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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
850 Franklin Ave
phone: (516) 877-2177
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 11
Reviews by bonbright7:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I went to Waterzooi with the intent of just trying the Belgian ales on tap and I was warmly welcomed as if it was my second home.
Distinctly European in it's decor, the cavernous stone and glass cafe was fairly crowded, both inside and out. I found it amusing that people were dining outside in the luxurious view of...the municipal parking lot filled with over-leveraged Mercedes and BMWs. It was also apparent that the Italian place next door was more of the hot spot, but that was okay because Waterzooi was filled with great looking women and alot of great ale/beer.
After I had tasted the wonderful St. Bernardus and the pretty good Chimay, I had an entree on the side of the bar. The rack of lamb was fine and I could have easily eaten a double portion.
I skipped the last section of the meal and thought about having another goblet of ale from one of the other 20 taps I didn't try. Maybe I should note that the beer is not of the micro-brew kind, but it sufficiently covers the Trappist, Abbey, and European beers. My thoughts were primarily on the taps as the bartenders were handling them well.
08-06-2006 04:20:11 |
More by bonbright7
More User Reviews:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A - On a Saturday night, a mix of families, craft beer drinkers, and couples out on a date. Way too dark; needed the smartphone to read the menu.
S - Wait staff was very attentive and knew their beers. All poured into proper glassware.
Sel - Over 100 belgian and belgain style beers. Maudite on tap, and they even had Cantillion. Top marks!
F - I had a fondue and moules in broth. Plenty of food, and was delicious.
V - Their beer pries are high. If you don't mind paying a premium for the selection you will love this place. I will be back, though I think you really go once or twice a year.
09-11-2011 03:24:45 |
More by socon67
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I've frequented this establishment a handful of times now and while I was very impressed the first few times I went, the last two times have not been as impressive. The terrific lobster bisque and mussels were what kept me going back but unfortunately the last two times neither of those have been as good as they were before. Both my girlfriend and I were a bit disappointed and actually thought that perhaps they changed cooks since they just didn't taste quite the same.
As for the beer...well they have a terrific Belgian selection and while at times a little bit on the pricey side, anyone looking to just sit at their bar and have a few would greatly appreciate this place. Typically each beer is served with it's own glass (even rare beers I had were served in their own branded glass) which also adds to the credibility of this place. Prices as mentioned can be a bit pricey (for example half their bomber selection is $20+ for things I can find at my local beverage store around $10) but a little knowledge about what you can and can't find in your area will quickly help you justify the cost for many of their offerings.
07-31-2009 21:47:52 |
More by bidou333
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in the swank downtown of Garden City, Waterzooi is definitely an upscale beer experience.
Visited on a recent biz trip to Long Island. Was a somewhat steamy evening so we were able to sit in the nice outdoor patio. Clientele was well-dressed and well-heeled, most seemed to be drinking martinis, classic cocktails or beer. Beer list leans towards Belgians, as this is a Belgian bistro. You will have probably heard of 60% of them, but many were obscure to me.
Menu is what you'd expect to find in Brussels: heavy on moules/frites dishes and fresh seafood. The moules pots were terrific - expertly prepared with bold sauces (we tried the BBQ chipotle w/fried mini-crafish tails - heavenly!). Fries were the fresh cut/double fried variety, hot & crispy, served with mayonnaise. Also had a few littelencks and bluepoints as app's which were terrific.
The beers were all spot on, served at the proper temperature in their proper glass (many with the brewery logo).
Prices were a bit high, but then again this place is an indulgence, and it's NY.
Would definitely return here again for a treat.
06-28-2009 12:11:44 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The draft selection is quite enjoyable. But the clientelle do not appear interested in the bar for its selection or theme. Waterzooi seems like a trendy afterwork hangout, which it needs to be to sustain such a large establishment. The food is good, but very pricey. I had the burger, which was excellent, to keep costs down.
Service is more on the "night club" end of the spectrum than the "beer advocate" end. The bartender seemed more interested in talking to the beautiful girls hanging out in the bar (of which there were many) than making sure I got the right beer. After waiting an inordinately long time for the bartender to return to my end of the bar to take my order after offering the menu, I ordered a De Koninck. I'd never had this beer before, and according to the menu it was offered on tap. Before I could stop the bar-tender, he poured me a bottle.
Beers are served in brewers' glassware, and a number of exciting offerings are available, including: Scaldis, Witkap Pater (which I'd not seen on tap before, but was fantastic), Troubadour Obscura, and Grimbergen Dubbel. For the beer advocate, I'd recommend an afternoon or weeknight visit with friends. Skip the Friday night crowd, and if alone, don't expect the staff to put much effort into enhancing your beer-tasting experience.
