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The Saint Austere
Today 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
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613 Grand St Brooklyn, NY 11211
613 Grand StreetUSNew York11211
$$Restaurant, Wine Bar
Wine Bar
Italian Restaurant
Tapas Restaurant
Today 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Monday 6:00 PM – 12:00 AMTuesday 6:00 PM – 12:00 AMWednesday 6:00 PM – 12:00 AMThursday 6:00 PM – 12:00 AMFriday 6:00 PM – 1:00 AMSaturday 6:00 PM – 1:00 AMSunday 5:00 – 11:00 PM
The Saint Austere offers an energetic, unpretentious, casual dinning experience which highlights the bold, seasonally inspired cooking of Chef Samantha Diaz. The recipes are simple, clean flavors, fresh ingredients & rustic accents.
Our beverage program highlights lesser known artisanal brewers and wineries from around Europe, as well as a cocktail program that features fun and innovative twists to honor timeless classics.
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Trendy, elegant bistro presenting elevated small plates alongside beer & wine.- Google
"The ones I liked included the polenta, broccoli rabe, and organic chicken."
"It's because I feel obligated to say, holy cow, this is awesome."
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Anthony Robledo
a week ago
Polenta. When you hear the word "polenta", you probably think "peasant food", right? If you have never been to St Austere, I would agree with you, polenta is boring. This place, however, has polenta that will change your view of the dish forever. Its godly. I've been here a couple of times and have tried most of the menu. It is all fantastic. They also have an awesome homemade dark n stormy. The only thing I really didn't like was their tiramisu. They do something weird with frozen coffee ice shavings that I wasn't too crazy about. Its not bad, but its also nothing to write home about. That being said, this place still deserves 5 stars. EDIT: They no longer have the homemade dark N stormy. They also no longer have the brussel sprouts. That's like McDonalds taking Coke and a fries off the menu. 😢
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Jahid Hasan
7 months ago
Great atmosphere and good selection of drinks. Went for the tasting menu which is 4 course for $40. A lot of pretty nice food. Favourites were the egg and broccoli as well as the octopus. Polenta was also creamy otherwise everything else was pretty average.
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Jenn Fung
a year ago
I had decided on The Saint Austere for my birthday dinner way in advance, just a nice and small gathering of good friends. I contacted the business and immediately got a response from Jacqueline. She was accommodating with my party size and dietary restrictions, 3 in my party are lactose intolerant. We worked on a menu; I pretty much chose what was recommended in reviews. I had been abroad for close to a month, and when I returned, I also received a follow-up on my reservation. I was pleased with the attention paid to my reservation. The night I arrived at the restaurant, I was a bit shocked to discover that 9 of us would end up on one table with 4 on the other, whilst sharing a table with another party. This was a major miscommunication error. When I was informed that there would be tables next to each other via email, I was not aware the tables would be parallel to each other, and not adjacent. Because of this, a few of my guests were immediately put off and didn't feel like they were part of the celebration. This made my night of hosting a little more difficult as I was constantly maneuvering between the tables to make sure my guests felt welcomed; it was a small restaurant, and at times, I got in the way of the serving staff. I added the meat & cheese boards for an additional $9/person. I was thoroughly satisfied with the various cuts of meat and pate. I disliked almost all of the cheese selection, which I was very surprised by since I am an avid fan of cheese. Based on my own personal preferences and my guests', I found that the food was a mixed bag. Some people liked items that I thought were poor executions, others disliked the dishes I preferred. Only a few thought all the dishes were pretty decent. The ones I liked included the polenta, broccoli rabe, and organic chicken. The octopus was tender, but tiny- we had to split 2 tentacles between 4 people. I did not like the fennel and onion sauce that accompanied the mussels, which were also small. The pappardelle meat sauce was too subtle- I needed more of the veal & pork to come through. The chicken was where we had issues. The chicken I had was tender and juicy; I typically don't order chicken at restaurants because they err on the dry side. I took a chance on it because of its rave reviews. I was then told by guests on the other end of my table that their chicken was still alive and "bucking away." One of my guests was pretty disgusted by the fact that it was bleeding onto her plate. Jacqueline took my friend's dish away. Since I didn't see the chicken with my own eyes, I wasn't going to review it here. However, because I don't waste food, I brought the leftover pasta and chicken home. While I was reheating the chicken, the bones were revealed to be almost ENTIRELY red. This really got me annoyed. I was annoyed that my guests were unable to eat it, and annoyed that the whole chicken was not removed and recooked to the proper temperature. In this day and age of food-borne illnesses, I don't see how any restaurant can afford to serve under-cooked chicken. Lastly was the dessert- It was made with a dulce de leche and fit into a mason jar with espresso granita sprinkled on top. I didn't mind the mixture so much, but it did lack a balance between the cream and pastry. The granita was poorly done; since the chef chose to make the granita more on the icy side, they really had to highlight a stronger espresso taste. It didn't happen because it wasn't consistent; some icy bits had a slight espresso taste, while others were just comprised of plain water. It was quite the disappointment. I should mention that it was later discovered that Jacqueline had twisted the truth on what my lactose intolerant friends had said. She claimed they were fine with eating the dairy in the food- I was told a different story later on. I am only giving the 3 stars for the service provided by our male waiter, who was both friendly and attentive the whole night.
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alessandro astone
2 years ago
Ingredients of first quality, tapas are "Italian Tapas", meaning that the dishes and courses are all generous and the taste of them is exactly how the traditional italian cousin taste like. Simple, delicious, healthy and with a cool look. The guests are extremely friendly, the atmosphere is delicate and intimate. I will certainly go back to The Saint Austere as soon as I will come back to NY from Italy
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roman gabriel
2 months ago
OMFG, the hype is legitimate. Get the creamy polenta platter, with the other things, it is ridiculously delicious. I'm posting this before I've even started the other dishes, I admit that. It's because I feel obligated to say, holy cow, this is awesome. Alright, the pate is 'meh.' Also, the popcorn at the bar is delicious, really.
Thibaud Trevissoi
6 months ago
The best restaurant in the area. Very good quality of the food in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended and don't miss the polenta.
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Anthony Tripaldi
a year ago
Was walking back from the store when I noticed a sign "$1 oysters 6-8pm" on a restaurant I hadn't seen in the neighborhood before. Stopped by that evening for some fare, and have been coming back consistently since then, bringing friends and family along for the ride. Things were only sweetened a year ago with the introduction of a proper liquor license and some delicious cocktails for when beer and wine just won't cut it. Can't go wrong with the house favorite - Creamy Polenta. Also love the meatballs, grilled octopus, chicken, and pappardelle. Haven't ever had a bad meal here, and typically sitting at the bar, love the service from Jackie and Fabrizio. Such lovely people. Go here!
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Donna Kim
2 years ago
I threw my friend's surprise birthday party here and it was for a group of 10 people. For a large party, the restaurant had a few serving options. We went for the tastings menu, and it was just mouth watering delicious. Holy polenta! Their polenta dish was heavenly and definitely my favorite dish from the many courses that were coming out. YUM!!


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