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Brooklyn Fish Camp

Rick Berne | Aug 25, 2005 10:08 PM

Just had dinner with my family at Brooklyn Fish Camp on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. I can safely say that in my entire life it was the most unsatisfactory eating experience I can remember. The food was mediocre, at best, the prices were outrageous, and the staff and manager were abrasive and rude.

My son ordered a "1 1/2 lb. lobster". $25 - no side dishes included. If you wanted to add fries and "root" slaw you'd have to pay another $12!! I have LOTS of experience with lobsters, and if this was even a 1 1/4 lobster, I'll eat my hat. I'm surprised they didn't throw it back - and I wish we had. When I complained to the manager, he said "what do you expect me to do, weigh them?" Well, yes, if you're going to advertise them by weight you should!

I had the Fried Oyster/Fried Clam appetizer. $10 for a small portion. The Oysters were like pieces of breaded rubber. Perhaps their theory is that you'll take so long to chew them you won't notice how few there are.

I noticed during the meal that the waitress brought some nice-looking bread to another table (very noticeable since the entrees were so small that any additional food would have been appreciated). We were already eating our dinner, so I let it pass, but I asked the manager/owner afterward why only one table received bread. His reply was "we only give bread on request". I suggested that if that was their policy, perhaps it should be reflected on the menu. His reply was "you don't expect us to put everything on the menu, do you?" Well, I would think you WOULD put that on the menu. I guess we should have been grateful for our water.

This was the first time I have ever complained to the manager of a restaurant about anything. Foolishly, I thought he would be apologetic or conciliatory. To the contrary, he was rude and dismissive. He obviously trained his staff, because during the meal one of his waitresses kicked my foot rushing by at one point, and rather than saying excuse me, she said "move your foot!" Really an enjoyable evening.

Brooklyn Fish Camp? You would do better eating dinner at Marine Boot Camp.

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