The Runner
The Runner

The Runner

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://therunnerbk.com/
  • Phone: 7186436500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waverly / Washington
  • Public Transit: Clinton-Washington (G)
    Clinton-Washington (C)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A garage is located between Myrtle and Park on Waverly - cash only $15. Street parking is also plenty.
A word from The Runner
The Runner - Walt Whitman wrote this simple but impactful poem while living around the block on Ryerson Street. It served as a metaphor and homage to the Industrial Revolution and growth happening in America. He saw Clinton Hill as a place to escape the commotion of city life. We share his opinion of our neighborhood, too.

We choose The Runner for our name to celebrate the very same growth and progress happening on Myrtle Avenue and in Clinton Hill that Whitman spoke of.

We think The Runner should be the kind of place where the history and diversity of our neighborhood is celebrated in local flavors, Brooklyn ambience and community interaction. It’s why we’re serving food and drinks inspired by American comfort enhanced by the use of a natural wood fired oven. That’s what we mean by “an American Heritage restaurant.” Come see for yourself.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Runner reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (16)romantic (13)good for groups (11)special occasion (6)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (4)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A little gem in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The restaurant was very nice. We went because of the Brooklyn dine in event. The executive chef came out to make sure that everything was fine, which was great. Don't expect great waiters for now, since the place is new, got new staff and people are not very experienced yet. The food tough was good and the flatbread is their specialty since is made in the wood oven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Eater
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I booked reservations through open table, which were bungled by the restaurant. The hostess assumed I had booked incorrectly - which I hadn't and which is kind of the antithesis of good customer service. Had a great kale salad but the potato side was overcooked and oiley, the short ribs underseasoned, and the fish lackluster. Plus the waiter didn't come back the entire meal. The whole experience was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Runner broke a leg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've eaten here before and had a great experience—food, service, atmosphere all top notch. Seems many of the staff quite/fired and from the front desk (where they couldn't seem to help us even though we had a reservation and some of our party was already seated) to the service (our drinks came after our entrees) to the food (ho hum) it is a hot mess. Our waiter tried his best to keep up, but the management is definitiely going through changes that need to be worked out. I hope they do, it's still a nice looking space and the food has been excellent.
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  • Great dinner
    TexasJules01VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice general manager and waiter, solidly prepared food with seasonal ingredients - everything we ate was just great! One of my favorites was the roasted corn side (with Parmesan cheese, herbs and buttermilk) although my date really enjoyed their squash salad (it's served warm and has the perfect fall touch). He got the oxtail tagliatelle which was surprisingly super light for a pasta dish & was delicious while I got the striped bass with tomatillo and mache which was cooked just right. Overall would definitely recommend this place - delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh ingredients
    Shaprpestclawscat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The runner excels with simplicity- fresh ingredients full of flavor. Portions are perfect and served with great display. Food is allowed to taste like food without heavy fats or sauces that mask the real flavor. Great place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Birthday! LOVE!
    FreetheFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised. Lot's of great surprises in way of food and drinks on the menu. The corn for instance was amazing...Street corn meets high end deliciousness. Our waiter though was the star of the show. So patient with us...It was my mother's 71st birthday and since she was visiting I grabbed some of my girlfriends and we headed out...Beautiful outdoor space and the inside is nicely updated as well. We were always super fans of the old location and sad to see it go but am glad it was replaced by something worth changing our weekly ritual for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Tables led us to this Gem
    tgindcVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were in Brooklyn for the afternoon and overnight, and knew nothing about restaurants here. My Open Tables app pulled through once again, and we had a fantastic dinner at The Runner. Open only seven months, they are doing everything right. Are only qualm was the very cold temperature, but they turned the temperature up on the thermostat and we were then very comfortable. The salted trout was just unbelievably good, and the short ribs were very good as well. Kale salad with pistachios is one I will try to make it home, fantastic. Wonderful selection of whiskeys. Go have a meal here, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Grillguy55VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Have now been to the Runner four times and each time the food has been outstanding. Not fussy at all but very well prepared and presented. We will typically order a number of starters, sides and meats and there eat family style. In particular the short ribs and lamb ribs were outstanding this past visit with the meat falling off the bone. The popovers are always a terrific starter and the selection of salads is always interesting. For sides we also had a great ratatouille which was new for us. Wine list is varied and reasonably priced. A very good neighborhood experience and also worth travelling for in my view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for any occasion
    FooDs4EVA
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went to The Runner with friends for dinner and had a pleasant dining experience. Easy street parking and the place was packed. We were given the option to sit on the outdoor patio. The menu wasn't overwhelming and the wait staff made some good recommendations. The chopped salad and tongue bread are a must order, the raw oysters were fresh, the chicken liver pate to die for, the ratatouille delicious, and the salmon and braised short rib left us wanting more. A steak option would have been a good addition to the menu, but they had fish, pork, and chicken entrée options to choose from. We had the crème brulee for dessert which was on-point. Good drink/wine selection too. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday celebration
    DOEworkers
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great place to celebrate my birthday. It Was just what I wanted quite, relaxing and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaniP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our food was delicious - still thinking about the kale salad and the roast chicken for 2!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Overall an excellent experience. Food was great and the atmosphere lovely. The staff was outstanding. The hostess re-seated us in deference to my hearing issues. The noise level was not too high, I just needed a more isolated seating to comfortably hear my partner. Highly recommend this great neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I shouldn't have...
    DvhungerVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Have you ever heard about someone going back to a restaurant for the salad because it's so good? Trust me, the chopped salad of brussel sprouts and kale with pistachios is delicious. Much of the rest is swell including the melt in your mouth short ribs. I've also enjoyed the flavorful chicken for two. Though chicken isn't usually my go to meal in a restaurant. Oh, then there are the smashed potatoes - I had this for the first time in Florence. Glad that it's moved state side.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 25 reviews are from the The Runner reviews archive.
  • Be sure to eat the salads
    rhope
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our group of three sat outside in the backyard patio. It was a perfect summer spot. We shared two of the salads,the chopped salad with kale and the warm broccoli rage salad.Both were delicious and large enough to share for three. My salt cod was prepared perfectly. The waitstaff was attentive without hovering. We liked it very much. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesn't deliver
    BabblinBabs
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    we thought we'd give the runner a try. the decor is cute, has outdoor seating and the menu only had a handful of dishes which i find a good sign: i ordered "sweet potato hash browns with sausage, chipotle and cilantro". what i got:mushy sweet potato, nothing hashbrown about it with a boatload of spring onions.if you wanna mention the cilantro, you should mention the onion considering there is 3 x as much. and i hate onions. problem#2, they cant soft fry or poach an egg. if you serve breakfast, make sure you have a chef that can poach an egg. lastly, twice they brought something that wasnt ours and once they brought our drinks and said they werent ours. number your tables, make sure the food matches the description and hire a proper chef
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Myrtle Ave style
    satiable
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Charming, ambitious, and smart, The Runner's menu is unlikely to challenge you, and that's a compliment. This is place where you can have a sophisticated but causal meal presented with some panache, without worrying that anything on the menu will jump the track. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find in Brooklyn
    BabetteChaser
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Classy and comfortable at the same time, I found The Runner close to ideal for a fabulous dining experience minus the pretension that sometimes seems to be the inevitable price to pay for an excellent meal. The service was friendly, attentive, and always on the mark. The tables were just close enough to feel like you were sharing the experience with others similarly joined by the experience, but spaced well enough to allow each group to enjoy one another's company. The food was spectacular. If you've eaten out as much as most, you know that many restaurant experiences can leave you knowing what a few hundred dollars won't get you rather than what wonderful food tastes like. Bone marrow and escargot? Salt baked trout? Fabulous. Really.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food
    kikuyu
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The service was a little bit slow, but great ambience. A good neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Runner!
    iriedesign
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Very accomodating, food is excellent .. as they say, neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Jennybean
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This restaurant was nice, the staff was great. It can get a little noisy with the children. The food was just ok, I had better at other restaurants
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luvs2eat
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Learned about this sweet little place on a Tasting Table. Didn't disappoint! Great atmosphere. Excellent service. Didn't feel rushed. Good wine list. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • A delight!
