Restaurants, Italian Brooklyn Heights
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At this 44-seat restaurant, Modena native Francesco Nuccitelli serves Northern Italian fare (spaghetti al pomodoro, gnocco fritto, lasagna).


Venue name: Sociale
Address: 72 Henry St
Cross street: between Orange St and Pineapple Walk
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-3pm, 5-10:30pm; Fri, Sat 11am-3pm, 5-11pm; Sun 11am-3pm, 5-10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C to High St; 2, 3 to Clark St
Price: Average entrée: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Sociale was something I stumbled upon while searching for a bite in dumbo. Due to the fact that they are one of only restaurants with outdoor open seating, I chose to sit down. Although the inside looked nice, the outside didn't. Plain black tables, none of which are set up for dining, really gave it a tasteless atmosphere. 

The menu was Italian, so I asked the server what he recommended and ordered just that. We chose the Burrata, Grilled octopus, and Ravioli Entree. None of which really intrigued my taste buds, but were presented nicely. 

What I didn't like was the small portions of every plate. The burrata came sprinkled with some cut veggies. Burrata texture was very nice and creamy but lacked flavor with the rest of the plate. The Ravioli was a bit too buttery for me and lacked seasoning. The octopus was over cooked and chewy. It was a very small portion for octopus, half of a tentacle with some mixed greens. 

I didn't leave spending much because at that point I wasn't interested in ordering any more. Not trying to bash the restaurant, but nothing I ordered was exceptional. I did appreciate the plating, but the food lack excitability and flavor. The service was quick, but kept lingering around and spoke amongst themselves in a different language.


Was very excited to eat here, on a saturday evening in august, the windows were open and its was a tad hot. Dinner for two, small table in the middle and not much elbow room, got banged into a couple of times, with the hustle and bustle, didn't really mind, but next time - will shoot for a table out of the fray. It is quite dark in the evening and sets a romantic mood, but it can be somewhat hard to see the menu. Friendly and attentive service, we ordered 3 appetizers, everyone seems to complain about the serving sizes, these were fine. We ordered the Octopus, Meatballs and salumi and cheese plate. The bbq'd octopus was fantastic, the best I have ever had. Smokey and perfectly chewy, highly recommended. The meatballs were composed of assorted meats, featuring veal and were good - topped with shaved parm. The salumi and cheese plate for two featured shredded prosciutto, speck, pancetta and aged Parmesan with honey. It was good, but I am a fan of my cured meats sliced thin and layered - I would give it a 6 out of 10, but then again I am spoiled by Crispo. (Review soon) My girlfriend ordered the pasta of the night which was shrimp stuffed ravioli over basil/pesto sauce and it was quite good. Super smooth and creamy. My entree was the steamed brazino over fregola (a type of mini-pasta, similar to cous-cous), mini clams, leeks, capers and bottarga (roe) This was a great dish, a beautiful piece of fish over a very interesting mix of seafood. I personally would have liked the fish to be very slightly browned for a crisper bite, to have a bit more texture. Our desert was the olive oil cake, a much fancier name with tangerine, gelato, and assorted other ingedients, it was okay - seemed to try too hard and the elements sort of fell apart. I will definitely try it out again, but its still second string to Noodle Pudding, two blocks away. PROS: Excellent, authentic Italian food, with great care in their fresh ingredients and presentation. Amazing service. CONS: Slightly packed, especially in the center aisles.