Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Ici
246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120540.689251 -73.969330
Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 9am-4pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 9am-4pm and 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Clinton Hill
supremely disappointing – I was very disappointed in my meal here. We went on a rainy Thursday night, and should have known something was up since the dining room was completely empty at 9pm. I had an unmemorable cocktail, made from a syrupy mix. We went for the prix fix, which i believe was $35/45 per person. WAY TO MUCH for what we got. I had the garlic soup to start which was server cold. It was just ok and the cheese crouton on top was freezing and had obviously been fired hours before. My main was in an unappetizing pile, hiding a ball of deep fried potato strings. The creme brulee was also old and tasted like the inside of the fridge. The staff was lovely though and very attentive. Its a shame because iCi is in a great location and space. Hopefully the kitchen will get it the f together.
Something must have changed – My boyfriend and I ate at ici tonight, I was so excited I had to write a review and found only awful things. Unlike previous podters, our service was excellent, with apt descriptions of the wines (all organic and natural, so iwas unfamiliar with the selection). The $25 prix fix was a great deal, I got the sauted squid, short ribs, and poached pear. All delicious. I will certainly go back. Where else can you get 3 courses for$25?
Extremely disappointing – I live in the neighborhood and had been to this restaurant for brunch before, which was okay. I definitely do not recommend the Valentine's Day fixed menu, however. We made a reservation and were seated over an hour late--after several couples who had arrived later than we did (and who appeared to have an "in" with the owner), portions were tiny (and we aren't big eaters), our squid appetizers were served overcooked and cold, and our entrees were lukewarm. It seemed like they really weren't prepared to handle the holiday volume and the meal was WAY overpriced for what it was. We will not be going there again.
Bad service, okay food. – The food at Ici is fair enough, nothing too great and perhaps overpriced ($12 for eggs) for what they serve. The service on the other hand, a complete other story. We strolled in around 3pm on a Saturday to find a completely empty restaurant and a pretty annoyed hostess/waitress who obviously wasn't thrilled to see us. The service was slow and with the lack of patrons, you would assume otherwise. They didn't check on us ONCE and they only filled our water ONCE and it was one of the hottest days in New York City. The shirred eggs are great, sure, but don't go out of your way to have them...baked eggs aren't hard to find these days.
Unappetizing Waste of Time and Money – This is my first restaurant review, but my experience at Ici was so distasteful, I felt it my civilian duty to warn others. We went to Ici for mother's day--my mother had been excited about going for a while. When we got there, they seated us in the heated tent in the back garden--which was incredibly uncomfortable because the heater was set to extra high. I had to use my menu as a fan, which worked out ok, because it took forever for the waitress to take our order. The meal started out on a bad foot because the waitress did not know what "scotch" was, and the menu did not have the dish my mother had been looking forward to for weeks. In fact, the menu was so unexciting that we had trouble finding something that each of us wanted to eat. After one hour, the waitress brought our appetizers (also 20 minutes after all other parties in the hot tent were served, regardless of how long after us they were seated). The appetizers left much to be desired, the egg and anchovy mousse looked like processed spam with some wilted lettuce. It did not taste much better. The waitress failed to clean up our increasingly unappetizing looking starters for thirty minutes, at which point, we decided we did not want to wait for our main course. We promptly asked for the check--with the waitress providing no apology for the poor service. Even though we didn't stay for dinner, our bill was over $100. I think it was $100 worth spent for not having to eat a main course at Ici.
Best Brunch – We went there last Sunday for Brunch with a party of 8 and had a really good time. Great waitress, fresh and tasty food, could not asked for a better Brunch in Brooklyn! Keep it up!
If you like bad service with a side of just ok food, this place is for you – This is one of those places that you leave wondering how it can possibly stay in business. Four of us went for Sunday brunch. We were first in line ahead of three other parties. After seating all of the parties, the waitress gave the other parties menus. After 10 minutes, we asked for menus. The waitress said they didn't have any since they were all in use by other people. She then brought us one menu to share. The waitress was smoking hot, but I am pretty sure she did not speak English and may have had a Mr. F bracelet. One of us explained to her that she was lactose intolerant - and when I say explained, I mean that it was clear the waitress was unable to understand our order, so my friend said "I cannot eat butter. I cannot eat cheese. I cannot eat milk. I do not want any of those things in my eggs." The waitress responded "oh, butter on the side?" I, being hungover, was desperate for a cup of coffee. However, the coffee did not arrive until after our food arrived. When a second, extremely unfriendly waitress (with glasses and short hair) delivered our food I said "excuse me, we ordered some coffee as well" to which she responded "ok, awesome." The coffee did eventually come, and when it did it was only enough to fill one and a half tiny cups. The flounder po'boy I ordered was extremely cold - it makes it seem like the fish was most definately prepared well in advance and left for when some sap like myself decided to order it. When the cheese egg incident occurred, my friend very politely sent the eggs back and asked for a menu so she could just order something that couldn't conceiveably be screwed up. The waitress brought the menu, and then never came back to see if my friend wanted something else, so she never ate. When the bill came, the eggs of course were on it. Overall, the service was abysmal, the food was cold and just ok. On a positive note, the waitress was hot.
Beautiful Garden!! – iCi has the most beautiful garden, you would never know as you can't see it from the street, but it's so peaceful, quiet and, best of all, the food is delicious too! I went there for an early drink with a friend, and we ended up staying all night and having lots of food & vino, it was great. Will definitely go back. The staff was super friendly too.
Great lunch spot! – i'd been to ici for sunday brunch and food and service were just so-so (too spicy sausage, too sour kale, blah service). but i came back for lunch recently and had a great meal- i had my pick of the tables in the pretty outdoor garden. i ordered the grassfed beef sandwich, at the recommendation of the server, who said it is new on the menu. overall it was an excellent choice, although i wish there was lime or something spicy in the sauce to give it a little kick. it came with very fresh and delicate salad greens (not yellowing or wilting like side salads sometimes served at other places). i commented on them and apparently they are grown in brooklyn! they were out of the wine i wanted to order but the server was able to suggest another. i'm not usually a white wine drinker but it was hot out and the chardonnay she brought was refreshing. i didn't even know until reading the rest of the reviews that their wines are organic. that just makes it even better.
love it, love it, love it – I need a new dentist so I joined citysearch. Needless to say that's a boring task, so I decided to look up restaurants that I love and hate and see what people are saying about them. This simple task of procrastination has proved useful, I must defend ici! I'm shocked to see the last couple of scathing reviews. Ici is my favroite restaurant. I grew up in a family where food was the most important thing. Food is love in my family. So finding a restaurant that I truly adore is no small feat. I've brought my entire family there, including my little niece who ate everything in sight. Well, that said I suppose I should continue my search for a new dentist.......
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