151 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://redgravynyc.com/
- Phone: 7188550051x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner- Monday thru Sunday 5pm to 10pm
Brunch- Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Ayesha Nurdjaja
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
A word from Red Gravy
Chef Saul Bolton's ode to Brooklyn Italian, Red Gravy serves a mean tomato sauce, house extruded pasta as well as fish, meat and anti-pasti. Join us for a piatto del giorno or choose from the full menu. Sunday dinner includes a hearty "Red Gravy", red sauce with lamb ribs, pork sausage and meatballs. Weekend brunch is a pasta and egg influenced menu. Large tables are welcome.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
- Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
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Red Gravy reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 21, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (19)special occasion (11)romantic (11)great for brunch (10)hot spot (10)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- Lv2dineLu2dineVIPDined on 8/31/2014Food great, ambiance very pleasant. Happen to get same waiter on more than one occasion. Sorry for us. He was bad the first time but our dinner was so good, we overlooked it. This time we invited friends to join us and unfortunately we got the same waiter. Not good. We won't be back for a while. If we do return, hopefully he either won't be there any longer or we won't be at one of his tables.Special Features:
- Not sure what to thinkOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/24/2014Three of us had dinner on a Sunday. Two of us tried the Sunday Gravy and one had the quail based on the waiter recommendation . Not sure if the cooks had Italian gravy, but the $45 special was pedestrian at best. The quail was small even for quail....had a few beers and a wine...$ 180 with tip. The ratings are confusing. Servers were very willing to help, so they get high ranks. Lots of choices in the area, so doubtful that a rerun trip will come anytime soon. Hipster joint needs to define itself.
- Not typical Italian - but greatBKfoodnwineDined on 8/18/2014Interesting spins on Italian food. We shared the grilled octopus and a salumi and cheese platter to start. The octopus was was grilled perfectly and the sauce provided some acidity and sweetness. The salumi was of high quality. The escarole salad was superb combining a light raspberry vinaigrette, fresh greens and peach slices - very refreshing. Main courses included a calamari/scallop dish and a few pasta dishes which were all terrific. The desserts were good - big enough to share if you want to just taste. The chocolate budino is the 'go to' if ou have a sweet tooth. Wine list is decent and there is a full bar. Service was excellent. I highly recommend Red Gravy if you want a new take on Italian.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LvtodineLu2dineVIPDined on 8/16/2014So enjoyable. Not a large menu but choices are perfect. Can't wait to go back for the Sunday Gravy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Poor Portion ControlCheckPleaseDined on 8/9/2014Food, wine, service all amazing. The bartender on Saturday night was terrific! A table of six adults spent over $700, and the only thing we could remember was they charged $15 for a cup of pasta, not a bowl mind you but a cup! It was a shame, this one mistake made sure we wouldn't come back.Special Features:
- better last timepedpodDined on 8/9/2014On a second visit in August, the fare was not so enticing as last winter. Perhaps menu is better suited to "warmer" food. The place was full and VERY noisy.
- Terrific Brunch!NYFamily334Dined on 8/3/2014It was our first visit to Red Gravy and won't be our last. Had a fantastic brunch. All entrees were really terrific (though the frittata could use a bit more seasoning). Bloody Marys were spicy as requested and the servers were knowledgeable and friendly. Will come back for dinner soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great ExperiencebrooklynbrunchDined on 8/3/2014From the minute I called to confirm my reservation, I knew this would be a great Sunday brunch. The staff is super friendly, food came quickly and was so good! They were very organized with our voucher details - just so easy!Special Features:
- Tasty TreatBrooklynDiningDined on 7/31/2014We dined here on a Thursday evening. The restaurant was not overly crowded but continued to fill up as the night went on. The service was great, particularly our server who was very nice and knowledgable about the menu. I had the grilled octopus appetizer and it was delicious! Highly recommend. I had the skate francese for dinner. It was a very good preparation but a tad too salty. My husband had an appetizer special which he enjoyed and then the pork chop -recommended by our server- which was amazing! Our desserts were yummy too! Red Gravy is a tasty treat on the outskirts of a Brooklyn Heights. Drop by and see for yourself. As a note, the prices are what you would expect for this area (ie) not cheap but not exorbitant.Special Features:
- Great place !longislandDined on 7/25/2014Our table was ready as per our reservation. Service was great, very trendy, great food (although small portions). My only complaint is that we needed our cell phone flash light to read the menu. Ambience is great with candles lit, but not good for reading the menu.Special Features:
- Not badlalalaDined on 7/24/2014As a long-time customer of Saul restaurant when it was on Smith Street, I was eager to try Red Gravy. It did not live up to my expectations. The food was tasty, but not spectacular. The service was friendly, but slow. We nearly finished a bottle of wine waiting for the appetizers to arrive. We had a perfectly fine dinner, but nothing special. One good thing was that the price/value ratio seemed right. We had a very good bottle of wine for $40 – something that's getting harder and harder to find.Special Features:
