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147 Front St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.702476 -73.987016
Neighborhoods: Vinegar Hill
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Good food, Loud Music – I had dinner there last week. The dinning area is very dark almost cave like, the music is blaring so loud you cant hold a decent conversation. But the appetizers and the main course was good. Deserts however were a disappointment. Warning , don't have the grilled fruit. It was bland. The red velvet cake icing was too sweet. But one serving could feed 2 people.
The service people were very friendly I feel sorry for them because they have to listen to that loud music all day. If you like really loud music and good food this place is for you
Eat/Drink beer here at your own risk... you've been warned! – I get no enjoyment out of posting this review. Actually quite the contrary. It's important that people know what they are in to. After reading some of the other reviews, it seems apparent that the handful of glowing reviews are highly dishonest...The featured review couldn't be any more misleading. Perhaps it was written by a person missing a tongue.
***First off, watch out for the Sweet Potato-parsnip Cakes, they are amazingly disgusting! Designated as a "small plate", it is a plate of what seems like about 3 sliced full baked potatoes, overly deep fried, and slathered with a pinkish-orange "mayonnaise" mystery sause that looks & feels more like cheese. When we sent ours back, even the bar tender agreed... disgusting! I DARE YOU TO ORDER THIS!
I live in DUMBO. We have a very limited number of places to eat. We don't even consider Rebar. Beer lines taste like they never get cleaned (seriously), food is less than you would find at a TGI Friday's in Penn Station. I challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Make sure you ask the bartender when the lines were last cleaned before you waste your money on a beer that tastes like bacteria and costs $8. People who live here seem to agree on this (at least in my building). Also, the Burger across the street (lunch only) is one of the best in NYC. Not to mention, they have a great bar manager who evidently believes in clean tap lines.
Good luck to you guys though, hope you figure it out & start serving food & beer fit for human consumption!
Good food... bad service! – I'd been to this place for the food once before and I was so surprised by the quality of the food that decided to take some friends for dinner last week.
Upon arrival we were told that the dinning room was fully booked for the whole evening but that we could sit at one of the tables by the bar and order our food. There's no table service at the bar. You have to go ask for the menu, order your drinks, go back to your table to choose your food, back to the bar to order your food, back for the menus as we wanted to order some more, back again to order dessert....Lots of back and forth to sum up (and I did not get tipped by the staff!!!). My friends weren't impressed and neither was I. Much less when after 2 hours at the bar eating and having drinks the 2 guys that were sat facing the restaurant section both pointed out that all along there were at least 5 tables completelly empty that they could see!!! I love the food but I won't be coming back. There are too many great food places in NYC. Bye Re-Bar!
Yum. Plus $8 lunch special is great because that includes tax.
I'm generally not the complaining type but.... – I am a chef, originally from NY, living in europe for the last 10 years, have worked almost everywhere so I know what I am talking about...
On vacation in NYC last week, decided to head over to Brooklyn because I am considering moving back, right, so we were wandering around aimlessly in Brooklyn, looking for somwhere to get some lunch on a Monday. We came to Rebar, were totally blown away by the restaurant itself. We were one of the first tables and were seated almost immediately. The hostess was pleasant as was the service staff. The dining room has a very comfortable ambience, (although upon close examination one could say that cleaning should take higher priority).
Upon receiving the menu, I was surprised to see that the menu almost mirrors that which I serve, organic, local, healthier ideals. I was very much looking forward to the food ordered. Unfortunately, I have never been as disappointed before. I ordered the pea soup as a starter. It was way too thick, had a shadow of burnt flavor and absolutly did not taste like fresh peas. I can imagine that it was the soup that was left over from saturday night before? It is a simple and beautiful thing when prepared correctly and horrid when not. It was horrid.
Then I had ordered the grilled cheese to go with it. It was the worst sandwich I have ever eaten! Bread was of good quality, but burned so that it destroyed the flavor of the cheese which was so incredibly salty that I needed a pint of beer to wash down the two bites I actually ate.
A message to the owners. I am in the job market and interested in relocating to Brooklyn....
Sorry to be so harsh but it is important to hear if you have any hope of living up to expectations.
Citysearch Editorial Review – With a well-liked street level cafe and a great bar upstairs, this refurbished 1897 tea factory is a cornerstone of Dumbo's daytime cafe and nightlife scenes. But now that chef Jeremy Leech (formerly of Flatbush Kitchen) is running the kitchen it's a bona fide foodie destination. On the hearty side, don't miss the braised oxtail on toast with rhubarb chutney or the house-made boar sausage, which has an inexplicable but delightful texture of pate. On the (relatively) lighter side, the ceviche and the bacon-laced iceberg wedge are standouts, though this is a menu where it's hard to make mistakes. Add to that a talented sommelier formerly of Per Se, and a lofty, hand-built dining space with barrel-vaulted ceilings, and Rebar is a true triple threat.
What happened in the Kitchen – I have visited this establishment several times and was pleasantly pleased. Tonight, probably 6 mths since my last visit, I thought it would be a great place to dine before a movie. We ordered the Sauteed Foie Gras Biscuits and Gravy, Braised Pork Belly, Sauteed Brussels and the Brick Press Chicken Breast. The foie gras was served on a stale biscuit with a pomegrante gravy that was so sour it made your lips pucker. Oh and where was the FOIE GRAS??? Braised pork belly was terribly over salted and couldn't be eaten. And the chicken breast was poorly seasoned, over salted skin and tastless meat. Suggestion. Try using DUCK LIVER for FOIE GRAS with Congac and truffles. Try using a reduced red wine sauce of mushroom and baby onions for the BRAISED PORK BELLY. And maybe you may want to try and marinate the PRESS CHICKEN BREAST to produce a much more flavorful dish. Just some suggestions....... ReBar is longer on my list of favorite restaurants.
Citysearch Editorial Review – A former Merrill Lynch investment banker refurbished an 1897 tea factory, transforming it into this cornerstone of Brooklyn's daytime cafe and nightlife scenes. At street level, Rebar is an unassuming coffee shop that offers little more than thick cappuccinos. But wander upstairs, and the space widens into an industrial loft with barrel-vaulted ceilings, messy art and an astounding variety of good food (hanger steak panini, lamb shank and chorizo skewers) and thoughtful drinks (a selection of biodynamic wines and rare international brews like Belgian Orval and English Thomas Hardy Ale). Bring a laptop and sit alone or come to relax with friends. The service is as smart and friendly as the space is vast.
This place is gorgeous-the food, not so much – The rebar is a lovely space with alot of potential. Sorry to say that the food is seriously lacking. I dined there this past Sunday and the menu is very limited. The descriptions of the food items on the menu do not make the food seem very appetizing. I was so un-impressed that I ended up ordering a salad just to be on the safe side. I also ordered a sweet potato dish as a side that could have been great but was overly spicy and damn near burnt.
They seem more focused on their beer selection than the actual cuisine. The place was also practically empty on the evening when I was there. It's a shame to let such a nice place go to waste.
Olivia - I'm Jason, the owner of reBar. I want to thank you for your review. I take criticism very seriously, it's the only way to improve. If you ever find yourself in our neck of the woods again, please drop in and ask for me. Jeremy Leech, my new chef (formerly of Flatbush Farm)
amazing bar and restaurant – Jeremy Leich formerly of Flatbush Farm is the new exec chef at Rebar. LOVE this place!
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