Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Superfine
126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.702368 -73.987306
Tue-Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm; Sun, 11am-3pm and 6pm-10pm; Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Vinegar Hill
The servers really hold a grudge! – A female friend and I went in early Friday night in mid November, and after being cat-called and hollered at for a full minute by drunk guys at the front of the bar, hurried to the back to the seating area for the restaurant. We were ignored by the waitresses while we waited to be sat. There were eight empty tables, so we took one. I found a waitress, explained the situation and asked if that was ok? Answer: No, it's really not. So I apologized, we got up, waited again, and she told us it would be around an hour since there were no tables for just two, but there was room at the bar. We apologized again for being rude, and went to the bar. This same waitress then sat a table of two right next to us! Then she gave our order from the kitchen away twice, so we didn't eat for 70 minutes. All because we tried to get away from the drunk guys shouting at us in the front, which it turns out the bartender (the one who found out about our orders) had told the guys that shouting at us girls was ok as long as we didn't turn around and walk out! The treatment was insulting. I know waiting tables can be hard, but we just made a mistake; we didn't get surly or fussy. We won't be going back. Ever.
Great Wait Staff! What's with the kitchen?? – First off I should say that I love the people who work here. The service can be slow (though this usually implies the kitchen - the staff try their best apparently to carry their weight), the atmosphere is fun, 'hip' and layed back - usually with good music. So unless your date's a total boor, don't let this stop you.
My problem is with the food. Without the food, this place is just a big pool hall with one table. Here it goes:
I have no problem with limited nightly menus (the menu is always on a chalk board) so long as the limited options you have taste good.
The steaks are reliable (really good actually) and the fries are great IMHO. But if you're not into beef or pork chops, you're left to pasta and seafood. I'm not a big pasta fan when eating out, so I'm down to the seafood options.
These are bland and ill-formed. My last seafood entree seemed "assembled", not cooked. The broth was barely seasoned. And the only accompaniment I can remember were some cherry tomatoes rolling around.
Appetizers... My house salad was the least inspired salad I've ever had. I think it was basically all romaine with nothing else - not even dressing. This is a RESTAURANT. Come on! My girlfriend's calamari was unusual to say the least.
It's possible the kitchen was just having a bad night. Happens. I've had great meals here in the past and I think the chef is the same. To be honest, had the salad not been so lame, I probably wouldn't have taken the time to write this. But it's such a basic thing. Hopefully someone will read this and make a few improvements because otherwise this place is really excellent!!!!!!!
Yo, brooklyn in da house – If you want to meet people who share a GENUINE interest in community, art, food, music and culture - come here and hol-lah, 'what, what.'
Hands down, Superfine is my favorite place in Brooklyn. IT ROCKS for the locals and people representing other boroughs. Don't listen to the fools who say anything but the truth. Come see for your self and hang with some real New York lov-ahs. What.
HUGE space! – I went here the other night after a day at the office with some co-workers and had such a great time. The bar had lots of beer to choose from and the bartender was really cute :) My girlfriends and I were able to play pool all night without being bothered by any "dudes." It's such a great big space (which is so hard to come by here in NYC) and I really loved the vibe. Great staff, great drinks and the food looked really good(I didn't have anything that night, but my friend did and said it was delicious, will def go back and try it). I hear they have live music on Brunch, so will have to come by and check that out for sure.
Avoid this place. Terrible Customer Service – here's a great anecdote about superfine:
I got a burger for take-out, found a maggot squirming around, asked for either a refund or another burger.
I got yelled at by the head chef for being wasteful. how about im just someone who is turned off by seeing something moving on my plate? how about i just paid 10 bucks for your burger? are you kidding me? the chef then proceeds to lecture me about how there are insects bigger than that crawling in the food i eat all the time. fair enough, i can get that education from my friends at the co-op. put more moving stuff on your dishes, see how customers react. i was dumb enough to be cordial.
I left with my money, as well as a crazy chef screaming on me. feel bad because a friend works here, but seriously, folks at this spot need to get off their high horse. another high witty line from chef: 'youre probably someone who leaves the lights on when you leave the house.' it was a pretty productive dialogue.