    Fish5VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great food, from the mushroom goat cheese tart, chopped salad, cauliflower and the chicken, which is to die for! Fennel ice cream was a winner as well. Will be back!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great neighborhood find. A bit pricey but good for a splurge night out. The renovation is great, warm, trendy ambience. Everything was good, very good service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Delicious inventive menu. Comfortable setting. We were a large group an.d everything we ordered was a success. Not one bad dish. !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic new place
    dab3
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great food, affordable, awesome new addition to neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Reason To Dine in Brooklyn
    BrooklyniteVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The Runner is exactly what a Brooklyn place is supposed to be. Historic feel/informal/friendly/understated/lively BUT very serious about the food/drink/wine without making a big fuss about it. Wood burning oven, open kitchen, interesting & varied wine list. Excellent veggie dishes, as well as meat/fish/fowl. There's something for everyone on the menu, it seems. Attentive but pleasant, low-key service. Attractive layout, good bar(s). Location on Myrtle avenue that feels like early Smith St. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden neighborhood gem, couldn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Hidden neighborhood gem, couldn't believe it wasn't more crowded. Food and staff were wonderful. Planning to get back soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all around
    brookjoo
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The Runner. reminds of Vinegar Hill House (in a good way) before it got slammed and prices went bananas. Food was excellent and so reasonable. We sat in the main room which has a semi-open kitchen that you can also eat in front of at a nice marble bar. Our server was attentive and friendly, but not hovering. Wine list was nice and sommelier very knowledgable. The food was fantastic and I highly recommend the pork tenderloin, short ribs, and cheesecake. Only niggle was that the brussel sprouts were a little soupy, but tasted nice and no cheating by using bacon. Really great addition to Brooklyn and not overly precious or twee. Simple but tasteful room and food follows suit. I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Brooklyn Winner!!
    KTANYCVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Had heard good things about The Runner from friends and wasn't disappointed last night. My son had the Hangar Steak and Frites and was very happy---I stole some fries and was glad to see they were properly done---twice cooked! I ordered the Braised Short Rib and found it delicious and perfectly cooked. i was surprised by the preperation of the Brussel Sprouts I ordered on the side--but pleasantly. They were a bit 'asian' inspired and were among the best I've tasted. The bar looked great too with a wide selection of Bourbons and other spirits. A great new restaurant for locals and foodies alike. We dined before an event at the Barclays Center and will certainly visit again!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique approach and all delicious
    WorldTravelerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at The Runner. Using the wood burning oven for just about every hot dish made for a bit different experience than the same old American bistro/locavore food which has gotten ubiquitous in Brooklyn. The roasted oysters, short ribs, and lamb shoulder were all fabulous and perfectly cooked. Even dessert, which is often an afterthought, was simple, but yummy--we had a house-made chocolate cake which was not too sweet and we ate every crumb. The wine list alone would keep us coming back, as its become very annoying to go out for a reasonably-priced meal and not find a wine on the list under $50. This list had many high-quality selections at a good price-point in the $35-45 range, some unusual ones too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed The Runner.
    RadoVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Really enjoyed The Runner. It was a good combination of a nice cosy friendly atmosphere and simple, without being plain. The food was quite different but not fussy. The bone marrow, together with the snails was a perfect combination. The roasted shoulder of lamb was delicious and something that one can never find. And the wine excellent for the price. Wil definitely return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food but overpriced
    EllenMVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The restaurant has a limited menu that is overpriced for the neighborhood. I ordered the short ribs, and really can't recommend the dish. The meat was not very tender, there was no sauce or braising liquid, and for the price, the portion was tiny. You have to order sides separately or else all you have is a small piece of meat on a plate...
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  • Valuable addition to Myrtle Avenue
    davunger
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We have waited a long time for a restaurant like The Runner. The dishes are well-prepared and delicious. The service is friendly, without being unctious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not only was the food fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Not only was the food fantastic and the decor and service lovely, but there was such a friendly and relaxed vibe that made us feel so welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers delight
    Bobo
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great starters especiallypopovers & tarts which is a thin crust pizza and can be a main. Main courses are tasty but very small.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just open a few weeks, but
    BrooklyniteVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Just open a few weeks, but well-organized. Very friendly, attentive staff. Charming, attractive spaces (2 store fronts, one a bar, the other a dining room with wood-fired oven). Excellent, focused New American menu, very well-prepared and served. Thoughtful wine list, cocktails at the bar. Bottom line: a terrific new addition to the Clinton Hill scene. It's easy to anticipate becoming a regular visitor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was delicious! brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    it was delicious! brought my girl here for V-day, it was a hit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Last night we decided to try The Runner a new restaurant in Brooklyn. Too many new restaurants need time to get the service and food right. NOT The Runner, from the time we walked we were greeted as though we were frequent diners. The staff could not have been more congenial. Service at the bar and during dinner was outstanding but nothing compared to the variety of appetizers and entrees. Being of Cuban decent I immediately knew what I was going to order--Roast Pork. I may have to have it again before I try some of the other offerings. My wife couldn't finish the Salt Baked Trout with a side dish of white beans with duck confit. I'm a desert person and the Carrot pudding with fennel ice cream was over the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.