I went with my wife last night for dinner at Queen on Court St. It was our first time there. I was actually impressed by the decor and atmosphere of the place. I think I read so many reviews where people poke fun at it that I was expecting the worst. In fact, it was clean, quiet and very friendly.
I knew we would be in for a great meal as soon as the bread basket arrived. It consisted of homemade foaccaia, Italian bread, breadsticks and some crackers. Everything was pheomonal - some of the best bread I've had. They also gave a bowl of olive oil for dipping.
We ordered two appetizers - the famous homemade mozeralla (made on premises twice daily), and grilled portobello mushrooms with melted goatcheese and pesto sauce. The mozzerella was to die for. One of the best I've ever had. It was served as one "loaf", with roasted peppers, two pieces of grilled asparagus, and two olives. It was creamy, yet had just the perfect amount of chewiness and saltiness. My only complaint was the slightly high price of $13 for a plate which just barely served two people. The mushroom appetizer was also spectacular and unique. I belive this dish was $9 or $10 but left us satisfied (whereas we wanted MORE of the mozzerlla).
My wife ordered an arugala salad with goat cheese, tomatoes, scallions and a balsamic dressing. She absolutely loved it. I stuck with the traditional chicken parmagina which I could barely finish because I was so full. The chicken wasn't anything unusual but was one of the best I've had. It also came with a side of steamed mixed vegetables which was also great.
I only regretted that we were too full to order desert - espcially after I saw their unique desert menu. There were unusual items on there such as pears soaked in red wine with marscapone cheese.
The service was perfect. Our waiter was very nice and didn't pressure us to order anything. In fact, when we were leaving, he suggested that next time we come back to just order some antipasti so we wouldn't be too full to have desert. Apparently they don't mind when people do that - at least during off hours.
Again, my only complaint was the slightly high price. The bill ended up being around $60 with tax and tip. That was without any drinks and no desert (but two appetizers) I guess it's normal for the city but we sometimes expect cheaper prices since we're in Brooklyn. However, we felt we got our money's worth. The food was fresh, elegantly prepared and absolutely delicious. The service was unobtrusive, and efficient.
I definately plan on going back again and trying some of those deserts!
84 Court St