Great Meal at Danny Brown
After reading about Danny Brown my wife wanted to have dinner there. So on a Tuesday after work (in Elmont) we went to the restaurant.
I'll skip the nuts and bolts and distill the experience into one word EXCELLENT!
The greeting, the decor, the professionalism of the service, and, of course, the food.
We shared the Trio of Bruschetta with White Bean, Mushroom Tapenade
& Walnut Pesto for $8. Excellent, especially the white bean.
My wife had the Creekstone Farms Black Angus Grilled Hanger Steak & Crispy Frites Red Wine-Shallot Butter for $25. Hand cut fries, and tasty steak done to he rliking-medium rare.
I had the Organic Chicken “Under a Brick”
Rosemary Skillet Potatoes & Sautéed Escarole for $23. Best chicken I've ever had! (Sorry, mom.) Moist and flavorful, and no pink anywhere. Only complaint; too few potatoes, but probably better for my waistline.
For desert we shared a Espresso Crème Brulée for $8. Etheral and very espresso tasting.
We had a bottle of Prosecco di Conegliano, Zardetto Brut, Veneto, Italy, NV for $33, which I thought was rather high seing how we can get it for one-third that retail. They do have a corkage policy, $15, for a "special" wine, as long as they don't have it on their wine list.
Total bill, tax and tip was $120.00, well worth it.
We will be monthly regulars. Our waiter was one of the best we've encountered in a long time.
104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375
My wife and I have been there two times and really liked it each time.
Wines are definitely super marked up, but I'm not a big wine guy so I don't know how much compared to most other places. We got a bottle of the cheapest Echelon Pinot Noir with sells for like $9.99 a bottle but they have priced at $33.
I hate when wine is marked up like that...and it's often served with pretentiousness on top of the price at places that do this....I don't see what the big deal is about this place, and how it somehow got a Michelin star--I think their menu is so limited, and hasn't changed really since they opened--portions are fairly small--and the food is prepared okay, but there are much better places in Brooklyn and Manhattan at the same price points--and the place is just so cramped and noisy, and in winter it's very drafty by the windows...It's okay if someone else is paying--but I thought it needed to vamp up its menu, and the over pricing of the wines especially when the owner comes from a wine importing family, just rubbed me the wrong way. I mean give me a break, he's getting the wine wholesale.
I agree with you, Janie, about the wine prices, but not about the food. Our portions were more than adequate and it wasn't noisy at all, considering the place was full. The other plus is the music, not blasting, or bubble gum music, but jazz to Edith Piaf, reflecting the crowd, no Williamsburg trendies here! It wasn't cramped, not like Tiurnesol (whose wait staff hasn't heard of soap and water). And we were able to carry on a conversation. We sat by a window, but being a beautiful warm evening, no draft. I'll report back on that as the weather gets colder.
Back to the wine; I can tolerate 2x the retail, but 3x is outrageous. It won't stop us from going back, but that $15 corkage charge is tempting.
I don't understand the comments about the portion size at Danny Brown. Last time I was there I had the steak frites and I'd say that is probably 6 or 7 oz of hangar steak. I mean how much more does one really need?
I also don't understand the menu size being an issue. There are 10 starters plus a vast wine and cheese selection and about the same number of entrees. Again I'm not really sure how many options are needed.
It got a Michelin star because it turns out high quality food with top notch ingredients. And no I don't work for him. I would however like to see a better wine by the glass list. That's my only complaint about the place. I hadn't paid enough attention to the fact that the corkage charge is reasonable. That might be the work around until they make some changes.
104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375
Myself and others that I know that have gone there all felt the appetizers were portioned small for the price, and the mains have small sides-- and can very in portion--it's not the amount of entrees, it's that the menu isn't terribly seasonal even though it claims to be, nor do they have enough daily changing specials...so, I feel for this kind of food, it's very limited in choice. I also can't afford to eat at a place like that very often, so perhaps my expectations are higher.
I agree with pellegrino that the portions are adequate. The sides were miniscule, save for my wife's frites.
I don't think $120.00 with tax and tip and abottle of wine is outrageous for that kind of food and service, especially in New York City. We've paid more for less, and not much less for "pub food." We were in Point Pleasant, NJ recently and had dinner at a pub; nothing fancy; $95.00 with tax and tip! Now, that's outrageous.