The Simpson Restaurant & Bar

4.5
113 Reviews
$31 to $50
Caribbean
The Simpson complements Brooklyn’s new restaurant age from Williamsburg to Prospect Park, by offering a seafood friendly Caribbean/Soul Food cuisine and an inspired Classic Cocktail menu infused with the nuances and flavors of the Afro Diaspora’s spice market. The Simpson will embody the soulful vibes and beats of the borough, while capturing the exuberance of the New Brooklyn Renaissance through Art, Music, Mixology and Cuisine. The service will be reminiscent of wherever you call home, as Chef’s “Cooking with Love” menu will be completed with with an array of delectable pastries and desserts, yummy mock tails for the non-drinker, and creative elixirs for the adventurous. Menu highlights include Hennessy Fried Shrimp, Bourbon Bbq, 5 Cheese Macaroni Pie, and Wings.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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Nokeylee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing. Our server Sasha went above and beyond. The Brown stew snapper was 10/10.

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LaurynW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good but the service was really slow. Had to ask for a waitor and different things several times.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun , good vibes & great food!!!! The staff is amazing. For sure will be going back!!!

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TheGM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around. Had a 6:45 reservation, arrived at 6:47 and we were seated immediately. Had drinks in front of us before 7 and food on our table by 7:15. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful. We had the Jerk Chicken and the Fried Chicken and I don't know if I'd ever been more compelled to offer compliments to the chef. Not only was the food great the serving size was impressive. We definitely got our money's worth. Drinks were delicious and strong. Overall a top notch dinner.

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MsShea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first experience at this restaurant was not great. My friends and I visited the restaurant before attending the Mary J. Blige concert. Service was horrible, but the little bit of food I did get to taste was good, so we came back the next day to get the full experience. It was a very pleasurable experience, the food and drinks were great. The staff was pleasant and service was excellent and the owner was apologetic about our first experience and thankful that we came back.

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RSTJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a 6:30pm reservation on the night of the Mary J Blige concert. Apparently the restaurant was not aware of the the event. They allowed overbookings of reservations that evening.

I checked in and was still standing there at 7:40 for my 6:30 reservation. The hostess kept saying she would go get a table ready for me. Then she wouldn’t return for a long time. The last time she said she would seat us she left us waiting for about 20 minutes. We got the message and finally left. We didn’t get seated. We didn’t eat.

I try my best to support black owned businesses, but what happened that night was unacceptable. Number 1, why didn’t the restaurant know about the huge concert happening that night?

Number 2, if you know the situation, hold a meeting with your employees for a plan of action. There was clearly no direction provided for the hostess.

Third, don’t tell patrons you are going to do something that you know you don’t plan to do. Why string me along and keep saying you will seat me when I overheard a waitress tell you not to seat anyone else?

This was one of the worst experiences I’ve had with dining out. I planned it well in advance and the simpsons restaurant disappointed in each and every way.

I’ve been to the establishment before, and the food is decent. But when I travel over and hour and plan weeks in advance, I do not expect that level of unprofessionalism. I will take my dollars elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my mother’s birthday. The staff was great and she really enjoyed their singing. For appetisers we enjoyed the coconut shrimp, salt fish with ackee and bammie, and codfish fritters. They were all delicious. The jerk salmon was moist and delicious. The brown stew red snapper was fantastic.

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GraceS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were received with a smile and courtesy. The restaurant was appealing to the eye! We were served promptly and always with a smile. The food was attractive and very tasty!

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GinaT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother there for her birthday - the food was amazing - delicious, authentic Jamaican food. The wait staff was friendly, courteous, and treated us like family. I will definitely make more visits!

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Chez
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughters birthday in nyc and we ate a great meal before flying back to Florida. You must try the Hennessey cheesecake order 3 to travel back home with. Always a great time eating here.

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JolitaT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met for Friday early evening birthday dinner at The Simpson. I thought the place was actually bigger on the inside however the seating settings were good. Overall we enjoyed most of the food and drinks. Some thought the food was a bit too spicy. The spice level was good for my taste buds. I would visit again and also recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, presentation and food quality was excellent! I am definitely coming back here

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BethanyF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10, great food, great ambiance, affordable eats, delicious food and drinks, great service! Will recommend to others and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

I had a reservation for 6:15pm. My entire party arrived by 6:22pm. The website states that there is a 15 minutes grace period for reservations before your reservation is cancelled. When I checked in, I was told that there would be a wait but was told that they could not specify how long the wait would be at that point. I was in town to see a show at the Barclays Center across the street from the restaurant.

I checked in with the host stand over four times (I lost count) and kept being told that they were seating reservations as they arrived as seating became available. At 6:55pm we were asked would a high top table suffice and I of course jumped at the opportunity to be seated (even if it meant being uncomfortable throughout my meal).

Upon being seated we were greeted by our server and ordered both our appetizers and entrees as we expressed to the server that we were late for the show across the street. Our appetizers came and were finished and we had not received our drinks. A busboy came and cleared our appetizers and told us he would bring us new silverware. The entrees came and no new silverware was brought. We have to wait another 5-10 minutes before grabbing some from the bar. A few minutes later, our drinks arrived.

The restaurant cleared out all at once, as apparently the vast majority of the crowd was also there for the show. I am happy that THEY got to see all of the show. Eventually a manager type came by and asked how things were going. I expressed to him our experience, he replied, “Yes. We try to get people to leave in a timely fashion when their meal is finished but there isn’t much we can do if they linger.”

I could imagine that it is a challenge to turn tables over under all circumstances. I have seen restaurants with written visible policies that state a time limit for the table. Of everything that made our experience negative, I think the biggest part was being asked and having nothing done. Even Outback would have comped my drink!!

