Didn't realize this was in a Hilton Hotel when I booked the table. The food and service were fine but the ambiance was so corporate. On the plus side (1) the place was empty so we could hear each other talk, (2) the food was fine (3) our server was really nice and polite and came at the right times. On the down side, if you're looking for a charming, Brooklyn restaurant with personality, this isn't it.
We didn't realize it's inside the Hilton. Average fare for hotel food. Dark inside. Convenient location but there are more around the corner.
Something went very wrong with either Black Walnut or Open Table. They didn't have the brunch as advertised on OT and didn't even know we had a reservation. However the manager and bartender came through like champs to make it right. Hilton's food/bev manager should check what's on OT to make sure it's correct or just not use OT anymore. The staff saved the day!
People should be aware that Black Walnut is inside a Hilton Hotel near downtown Brooklyn. When we went there for Sunday brunch, the restaurant was closed but the manager kindly let us eat there. But the food was not bad (though there were no brunch options).
We met friends for pre-Xmas lunch, served by our noble bartender because the dining room was closed for lunch. We were in the middle of the lobby, protected by the doors. We were delighted! But I'm glad we were in the open and not the closed-in dining room. Our meal choices were excellent, and we shared everything. Delicious. Cudos to Gabriel the Barman!
We had wonderful service from start to finish. I can't say I've had better service anywhere. We were treated so warmly and our meal was well executed. The setting is very zen and cool. I had a generously sized chicken po' boy on great bread. I'd definitely return; and if I lived in the neighborhood, I'd eat here regularly.
It would be inaccurate to call Black Walnut a bad restaurant. On this occasion (our fourth and last visit), it proved to be barely a restaurant at all. The limited menu got shorter for lack of the flatbread. What's more, there were no steaks! (That was a first for me in many decades of dining out.) What came to our table was poorly executed. The char was overcooked, the shrimp rubbery. The server tried to compensate with a complimentary chocolate lava cake, but the lava was cold and hard--it must have been pulled out of the refrigerator moments before.
My first dinner here some weeks ago was very good, but a subsequent lunch, brunch, and dinner have been all downhill. The dining room is consistently empty, which makes it impossible to hold on to competent wait staff. All in all, Black Walnut is doing Rob Newton's brand no favors.
Terrific food and attentive service. We had a great time celebrating Father's Day here. A great local find.
Great food, great place
My French fries and steak were SUPER salty - check came to $140 + tip ($50 worth of alcohol) - my date's dinner was super dry (she requested no cheese) - waiter forgot to bring bread after entrees as we were not full prior to dessert - we've had 3 great meals here - doubt we will return - great ambiance and very quiet - value just isn't there
It was awesome. Every dish was like a piece of art. My husband and I were very impressed with the quality and value.
We really enjoyed the food at Black Walnut, especially the appetizers and entrees. Much better (and not as expensive as) most hotel restaurant food, with a good drink selection. The service was very earnest. It was dispiritingly empty for most of the time we were there, so I hope it survives - our waiter told us that they are franchising the restaurant to other Hilton locations, so that was a good sign. Dessert was so-so - there were not many options to choose from. Also, the music they were playing was terrible, and loud, and you had to walk through a gauntlet of happy-hour types at the hotel bar, which is right outside the restaurant. Overall, though, I'd recommend it and it's a nice addition to the area.
This relatively new Downtown Brooklyn hotel includes the Black Walnut restaurant. This carefully designed restaurant should be considered a hidden gem. We enjoyed their very creative menu, professional staff and reasonable prices. We highly recommend this restaurant and we have added it to our favorites list. Looking forward to our next visit.
Ambiance was horrible. To room was too bright, the lighting was too blue. Made you feel like they put the restaurant into a hospital. They could have at least dimmed the lights. Food was a lot better than one would have expected give the atmosphere.
This restaurant is inside of a Hilton. Hotel restaurants are not always very good, but this restaurant has a lot of local competition, and a result tries very hard. The food was delicious. My husband had the steak, and I had the halibut. We had smoked trout for an appetizer. All of our food was delicately prepared and presented beautifully. We each had a cocktail, which were tasty, and my husband enjoyed a glass of wine, which was also good, solid quality. The service was spot-on.
My husband and I left our infant at home (with a babysitter) and came here for a date-night. We enjoyed cozy conversation. We saw one family dining with their 8-month old, and another family with two elementary-aged children. Nonetheless, the atmosphere wasn't overwhelmed with children.
We will go back.
EXCELLENT experience, especially considering it's new. Food was technically expert, flavorful, simple but inventive. Excellent fried broccoli. Wasn't-gonna-order-it-but-super-glad-I-did baby carrot dish. Loved the trout & gallette. Cheesecake is my new fancy-fave in Brooklyn (unfancy fave is still Juniors...). Kitchen and servers were VERY kind to my friend with celiac and gave us tips and service accordingly. It's a little weird being in a hotel lobby... but the art selection almost makes you forget? And the food is worth it.
another great site by Chef Rob Newton. Interesting food with beautiful presentation and great flavor profiles. Can't wait to go back. Only complaint was the steamed vegetable we requested, steamed and nothing added AT ALL (worst non-diner side dish ever)
This is a hotel dining room which was a surprise to me. It's in the lobby of a Hilton. Food was pretty good. Service was well intentioned but poor; only 2 servers and they seemed very overwhelmed.
Interesting menu (and I mean that in a good way), though surely they could have a few vegetarian offerings among the mains. Nice cocktails. Decent wine list. The servers were very nice, if not entirely sure of themselves (but, then, the restaurant is still pretty new). Best of the dishes we had: grilled shishito with sunchokes, fennel, and artichoke starter.
We live locally and like the chef/owner's other restaurants so decided to give Black Walnut a try.
The food was really, really good - a little higher-end than most places in Boerum Hill (similar to Colonie or French Louie), but not over-the-top fancy and our server was great.
Sadly though, at 8:30 on Saturday night the place was deserted, which we put down to:
a) a complete lack of signage on the street;
b) the lack of foot-traffic on that part of Schermerhorn even if there was a sign;
c) most people staying at that hotel are likely to want to try one of the many places on Smith/Court/Atlantic and
d) locals might be put off by eating inside a Hilton hotel.
I don't expect we're going to be regulars, but it offers something a bit new for the neighborhood and the food really makes it worth the trip.
The food was delicious but the atmosphere is quite stark. Despite only 3 tables over the course of the evening our food and beverages took a very long time to arrive. Sparkling wines we ordered by the glass had lost their carbonation, which the bartender should have noticed since there were so few people ordering drinks. Every round of drinks took 20 minutes once we ordered despite the fact that it was mostly just wine pours and there were almost no other customers. Our food was served lukewarm after we waited for it for hours. Staff seemed earnest and hardworking but it just didn't come together. I hope they can improve, there is a lot of potential there!
A GREAT addition to downtown Brooklyn's booming dining scene. Loved my two meals here. Sophisticated, interesting, and most importantly delicious cooking at a very good price.
We sat at the bar and then went into the small dining room. We ordered all the starters - very good. Loved them all. The organic chicken was amazing - the burger was also very good. Our waiter Michael was very attentive and made us laugh. Highly recommend- its only been open for 2 weeks! It's inside the new Hilton.