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Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
0.8 miles from Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

First of all, they don't take credit cards and you won't find this out until the end of the meal so be prepared. I was very excited to try this place as it sounded right up our alley. We enjoy adventuresome eating experiences, tasting menus...and wine pairings so I thought this little farm to table place in Brooklyn would be terrific. We were seated and the wait staff asked if we had ordered the tasting or omekase menu. I had to look at our reservation and it was the tasting. It was not explained clearly that the tasting menu did not come with the drink pairings so I thought this was an obligatory part of the meal. There is no wine list, just one cocktail, and three unknown wines printed on a diminutive little piece of paper so our choices would have been limited no matter what. An amuse bouche arrived first and the server warned us that the little herb in the middle was meant to open our seven senses (7?) and could be very strong but that we could stop the flavor with the dollop of cream to its left on the plate. We are surprised by almost nothing these days as we have eaten in more Michelin starred and creative restaurants than I'd like to admit but this was actually painful. The taste was like a medicinal attack and the little cream bite next to it was not sufficient to calm the onslaught. The little blob of pickled something to the right only added to the problem and, sadly the first drink had not arrived. When it came, I hoped for relief but it was an overly sweet, syrupy red cocktail which would have been better suited as the base for a kir royal. Far too strong and concentrated. I was suffering so I poured a little water into it which made it almost palatable. Six more plates followed, almost all of them amuse bouche size, one scallop and one clam. No meat, A few mushrooms. One dish was not hot throughout and had obviously been reheated in the microwave. No bread to accompany or flesh out the meal. There were a few interesting combinations but for a meal which ended up costing us $350 for two people, it was terrible value. There were a few glasses of really mediocre wine included in the $60 per person wine pairing. The red came in a cider botte and suffered from brett contamination so that was undrinkable and there was another little concoction which I think must be similar to mead - overly sweet again. It might have made a good base for a champagne cocktail but made no sense with the menu. The servers were all very friendly and enthusiastic and I like the idea behind the place but the execution was fair at best and the price point was far too high for a few mushrooms, a little pasta and some salad.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 22, 2019

I went to Honey Badger because I was looking for good quality wild to table food near me, and I was truly impressed. We went for a romantic date, and not only the food is outstanding, like nothing I have ever tried before, but also...every plate comes with a story of where each ingredient comes from - the owners and at the same time the chefs (which are absolutely lovely by the way) take personal care of getting the ingredients from local foragers, local fresh markets or sometimes even harvesting them themselves. I really loved the attention and the cozy environment in the restaurant, and will for sure go again. 5 stars!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 24, 2019

Honey Badger is really more than a restaurant, it is a food experience. In a little store front on a side street, the decor is rustic and the owner very welcoming. He takes you on a gastronomic and philosophic tour of little tasting dishes prepared...from biodynamic, organic, foraged, obscure ingredients. It is expensive and you better bring lots of cash. The wine was $60 per bottle and the minimal tasting menu was $74 per person. It was a great, almost religious, experience!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Tucked away on a side street in Brooklyn near Prospect Park - Honey Badger is worth finding. It’s a culinary expedition led by a truly creative team that brings genuine enthusiasm, great food and service to your table. The tasting menu and wine pairings is...an experience to remember-it’s pricey and well worth it.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

This place boggles the mind. What is going on here? It’s a limited seated, small crewed, pirate-underground speakeasy restaurant serving momentary glimpses of the micro seasons of the northeastern terroir. They have a 7 course tasting that changes daily. There is also an Omakase option....Even the music is intriguing & alluring. Not for everyone; it’s got an international vibe. That mind blowing amuse. #wildtotableMore

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 3, 2018

I came here with my husband, who was intrigued by the positive reviews. We both eat out very often, live in NYC and don't mind spending money on our favorite pastime -- eating. Our meal at Honey Badger was straight up disappointing. From start to...finish, everything about this place was off. Cocktails were not served at the same time. I had to wait 10 minutes to receive my drink after my husband had been served his glass of wine... by the way, we were the only people in the restaurant, so there was no backlog at the bar. When it arrived, my Old Fashioned was not well mixed and not particularly good until about the last sip when 100% of the flavor was waiting at the bottom of the glass. I (stupidly) ordered another and thought to stir it myself, but this had little impact on the overall enjoyment of the drink. Garnishes of dried mint (?) and an attractive but unwieldy sprig of wheat did nothing to enhance the flavor. The amuse bouche was nothing short of a disaster. Two small sprigs of a herbaceous something accompanied by a dollop of creme. Our server mentioned something about it "melting in your mouth", but not only was it not flavorful, but it felt like eating raw herbs chased but some light creme fraiche. It was further off putting to have it brought to the table, only to have the various elements on the plate manually "adjusted" by the server in front of me with their bare hands. Yuck... The menu is very limited, which in itself is not necessarily bad if the quality of food is good. I had reasonably high expectations based on the delicious smells coming from the kitchen and a price point that was on the higher end ($76ish for tasting menu and $120 for the omakase per person). I decided to order a'la carte as there were only about 7 items on the menu (inclusive of both appetizers and entrees) so the tasting menu didn't seem like it made much sense given that between the two of us we would individually order over 50% of the menu items. Both the salad and the bison were totally unmemorable. Both were "deconstructed" and very, very small. The bison was comprised of over-cooked flakes of protein in a pastry shell garnished with a bit of green. It was about 3 mouthfuls for the price of $36. Seriously.... I eat out in NY at fine restaurants and indulge in tasting menus with smaller portions all of the time, but this price to value ratio is patently absurd. I left the restaurant and grabbed a bite at a local place near my apartment to fill in the gaps. I often pay $75 to $100 per person for a nice dinner; however, at $180 (including tip) this left me with a bad taste in my mouth.... bad cocktails, small portions, poor execution. To be fair, my husband enjoyed his Octopus Carpaccio and "Chicken of the Woods" Angnolotti better than I did, but he admitted that both of my dishes were substandard. Perhaps the regular chef had the night off, but I won't be returning to find out.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

