Gage and Tollner
Anybody eaten here recently and have a good or bad
experience to report? People always talk about the
looks of this place, but I haven't heard anything
recently about the food, though I seem to recall that
they brought in some highly touted chef a while ago.
We ate there on Valentine's day when they had a
special menu, so our experience is perhaps not the
average, but we did have a good time and a satisfying
meal. We both had steak & lobster tails. All very
traditional -- lobster in the shell with butter, hunk
of filet mignon with a light grill flavor -- but
nicely done. My husband's "very rare" steak came out
medium well, but they were very apologetic, took it
away immediately and brought us free wine, and its
replacement was perfect.
The menu was a little pricy but they took (take?) the
NYTimes discount card (or was it Transmedia?) so we
got a good deal.
All in all no fireworks here, but if you want just a
good, old-style meal in a neat old room where the
waiters have Brooklyn accents and don't dote on you,
this is a pretty good place.
I haven't been to Gage & Tollner since the change of
ownership and departure of Edna Lewis as chef, but i
understand that some of her dishes (she-crab soup,
etC) are still on on the menu as perhaps are the
menu's traditional seafood and fish dishes dating from
before her time, clam bellies, etc. I still remember
that soup, her crabcakes, biscuits, vegetable side
dishes and blackberry cobbler as just wonderful. I
would be interested to hear if the kitchen is still
cooking any of these dishes well, or whether it has
succumbed to Brooklyn upscale-itis (surf and turf
re: jen kalb
It's one of a few places near
BAM for dinner, and not all that
near, but that's when we have
been. I always get the pan
fried oysters; they are actually
sauteed, and come in a very
light but tasty sauce. Other
dishes are fine,but as noted
already no real fireworks. Best
to eat in evening when they
light all the gas candleabras.
re: R Bergen
I have been there twice - once with Edna Lewis in the kitchen, once without. Both meals were very good - her she-crab soup and lobster bisque have been kept consistent. I also liked the seafood cocktail appetizer (served in a fancy glass jello/pudding dish) and the very good fried oysters. Amazingly, the place is usually packed at lucnh, but empty at night. A great evening out, albeit a bit expensive for what you get.