Watty & Meg

4.3
256 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located on the corner of Court Street and Kane Street in historic Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, this 72 seat restaurant offers fantastic farm to table, seasonal menus. There are two dining rooms, an intimate & elegant setting with warm lighting, reclaimed church pews from Harlem and mahogany shelving. Owner Sosie Hublitz and Chef Mary McGrath helm the ship of Watty & Meg serving contemporary American fare inspired by seasonal and local ingredients. Watty & Meg is open 7 days a week for lunch, brunch & dinner. Every Monday is Burger Night with the unbeatable $14 Burger (beef or veggie), hand-cut fries and can of beer special. Watty & Meg is available for private dinner parties, events and receptions.
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YD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was terrible.

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EK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not for dinner - food was good, drinks were good, service was okay (sometimes very slow/tough to get the server over). But it was empty! On a Saturday night I would have expected a more upbeat atmosphere. Definitely put a damper on things.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place, but VERY warm. Had to wrap early and leave do to it. Good food.

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B
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had dinner here on Saturday night and for a last minute neighborhood reservation, it exceeded my expectations. Has a sort of old Brooklyn pub feel, bigger than it appears with a back room. The menu was creative and everyone's choices turned out to be excellent. Interesting cheeseburger wonton appetizer plus great salald with feta and almonds. Our entree choices included trout, chicken (with pancakes) and a veggie burger--all delicious and fresh with good accompaniments. My husband loved the chocolate babka bread pudding and even the coffee was good (I find this is often not the case even in fine restaurants, the coffee is either weak or has a burned taste from sitting too long), but the coffee here was perfect.
All in all a very good meal and we will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered a super rare”black and blue” burger and I repeatedly stressed the rare request to our waiter. Nonetheless the burger was not rare enough. I didn’t send it back because I didn’t trust the kitchen to get it right. I ate it, but I will not order it again and I won’t ever try ordering steak there. My friends ordered salmon with fingerlings and trout with grits. The salmon was considered very good, the trout was nicely cooked but the grits were terrible. Watery and tasteless. The Dessert menu is utterly deficient, poor choices. We ordered Pistachio ice cream and “seasonal fruit crumble” and both were completely flavorless.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is now my go to restaurant whenever I’m eating out in the downtown Brooklyn area!

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FF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood find. Delicious, gourmet food and excellent service.

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A
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, dessert could’ve had more of a wow factor for its price. It was energetic in the front area, however they sat us in the back where is was a bit too quiet. Service was very good, as were the specialty cocktails.

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food nice ambience
Fun neighborhood!

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CP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not as great as it used to be. Service was awful. Waiter never checked on us nor did he ask if we needed or wanted anything. Food was not as good as it once was. They’re in need of some new menu items and a good cleaning.

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RD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great cocktails!

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JV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good however, the brunch menu was very limited.

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DO
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Too many different spices for us that change the original taste of what is supposed to be

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G
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood food. Good wine, good food, cozy environment.

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rob is th best server!

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I’ve been going to watty and meg for years.

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W
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Watty & Meg is a delightful popular local hangout serving well seasoned pub food and creative cocktails with nice service.

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l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food. Satisfying portions. Cosy environment. Very friendly staff. Minor disappointment that our anniversary was not acknowledged as requested on opentable reservation. Would definitely return.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I wouldn't go back to Watty & Meg for all the tea in China. Mind you, the food is fine - maybe even good, but the experience was a massive turn off.

We were treated miserably by the floor manager and sever. The restaurant wasn't busy, but everything took a very long time, and the only positive interactions we had were with the busboy and food runner. We tipped both of them in cash before leaving, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a gratuity for our server.

Perhaps the worst part of the experience was the unnecessarily aggressive stance of the manager on duty. I made a reservation through Open Table and requested an outside table. Upon arrival we were informed, unapologetically, by said manager that the outdoor tables aren't available for reservation, and that we would have to wait for a table on the street. When we asked how long the wait for a table would be, she responded that she "wouldn't want to speculate on anyone's dining experience." We then proceeded to watch three tables sit before we did, even though we were told there was no one on the waitlist ahead of us. When we finally sat it was because other staff realized we'd been standing outside for a while and they didn't seem to know we were even waiting. The manager never came back to check in, see that we were set, etc.

I will not be returning for more of this. Between the rude manager and the waiter who couldn't care less, I was frustrated to be spending my money somewhere that customers aren't treated well and the staff doesn't seem to effectively communicate with one another. I'd suggest that you not spend your time or money there either.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great appetizers, good burgers, drinks, and fries. Quick and friendly service. I was hesitant to try this place because I came here once before about two years ago and had a terrible experience - slow service, over an hours wait for appetizers, a burger so raw it was purple in the middle. They have definitely improved since then.

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N
New England
74 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had duck. Was very good. Overall very well done.

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J
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Watty & Meg does everything well, good food good drinks good service. This is a terrific neighborhood place and we always have a great time when we are there!

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Attentive wait staff, Hostess was great. Gave us the best seat in the house. Very good at her job.

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b
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience from start to finish.
The gentleman who took care of us was a real pro.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service were great, but atmosphere was spoiled by the numerous tables with noisy children.

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KW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Waitress was very friendly. The restaurant was very understaffed (on floor and in kitchen). Food took over an hour to come!

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SX
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It's an excellent spot for groups, the decor is rustic-hip, and the staff makes everyone comfortable, even children. Having said that, it is rather overpriced for a menu that's not altogether inventive, especially for this trustafarian neighborhood. I wouldn't go here for a tete-a-tete, but, again, for large parties (5+), I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Read great reviews online and traveled to Brooklyn to meet our daughter for Mother’s Day along with the rest of the family. Food and service was excellent everything we ordered was delicious! Will definitely be back again.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious must try the steak and fries, the pureed cauliflower, so good. If you are so lucky please try the special soft shell crabs. The staff is very friendly and service is quick.

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e
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been a fan for years and I've never wavered -- and neither has Watty & Meg. From a perfect burger to something more adventurous, the food is always delicious, the pace unhurried, and the service attentive but never cloying. I can recall specials, over the years: a textbook pulled pork sandwich, an endive-and-fennel slaw, a wild salmon that I'd order again in a minute -- and I don't care for salmon.

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RL
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, gracious welcome and superb wait staff.
Kudos to Kelly & the bus man who gave exceptional service & help with our large party of 7.

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty, friendly, and swift , would go back again. And find more words for my review it a personal assistant to do it for me. Or not so this again.

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c
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Watty and Meg is friendly, low key and delightful. We had a cozy, delicious brunch. The huevos rancheros was excellent...and that whole grain bread with fig jam is worth a trip to carroll gardens. The decor is attractive; you feel like you are in a wood-lined library. We will definitely return on our next trip to Brooklyn!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

the food was great

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Watty & Meg in a while, and tend to overlook it when deciding where to go in the neighborhood. But we decided to go recently and the food and service were excellent. We will definitely go more often. The menu is not extensive, but it is creative enough. We had the steak frites and a halibut that was a special; both were delicious! Our waiter was particularly good and had just the right balance of attention and leaving us to enjoy each other's company.

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Q
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here was great. I had the corn chowder, flat iron steak and a side of home-made pickles.

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p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place. We shared several small plates and dessert. Everything was delicious but especially the southern fried short ribs!!

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MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable neighborhood spot

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s day dinner! Romantic and delicious with excellent cocktails.

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