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TanyaM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch, friendly service. Tasty, flavorful food. Large portions at reasonable prices. Delicious, strong drinks. Fun, relaxed vibe. Lively music. Everything one could ask for in a dining experience. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You probably already know this is a great place to visit…Delicious food and great atmosphere.. one of the best staff encountered….Excellent services.. the music volume was just the right tone to have a great afternoon … I was able to have a conversation with my family without shouting . Already planning my return visit ..Thank you Mr Simpson & Anthony for a great first experience --

🥂CAJ🥂

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Phillip
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too pricey for the quality of food. The presentation was great but jerk wings was burned.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service! Food delicious!

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Kris
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is ok - the ambiance is great

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CHANDAN
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Took a while to get my order taken at the bar. The Spanish female bartender with the long black ponytail had a terrible attitude. She kept saying she's the only one doing the servers drinks she's too busy. Ahhh, sounds like you can't handle it & we were trying g to figure out "why ate you complaining to us?, confused". She should not work busy nights She was the WORST! the guy that was back there with her was trying to do damage control from her wrecking ball attitude.

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JudiA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managers and staff are very courteous and professional. You are given a warm welcome upon entering which is nice. The place is clean and has a nice ambiance. The food is good and the drinks are also good. I recommend the drink called "ULTRA". The curry shrimp is also very good.

The only drawback is that the menu is limited and there is no substitution for the sides. I wish the majority of the seafood dishes came with potato or some other choice than rice and peas. If you want to substitute a side you have to order it separately.

All in all, it is a nice place to have dinner with family, friends or your significant other.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing

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montego
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My experience was awesome (due to the time of day it was early evening) - server was super helpful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was good everything was perfect the food was delicious and drinks very nice

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Neondeon
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and ambiance was great. Service was a little slow.Overall the food and drinks were good. Will definitely return

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Meli67
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was really excited to try out this restaurant as it was shared with me by multiple persons. My excitement dwindled quickly upon arrival to the restaurant. I requested standard seating and was told that there was only availability in the bar area on the high stools although I saw open seating on the other side of the restaurant. While sitting there the owner/chef of the restaurant passed right by our table and didn't say a word. You would think since this is a new establishment that he would at least wave or say hello and thank you for coming but instead he looked and turned his head. We saw our drinks sitting at the bar as staffed carried on conversations and no one made an effort to find our server or bring them over. So much for teamwork. It appears our waiter was busy serving others and this continued throughout the night. After having our appetizers we waited at least 1 and a 1/2 hours to receive our meal. During this time the waiter continued to pass by but would not make eye contact and eventually after beckoning him and inquiring about our entrées his response was oh you guys didn't get your food. The manager then came over and said he would look into it. We received our food a few minutes later and he explained that perhaps another server picked up my dish which was the stuffed snapper. He tried to rectify the situation by comping 2 drinks but it still didn't make up for the inconvenience. Our reservation was 4:45 and we never left there until after 8 o'clock not by choice but because of how long everything took. We ordered the codfish fritters, stuff macaroni & cheese balls, the oxtail, and the stuffed snapper. The food was subpar and not worth the wait. I will not recommend this establishment nor patronize it again.

The Simpson Restaurant & Bar
Responded on September 26, 2021

Hi Meli. The Simpson strives to offer the best service possible, as our "Cooking with Love experience" forms the basis of our restaurant concept. I am saddened to hear about your experience and can only ask that you please give us another try. Our service, food, and ambiance are all offered to our guests with Chef Simpson's attention to detail and love of service. We take pride in making each patron's experience an awesome one, thus we will surely address the issues you highligted. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was very good

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vipRnBE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meals were delicious! The staff was polite and helpful plus the service was very good. Classy setting with great music playing at just the right volume. I will definitely revisit to sample other dishes on the menu!

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DaveD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, Jamaican Caribbean...Very tasty and good portions. The atmosphere and ambience suited our moment "bday celebration", the dress code was casual chic, an upscale feel. The bar area is definitely ample and well appointed. Will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Resturant… I love it

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

Very good vibes and food

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NatalieW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great. Our server Tasha was very helpful. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was My 2nd time there. We Had a great time! Service and food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Been here before and it never disappoints. Will be going back

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Peter
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and close to Barclays center. Very happy we chose it.

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KeishaB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely had a great time. I appreciated them accommodating my family and I. Well be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

To start our wait time to be seated was 20-30 min. Not sure why when i reserved my parents bday dinner a week in advance. Also, the restaurant was practically empty. Food is good. Restaurant needs to make sure they have the basic beverages available to customers . Seemed like what my guests wanted, they didn’t have.

Service could have been better. No excuse to wait 25-30 min to receive a bill. I’m guessing it must have been an off day for the restaurant. I picked this restaurant based off good reviews. I might try to dine here again.

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Teylor
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very excited to try The Simpson. Hadn’t had authentic Jamaican food in a long time. The Honey curry wings appetizer was delicious! A very unique flavor, fried to perfection.

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LatoniaNYC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at The Simpsons and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the ambience was nice and classy, the server and host were gracious and very helpful. I had the oxtails with butter beans with a side of macaroni pie. My sister went for the bone-in ribeye. All of the food was very well seasoned and flavorful while cooked to perfection. You could tell the ribeye had been marinated because the flavor was throughout the meat. The drinks were also on point - not watered down. We even ordered food to take home so we could try more of the menu. Let me just say the jerk wings were superb. I have already recommended this place to several of my friends. It would also be a great, convenient location for events and fellowships. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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marisab
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience4

Food was fantastic poor service. Chef was fantastic

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The Simpson Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

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