Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Chance
223 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.684191 -73.991929
Sun-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
Better then most of the spots on Smith for a quick bite
Great Asian Chic – I always enjoy going to Chance. The food is pretty good and the potions are generous as well. The wait staff is always friendly and pretty attentive to the patrons. I personally recommend the Chance Chicken and Two Flavor Shrimp. The drinks aren't bad either. The Chance Mojito rocks, as do the Pomegranate Mojito & Margarita. Neat little summer spot to sit outside and have a few drinks with a good meal.
Great Place – They have a wide range of things on the menu. You will find what your looking for.
great birthday dinner...excellent food & staff – I celebrated my 21st birthday at Chance this past weekend. Me and my party all had an excellent time and loved the food, one of my friends did complain that the sauce for the crispy noodles was a little bit spicy... but she's super picky and I found the sauce perfect (with a little bit of an after kick of spice). They seated us on time, didn't mind that about half my party didn't show up or that we all requested separate checks. Our server was excellent and friendly and always available when i turned around looking for something. My mother had pre-arranged for them to serve us desert and they put together a beautiful presentation of their chocolate souffle, and wrote "Happy Birthday" across the plate for me. It was super nice that everyone in the restaurant also joined in singing :-)
I had the Green River appetizer which was delish, the avocado was a tad over ripe making it slightly difficult to pick up with chopsticks.
The Chance Mojito a combo of classic mojito with pineapple and lychee... amazing! (the mojitos seemed to be a hit, i can't remember turning around at any point to see the bartender doing anything besides bounding mint leaves.
The Hot and Sour Chicken Soup is the BEST i've ever had! perfect, good quality vegetables, high levels of spice and white meat chicken mmmm
As an Entree I had the sweet sesame beef, which was again delicious, the sauce had a bit of a tang to it almost vinegary but good....my only complaint was that the veggies we're hidden under the beef and i didn't even see them until I was full :-(
We had the Chocolate Souffle as well as their green tea mille crepes... both we're to die for!
Great food and great service – My husband searched for dim sum or just dumplings in brooklyn on his i-phone and found Chance. It was a Saturday afternoon and we did not feel like going into manhattan so we gave Chance a chance. Our party of 3 was seating quickly, but the place was empty so that's no biggie. The waiter was pleasant and polite and answered all of our questions. The dumplings were hot and delicious, especially the shrimp and crabmeat dumpling that contained a warm broth and had to be eaten with a spoon. My husband enjoyed the hot and sour soup so much that he ordered a second cup. Lastly, I left my reading glasses on the table. Another waiter ran after me on Smith to return them to me.
I'm thinking of going back for my birthday in a few weeks with friends. However, after reading some of the reviews, I will give it another try one evening to make sure what we experience was not a fluke. All in all, we left this meal extremely happy!
Worst Service EVER – i stopped in with a couple friends for drinks & apps at the bar, it was horrendous. The place was empty, the bartender kept looking at us & nodding, so we thought he was coming over...10 minutes, still no menu, no water...got up asked for menus...nod...5 minutes later, menus. our other friends showed up, we waved, because clearly patience was not the key to service in this place...tried to order drinks, bartender at this point, was in 'deep' conversation with a server. I've been working in rest. for a long time, & eating out for longer, i have a high tolerance for bad service, but never in my life have i experienced something like this. We ended up leaving after 20 + minutes w/out having had or odered 1 drink in an empty bar.
Worst part is we decided to give it another 'chance' & the food wasn't all that bad for the 'hood...to bad i'll never step foot in there again!
Avoid. – The food was disgusting. I ordered the crab appetizer because it had been recommended in a magazine review. It tasted like old, dirty sea water on a stale cracker... Then, after the waiter's rec, I ordered a sea scallop dish. It, too, was inedible. I expected just a handful of scallops, but it arrived packed with two dozen small and gooey bites. Normally, I can eat pretty much anything, but this was pathetic especially given the price.
Most Underrated Restaurant on Smith Street!!! – My girlfriends and I LOVE Smith Street and have been hanging out at the bars and restaurants there for years now. It was only this summer that we stumbled upon Chance...and we can't get enough of it! During the week, we come by after work for their happy hour special at the bar. $5 mojitos!!! I usually spend 9 or MORE at other places and they don't even make them right...these mojitos are the best I've had AND cheap! Their non-happy-hour-drinks are a few dollars more but well worth it. I love their lychee martini and pomegranate mojitos - yummy. And if you like asian cuisine, this place has everything. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and more. Weekends they get pretty busy, so it's good to make reservations when coming in groups. They have outdoor seating which is really nice when the weather permits (and if it's not already full!), but the inside is just as nice though...cute decor, great music, candles, etc. The service here is ALWAYS good, they are friendly and accommodating. I've never had a problem. My only wish is that we would have discovered this place sooner!!!
Disappointed! – Service is inconsistent and inattentive.
The food is also inconsistent.
A few dollars more than it should be.
Better elsewhere. Disappointed
Great place, doesn't have to be pricy – This is one of my go-to spots in the neighborhood for just plain good food. The service is friendly and there are enough low price options that it doesn't have to be a lot to get a good meal.
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