11-15-2008 18:05:29 |
More by erok
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Located on Franklin Avenue, just north of Stewart Avenue.
The interior feature a roomy restaurant seating area, an outdoor dining area and a very European style bar area.
The draft selection included Maudite, Delerium Tremens, Chimay, Hoegaarden, Kira, Hennepin, Blue Moon, Sixpoint Righteous Rye, DeKonnick, Brooklyn Abbey, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion and Blue Point Blueberry. The bottle list was impressive as well.
The happy hour fare included steamed mussels and french fries (I refuse to call them frites).
07-28-2007 16:27:22 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Being a Belgian brew and food lover I've been meaning to check this place out for awhile. Nice bar in the rear, plenty of fine Belgians on tap, including a handful beyond the typical ones to be had in the general NYC area. Bottle list also long, varied and sprinkled with some unusual selections. Didn't eat but menu was chock full of Belgian fare. Sadly the menu also was full of WINE selections , Whats up wid dat?. Me thinks this really is a fairly fancy restaurant, that happens to have a lot of Belgian beer. Not an altogether bad thing, but the athmosphere is a bit fancy schmancy, for a beer joint. The kind of place to take the wife out to for a romantic dinner, and not the place to enjoy a few brews with the guys.
01-12-2005 03:26:08 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Act two of our double visit to the two Garden City Beerfly-listed establishments - next door to each other.
This quite laid back bar-bistro has, like its next-door-neighbour (Victory), a separate bar are in the rear and a large dining area in the front.
Belgian beers everywhere! However, it didn't have the most outstanding range on tap (i.e. I didn't see any Cantillon, Fantome, et al) but good in general apart from the common tri-tap font of ubiquitous InBev (Interbrew) gaseous liquids dominating in the middle of the bar. Some better stuff was available in bottle - though not any of the aforementioned microbreweries' products. I'll still give it 4.5 for selection though as there are one or two unusual ones.
11-28-2004 03:41:38 |
More by Imbiber
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
OK...The place is a little bit on the snooty side...
I am not one for the beautiful people places...but that doesnt stop me from drinking there...just talking idley to the rest of the patrons...
service was typical...deserving of a 3 alone...but where they lost points is price...maybe service is not a good place to put it, but I think service and cost go in hand...
Selection was good...not stellar but they did have a few unique offerings besides the norm...
food the few times I have been there for lunches was really good...just as long as I could expense it on the company's account
01-09-2004 03:55:45 |
More by stegmakk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Hard time on the (dirty) Island...
It was the week of New Year's and there wasn't a lot really going on out there so I left to head back to Brooklyn a little early and well, I was terribly parched and all...
Having passed Waterzooi while driving down Franklin Avenue, I hooked a few turns and found myself in their back parking lot. Upon entering from the back lot, you find yourself in the bar, somewhat crescent shaped with a handful of tables scattered about and the room dimly lit with colored glass wand lighting and red candles on the tables. I showed up in the late afternoon and the place was pre-dinner rush dead empty which is just fine by me.
I sat at the bar and took in the taps...
2 towers with 10 each and a center piece with 3 more, 23 in all. Nearly all Belgians except for a handful of Belgian style beers (Celis White, Allagash Double & Blanche De Brooklyn). A great tap selection overall.
I don't remember what I asked for but it had kicked and the bartender told me that they replaced it with something called the Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru and insisted that I try a sample of it. Not wanting to insult, I did. Damn, that's nice, yes, I'll have one of these, please.
They had some real damn nice beers on tap otherwise, Kasteel Triple, Mardesous 6 & 8, both Leffe's, both Cosendonk's, a pair of Lindeman's (you never see the Peche on tap), Kwak, Lucifer, Maudite, Grimbergen Double, Gouden Carolus, etc.
A great bottled selection as well. Upwards of 100 bottles broken out by style (Abbeys, Trappists, Lambics, Saisons, Gueuzes...)
Pricey? I didn't think so. My Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru ran me $5.50, but a bottle of Orval ran $11. One of the other girls behind the bar insisted that I try the Gouden Carolus and threw me a sample of it. That's my kind of service.
Dinner menu, we all did apps and had the Rib Stuk entree (Petite short rib, jumbo shrimp, mushroom risotto, red zinfidel bbq demi). Food was wonderful, meat just feel off the bone. Yeah, it's all good, I'll be back.
01-03-2004 19:56:13 |
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