Haven't seen much on here about the General Greene, so thought I would write some notes from my visit last night (a Sunday). Arrived around 7:45 and there were plenty of tables free - even outside. The meal was lovely overall; waitress very friendly, helped us figure out the right amount of food. The plates are to share and come out as they are ready - pacing was good. We had:
-Dates, wrapped in translucent bacon and served on toothpicks in a puddle of maple syrup. Yum (hard to go wrong there).
-Mac and cheese; came piping hot, and plenty of breadcrumbs. More butter than cheese, was my only complaint. (Not that crispy macaronic dripping in butter is a bad thing - it was just a bit nondescript.)
-Butter lettuce salad with curried almonds and pink grapefruit - very fresh and beautiful, a good complement to the heavier stuff.
-French onion soup, without the usual thick layer of gruyere. Included mushrooms, which was new to me, and had a hint of what tasted like honey to it (?).
-Dirty rice with andouille sausage and chicken liver. This was my favorite thing we ate. A lot of flavors (including something kind of green and earthy - celery? collard greens?).
Total came to about $35 without tip (we didn't have any drinks or dessert - walked over to Blue Marble on Atlantic to complete the meal). A bit expensive - food is not life-altering, just high-quality - but I appreciated the atmosphere and the diverse choices. I'd definitely go back.
What have others thought? The reviews on Yelp are awful...
The General Greene
229 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205