I went to Applewood with semi-high expectations after hearing so much hype about it and seeing it ranked as one of Brooklyn's 5 best in some poll. What a disappointment. I feel that this restaurant is not sure what it wants to be.
If it's trying to be an unassuming neighborhood restaurant as suggested by the country furniture, cramped seating, high noise level, and lack of tablecloths, then I think it fails. The portions for a glass of wine and entree are quite small yet the prices for both are amongst the highest in the neighborhood. I can get larger portions of equal or better quality food in a nicer environment and for a lower price at multiple places two blocks away on 5th avenue. The pretense of certain things was completely contradictory to the casual ambiance they were going for. Serving just two pieces of bread out of an oversize picnic basket, and pouring water out of glass milk bottles is just pretentious. I felt like I was being skimped throughout the entire dinner and getting 50% of an experience that was priced at 150% of its real value.
If it's trying to be a more elegant and higher quality place as suggested by the sleek menu that changes daily, the offering of a tasting menu paired with wine, and the high prices, then add some simple tablecloths, bring down the noise level, space out the seating, and step up the service.
In short, too many contradictions and not worth the high prices.