- Great food!RefinedTasterDined on 7/19/2014The food was incredible! Thoughtful menu, deliciously executed and tastefully presented. Service was appropriately attentive; waitstaff was knowledgeable. All great, except that it's a little noisy.Special Features:
- Small Table, Big ViewHenryDined on 6/7/2014When I arrived early for our 6PM Sunday reservation the fellow manning the desk asked me, "Where would you like to sit?" Taking him at his word, I said, "In the corner." The desk man then attempted to direct me to several corner tables other than than one I had in mind which was no less than the very best corner table in the house. With some reluctance he helped us get seated. But I felt strongly that he'd have been happier if we had asked for a table in an inferior location. That said, it turned out to be well worth sticking to our request for a superb table. We watched the room gradually fill. And we speculated about who was whom in what were obviously several Sunday night family groups. What happy spice for our food!Special Features:
- Too expensive for average foodBrooklyngolferDined on 6/6/2014My wife was here before and I wanted to try this place (based on her recommendations). However, this time we were both disappointed. Went on a Friday night after 6 and the place was empty. Unfortunately, this meant the service was overbearing - interrupting to refilling water 8 times when the glass was only down an inch & removing plates when not done. The waiter was clueless about whether the branzino special was available - had to ask 3 times. Overall the food was overcooked (2 dishes burnt) and very greasy and the portions were very small. They reduced the number of sides to two options - only one was not greasy. I think $170 excluding drinks and tip was way too much for 3 people and still left not full for mediocre food
- The following 41 reviews are from the Red Gravy reviews archive.
- Nothing SpecialSteveEVIPDined on 5/19/2014Service was good- Food was mediocre at best. For the price point take your business elsewhere
- excellentAndrewDined on 5/18/2014terrific food, lovely ambience, and stellar service. will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gracious and deliciousfoxfeastDined on 5/17/2014They were very gracious and accommodating to our party of five (one of whom was late to the reservation) as well as a dairy allergy. All of the appetizers and entrees were delicious and we had a wide sampling. Salami, grilled shrimp special, escarole salad, grilled lamb, steak, pasta dishes, and fish. Everyone was pleased. Drinks also very good. Recommend the Third Wing.Special Features:
- Great Food and ServiceGetMeOnTopVIPDined on 5/11/2014What a great place in Brooklyn Heights. The food is outstanding and the service was simply perfect! The Maître d extremely friendly and nice. The Burrata was fresh and creamy and the pasta with ramps and Spring Garlic was light and flavorful. Being cognizant of my new reduced weight, I regretfully stayed away form all the sexy sounding desserts! Will most certainly be returning soon!Special Features:
- AMAZINGOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 5/10/2014I've been several times and the food is always on point. The lamb is tastes like spring time. Every dish was one better than the next. Every pasta is delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding DiningBeachgirl15Dined on 5/9/2014Great restaurant! The meatballs were absolutely delicious. We had many different appetizers and every single one was superb! The veal was the best I've ever tasted. The fish was outstanding. Overall a great dining experience. I would recommend this place to my family and that says a lot!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just one problem...GerryDined on 5/4/2014They don't tell you this, but the pasta dishes (around $18) are appetizer-size, not entree-size, so if all you want is pasta for dinner, you'll need to place a double order ($36 for pasta?) , or make sure to get something substantial from the appetizer menu first. It's all tasty, though!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/3/2014The food is northern italian in spirit, but infused with the best American drive for local and seasonal ingredients -- a virtuous cycle of influences between Italy and America. The wine list is maneabeable with lovely wines from the mountains and plains of northern Italy and Italian inspired wines of the new world, including Long Island's East End. I'd enjoy it even more if the noise level allowed for easier conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Romantic, delicious and differentCF1102Dined on 5/1/2014My boyfriend and I were celebrating his birthday that evening and decided to try a neighborhood place we had yet to visit. The menu was so unique; the ricotta with peas, the hamachi with strawberries appetizers and even the rosemary focaccia with a white bean dip were outstanding. Our main courses, two pasta dishes - charred broccoli pesto and the pancetta and asparagus - were out of this world. The wine list is extensive and even included some under-$30 bottles! The ambiance is romantic and the staff was very helpful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SurpriseddishdelishDined on 4/25/2014Red Gravy on a Saturday night was resting on Saul's laurels. I was very surprised. They were understaffed and service was spasmodic (our server apologized and while he was charming, it didn't quite make up for waits and order mistakes). My entree -- a striped bass, at $28 one of the priciest -- had a great texture but completely lacked flavor. Too bad, because the flavors advertised in its description sounded divine. I want to love Red Gravy for what it aims to be: an upscale neighborhood Italian joint where local parents can take a night off and have a great meal. I was glad we had free babysitting because if not, our meal would have been an even more expensive mistake.
