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Gwynnett St

322 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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A restaurant that earned two stars from New York Times and ranked among Esquire magazine Top 12 Best New Restaurants in the Country, Gwynnett St. is one place where the magic happens behind the kitchen doors. The interior and exterior of the restaurant are deceptively plain and simple, which makes the food all the more amazing. Notoriously difficult to get a walk-in table, Gwynnett St is one place where making a reservation in advance is encouraged.

The menu is crafted and designed by chef Owen Clark who took the place from chef Justin Hilbert. The whiskey bread in particular is a favorite and among one of the must have items for diners.

Unfortunately, Gwynnett St eventually closed its doors in 2013.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - 6:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(347) 889-7002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Hilbert
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Private party facilities
Special events, rehearsal dinners, celebrations etc. Selected menus based on customers request and needs.
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Private party contact
Carl McCoy: (877) 223-9933
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Private dinners, food and wine pairings and everything in between.
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Public transit
L train, Graham Ave.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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cavis212 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2013

Gwynette St. was a wonderful dining experience. The service was outstanding, and our waitress gave the best recommendations! The Whiskey Bread, to start, is one of the highlights. Lathered with butter or dipped in sauces, the bread is truly outstanding in both taste and consistency. I recommend keeping some for later to dip in the left over sauces of the following courses. For appetizers we had the Pig Ear and the Celery Root. Both had incredibly unique tastes, the highlight perhaps being the egg-yolk-celeryroot-almondsauce combination. Finally, the Duck with red beet spaetzle should be ordered by everyone who walks in. Overall, everything was done very well, and not overdone, as is the case with a lot of upscale restaurants.

vipKikonico (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

Dined at Gwynnett St's in dec 13, the place is a restaurant bar, with nice warm ambience. Jazz music in the background, brick walls, tables sufficiently spread apart relative to ny standards. I rode from Manhattan (convenient 3 L line stops from Union to graham) to a pleasant dining experience and was happy with the choice. Food is well prepared and very well presented. Menu is concise following the one-word-description now in fashion, that leaves an element of surprise but waiters were prepared to explain the details and the surprise was consistely on the positive side in our case! We had beef and deck, both extremely well cooked. Budget around 85 bucks 2 courses, glass of wine, dessert. Pleasant place, fancy but not stuck up.

vipTheKitchenSpy (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 30, 2013

We came from Manhattan after hearing the hype and reading the reviews. The service was lovely, casual and attentive. The menu too sparse... only 6 appetizers and 6 entrees... not very satisfying but we made the best of it but found the food overly ambitious. Someone was trying too hard when creating the menu. The chicken in ash was tasty but the entire dish was lacking. The scallop appetizer lacked flavor. The pig's ears were like pork cracklin's in something. Nothing meshed. I mean, it was all okay, but you couldn't say, "wow. This is not a worthy contender to the likes of Dressler," in Williamsburg. But, hey, the tables were full - so what does that say? It says, maybe it's just the hype.

nycdiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2013

I celebrated my husband's birthday here. This was our first time and I made the reservations based on the reviews. We were not disappointed, the meal was delicious and we had great service. Some of the ingredients on the menu are unusual, but the tastes all come together. The duck was amazing and very hearty. The appetizers are on the lighter side, the scallops seemed skimpy and not that flavorful, however the pig's ear appetizer and the raclette were big hits and very filling. The whiskey bread is worth paying for. We will come again and maybe even try the tasting menu. For this occasion we stuck with the duck and we were very happy.

vipJanie2N (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2013

Interesting food, very trendy. Thought our main courses were delicious, but the appetizers tried too hard. A salad of sunchokes with scallop and seaweed was cold and slimy, tasting like something found on the beach. But main courses very good. Desserts: peanut, pear, banana or parsnip--trying a little too hard. Wonderful service--waitress great at explaining everything.

vanessa (Berlin)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2013

online reservation, perfect service, food delicious and georgious presentation!
a happy belgian food lover ;-)

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2013

I am very impressed with this restaurant. The food was innovative, and incredibly tasty and in reasonable portions (read that as I was able to walk out comfortably as opposed to being overstuffed). Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without being overly so. The exposed brick walls really don't give you a hint of the food experience to come- when we walked in we wondered if we were in the place that had received such rave reviews- it deserves every one of its positive reviews. I will definitely be going back

Abster (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2013

Overall, the food experience was good but frankly too expensive. The chicken entree was the best I've ever had though, but the steak was only average if even that. This is a restaurant that you go to once, maybe twice. A very limited menu with am average atmosphere.