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Great Vibe, Great Food, Friendly Atmosphere – I love Superfine! I don't even live in Brooklyn, but go there regularly, ever since attending their amazing Halloween party last year. It seems like my friends and I always end up there. It's funky and bohemian, but the food is top-notch. It's really fresh - local farmers provide mostly organic produce - though they still have decadent stuff like home-made bourbon ice cream and great burgers. i also love the scallops and turbot salad. It's one of the few places left in DUMBO where you won't get attitude, and I love that they have live music at Sunday brunch. They have a great bar scene and a pool table with lots of lounge seating around it, though neither are too close to the dining area. All around, my favorite place unless I need to go super-fancy. They also have lots of performance events and cool theme parties.
Contaminated food! – I live in the neighborhood and know the restaurant scene well. I got so sick last Thursday immediately after eating a simple steak at the bar at Superfine and the female asian bartender told me to get the F OUT! as if I was drunk! Can you believe the bad service?? I am a young professional and was with my financee who had to take me to the hospital afterwards and watch me be sick for almost two days. I will never go back again. I can't believe this place doesn't clean up the food and get rid of the trashy bartender for her rude behaviour! Never again!
Poor service, bad food, topped off with a long wait – AVOID superfine for dining. Went for the Bluegrass Brunch, left respecting the fact that it really is all about location - there just are not many alternatives in DUMBO so terrible service still gets repeat customers. We had a reservation (4 people shouldn't be a problem, right?), waited 35 minutes to have our table cleared of people who were just chatting and zoning out, then waited another 40 minutes for our food. My fish tacos were bland, my friend's huevo rancheros were soggy, runny and GROSS - I'm referring to the beans and tortillas, don't get me started on the eggs. A friend's oatmeal arrived 10 minutes after our food. The french toast seemed to go over okay. Insincere apologies mean NOTHING - and comping us $2.50 banana bread was an insult. The music was good and I'd enjoyed myself here for drinks many times - this was unacceptable & I won't be going back.
Stupid lazy stupid Bartender, great waitstaff and delicious food – I have been waiting a while for an opportunity to dine at Superfine. We got there, but had to wait since they weren't seating for dinner yet. The hostess said we can get a drink at the bar. Since I was with my parents, we only wanted some soda and my boyfriend wanted an iced tea.
There are two bartenders bopping to the music and not paying attention to us. One bartender seems to be buddies with a couple down the bar and is getting them drinks, then paying attention to pieces of paper on the bar, then strolling up and down, basically IGNORING US for five minutes. Finally, she comes over (mind you there's almost nobody at this bar), and mumbles something. I ask if she has iced tea, and she goes on and on about "I don't know, it's the end of the summer, how much you want to bet there's no iced tea, etc etc etc" Then stares at me with her stupid cowboy hat and that ugly mole on the tip of her nose and WALKS AWAY. HELLO I STILL WANTED SODA. AND WAS THAT A YES OR A NO TO THE ICED TEA??
We walk away really mad, and soon after are seated. We asked the lovely waitress if there was any iced tea, and she said Sure! WTF! I do have to say all the food at Superfine was delicious, and the waitstaff all very friendly and prompt. We had octopus to start and it was tender and tasty. I had pork chops which was also very good. The only food pitfall was the plum tart for dessert. Instead of a flaky pastry crust, it tasted like pizza dough.
All in all, I would reccommend Superfine, but be wary of LAZY NASTY BARTENDER - UGH left such a nasty impression on my mind I don't think I would personally go there again.
scene is cool...food's okay... – The fun part of Superfine on the crowded night we visited was that it seemed like we were surrounded by people having alot of fun. Definitely a great bar scene, interesting art on the walls. The space is really cool.
However, we ate dinner and the food ranged from crazy to pretty good. The house salad was just bizarre- 8 pieces of lettuce with some vinaigrette, no other veggies at all. Weird and expensive. The salmon was very good, but the sides were off- too dry potatoes, too spicy rattatouie. People are right about sloooow service but the waitress was very nice...
Don't think I'd go back to eat again, but definitely to meet friends for a drink.
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