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LGD Apr 8, 2011 11:21 AM

Saul, Grocery, Noodle Pudding, Applewood, Broklyn Fare. Which do I choose. I like most everything and price is not a concern for this dinner.

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Noodle Pudding
38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

  1. Bob Martinez Apr 8, 2011 12:01 PM

    Some of the restaurants you list are really not comparable.

    Saul - Creative contemporary food. High end. Very good. Michelin star.

    Grocery - Similar to Saul, pretentious staff. No Michelin star, deservedly so.

    Noodle Pudding - Neighborhood Italian. Fine if you happen to be in the neighborhood but not worth a 15 minute trip.

    Applewood - High end neighborhood place. Leans heavily on local and seasonal dishes, sometimes at the expense of flavor. "Behold the quality of my ingredients!" Portion sizes for entrees vary wildly with some being generous and others skimpy.

    Brooklyn Fare - They only do extended tasting menus. (That is not the case with every other place you mentioned.) I haven't been but by all accounts it's very good in that fine dining tiny portions 20 course kind of way.

    Your call.

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    Saul
    140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Noodle Pudding
    38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Applewood
    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    The Grocery
    288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Brooklyn Fare
    200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    2 Replies
    1. re: Bob Martinez
      Bob Martinez Apr 8, 2011 02:18 PM

      Here's a current thread on Brooklyn Fare which will give you a lot more details.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704870

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      Brooklyn Fare
      200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. re: Bob Martinez
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        MRich Apr 8, 2011 02:49 PM

        I haven't been to Saul or Grocery in several years but I always preferred Grocery.

        Applewood has a lot of fans. I've been there 3 or 4 times and like but don't love it.

        Brooklyn Fare is truly unique and quite delicious. It is mostly seafood.

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        Applewood
        501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Brooklyn Fare
        200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      2. c
        chewbie Apr 8, 2011 12:41 PM

        i would throw dressler into the mix and at that point it's a toss up b/t dressler and saul. both are excellent and pricey. BF is an altogether different animal and among my favorite dining experiences in NY.

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        Dressler
        149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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        1. re: chewbie
          Miss Needle Apr 8, 2011 01:25 PM

          Dressler has been my favorite so far in Brookyn. Love the food and atmosphere. Saul is good as well, but the edge goes to Dressler for me.

          Haven't been to Brooklyn Fare. Hope the OP realizes that it's difficult to get a reservation.

          1. re: Miss Needle
            k
            kiworan79 Apr 15, 2011 09:12 AM

            Not to hijack the thread, but what have you ordered/liked at Dressler? Have reservations for the first time tonight. Thanks!

            1. re: kiworan79
              Miss Needle Apr 17, 2011 08:00 PM

              Sorry. I guess this is a bit too late for your dinner. I've really enjoyed the scallops, oxtail, quail, and pork belly. For dessert, I've only had the carrot cake but really liked their take on it.

              Hope you had a great meal at Dressler.

              1. re: kiworan79
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                chewbie Apr 19, 2011 05:34 PM

                sorry i didn't catch this in time. i love the octopus app and agree with Miss Needle on the oxtail ragout w/ pasta. Also loved their mushroom ravioli, duck breast, pork chop. I've been going there for several years and can't recall having a meal that wasn't, at the least, very good. They switch their menu up periodically so not sure what they're serving at the moment but hope you enjoyed it.

          2. l
            LGD Apr 13, 2011 07:21 PM

            Decided on Saul. Just watched the Bobby Flay throwdown tonight with Saul and his baked alaska. Dressler was not possible because of my location and time constraints. May try to go to The Grocery for lunch one day also.

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            1. re: LGD
              m
              Mangita Apr 17, 2011 03:46 PM

              Consider sometime The Goodfork in red Hook

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              The Good Fork
              391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              1. re: Mangita
                c
                chewbie Apr 19, 2011 05:34 PM

                cosign. the steak with kimchi fried rice is awesome.

            2. l
              LGD May 4, 2011 04:58 PM

              My scallops at Saul were outstanding. But, the Baked Alaska was too sweet even for me who seldom finds a sweet tea that is too sweet. Wish I had tried one of the other desserts

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              1. re: LGD
                Miss Needle May 5, 2011 12:35 PM

                Totally agree with you about the scallops and the baked alaska. It was actually my first go at baked alaska -- so I was thinking that this dessert was probably too sweet for me in general. Luckily I gave it another try at another restaurant that is known for their baked alaska and finally tasted a good version.

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