The Brookdale

4.4
90 Reviews
$30 and under
American
No outdoor reservations made through Open Table are guaranteed. Must call and make a reservation with the restaurant to confirm outdoor seating.

Open for Lunch 11:30am-3pm, Dinner 3pm-10pm. Happy Hour only at the Bar Area is Monday - Friday from 3-6:30pm. All Bar area seating is first come, first serve.

Brunch is Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am - 3:30pm

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
What 90 people are saying
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4.2
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarisaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious and ambiance was great. felt like I was eating at a cool spot in the city. will definitely be returning

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

CS
CarolinaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks!! My husband had the Mahi tacos and loved them, I had shrimp and grits, delicious. Cant wait to go for brunch, definitely recommend this place.

CJ
CheriseJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This rests was recommended by a friend. What a great choice. The staff is superb , very attentive and professional.
Definitely coming again in the near future.

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LinaL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Food was tasty but pricey … we sat outside and literally got forgotten about . My drink tasted like lemon juice , not worth $12 of juice and ice . I won’t be going back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great brunch

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CatR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The food was great. I'll definitely return again with my husband and friends.

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Carrieann
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good and the vibe was fun (loud)
The service was slow but we were not in a rush
Great place for a girls night and it was wonderful to see the bar crowded again
Great find with plenty of parking in the back

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LenA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent revamped menu and restaurant. Our server was amazing as she helped us celebrate my wife's birthday. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and I will definitely be back to try out the dinner menu.

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vipNestle713
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Had reservations, sat, got water, then we were never visited again for drink order or food. We ended up walking out

JC
JoanneC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish and the food was excellent. Will definitely be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Could be better for the money

DG
DGBloomfield
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food and cocktails were great. However, there was live music that was way too loud. The singer had a lovely voice, but we could hardly hear each other above her music. We'll go back again, but not on a night with live music.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks and food! Super quick service and friendly ambiance.

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vipSantiago
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filled up water automatically is an A+ in my book. Amazing restaurant food, service & ambiance- hats off to the owner and management team of The Brookdale your restaurant is definitely one of NJ’s hidden gem - top notch service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We had such a nice time and experience.

JB
JessicaB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was great! The service on the other hand was NOT acceptable. We waited too long for anyone to come to our table, take our order, and the food, and the drinks to come out. We sat around waiting more than we did eating. To top it off, the waiter spilt my dads drink all over the table, the floor, and his lap. No one including our waiter helped us clean it up or bring extra napkins. We had to all clean it up together with our own napkins. Even after the spill, we didn't receive fresh napkins or an extra hand to clean. Happy Fathers day to my Dad!! Not the family bonding we expected to have. Would love to go back, but do not want to deal with that staff!!!

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vipMAS2013
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and fun. Great bartenders and servers.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience overall. Service was good. Food was great. Kids menu was a added bonus. The BIG SEXY burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in my life. The dessert I went for ( S’mores bread pudding ) was not available unfortunately but this did not takeaway from the experience I had. I intend on returning for it anyway. Might be my new “go to” local spot.

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KarA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat outside and LOVED it! cant wait to go back!

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vipAstoriaeater
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was so-so. Apps were prob the best part. Cocktail was good too. Restaurant was too loud and too cold. Service was really nice. Would try again but if I have a similar experience food-wise, I’d probably limit this to a spot on my sports bar roster, just for drinks and watching sports.

KP
KarlaP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Brookdale is awesome! The food us fantastic and the drinks so yummy! A definite place to visit while in Bloomfield .

CW
ColleenW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, great menu, very clean and friendly. Would highly recommend.

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CarolS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our food was outstanding and the service was great!
It was our second time.

We think it would be helpful to have more inventory at the bar ie flavored good vodkas as Grey Goose orange .

Also, we would like to see an assortment of tea choices for instance herbal teas.

We will be back just trying to be constructive.

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CynthiaR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Gaby was wonderful and very attentive. However she was by herself attending several tables, she could of use some help. The sangria was good taste however the serving was small and full of ice. The food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is delicious. I can't wait to go back and try more of the menu.

MA
vipMAS2013
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good.

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HannahL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food! You cannot go wrong with a single thing on the menu!! They offer very creative takes on classic dishes you know and love in a fun and inviting setting. Every time I go I am already looking forward to my next visit!!!

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service! Will come back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every aspect of this restaurant! Service! Food! Drinks! I sat by the bar and the 2 ladies were knowledgeable and friendly. Great vibe and really good music. Will be back soon!

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donniedarko
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent but could have been served warmer, and dessert was also cold in the middle. But this didn’t detract from our experience because everything was sooo good! Cocktails were delicious, service was prompt and friendly. Overall great experience, will definitely be back?

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the most wonderful experience eating at this new restaurant! The food was fresh and delicious, with such a great selection to choose from. My friends and I all loved the wine and cocktails we ordered. Highly recommend checking them out!

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vipPAS525
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Brookdale has potential to be such an amazing staple. However, the service needs to be worked on. Wait and bus/runners are needing work. Multiple times they went to different tables with food that wasn’t for them. Also, you’re lucky if you get what you ask for in a timely manner. In addition to this, the food is good but also hit or miss. The last time I had the wings they were amazing, last night not so much. Not cooked as well and way too hot. In addition, my friends chicken parm was way over cooked.

Hoping they can get it together because their food (overall, outside of the issues) and ambience is great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place! I try something new every time and have never been disappointed. Love the Big Sexy, shrimp and grits, and steak escabeche. The cocktails are also amazing. I tried the Strange Brew last time and it’s my new favorite cocktail. I also love the Little Bit of Cucumber and Strawberry Mule.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brookdale is the best. Come here at least once a week. Food is amazing, service also amazing. Can’t beat it

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JesseR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outdoor patio was great! Menu was solid! I’m sure they will fine tune the offering. My only knock is that when ordering a bottle of wine, they transferred the wine into their own bottles. If I order a full bottle, the wine should be served out of that bottle! This should be an easy fix!

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vipLDMC0208
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice. Great food but pricey

JM
vipJamesM
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

PA system was terribly loud to the point where you couldn’t have a table conversation. Asked for a volume turndown without success. Food was very good, however there was a 50 minute unexplained gap between the time the appetizers were cleared and the entrees were served. Restaurant was busy but not overflowing. Staff was polite but didn’t seem capable of expediting food service. Would have had dessert but after almost two hours decided to move on.

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Richard
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were seated quickly. Then waited way too long for a waitress/ waiter to arrive and take our order. And it really was not that busy. The wait staff just seemed to move at a snail’s pace. Then waited way too long for drinks. Wines came (I’d say the pours were a bit weak), but a coke for the third guest never arrived. Had to reorder it. Still took way too long. Appetizer arrived and was excellent but we had no silverware or napkins. Asked for utensils and waiter brought three knives and forks and no napkins. Never received them. Food was outstanding. Really great. Compliments to the chef. Overall, we will give it another try but someone needs to keep an eye on service performance.

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Billman53
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Taking into account this was Mother's Day...... we brought my 91 year old Mother in Law. Table of six at 3:30 pm, and not overly crowded, but lively, and music way too loud.
While her dinner was the first given to the waitress, and the only one not required cooking.... salad with shrimp... it was forgotten, and we had to wait for it after the other dinners. Not a good thing at all. I usually love the food here, and did again, but the drinks are pricey, and definitely watered down. They can say they don't, but you can't convince me otherwise. They said, and offered no apology, or explanation for the late entree, and while it wasn't the end of the world, it put a damper on the meal.

FAQs

The Brookdale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 323-1680.

The Brookdale is rated 4.4 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.