The Gorbals - Brooklyn
The Gorbals - Brooklyn

The Gorbals - Brooklyn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thegorbalsbk.com/
  • Phone: 7183870195x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Rooftop Bar
    Mon-Thurs 3-11pm
    Fri & Sat noon-12
    Sun noon-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ilan Hall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Berry and Wythe Avenues
  • Public Transit: L train, Bedford Avenue Stop
  • Parking: No
A word from The Gorbals - Brooklyn
Our Restaurant will be closed October 13th through 24th…
But we still love you!
Come love us back at the Rooftop Bar, which will remain open for delicious drinks and daily specials.

Or come show some public LOVE for The Gorbals and Chef Ilan Hall!
Esquire TV will be filming the next season of KNIFE FIGHT, and we want YOU to be part of it. For more information and to RSVP, please email your name, contact info, date and bout time (afternoon or evening) you’d like to attend to knifefight@nbcuni.com.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Gorbals - Brooklyn reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (21)hot spot (21)special occasion (13)scenic view (9)romantic (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great Experience!
    MonicaP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was unique and every plate was delicious. The setting was nice. We didn't get a chance to see the rooftop because we arrived after it closed but will definitely go back to check it out prior to dinner. For what you get, very affordable. I highly recommend it. And did I mention that a Top Chef winner served us one of our plates?! Very cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - not a place for desert
    drselter
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The atmosphere is quite nice, even that the Restaurant is above an Urban Outfitters store. We really liked the entrée and the main course, but the desert (somthing like salty creamcheese and grilled grapes, sticky toffee cake and black pepper icecream) was simply terrible. A little less 'experimental' would have been enough 'experience' for my brother and me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    An extraordinary dining experience! All three members of the dining party were impressed with the great recommendations of our engaging server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good food and menu, had many items most good or very goo. Lamb ribs just ok. Service friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went to Gorbals with high expectations that were quickly dashed. Waiter explained that it was family style; clearly he meant for a family in Ethiopia. To be generous, the serving were appetizers; don't go to Gorbals with an appetite or you will leave famished. We ordered four dishes and 45 mins later found out one of the dishes would be delayed. The waiter suggested ordering another dish to tide us over; another half hour passed and now we had neither dish now. Finally, we found a manager and to the restaurant's credit, she finally got us our food and gave us the two dishes for free. That aside, the restaurant clearly does not have enough kitchen staff nor waiters to meet their cooking philosophy and mission.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    stravaigin
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Good service, love that it is quiet and it wasn't crowded Excellent for groups. My fish didn't taste especially fresh and carrots didn't taste of much of anything. Some items were hits, though. I wouldn't make a point of going back, but if I did, I'd have to be careful ordering and do research on what to avoid and what to get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad we went.
    Oldiesbutfoodies
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was inventive and delicious, the mood fun. Go now before it's too hot to get a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved our experience
    goeatnow
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with terrific service. The food was inventive without being tricky and the service was charming and attentive. The big hit was the chicken schnitzel and the carrots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it.
    doreenie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food amazing.service, she was soo nice. The ambiance was better when they dimmed the lights. Music was on point. Super fun dinner with my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodfan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wonderful experience, and it was great to see Ilan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new fav place in bk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Came here for my birthday. And it was such an amazing experience. So much so that I went back with my girlfriend for a second night. Will def make it a regular hang out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    pcolinoVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We loved the food, very inventive. Desserts were a little too edgy for us, but will come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night out!
    mkappelVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    An overall great evening of great service and interesting tasty food! Tried many different courses that were sent out and coursed out appropriately. Did not feel rushed and had some very flavorful interesting dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Eats
    MarcellamVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've been watching The Gorbals & Ilan Hall on Knife Fight and always thought that if we were ever in LA, we'd make reservations. Living outside Philadelphia in South Jersey, LA was unlikely, but when we heard he opened an outpost in Brooklyn, we had to go. My husband made reservations for my birthday and it was worth the 90 Minute drive. We got to chat with Chef Ilan and everything we had was awesome. Definitely an add to list for any foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the gorbals
    thegorbalsrest
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took my wife here to celebrate her 50th bday. We were joined by 2 friends. We started off having a drink on the really cool roof bar area. it must be a real hot spot for singles and neighborhood people. cool vibe on the roof and great views in every direction. we then went downstairs and had a great dinner in a cool hip space. the menu was varied and could please any eater even a section for vegetarians so it worked out great for one of our friends. our waitress was relaxed, friendly and casual. visit the gerbals you will have a great time and a great meal. good luck to Ilan Hall in this new spot. We hope he will do well here it is a fun, hip spot to visit and eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    FTFood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fermented celery broth with Parmesan and apple was awesome. A great way to start the meal. Awesome experience overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrooklynFoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Dinner here was incredibly delicious! Everything was just amazing. Most notable was the bacon wrapped matzoh balls, the beef tongue and the lamb ribs with crunchy ginger and raspberries - but really, everything we ordered was outstanding. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. Can't more highly recommend this restaurant - go now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorbals BK
    rickygilbert11VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Eclectic menu. Highlights were the lunchbox and the pig head. Went with a group of four guys and we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrFeelgoodVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Creative and unusual menu with delicious flavor combinations
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so much fun
    michellesimone
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I loved The Gorbals, as silly as the name is, the food was equally wacky but in the best way. The food here is fun. Cheeky jewish foods like bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, falafel-crusted sweetbreads, and an oddly satisfying matzoh-meal tostada with foie gras and truffle shavings. The place is situated right above an Urban Outfitters which is a strange choice, but once I got up the stairs I sort of forgot about it. I really enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jrrrrrd
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food is great, highlight for us was the Porgy. The service was very friendly, but...and this might have been intentional, but i'm not really sure, the dishes seemed to come at random intervals and in a random order. The servers seemed stressed to handle all the tables, but the place was about half empty. Regardless, the food was great and, if not the most attentive servers, they were friendly and I don't really fault them. Oh, you're in an Urban Outfitters, so despite the frosted glass, the ambience is a little weird.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    lck4
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Outstanding food/flavor combinations, especially the lamb ribs with ginger and the rabbit with cherry. Ambiance and service were great, music was just a little on the loud side, but I liked the play list. Went up to the rooftop bar for a night cap. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Worldlyeater
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    From the decor to the music selections to the crowd to the staff to the food the gorbals was stunning. The small plates were beautiful, inventive and delicious, the wait and bar staff were solicitous and the beautifully choreographed open kitchen dance delivered on its promise. The rooftop bar was an open air oasis, just the thing for before or after dinner. And this I experienced on opening day. Amazing. I will be back and back and back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1 reviews are from the The Gorbals - Brooklyn reviews archive.