- Easter lunchalmin1204VIPDined on 4/20/2014Me and my family went for Easter lunch. More than Italian, it was just an average brunch experience, with limited choices. They had 2 specials, both "Easter" pies, we only ordered one and it was just a good but not great quiche, very very different from the actual Easter one. Salad was pretty blend. Meatballs with polenta were OK, little too spicy and with a pungent flavor (was it onion, parsley?). Arancini were blend, just saffron rice and smoked mozzarella... what happened to the meat and peas sauce that normally goes in it? I liked my carbonara but pasta was overcooked and I make a much better one at home! I would NOT go back. Positive remark to the service, our waiter was extremely nice!Special Features:
- Neighborhood Gem IndeedbkheightstimDined on 3/30/2014This is a great place to pull up to the bar and have a drink. It's interesting how New Yorkers are such lemmings. They'll stand in line at one place just cause someone else is. Meanwhile, four doors down, there is a perfectly great place for brunch. Stop by and have the pork belly for brunch. There are many specials during the week. I will definitely stop by again.Special Features:
- ExceptionalTeriDined on 3/22/2014Had my father's 83rd birthday dinner here, and even he could find nothing to complain about besides the name "It's not called gravy -- it's sauce!" They were nice enough to turn off the speaker above our large table so that we were all able to hear the conversation. The Sunday evening dinner special is a bowl of pasta with extra meat sauce on the side. The sauce includes several cuts of meat, and its intensity suggests slow cooking for many hours Served with olives, arancini and salad -- a veritable feast. On a second visit, food was equally outstanding, if not so generous portions Staff is knowledgeable, pleasant and efficient, wine list is comprehensive, and most ingredients are organic and local. A real pleasure in every way.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, attentive service,JimGDined on 3/19/2014We were a group wanting a long dinner for conversation. After I told the waiter this, he slowed the service and attended to our needs as we desired. The food was extremely good and the experience of the long evening is one I'd want to repeat. It's rare to find a NYC restaurant so attentive to giving you the evening you want.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic!ErmaVIPDined on 3/16/2014A small menu, but the food is wonderful. The tastes are distinct, and nothing is quite like you've had it before. The fluke crudo with blood orange is unexpected and paricularly satisfying. Be sure to befriend Michael. He will make you feel like a guest in his home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beyond ItalianWatcherDined on 3/9/2014It is a red gravy Italian restaurant, but that is just the launch pad. Sunday night is "Red Gravy" night, and it fantastic. My son and I had the name-sake course and not only was it smashingly good, but it was substantial. Our three women had fish, and another meat dish that were exquisitely prepared. We drank two bottles of a reasonably priced Brunello, and had several desserts. My daughter had two of the special cocktails and was delighted. Good fun, good food, good service. Memorable evening. Not inexpensive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brooklyn GemPointCloatesVIPDined on 3/9/2014We ventured out of Manhattan went for a Brooklyn brunch. Very impressed. Would expect dinner also to be an excellent experienceI would recommend this to a friend.
