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Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn Heights

JennS Jul 8, 2006 04:14 PM

My boyfriend and I are thinking about trying this place tonight...I haven't seen many posts recently on Jack the Horse...any thoughts? Good dishes to try? Thanks!

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    MichaelZ Aug 9, 2006 01:50 AM

    Dined here tonight for the first time. Overall, a very positive experience. Service was good, draft beers were cold and generously sized and the food was very tasty. We didn't order anything fancy - fried oysters and heirloom tomato salad to start, followed by burger and german sausage plate - but it was all to our liking. We'll definitely be back soon to what seems to be a quality neighborhood place.

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      mimisusu Aug 6, 2006 08:09 PM

      Jack the Horse Tavern, not particularly good. Citronelle, another of the chain of crappy rests. run/owned by the guy behind Chez Henry/Cafe Cubanito/Blue Pig. Yuk.

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        Fleur Aug 7, 2006 03:19 AM

        CITRONELLE has shut its doors. Another jinxed site.

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          MAH Aug 9, 2006 04:05 PM

          Yes, and the sign says it will reopen as a Kosher steak house.
          I'm not convinced it's the site that is jinxed. The people who ran Citronelle and Clark Station had absolutely no idea what they were doing. It looks like the steak house will also be under the same ownership. Wonder how long it will last...

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        PeteinDumbo Jul 25, 2006 01:04 AM

        Citronelle started off as Clark Street Station and was supposed to be some type of sports bar. I think it was painfully obvious after a month or two that it was a really bad idea so they made the change. Haven't eaten there yet but the menu looked interesting.

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          Peter Jul 25, 2006 03:12 AM

          I just walked by and looked at the menu. It actually looks kinda nutty to me. Pad Thai served at the same place that makes hamburgers? Jasmine rice as an accompaniment to every dish? I'm a wee bit suspect.

          Peter in the Heights

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            brooklyn Jul 25, 2006 12:36 PM

            We stopped by for a beer during the World Cup and it was fine for that. But, the place has no real 'feel' to it for lack of a better word and management seemed a little too keen to keep asking us if we wanted food (we were sitting on the bar side). I think the concept is a step up from the short-lived Clark St Station, but it's not what the area needs. Looks to me like they created something for the students and are getting too many of them.

            Are Heights retail rents really so high that we can't get another good restaurant in the area?

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              parkslopemama Jul 27, 2006 06:22 PM

              I agree with PeteinDumbo, the menu is a bizarre combination of pseudo-Thai, pseudo-French, God-knows-what-else confusion (e.g., "Le chicken aux nuts"). Just walked by there this afternoon and it was COMPLETELY empty, even though Clark's diner was PACKED a few doorways away. I don't think Citronelle is going to make it.

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                andrewr Jul 31, 2006 03:47 PM

                I ate at Citronelle a few weeks ago and it exceeded my (admittedly low) expectations. I agree that the vibe of the place is off, but the French-Thai fusion works better in the food than it does on the especially awkward menu. For this neighborhood, it's above-average in terms of food quality (which may be damning with faint praise...)

                Jack the Horse, I have yet to try because it appears to be overpriced (and that impression seems echoed by some of the chowhounders who have actually eaten there)

                Speaking of low expectations, any word on what "Food Maestro" in the (most recently) Chez Henry space will be?

          2. Peter Jul 24, 2006 08:03 PM

            Ah yes. I knew the name was familiar. Has anyoone been? Any good (or bad) things to say?

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              brooklyn Jul 24, 2006 06:44 PM

              We've been three times so far, and while it is good, it seems a bit overpriced. It's hard to see this place supplanting NP as our number one choice. Service is a bit random, sometimes great, sometimes zero. Same goes for the food--I had the salmon main course the first time and enjoyed it, had the pork the second time and it was dry as toast. Hopefully things will improve in the fall when their volume goes up. It would be nice to have a few more options in the area, and Citronelle is helping.

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              1. re: brooklyn
                Peter Jul 24, 2006 07:18 PM

                What is this "Citronelle" you speak of?

                I did a search on the Outer Boroughs board and found nothing.


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                  jdf Jul 24, 2006 07:41 PM

                  I think its the new bar and grill that opened on Clark Street b/t Henry and Hicks, where the bagel store used to be.

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                JennS Jul 16, 2006 01:44 AM

                So we finally made it for dinner. The atmosphere was very nice and it's a good addition to the neighborhood. It was only about 1/2 full, but that could just be because many people in the neighborhood go away on summer weekends. Service was ok --our waitress was very eager to take our order and was right there again when we wanted to pay the bill, but could have checked in with us about the food. We started with the beet salad, which was very good. My boyfriend had the hake with jerusalem artichokes, and it was cooked perfectly but the sauce was heavy. In fact, the whole menu seemed pretty heavy for the middle of the summer. I ordered the burger medium rare. When it arrived it was much closer to well done, but being hungry and not being able to find our waitress for about 5 minutes, I ate it anyway. Not impressed at all. I mentioned it to her at the end of the meal, and she apologized for not having heardme correctly -- she had entered it as medium. In any case, it was not as flavorful or juicy as what I would expect from even a burger cooked medium. The fries were almost too salty to eat. We skipped dessert. We'll probably try it again sometime; hopefully they'll work out the kinks and change up the menu a bit.

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                  Fleur Jul 11, 2006 06:02 AM

                  I had dinner there a few weeks ago with three friends.

                  The space is lovely, the atmosphere very much a country inn/tavern. The drinks were good, the food is good, nicely prepared and presented, an overall good dining experience.

                  This is a nice place to spend an evening with friends. It is not fine dining. The prices seem a little high for what it is.

                  We will try it again soon.

                  1. Peter Jul 11, 2006 01:49 AM

                    Would still love to hear about anyone's experience here. I walked by tonight (Monday) about 8pm and was pleasantly surprised to see than about 50% of the seats were taken and everyone seemed to be having a lovely time.

                    Can *anyone* tell what it's like?

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                    1. re: Peter
                      parkslopemama Jul 27, 2006 06:24 PM

                      Where is Jack the Horse Tavern?

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