The Brookdale

4.4
71 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 71 people are saying
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4.3
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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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 .

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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.

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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
108 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good.

HL
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.

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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?

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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
5 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.

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NJRosie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food and service. Family friendly options and a nice cocktail menu. Beautiful outdoor seating area.

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GDB2
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lovely Mother’s Day brunch at Brookdale. The food and service were excellent! Our waitress was wonderful! We would definitely go again, and highly recommend The Brookdale.

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robertb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Wings were much smaller than how they are normally served

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vipLukshen
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great menu

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NancyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really delicious and our server was very friendly and attentive.

KC
KathyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t stay. There was no food on the menu that anyone would eat and prices are way to high for what they offer.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been a few times. Always exceptional. They just opened for brunch and excited to try it.

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vipHobokenmofo
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For apps the Premio Eggroll and the Tuna Poke Tostada are very good. The eggroll is unique and I've never had anything like this anywhere else.
Both times I've been here the NY Strip was amazing. It was cooked perfectly and and was full of flavor. The steak sauce they provide is awesome but the steak doesn't need it.
The servers have been polite and attentive each time as well. Looking forward to going back.

CM
ChefMike
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The separator glass were dirty, food was good, when you serve those chips you need more mayo not 3 tbs for a basket, plus price way to high for something that cost 1$! Food was a bit cold, tuna app was way to small for the price for a restaurant like this, veggies weren't hot, drinks were pretty good, if you serve a Moscow mule u need those mugs, didn't taste like it but watered down alcohol.... overall 6 out of 10

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best local bar with craft beers and burgers in town!

DH
vipDanielH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was really good, our server was amazing. Their Moscow mule was great! I had requested a high chair for my 2 year old, found out the restaurant only has 2... another table that had requested one high chair got both... very frustrating with no apology from the manager. They also didn’t have the bourbon or scotch I asked for... otherwise a good experience, and I’d go back for another try.

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lizal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Beautiful space, delicious food, very good service. So nice to also have a vegan menu to allow all guests to have yummy options (please consider bringing back the fried mushrooms!)

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CarolT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, hamburger & chips were great along with the Korean BBQ Tacos "so good". The Blood Orange Maragrita was delicious.

Also, Nick" is such a fantastic server always makes great suggestions & very attentive. Such a great experience all the time - the vibe is awesome. Must give it a try....you will not regret it.

JR
vipJRCC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Drinks are very expensive and a measured pour NY prices in Bloomfield

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was so so so terrible. They forgot 2 of our entrees and switched servers in the middle

MA
vipMAS2013
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the above. Always great.

JP
JoseP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Arrived on time for our reservation and were greeted warmly. Promptly seated with a smile. The music from the bar intruded on our dining experience to the point where a conversation was nearly impossible. Also, it was so dark, reading the menu was difficult as well as seeing the food. Food was OK, pizza was excellent. Service was perfect, with our server checking on us as needed. I would go back for the pizza. It seemed to me that this would be EITHER a great bar or a great restaurant but not combined.

JL
JamieL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Table of two, sat outside but it only seemed like there was only one server for many tables. Pretty sure we got our drinks after a table that came after us. Service in general seemed lacking. Waitress came over once and asked us how our food was. Was not asked if we needed anything else. We had to go up to the kiosk to ask for our check. Food is solid but service could use some work.

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 71 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.