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Jun 6, 2008 04:33 AM

Smith Street Restaurants

I have been living in Brooklyn for 25 years and traditionally went to Manhattan to dine. However, I have chosen in the past 6 months to begin to sample Smith Street's best. Well, I now know why I have gone to Manhattan. Last night was the last straw. I didn't have the time to eat the fixed price dinner at Chestnut, which I heard was pretty good, so I went a couple doors down to Savoia. It was remarkably bad. The service was horrible and the food was basically inedible. My beet, arugula and goat cheese salad was simply disgusting. The beets were meely and tasteless, the arugula so bitter I had to spit it out and the goat cheese clearly came from some supermarket shelf. This was followed by a white bean bruschetta that was obviously mashed beans from an old can. The orata finished off the meal as a tasteless, overcook limp of bad fish. How this place stays in business is a mystery.

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  1. i think you ordered some ambitious dishes for a place like savoia. i mainly stick to pizzas or pastas if i ever go there. even when i do, i'd hardly call the place remarkable.

    1. Sounds like quite a disappointing meal. I'm with the_state on this one -- I'm rarely adventurous enough to try anything beyond the pizzas (which are actually decent, but not spectacular) at Savoia.

      Then again, not sure it's fair to write off Smith St. based on a lousy meal at Savoia. Your post hints that you've had other Smith St. disappointments. So have I. But I've also had some wonderful meals at some of the Smith St. standouts like Saul. No argument from me that there are more destination places in Manhattan, but Smith St. is close by (for me at least) and there are plenty of reliable options. Whether Savoia is one of them is a different question.

      1. BTW, if last night means Thurdsay, you would have been unpleasantly surprised at Chestnut. The prix fixe is Tuesday and Wednesday only.

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          1. Have you tried Lunetta? I had amazing gnocchi there a few weeks ago.