Brooklyn >Sweetwater Restaurant
Mime is delusional. I live in the neighborhood and have frequented this place ever since it was a punk bar. I love sweetwater! The atmosphere is so inviting, the food is beyond amazing, and the staff is really cool and attentive (not to mention pretty damn goodlooking). I hear they went through yet another chef and his specials are some of the best food i've had in williamsburg. things are pretty cheap, i had a yummy $7 malbec... And the garden is gorgeous. Overall quite the find!
A Big Thumbs Down. I went on a weeknight evening when it wasn't very crowded - the service was terrible (10 minutes went by before they even took a drink order, the food took forever to come out), they didn't have two of their wine selections and the waiter brought me a bottle that was barely so-so and was 6$ more than I wanted to spend, the food had a poor flavor and quality to it AND there was a burning smell that kept waifting out of the kitchen. A really bad experience for 100$ tab for two.
Superb dining experience!. I highly recommend Sweetwater. The ambience is typically Left bank bistro, where you can find a romantic table, where you can hide or dine with a group of friends. The menu is full of great surprises laced with far away spices. Try the pork loin or the hanger steak; all fabulous. The skate fish melts in your mouth...Dont forget to top it all with the Food of the Gods, this exquisite marriage of chocolate sauce, souffle/cake and ice cream. Overall, it is always a superb dining experience, at affordable price. Enjoy!
Good food, casual place. I ate there on a Tuesday night, it was fairly quite, and great for couples or a group of friends. The wait staff was attentive and laid back. The food was prepared promptly and was excellent. I suggest the beet and goat cheese salad. That rocked. And the Pork loin was superb. I was very satisfied and plan to go there again. Nice place.
What happened?. my wife and I went in last weekend, and I'd like to know what happened? We were in twice before, and really enjoyed everything, but this time the place was chaotic! The waitress was sweet and did all she could to make us feel comfortable. She looked mortified by the guy at the table next to us that was obviously very drunk and NOT WEARING A SHIRT! We could not believe that the owner only laughed and continued serving him drinks. I can deal with their dog running around the dining room, but shirtless drunks? The food took forever, and was edible at best. Our waitress told us they had a new chef, so I guess the guy from New Orleans is gone, but the frat house vibe, dirty silverware, dogs and drunks turned us off long before the food had a chance to. We will not be going back.
Very poor treatment. A friend and I had finished dinner early on a Tuesday evening and were ordering successive rounds of beers, when a man in a dirty sweat jacket and jeans, without introducing himself or saying anything in the least gracious, began regularly assaulting our table, indicating he wanted us to leave. Apparently this guy was the manager! I understand restaurants need to "turn tables," but instead of an introduction and polite suggestion, we got a sharp-tongued accusation! We left fresh beers on the table and vowed never to go back. He completely ruined our night.
double trouble. I have visited Sweetwater's twice, and both times have been sorely disappointed. My friends have spoken highly of the spot, but I am beginning to question their judgement. Granted, both times I went for brunch, but eggs are pretty hard to screw up. Yet, Sweetwater managed. The first time, I was impressed with the ambience and wine, but waited a good 20 minutes to order, then another HOUR for my food. When it finally came, my meal arrived first, my girlfriend's food a full 20 MINUTES later. Worse, her order, a simple eggs over medium, came out cold and soggy, accompanied by burnt homefries and burnt bacon. Our server could hardly look us in the eye, and was actively dismissive when we asked where our meal could be. Yesterday, I went again, and again was given burnt, dry food -- the flavor was seared right out of the meat. Disgraceful.
Case Study - How to ruin a great bar .... This was one of my favorite bars in NYC. I left it and two years later it was a restaraunt. Gone was the charm and in was the 'cashin' in' aspect that is plaguing Williamsburg. It was a neighborhood hang out, now I'm not sure what it is. I guess it fits in with that psuedo-Gap that moved in across the street.
terrific place. I work near Sweetwater and have become addicted to the place - basically am eating my way through the menu. I bring clients there all the time. Been working in Williamsburg for a few years now and I'm relieved a restaurant like this has come around -- a very comfortable, low-key atmosphere without being either grungy or too sleek, amazing food, a killer bar, and super nice staff. The neighborhood had definitely been missing a place like this before it came around.
This former tavern leaps from grungy dive to modern American delish, and keeps the value to boot..
Not much remains of the divey Sweetwater Tavern except for the name, the pressed-tin walls and elaborate tile floor--remnants from the '30s, when the space was a Polish diner. The owners of Carroll Gardens' Patois and Schnack transformed the joint into a comfortable bar and restaurant with burgundy diner booths and milky sconces, offering a late-night menu to please the block's post-concert crowd.
Chef Tom Kearney (Blue Hill, Jean-Georges) presides over the contemporary, pared-down menu. His smoked trout, paired with capers and horseradish vinaigrette over a crisp potato pancake, makes for an exciting opener. Among the entrees, Sweetwater schnitzel layers a juicy breaded pork chop with a fried egg and anchovies for a tart bite. Succulent grilled hangar steak comes with finely battered onion rings. Though the strawberry shortcake has too-salty biscuits, the chocolate terrine brings together firm and melted textures with elan.
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