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I was hoping to stop by Colonie for dinner right at the start of service on Friday. Is this likely without a wait these days (party of 2, fine with eating at the bar)? If not, we have a short list of other places not on our regular rotation that shouldn't include any kind of wait.

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Colonie
127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  1. My wife and I just tried Colonie for the first time last Friday. We got there some time around 6:30/7:00 and sat the last remaining open table. The kitchen counter seats were mostly open. By the time we left there was a long wait.

    That said, perhaps it was just our experience, because people in the neighborhood seem to love the place, but we will never again go back there. The mushroom crostini was completely lacking flavor. We also shared the spring pea agnolotti, which was perfectly fine, but a $14 pasta appetizer should have more than 8 small pieces. The ramps that came with my duck were so salty they were impossible to eat. The duck was fine. My wife's fish was dry and the potatoes that came with it were undercooked.

    With each issue we encountered, we let at least our waitress know, and in some cases the manager. They apologized each time but never offered to cook a new dish, or bring us dessert, or take something off the bill. With tax and tip, the bill came out to around $90, and we were both still hungry and had to grab a slice at My Little Pizzeria on the way home. While the restaurant's decor is very nice, the noise level was defeaning.

    It just seemed crazy to us to spend that much money for a place that we felt so 'blah' about. I think the people writing about how much they like this place just really WANT to like it, because there's so few great dining options in this neighborhood.

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    Colonie
    127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: fishermb

      Wow. Surprising. While it's certainly not an excuse, I know they're going through a transition with the chef. They announced it a couple of weeks ago, so I'm not sure if the original one left and/or the new one has started.

      In any event, I haven't been there in a couple of months, so I can't comment on the quality of your food. But I kind of agree with you on the "small plates" thing they have going on there. A party of two should expect to order 4-6 dishes, which can get rather expensive. If you go in expecting an expensive dinner and order accordingly, you probably won't leave hungry.

      But yeah, I sometimes have felt like I spent more money than I should have for what I've gotten. But still, I'll keep going back occasionally unless I have an unfortunate experience like yours.

      1. re: fishermb

        Just went the other evening and had a great meal. Service was really friendly and accomodating. I thought the prices were in line with other places in BH that have comparable food. No worse than Jack the Horse or Queen. I think getting a table on a Friday evening will be a challenge unless you dine early.

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        Jack the Horse Tavern
        64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Queen
        84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        1. re: Bkeats

          I really can't comment on comparisons to JTH because I've never been there before for food, but I'd have to strongly disagree with comparing Colonie to Queen. The average person, myself included, would be full on an entree alone from Queen, which runs $17-28 on average depending on whether it's pasta or meat/fish, comparable to the mains at Colonie. At Colonie, I had a crostini order, half an appetizer, and a main plate, and left hungry enough to need a slice of pizza to be satisfied. The only time I've ever spent close to $90 at Queen is when it was for 4 people.

          In regards to egit's comment that a party of two should expect to order 4-6 dishes, I totally agree, but also don't feel that they did any sort of job of letting the customer - us - know that their portions are small when we sat down, nor would their website lead one to believe it was like that. We probably would've needed another appetizer to fill up, but that would have pushed us over $100 without any drinks. For that price, I'd rather take a taxi to Manhattan and have a fantastic meal at a place like Little Owl.

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          Queen
          84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Colonie
          127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          1. re: fishermb

            While I don't think of myself as a big eater, I guess I must eat more than you. Whenever the wife and I go to Queen, we usually order off the daily special menu. The starters are each in the $12-16 range and the pastas are around $20 - 25 with meat entrees in the mid 20s to 30s. So with a starter each, an entree and a bottle of wine, I don't think I've ever gotten out for less than $150 after tax and tip. Basically did the same thing at Colonie and the price was in the same range. I'm amazed you get dinner for 4 at $90.

      2. If you like small plates that are small but substantial and reasonably priced try Traif in Williamsburg- it is fabulous

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        Traif
        229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        1. We ended up getting to the restaurant around 630 and had no trouble getting seated. We ordered one cheese choice (an old favorite) and got a ridiculously small slice of cheese. For six dollars. It was also very cold. We were annoyed by this. My husband did not care for the beet salad at all - some of the beets are sliced thin and seemed to be uncooked. That grew on me, but it was definitely unexpected. Brussels sprouts were very tasty. The egg was okay. I loved the texture of the farro, didn't see or taste any asparagus in the dish but it was supposedly in there. We had to add a bit of salt. Loved the little salt dishes, by the way. Black risotto dish was okay. I wouldn't order it again. The flavor just wasn't interesting/layered enough for me. We really liked the cucumber cocktail. Pots de creme were tasty. Service was friendly and we liked the space. There was some flagging of waitstaff needed once it got busier, but we weren't in a rush anyway. Eating at the counter area was interesting but a bit warmer, not surprisingly. We will definitely go back when the menu changes. We won't get the cheese again, though!

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          Colonie
          127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201