Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Aurora - Williamsburg
70 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.715699 -73.964720
Pretty bad overall experience – My husband and I went for Brunch. This was our second try with this restaurant.
The place is unbelievably noisy. Some dummy thought it was a great idea to combine glass, metal and concrete as decor. The sound bounces all over. Guys... lay-up/drape some fabric on the ceiling to dampen the noise!
The service people were cordial/nice, but utterly hopeless. It took 20 mins and 3 requests to get coffee, which was very dark and bitter. It also took 3 tries to get bread. The bread was good, but not baked on premises. My dish was scrambled eggs with salmon, asparagus, and home fries. It was actually a hash of eggs with chopped salmon and asparagus all mixed in a pile. The “home fries” were actually a teeny-weeny patty (3” across) with a sour crème and goats cheese mixture dolloped on top. Seriously?
The waiter served my plate to another table, the customer sent it back to the kitchen and he returned with my now cold plate and my husband’s to serve about 5 mins later. Not cool at all.
Overall, this is the second time and I had a bad meal with bad service both times. Maybe if it was a Diner, I’d be a better sport, but our brunch cost a lot of money for just two people. I won’t be giving them another chance. My husband remarked that since they are the only restaurant in eyesight, they obviously have a captive audience and don’t need to try very hard.
SO good. – I go here about once a month with my husband and have never been disappointed. The food and atmosphere are both amazing. It is absolutely delicious and the ambiance is romantic and cozy.
They only accept cash, which is a small drawback. They do have an ATM in the back, but I'd suggest getting cash from your bank before you come to avoid the ATM fee.
So called "magical garden" is a freezing cold. – Went to Aurora saturday night for a party of 4 we asked to be seated inside but were told we had to wait a while to get a table so they seat us in their magical garden. Their so call garden is a plastic tent and it gets literally frozen every 5 minutes then the heater is on and it gets terribly hot the whole thing it is obviously no made for winter... so now the food is ok not as good as it used to be but again you have to eat in 3 minutes or else food will be so cold that you can't eat it.
Very good food and atmosphere – We just really liked our overall experience at Aurora in Brooklyn. Really nice decor, great atmosphere and fantastic food! We liked everything. Every single dish was elegantly delicious. Try their olives appetizer, I don't know where they get them, they are so fresh and tasty! Also octopus and baccala were excellent. As far as main course, I liked chef's special duck in a red sauce and butternut squash gnocchi. I had a piece from each of my friend's plate and let me tell you... there was absolutely nothing that I didn't like. Oh, forgot to mention their little pizza with pears and gorgonzola cheese. I highly recommend this place for people that want to eat upscale and elegant food at affordable pricing.
NOT 4.5 Stars. Apparently people don't care about tasty food – I know food, and Aurora has missed the mark. Why get so fancy when you can't even cook the basics? No salt and pepper on the table and guess what, none in the food either. I don't care if they don't use salt, just use something that gives taste. Ratings out of 10:
Food overall = 4
Focaccia = 9; Regular bread = 5
Cod fritters = 5 - missed terribly on the bland sauce!
Meat plate app = 5 - Give me 5 minutes and I'll beat the crap out of this lackluster meat plate
Butternut squash dumplings = 6 - great texture, missed again on the sauce, BLAND taste
Chestnut pasta with wild boar ragu = 3 - didn't get a lower rating because it was edible. Again, got fancy with the boar but lacked any kind of taste. Filled me up and I felt robbed
Pasta w/ mushrooms = 2 - This dish outraged me. My Stepdad described it as "light." Yes, it was light, and even lighter on taste
Tiramisu = 3 - I order this desert EVERY time it's on the menu. It is my "go to" desert at Italian. Sloppy texture, too creamy, missed on taste, not enough alcohol or coffee, served in a square glass (WHAT?! why so fancy pants?). All in all, a total disaster.
Panna Cotta = 4 - slight improvement from the Tira but still a miss. Good texture but again, it's about the taste!
Service = 4
I used to work as a waiter, so I know it's difficult to be in a good mood all the time but it was early in the night and our waitress was cold. She didn’t come when I waived to her, she didn't answer my question about beer that I asked her twice. She didn't even know the 7 beers they carry and which ones were dark. She got relieved at the end of the meal for whatever reason and that waitress totally whiffed on my Stepdad's desert. When I asked for salt, I got big-chunk sea salt. FAIL! The food came super fast, which boosts their rating.
Atmosphere = 7.5
They are so close to a 10 but they don't even know it! How do you miss fine details like this is beyond me, it almost makes me angry. Why are the tables so small? The lighting scheme needs serious work. Only got to peek at the garden but it looked nice. Why are you not accepting credit cards?! Cheating on your taxes? Boneheads!
Overall, it gets a 5/10 average between the 3 categories. But I erred to the side of 2 stars because they butchered their deserts and 2 of their 7 beers were 750 ml and nothing on tap. Extensive wine list but whatever! Every decent restaurant has some wine to choose from. Ultimately we come to eat... and Aurora, get your act together y'all.
Organic Italian --What the Heck???? – First of all its supposed to be located by the waterfront. Not the case. Its actually up the block in a deserted area where the garden is shielded by what looks from the outside like an abandoned parking lot.
We were taken to the garden on a warm day and what is suppose to be an outdoor garden is covered by a plastic tent, no ventilation no open doors...the tables are dimly lit with candles covered by small paper bags! How Frugal.
Most importantly, we passed on the bottled water and were served warm tap water--no ice! We tried the octopus --three small tender pieces on a very large plate and the scallops--5 very thin slivers of scallops covered in garnishes. For the main course, the seared salmon was served in a plate of green water and empty mussels the salmon was slightly undercooked on one side. No sides served with main course. The short rib, was a piece of tender albeit blubbery steak served with polenta sauce that tasted more like grits. A side of potato or asparagus was an additional $5.00. The margarita, too strong on the tequila and very bitter not quite what I remember a margarita to be!!!! Overall, the most enjoyable part of the meal had to be the bread basket. Too much focus on presentation and too pricy, very small portions and who the heck ever heard of organic Italian??? This is not keeping up with tradition...would NOT recommend at all. We had to go back to Manhattan and have dinner there the same night.
My favorite italian restaurant in the world! – Well, if you have a date, this is totally the place to be. Book a table in the winter garden. And make sure you share a couple of antipasti!
great service, yummy food, beautiful atmosphere – One of my brunch/ lunch favorites in Williamsburg. A gorgeous patio, great service, and yummy food (I like the wild boar ragu and their salads).
amazing food except for my bony fish! – i loved everything about this place except for the 3 or 4 bones i almost swallowed from my fish special...oh well, i forgive them.
went to aurora last night (thursday), 2 of us, and had a beautiful relaxed night. we wanted to taste the new menu and we had a couple of appetizers, a pasta and 2 entrees and everything was just as expected - really well prepared and well served.
the staff was relaxed and prompt with service, welcoming us without unnecessary big deals, but with a sincere nice and simple attitude. our waitress was also well informed about food ingredients and wine information(!).
although the weather was not that nice, the restaurant was surprisingly busy; the hostess helped us with a quiet table and she didn't make us wait very long to be seated.
again, just as expected, a very nice dinner in a very nice environment where you are made to feel like home.
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