- Pricey, but GoodTheResidentDined on 3/8/2014The problem with Red Gravy isn't the food (it's delicious), the atmosphere (fun & relaxing), the drinks (potent), or even the price (let's just say, more than I would normally spend). The problem last night was the service. I don't know if our waiter was new, or having a bad night, or just a bad waiter. Our cocktails were late. They tried to serve our wine before the cocktails even arrived. He didn't seem to really know the menu. Saul's signature restaurant was special because you felt taken care of. Red Gravy matches Saul in the caliber of the food, but not in service. Will I return? Probably at some point. I enjoyed my meal, but this is Brooklyn and we have plenty of choices for all types of cuisine.Special Features:
- Triple threatpandadocVIPDined on 3/8/2014Great Food, Great Service in a wonderful, comfortable environment. From the minute I walked in, I was impressed by the décor and attention to detail. We were immediately seated, the waiter, Daniel was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The bartender knew his craft and delivered yummy drinks. The food - two of us had the homemade pastas and they were amazing and perfectly portioned, the third had the daily special - skirt steak which was cooked perfectly. The chef came up on our request and was also personable and friendly. The desserts ended the evening with a bang - their homemade gelatos were subtle and unique in flavor; the pear and chocolate desserts were decadent. We would definitely return and bring friends!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food and the service isOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 3/3/2014The food and the service is wonderful. We have been there during a cold weekday evening and the ambience is civilized and quiet. On the weekends, there is a bar scene and it is rowdier.Special Features:
- Fine TimeHenryDined on 2/25/2014A pair of old friends: that's what we were. I met my friend when she owned a food business on Atlantic Avenue sometime in the late 1970s. We were both familiar with your Restaurant Saul from the days when it was a brand-new fresh presence on Smith Street. We were both curious to discover how this new iteration of Saul would suit us. Our dinner together would be her last night out in NY after a brief flying visit from another country. Perhaps the best part ... while your food was excellent; you did not make the mistake of making your food the central element of our time together. You left the pleasure of our time to us. We were happy with our perfect corner table. We were happy to watch the tables fill up around us. We had a fine timeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Try a bit of everythingOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/15/2014We went as two couples; we ordered almost all the antipasti & one item from every other part of the menu. This was a great way to try lots of things. Although everything we had was delicious, I would say the antipasti dishes were the most outstanding & the portions were big enough that we could easily share & still have room for 3 large dishes (which we didn't quite finish off). We also ordered 2 desserts, one being a scoop of gelato. Our waiter was very nice & brought us 3 scoops instead because he felt 1 wouldn't be enough for our group. The cocktails were also fantastic.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Could be so much betterOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 2/14/2014On Valentine Day they tried to gouge customers with a too limited and too pricey special menu. Food showed promise, but only two choices for each fixed price course is stingy. Service was also spotty and they cram the tables too close to each other.
- Red Gravy: a Neighbourhood SurpriseJRDoyleVIPDined on 2/12/2014Red Gravy was a neighbourhood surprise. Chef Nurdjaja's selection and cooking is some of the best I have tasted in a long time. Savoury and deep tastes are found in each dish. The chef brings her gracious hospitality to each meal and is delighted to speak to customers who inquire about "who is the chef?" Attention to food preparation and selection is serious and focused. The menu changes reflecting her interests and the resources available. After travelling to many of the world's cities and eating in numerous restaurants, I appreciate a chef's ability to bring out the best in food selection. Red Gravy satisfies the palate and the service warms the heart. Red Gravy warrants your visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food; disappointing servicebkdinerDined on 2/11/2014we dined early, but there were only 4 tables seated in the entire restaurant. our food was delicious (particularly the crudo and vegetable dishes) and 3/4 of our dining experience was excellent. however, after our last course was served, our server dropped dessert menus and never came back. upon observing our dilemma, someone i expect was the manager graciously brought us complimentary cheese we were never able to order from our server, who never uttered another word to us in acknowledgement. i was sorely disappointed in the service which unfortunately will impact my decision to return. i have tried to support red gravy because it seems to be lacking interest by neighborhood residents these days. maybe this is why?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD FAREcunningadvocateDined on 2/8/2014Ate there last Saturday night. Food was good and tasty. Drinks were plentiful. It was busy loud and bustling as you would expect from a good place on a Saturday night. We had to wait a little longer for service but it is to be expected when a restaurant is packed. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a solid dining experience.Special Features: