Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Trace
8814 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120940.621668 -74.031804
Neighborhoods: Bay Ridge & Fort Hamilton
Nice spot – enjoyed myself there a few days ago with friends. will go again.
Good Food, Bad Atmosphere – This restaurant advertises specials on appetizers and drinks in the beginning of the week. We were charged full price and had to argue with the manager about the bill.
The restaurant didn't have two of the three choices on the prix fixe menu. So much for a bargain.
Service was incredible – I went to sit down and have dinner on Saturday night. The bar area was packed, as was the dining area. My fiancee and I were quickly seated in the beautifully designed dining area with state of the art electronics and sound system. The Sangria was perfect and not overly fruity. The oysters had a beautifully smokey/grilled flavor to them and were only $10. The calamari was out of this world. I never thought MahiMahi could be so flavorful. The Hanger steak that I had was good although it could have had a little less outercharring which would have given it a less chewy texture. Overall I loved the decor and atmosphere, great service, very reasonable prices, and I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a new hotspot in brooklyn to check it out
Food Good - Terrible Service – The food at Trace is good, however, the service was absolutely horrendous. We waited and waited for our server to come over with menus, then we waited for her to take our drink order. We still had not received our drinks even after our food was served! All this waiting on not a very busy nite. The bar area is attractive but the dining room with a TV screen as large as one you would see in a movie theater is simply ridiculous.
I was anxiously awaiting the opening of this high end mexican restaurant, but the very poor service has left a very low end feeling in my mouth.
So Overrated – Are you all serious? Manhattan dining? Most of the decor is nice, but is ruined by six huge flat screens hanging from the walls of the "high-end" dining area. This place is average -- at best. $18 for two, bland, chicken enchiladas? Insane. Especially when you can go to a place like Mexicana Mama in the West Village and get phenomenal ones for $13-$15. Also, the sangria is only good if you are in the mood for straight-up fruit juice. This place is trying way, way too hard. High prices don't always equate to success or what it means to be a classy restaurant. I was hoping Trace would impress, since I live across the street, but it was a complete letdown.
Lastly, watch out for waitresses/owners who try to get over on you. Our bill came out to $59 and I handed $80 to a guy who I think was one of the owners. Next thing I know, the waitress is coming over to thank me, without my change. What? Did they really think I was giving a 30-plus percent tip? I still ended up giving 20 percent, but making an assumption like that should have cost her.
A bad restaurant gone good – A Vision of Cortelyou
Alerted to a Friends and Family night at Visions, 752 Coney Island Avenue on Friday night and were pleasantly surprised. I remember 752 a dark and dirty bar you tried not to remember, because you went into it inorder to forget. But today?s Visions is a bright and sometimes loud cafe that?s is full of laughter and good times. The decor while unimpressive is nevertheless pleasant and even inviting.
The owner, Marack, is attentive and eager to please. And the service although not professional was very good. For example, someone dropped a fork and without being told our waiter was there promptly with fork in hand. We started with a Romaine salad, fresh, large and nicely topped with grated Parmesan cheese. For an appetizer we had the Mozzarella in Corozza, a grilled white bread sandwich of Mozzarella, topped with a cream of tomato sauce, o.k., but a zestier sauce might have helped. A rather plebian, but fresh lightly breaded fillet of sole was made a little special by a sweet glaze and a nice mesclun avocado salad. The star of the night was the fettuccini scampi with a wonderful strong but not overpowering sauce of garlic, wild mushrooms and olive oil, worth the trip. A nice Creme Brule finished the dinner nicely. Cost $ 60 with a beer and tip (there was an approximately $ 10 discount). The only downer, Marack needs a better selection of beers, there is no draft beer and Brooklyn Beer does not do it for me.
The menu at Visions is limited, one chicken, one pork dish, one steak, and a few fish dishes along with the usual wraps and burgers. As they say---The cook doesn?t do much, but what he does do, he does very well. Come hungry as the portions are large and expect to meet friends.
As we walked home, across Cortelyou we noticed is that we now had was a real choice of restaurants and places to go--- Indeed a good Vision of Cortelyou.
Finally, A Great Spanish Restaurant in Bay Ridge – Went with my boyfriend on a Monday night, and it was actually busy by 6:30. Beautifully designed, from the light fixtures, to the tables, even the walls. The food was delicious?I recommend the steak tacos and raspberry tres leches cake. Between the food, decor, and service, you feel like you're in Manhattan, instead of in the only Spanish restaurant in Bay Ridge.
Editorial Review – Satisfy your midnight cravings for Mexican food and margaritas at this Bay Ridge joint, open late.
Hot Spot in Bay Ridge – When you walk into Trace, you automatically feel like you are not in Brooklyn anymore.. The place is so hot looking. Very Dos Caminos- the food is great too... I loved their Sangria... You have to check this place out!
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