I’ve eaten in hundreds of amazing restaurants around the world, many of which are forgotten months later. This experience, however, will remain. We have to admit that the food wasn’t all amazing, so don’t expect Michelin-starred cooking. What you can expect, is the blood, sweat...and tears of a wonderful husband and wife, along with their gorgeous 7-year old daughter. This is a tiny venue with a minuscule kitchen, so we felt and were honoured to be eating ‘in their home’. The menu changes daily, much of the ingredients foraged locally. The inventiveness was wonderful, presentation gorgeous and taste, well, up and down. We’d still not give this up for anything, the evening was amazing. PS. If you’re in a hurry, this ain’t for you. Take your time and enjoy the experience.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is small in every sense of the word. Small room (max 20 guests), tiny kitchen (you won’t believe how little space they have to cook), very limited menu (check before you go that there will be something everyone in your party will eat...- my millennial son would not have eaten anything on the menu if we’d taken him.) That said, the owner-chefs have big hearts and big dreams. Fun to talk to. The food is very tasty and everything super fresh, sustainable.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn. The reason? Every dish has at least one ingredient I've never tasted. The food is so imaginative, beautifully cooked. The ingredients are locally sourced, some of them foraged. The owners are charming and low key. It's...a really unique experience to eat there, and I love that you can bring your own bottle of favorite wine.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed August 4, 2017

This small BYOB establishment is really an interesting restaurant. the food is outstanding, well prepared by the owner/chef who also was our server. We shared three dishes, all of them were outstanding. Warm botanicals Including squash, eggplant and tomato with some toasted herbs - fantastic...dish. Pappardelle with squid ink with smoked monk fish and a quail egg - delicious. A ribeye steak cut in small slices with sliced roasted potatoes also a taste treat. "Amuse bouche" served between courses with red caviar, on a type of radish, with a finish of sechewan flower grown locally, added beautiful flavors finishing with a tingle in the mouth - none of us had this flower before. This restaurant is a must try, well worth the visit, bring some nice wine, you won't be disappointed if you are open to trying new and different tastings..More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed July 1, 2017

There's a quasi-Japanese vibe to the decor in this tiny storefront restaurant — walls painted to look like birch with an accent corner of geometrical tiles handmade by the owners Junayd Juman, and Fjolla Sheholli, The bar, a central design feature, was also handmade, of...backlit angled fragments of intensely blue glass. The restaurant opened about six months ago and is a welcome addition to the Prospect Leffert Gardens neighborhood, They grow their own vegetables next door on a roof top garden, and are planning to open a "farmers' market" style shop there, next to the restaurant. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday and brunch on weekends. Our three generation group of three were strolling the neighborhood for dinner, and were told about the restaurant by a friend we encountered on the street who had noticed it but had not gone in. The menu posted on the door jamb was full of intriguing, unusual ingredients such as wild asparagus and boar as well as more familiar foodstuffs.The menus change daily according to what ingredients are available, but if the future is any indication of the present, the dishes will be made with skill, care, and imagination. We three shared five courses, milkweed with toasted quina, basil, sage, and toothwort; a kale dish with roasted chestnuts, pear, blue cheese dressing; shrimp scampi, bison liver, and Linguini with lemon sage butter and millet roe.We were given a complimentary dessert of watermelon-vodka jello with beet powder, garnished with tender spruce sprigs. Prices were from $11 to $18, dishes that would command twice the price in Manhattan. In fact, the Honey Badger is sourced by the same people who source 11 Madison Park. Each of these courses was savored slowly, as they were meant to be—and they were delicious and transformative in the sense that it gave each of us a larger view of ingredients and how they can be used. Reservations are not required now, but I would imagine that they may soon be once word of mouth gets around. At this moment it is cash only.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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