose Water - Save Your Money – I've been going (or rather trying not to go to) Rose Water for 5 years now, and despite being displeased with the entire experience, have refrained from making negative commentary about this establishment. However, the awful experience I had today has compelled me to write a review. As a general point, this restaurant has several issues (1) the food is underseasoned and overpriced and (2) they mistake the fact that they are small and can only accommodate a few people at a time to mean that they are good (as there is often a line) and, therefore, tend to have nasty attitudes and sub-par service.
My experience today was as follows- My best friend LOVES their food, but we never go there for brunch, because I really dislike the experience. Today, since I was not very hungry and we had not eaten there in almost a year, I decided to cast my aspersions aside ad give them another try. The waitress came to take our order and my friend ordered immediately.
Since I have food allergies, I had some preliminary questions, which the waitress answered, then I asked her to put my friend's order in and give me a second to think. She refused, stating (in a very snarky way) that she had to put our order in all at once. I said fine, and ordered the pita/hummus plate and a coffee. She then very rudely informed me that they had a $14 minimum and that I had to order something else - PAUSE - is this even legal. Anyway, I asked her if i could just pay the $14 or difference, as I was not very hungry. She (in a very rude way) refused. I asked if she could put that order in and come back to me in a minute. She refused and said I had to order $14 of food from the beginning. Okay, re-approach - I explained that I was happy to pay, but didn't want to waste food, thinking that this allegedly organic and green restaurant would appreciate that and, hey, I was willing to give them $ for free. The rudeness continued until I finally said, okay, well my friend just ordered $21 worth of food and I ordered $9, does it have to be $14 a person - such that I must order more - or can I just pay for her eggs. She thought for a moment and then, reluctantly, agreed.
This is just one example of many bad experiences at Rose Water. Attitude/Service is awful, food is tasteless and the space is uncomfortable. Save your money and your time, they are PLENTY of yummy other places to eat brunch at in the Park Slopish area - Miriam's on 5th Avenue, Scottadito on Union, Stonepark on 5th avenue (they're attitudes sometimes stink too, but the food is great) AND, if you really want a treat- Cheryl's on Underhill at Lincoln - and these are just a few.
Excellent!!! – I have been to Rose Water twice, once for dinner and once for brunch!
It is amazing. The food is so fresh and tastes as though it was just picked from a garden! Their fish was delicious it was perfectly cooked, and the polenta was out of this world!!! I had their frittata at brunch and it was delish, with amazing vegetables.
It is small and they don't take reservations for brunch!!! But it is totally worth the wait! The staff is friendly and it is a perfect Brooklyn hot spot!!!
sooo good – their appetizer with the 3 dips is fantastic, their fish rocks. seaonsal and organic is the way to go and this is the restaurant to indulge!
worth a visit – My visit to Rosewater was pleasant and a great value for the cost. My friend and I both had the chef's tasting menu, which was five courses, but they gave us an additional two courses gratis. Only $58, and a wine pairing for only $28! Now, this is not Daniel or Jean-George, some dishes were not prefect, but they were all tasty. The highlights were the unbelievable berkshire pork belly...mmmmmm, the poached egg with smoked salmon, and the amazing sirloin steak, which was the most unique and innovative dish. And totally delicious. The Mahi Mahi was notable as well as the deserts. Oh and the celery root soup! wow.
We left the menu entirely up to the chef, and it was really great that they didn't serve us the same thing. We each had different courses, except for the two main entrees. That made it really fun since we were able to enjoy such a variety. I highly recommend this restaurants tasting menu if you don't want to break the bank but have a really nice food experience.
Fantastic Brunch on a cold day – Had brunch here this weekend. What an experience! Although it was cold and breezy outside, we we able to wait for our table inside the covered porch and were able to stay warm, abeit crowded. The wait was approx. what the doorman said, give or take a few minutes, and he always kept in touch with us about the wait. But once we got in that when the wow factor started. Nice cozy room, packed with happy people. The food and service was what was keeping everyone so happy. I had the apple pancakes that were amazing, and my girlfriends had a frittata, and this vegetable stew that was out of this world. It was also cool to watch the servers move quickly around the room, multitasking as they went. We even had the guy at the door swing by once and fill our coffee, before we even asked for. As a whole, a great way to spend our Sunday afternoon. I understand why the place is packed everytime we had walked by. Our first visit, but definitely not our last!
Disappointing Brunch – I had high hopes for Rose Water. I have to say the atmosphere - we had a table outside in the sun - was terrific, but overall, brunch was disappointing. The ingredients were fresh but the food was tasteless and the service atrocious. The black forest sandwich was completely charred. We would have sent it back, but there was no waiter to be found (more on that later), so we ended up sawing off the blackened edges with a knife. For the $14, I clearly would have expected more than a burnt ham sandwich. The pear ginger waffles tasted like neither pear nor ginger, and were extremely tough and dense. They were quite possibly the worst waffles I have ever had, with the texture and flavor of cardboard. To make matters worse, the inedible waffles were served alone, without even a single piece of fruit on the plate. On a positive note, the frittata was delicious, although not nearly special enough to make up for the other dishes.
About the service: The waitresses were sweet enough in character but the service we received was sub-par. Coffee took at least 20 minutes to arrive, and when it came the waitress spilled a whole cup on the table. She ran off, saying she would get something to clean it up, but as we sat for 5 minutes holding the cups and saucers out of the pool of coffee, it was clear she wasn't coming back. I took it upon myself to go to the kitchen to get a cloth to clean up the mess, and there was the waitress - sitting down, eating lunch. Even after seeing me, she didn't get up to help and I ended up getting a cloth from the dishwasher and washing up the mess myself. After that, the service didn't improve. Any simple request (coffee, water, the check) involved standing up and literally flagging down a server. The restaurant wasn't even that busy.
All in all, there are far better places to go in the area.
Decent brunch, not as cramped as you'd think – My date and I went for a late brunch and had to wait outside longer than the doorman told us. But he was pleasant and it was nice out. We were feeling patient that day. I always avoid places were the tables are too close together, but although the dining room appeared cramped, I didn't really notice. This is probably because the service wasn't too obtrusive. Had they been more attentive, I would have been more jostled by their continous presence. When they did remember to come by they were good and helpful. The prix fixe brunch specials were unique and tasty. We love beets now! The drinks were overpriced, but that won't keep us from coming back. We may find a better place but until then, we'll give it another shot.
total rip off – I'll start with the good: the food is passably tasty, if ordinary. Now to the bad: this place is overpriced and the service is atrocious. We've been to this spot several times (just didn't learn our lesson, I guess) and the people we interacted with were consistently unpleasant. The wait staff was neglectful and the guy who man's the door is rude. I pride myself on being the kind of New Yorker who can put up with a bad attitude, but he actually ruined our meal. And then, as we were calculating a far-too-generous tip, he had the nerve to ask us to leave and make room for another party. He needn't have worried--we had no intention of lingering.
A very bad night out – Overpriced and mediocre. Very disappointing, especially after reading so many positive reviews! Tasted like airplane food: some dishes were oversalted, others were too bland. Main dishes were overcooked, and the appetizers were greasy and inedible. The help-staff was very kind and considerate, but management did not appear interested. A few dishes at our table went uneaten. There are many other restaurants in the neighborhood that are much superior, especially with prices this high. A new chef? An expensive, sad experience. Avoid.
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