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“Very good food, but a very long wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Basil

Basil
Ranked #544 of 5,322 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: AboutBasil Pizza and Wine Bar is a trendy bistro in the heart of crown heights. Come by and join us for a beer while you wait for your wood burning pizza oven made to order... We will be waiting!DescriptionLocated in Crown Heights, Basil is an Italian bistro specializing in unique menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night specialties. Basil’s ambiance tantalizes all of your senses with smells tickling your nose, tastes dancing on your tongue, music flowing through the air, and the sight of perfection on your plate.
New York City, New York
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“Very good food, but a very long wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

There is a great deal of hype about this place, and some of it is deserved.

They didn't take reservations, which is almost a reason not to go in and of itself. We waited a long time for a table. Thankfully, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The maitre d' was extremely nice and helpful.

Unfortunately, this is another one of those kosher restaurants that packs as many people into a small place as possible, which is terribly annoying, and doesn't leave a great deal of room for breathing. The fact that you have no idea how long the wait will be just makes it worse.

Much of the food was superb, which somewhat mitigates the frustrations mentioned above.

The wild mushroom pizza was probably the best pizza we tried. We were all very impressed with it, and ended up ordering another one.

A pizza that fell somewhat flat was the margherita, which is one we were excited for. It didn't have much flavor, and we felt terrible eating in a specialty pizza store and asking for pizza spices so that the food would have some flavor.

The butternut squash ravioli was very good, but for an entree I thought the serving should have been larger. They give you two decent-sized pieces of raviolo, and I feel as though a third might have greatly helped. Still, the flavor was impressive, and I would recommend it.

The food item I enjoyed most was the Basil fries. The fries were scrumptious and the mayo they serve it with is was absolutely sublime. If you go, get the fries. You won't regret it. It's also enough for two people to split.

We ended up getting three different desserts, and were pleased with them all. For me, the lavender funnel cake/basil ice cream was the best. I've never had ice cream that tasted exactly like an herb before. It was very refreshing. The flour-less chocolate cake was pretty good, but I'm not a big fan of chocolate cake in general. The halva/rose water thing was really good, but we weren't able to taste any actual halva in it. Some people liked it the most, so go for it.

Overall, we'll most likely go back. It's a little pricey, so make sure you're prepared to shell out a little more than you normally would for pizza. The menu is online so you have a good idea what you're paying before you decide to go. The food was really good overall, but the hassle in getting a table and dealing with a somewhat understaffed, crowded, restaurant was a bit overwhelming at times.

  • Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“does not live up to the hype”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

i wanted to like this restaurant, mainly for the idea behind it and for the decor. i even went back a second time. but the place is incredibly overrated.
the service was awful: we waited almost an hour for pizza.... and the prices are astronomical. considering most of whats on the menu could be found at an pizzeria, its upsetting to see how much your paying for PIZZA.
the ambiance is great, but the place is so small, and we were shoved at a tiny table (we came here for our anniversary) and sat on top of 3 other parties... really romantic.
the restaurant has an outdoor seating area, which is cute in theory, but when we sat outside the second time we went, it was less enjoyable than sitting in a crammed restaurant bec you are looking onto a busy, brooklyn street in the heart of crown heights, which is not the best neighborhood.
if you are going to come here, i'd recommend you sit at the bar, and def order the basil fries, its the only thing this place has going for it

  • Visited September 2012
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

The food is excellent and imaginative. There is always something new and exciting to try out! The ambience is VERY pleasant. The waiters are kind, attentive, and altogether terrific. The prices are fair. I recommend Basil 100%!

  • Visited November 2012
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“The second you walk into Basil you don't feel like you're in Crown Heights anymore.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

Every time i go to Basil i have a great experience, wether with friends or family. Basil's ambiance makes you forget about the life outside, it is a very relaxing place to be. Everything on the menu is mouthwatering! From the crispy brick oven pizza to the delicious homemade ice cream to the fluffiness of the heaven pancakes... Oh and I can't forget their signature snack, basil fries.... SO GOOD.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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“My favorite spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

Going to Basil is definitely the highlight of any day for me. Whether its a Java shake, an iced coffee and scone or some of the freshest and lightest pancakes you'll ever have, in the AM, a melt in your mouth freshly made eggplant panini for lunch or the amazing dinner menu (where to begin??? the mushroom goat cheese pizza is definitely a MUST have, the cannelloni, eggplant parm salad...just to name some favorites of mine), it always hits the spot!
The servers are friendly and courteous, the atmosphere is warm and wonderful, with the candles, great music choices and raw rustic interior- Basil is 10!

  • Visited November 2012
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