Despite its celebrated consulting chef (Ryan Skeen, formerly of Resto), this Fort Greene eatery from onetime Gilt pastry cook Nicholas Morgenstern fails to live up to the hype. Too-tiny small plates include chewy candied bacon and dense pork meatballs in tomato gravy—appealing enough, but not as memorable as the versions Skeen offered at Resto. Given Morgenstern’s background, you’d expect the restaurant to come through with an impressive finale. Sadly, while his rich chocolate-hazelnut pudding and buttery peach crisp delivered, not much else did. Still, in the warmer months, Morgenstern breaks out of the kitchen and on to the street with a hand-built cart for his house-made ice creams and frozen yogurts (check out the latest flavors at twitter.com/greeneicecream).
|Venue name:||The General Greene (CLOSED)||Contact:|
229 DeKalb Ave
|Cross street:||at Clermont Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 8am–11pm; Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, M, Q, R to DeKalb Ave; C to Lafayette Ave|
|Price:||Average small plate: $9. Disc, MC, V.|
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I love the neighborhood of Fort Greene and its many many amazing restaurants and I had wanted to go to this one for a while, but sadly, I was disappointed when I went there for brunch last week. The place is very cute and the staff is extremely friendly and attentive - my coffee cup was never even half empty (and the coffee was very good) but the food was boring. I had two of my all time favorite foods when I was there - lox and donuts (not together) - and they were both extremely boring. I'm not sure how you ruin donuts but somehow they managed to. I wouldn't write this place off for brunch because of the atmosphere but I wouldn't go in expecting to be blown away by the food.