Brooklyn >Food & Dining > No. 7
7 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123840.686077 -73.973056
Sat 12pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-2am
Sun 11am-4pm, 5:30pm-1am
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene
Smart contemporary American cooking from a Perry St alum. – For a restaurant situated inconspicuously above a Brooklyn subway entrance, it certainly has style. Marble-tiled islands surrounded by bar stools inhabit the sexy bar area up front, while large ceiling windows allow the evening light to bathe the airy, smartly appointed dining room in soft light. Chef Tyler Kord, formerly of Perry St in the West Village, brings a sophisticated approach to the restaurant’s contemporary American cuisine, from the delicate sautéed scallops to the juicy medallions of roast chicken. Both the drink and food menu are extremely short--rather, well-edited--a testament to No. 7’s restrained, grown-up ideal of what a restaurant should be.
Very pretty but food just ok – The look of No. 7 is very nice, but I have to say I wasn't that impressed with the food. It took an hour to get seated for dinner on Sat night, so a friend and I split a bottle of wine at the bar and eventually got a snack, which took forever because we had to order from the bartender, who was understandably very busy and didn't see us trying to flag him down. I wasn't really into the ceviche, and was starving by the time we got a table. Service was fine, but my roast chicken was pretty spicy, which I didn't expect, and for $20, three little rounds of breast meat are not worth the price. My friend had the salmon, which she thought was fine but not great. A $120 or so bill for one app, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine could go much further at other Brooklyn establishments with better food. I'd go back to look at No. 7, but not for dinner.
Damn good new american cuisine – I love the bean dip and the pickles before the meal -- a very nice touch.
I personally think the main dishes are better than the appetizers. The hanger steak with kimchi pirogues was just ridiculous -- when our food was brought out, i asked for a steak knife and the waitress gave a chuckle and told me I wouldn't need it ...and wow she was right -- the steak was incredibly tender and delicate. Perfectly seasoned with a great flavor
The chicken is strange but awesome -- it's less of a chicken breast and more of a deep fried chicken roll..it's hard to describe, but believe me it's good!
Salmon and cod are also great. Haven't tried the lasagna yet.
All the desserts were good, although my friend loved the banana pudding. I personally liked the apple tart the best. The devils food cake is ok, but you really have to like ginger (because it comes with a ginger egg cream).
As others have noted, the interior of the restaurant is gorgeous. The dining section in the back has a warm welcoming glow, and the bar area in the front has beautiful marble and a curved ceiling.
Portions at number seven are modest, not overwhelming -- be sure to get (or split) an appetizer and/or dessert.
Best Late Night Menu Ever – We were looking for late late late night food and instead of the usual frozen deep fried pub food or greasy Chinese, we read about the new Ft. Greene hot spot No. 7. We showed up after 1am and everyone on staff was delightful, not tired or annoyed - in fact it was one of the most welcoming dining experiences we've had in a long time. While the late night menu is indeed a truncated version of the full menu (which looks incredible), this is not a fried food short list (as almost all late night menus are), but rather a handful of selections from their incredibly inventive and unique repertoire. This was truly intellectual food, e.g. Thai basil Jello cubes as a garnish instead of fries. We had one soft pulled pork taco dish that was incredible, fresh, filling and unlike anything we've had - from Momofuku and beyond. The other dishes were equally delicious with the same attention to detail (sauces and dips that really stand out). The room was beautiful, romantic and historic, and the location is unbeatable - right above the subway for those of you traveling from afar. I am rarely this impressed, and never with my late night experiences. I can't even imagine how exciting the regular menu must be!
Editorial Review – East meets west at this comfortable Asian-Hungarian restaurant by former Perry St. chef, Tylor Kord, located in Brooklyn.
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