Wanted to start a new thread on this off of DIB any sleepers thread...
Ate at Tempo last night and was truly blown away. I don't expect much for $21.12 or for any special deal, but have been out taking advantage of the cheap prices mostly to try new restaurants. So far I've eaten at Applewood (my first time there), Cocotte (2nd time) and Convivium (2nd time). Was not impressed with Applewood, and I rather enjoyed Cocotte, and Convivium, let's just say they REALLY need to work on their service.
Been to Tempo many times before, and knew that I would have a great meal there.
The place was absolutely alive! The restaurant is huge to begin with, and I got there for an 8:30 reservation and it was all just buzzing! I felt like I was in the middle of a Manhattan bistro! We were seated promptly (5 minute wait) and taken to our table by the smiling maitre d' . I gotta say, Tempo seems to have the best service in Brooklyn. They really know how to make people feel comfortable. Our server was very upbeat - he seemed to be really enjoying the energy in the room, and the young sommelier picked us the perfect bottle to work with both salmon and steak (I wrote about this on the Tempo wine list thread) - we splurged on a bottle since the meal is so inexpensive. Wish I could go back every night, but they seem to be booked up. But I did manage to get a reservation for this Sunday. With these prices - why not go as often as possible? I normally have to pay so much to be pampered this way. They give you so much more for the money.
All of our food was impressive, but the standout had to be the Veal Sweetbread appitizer. Wow! Rich, decadent puree of celery root and perfectly crispy sweetbreads (one of my favorites) but the kicker were the sweet & sour pearl onions - a sweet and sour sauce with toasted celery seeds. Wow!
Tempo just felt like the place to be, where all of the energy of DIB is concentrated. While I know that's not true (looking forward to Palo Santo next week), it just felt that way - with every table full, a giant staff waiting on our every whim, good music, great food and wine, it was really just spectacular.