TheBaron (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2013

As in, made my face happy. We got the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing and it kinda turned into 9. The wines that were paired with each dish went very very well, and each dish came out perfectly timed with the last. I highly recommend the tasting menu, and the wine pairings are a great deal.

Ivan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2013

Try the Tasting menu. Just something that I can miss ;)

Greg (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2013

This place has it all. Amazing food. Amazing service, amazing booze

JandM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

Great place, food is amazing. The duck was outstanding! I had the chicken which was very tasty and the whiskey bread is not to be missed. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Great wine list.

EdHe (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2013

Absolutely delicious food. It has hidden flavors that pop up in delicate explosions in different morsels. Great combination of ingredients which I cannot even tell what they were, but work very well together. Congratulations to the chef. All three courses from the appetizer to dessert where an adventure. Small portions but enough to give you a very satisfying culinary experience. (I sound like I am one of the owners! - but I am not). The place was not too crowded on Halloween night, probably because of that or because it is somewhat removed from the "hot" street in Williamsburg, but I hope that it has enough patrons to survive because it is a wonderful restaurant.

vipLMez (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2013

We splurged as it was for a birthday and went for the tasting menu along with wine pairings.
The service was impeccable, well timed and the wine served quality and a excellently paired.

The tasting menu was a delight. One of the best valued tasting menus I have experienced in many years.
The food was fresh, perfectly prepared and exciting,

The chef is a genius. Well recommended.

vipMike (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

Simply amazing experience overall. Exceptional service - very attentive and professional. Wonderful craft cocktails, and a tasty boneless quail appetizer that was perfect for two. Dinner was Ocean Trout and Cubed Flank Steak - both were wonderful though the steak stole the show. Desserts were both good but the Peanut was fantastic. The Sweet Potato dessert was colorful - beautiful presentation, really - but the taste was a bit muted. Excellent coffee at the finish.

BklynDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

This place may be tucked into the 'other side' of Williamsburg, but it's a gem nonetheless. The food was thoughtfully prepared, well balanced and executed perfectly. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and took the time to discuss menu items with us as we tried to make our selections from great options. Whatever you do, don't skip the whiskey bread...phenomenal! If you enjoy a well-made cocktail, this is the place for you. The drinks are well designed and also made properly. I've seen many good drink ideas flop on execution, but not here. Overall, I would say it's a must try for the food and upbeat, yet classy atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

Everything we ate was very good, but our dessert fell flat. The service was great; after one of the runners mistakenly cleared my cocktail from the table before I was finished, the server brought me another gratis.

The pig's ear salad and scallop appetizers were excellent!

mvynne (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

We live in the neighborhood and have been meaning to come to gwynett st. for months, and I'm so glad that we finally did! The service was great and our waiter gave us great recommendations. Great atmosphere: tables are far enough apart from each other so that you don't feel like you are having dinner with the couple next to you and I love the exposed brick walls. Everything we ate was really delicious, the stand outs from our meal were the whiskey bread, quail appetizer, and the duck entree - all were amazing! Their specialty cocktails list is well rounded and the whiskey ones we had with dinner were really good. We will be back both to dine and to have drinks at the bar and are looking forward to trying the chef's tasting menu.

Peppa (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2013

Food was excellent. Quail appetizer was amazing. the Duck entree was so comforting, great portions. Much better than the 500 dollar dinners in NY from the famous chefs that have small portions.

Chowhound (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 21, 2013

I was exited to give it a try. Many friends had raved about it. l left feeling very blah and slightly confused. I did not enjoy my food.

FOOD: Not my cup of tea. It was well presented,fresh ingredients are used but lacked flavor.The whiskey bread was amazing! It was the only thing I enjoyed though. I'm not a fan of chefs that use obscure ingredients just for the sake of using odd ingredients which is what it seemed like.The 3 courses of food I had left an odd "health food market" flavor in my mouth. If you enjoy eating roots and leaves in there purest form than this is your place.

GREAT SERVICE. The woman that sat us was charming.The waiter was friendly and more importantly very knowledgeable and well informed.