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Sep 28, 2009 08:53 AM

Anyone been to The Grocery on Smith?

Was recommended to go there for my birthday dinner next month and would love opinions

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  1. it's quite small and cozy (so not sure how intimate vs loud your party wants to be). I didn't love it, but my partner did and to their credit, even the chef came out because she noticed i didnt eat much of my meal - but it was totally an issue of me not ordering the right thing. I think generally i have heard the food is excellent so it depends what ambiance you want. there are so many fun places on smith for after dinner that i'm sure you'll have a great time.

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    1. re: illya

      It's been there for a very long time. It's great!!

      1. re: tabs

        Went 2-3 years ago and it was fantastic. Been meaning to go back.

    2. In my opinion, the Grocery has been the best restaurant in that neighborhood for years. Sometimes I change my mind and think Saul is better, but either way you will enjoy yourself.

      The Grocery pays attention to tiny little details that I really like. The food is consistently good and the room is pleasantly small.

      1. thanks all - so I'll try to make a resey, but if I can't get one, I'll probably try out Frankie's 457 - i love their olive oil but have never been to the restaurant!

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        1. re: secondbecky

          I think Grocery is the best restaurant in Brooklyn for it's type of food....

          1. re: secondbecky

            Frankie's does not take reservations. Waits are very long during prime dining windows. Very good food and wine program. Well-priced. I kinda dislike the staff though.

            1. re: chow_gal

              Frankie's food is really great, but yes, recently the waits have been up to 2 1/2 hours, whereas a year or two ago that was unheard of. You are also the first person to feel the same way about the staff as I do. Even after going once or twice a month at least for 2 years, they were always cold and offputting. Prime meats is my new go to place, staff is amazing.

              1. re: illya

                Lotsa complaints about the staff at Frankie's. There was a post on the Boerum Hill egroup (I think) reporting that she and her (older) friends were unceremoniously hustled out the door the second they finished eating.

          2. I went there for my husband's birthday dinner about a year ago--it wasn't very memorable of a meal, I didn't even really enjoy my dish and for the life of me can't remember what I even ordered. The space itself felt a little stuffy, and the service a little too attentive to feel comfortable. I felt overall like the room had a "hushed" feel, and was ready to leave about ten minutes into our meal.

            I kind of feel like some of the restaurants on Smith get over-talked. Chestnut, for example, which I found to be nothing short of terrible after hearing so many good things.

            I like Applewood (Park Slope).

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            1. re: casspants

              I couldnt agree more with you about chestnut - was shocked after trying it out after all the reviews. All in all though, i think there's great food in carroll gardens.

              1. re: casspants

                Funny. I've always had outstanding meals at Chestnut. But then again, tastes vary. You liked Little D back in February. I thought it was overpriced with boring food.