The Finch

4.7
196 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

The Finch is a hospitality-driven seasonal American restaurant in a newly renovated 120 year-old brownstone in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. We are excited about modern and traditional food and drink, committed to excellent service, and passionate about sharing space and time with our guests.

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(718) 218-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gabe McMackin
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Catering
Off-site catering is available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cambridge & Grand Avenues
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Public transit
G Train to Clinton/Washington or Classon subway stops
C Train to Clinton/Washington subway stop
B52 Bus to Greene & Grand Aves
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Special events & promotions
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Everybody loves a good farm-focused restaurant. We especially love this Clinton Hill one.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Best meal in Brooklyn!

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OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy and lovely, homey.

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T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another spectacular dinner at Finch. I always have the chicken liver pate, which is the best I've ever had. My friends had the Blue fish special (not blue plate... ), and also the squid ink linguini with clams. Raves from them both. If you go, do NOT miss the Japanese sweet potatoes. You'll thank me big time.
Our waiter, Angela, is simply wonderful and the chef de cuisine, John, is just a genius.
Back soon.

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MM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

This restaurant is good and getting too popular. I suggest not to go there for weekend because it gets too busy and you won't get good service for the price you pay. I wish they play better music. Food is great!

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PS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational! We especially enjoyed the sweet potatoes, Swiss chard lasagna, smoked cod, and chocolate cake.

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TD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a lovely night!

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Highly recommended!

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been to the Finch several times and have always been pleased. For me it is not for every day dining Because the cuisine is intricate and quite delicious. The staff is friendly the sommelier is exceptional Because I don’t live that close our use it for a special visitors and special occasions. If I am going out with a friend we love sitting at the bar the marble top bar

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FC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great wine list. Great staff and ambiance

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r
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful and inventive foods, reasonably priced wine list with a good selection. Great, attentive service.

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d
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not my first time here—it’s less than a block away from where I live. But always first-rate in every respect. Attractive place, friendly service, and marvelous food and wine. Not cheap but very very good.

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TT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, innovative menu, warm service.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty good. Seems like they put the same sauce on all the dishes though. 4 different dishes and 3 had the same sauce. Nice menu, but all tastes very similar, so not a lot of variety. Great service.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kay makes us feel like family every time we are there! Arthur

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Small portion given the price. The food is ok but not great

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NB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was not very whaoo.

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T
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you are searching for extraordinary food, impeccable service, creativity and mind expanding ingredients (yes there are mushrooms but only legal ones), then The Finch is for you.
Gabe, the chef is inspired and inspirational. Truly a thrilling experience from start to finish. And the Tokai... divine.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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

We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience - the staff, the ambiance and most definitely the food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Fantastic food. Will come again

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SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Gabe is not only an amazing chef but an attentive host and the entire experience was amazing!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so excellent we ordered a few items twice! We are going to be regulars.

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c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Finch takes seasonality farther than most farm-to-table restaurants, with some obscure veggies that you won't find on other menus. For starters, we tore through the Japanese yams and Little Gem lettuce, while we could have skipped the bread. For mains, the buckwheat cavatelli was an intense burst of flavor, and the Swiss chard lasagna had a fantastic texture. The chocolate cake, for dessert, with rosemary and pine nuts worked wonderfully, but the cut is so small, you only get a few bites. The price is steep, but The Finch is a good pick for a special night out.

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JJ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Will be back!!

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d
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, first-rate, original food that tastes great and looks beautiful. All served with friendly attention.

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous evening. The food was amazing.

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BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Finch always delivers. Food is always beautifully prepared and delicious. Pro-tip: ask to sit at the back counter and watch the sous chef prepare all the plates. It’s like a ballet!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The cauliflower soup and arancini are out of this world. The service was great-- low key and attentive. As a vegetarian I was wowed with all of the options.

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EC
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pleasant atmosphere w/ open kitchen situated between front & back dining room, which seemed to have more ambiance, but the hostess/server insisted the front room was “more hip”. Starters were good...nice smoked trout and Japanese yams. However, mains were fine, but not stand-out...buckwheat cavatelli lacked flavor and the duck (which was highly recommended) was very small (almost appetizer portion)and quite chewy/not tender. Had a good mezcal cocktail. All was good/fine, but not Michelin-star.

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EE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While the food is skillfully prepared and tastes good, the presentation is somewhat precious, albeit artistic, and the value is questionable when the duck main course is $36 and is basically one half of a duck breast with a few small elements of vegetable. The most egregious sense of rip off were in the 2, desserts: a miniscule 2 inch square of chocolate "cake" plated with a 1/4 size cut in it which is angled and one wonders why, other than to make it look bigger on its plate, is this device adopted. The other dessert that was even more disappointing was the lemon souffle type thing that had the consistency of deflated egg whites.
We had two other issues; one with the wine list which was very overpriced and the delivery of the bill which was presented without our asking for it and without a question as to whether
we wanted to order coffee or anything else.
Basically this is a restaurant where style prevails over substance.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, friendly and personalized service complements a modern-meets-rustic vibe inside this hip space that's great for date night. Lots of "what is that?" fresh and natural ingredients pepper unique dishes that you've probably never seen elsewhere. On the pricier side for some of the serving sizes, but definitely comes with the territory of a menu with so many colorful and creative eats. Recommended.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A cozy & warm hideout on a snowy night with straightforward and tasty food options.

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and modern but homey food. So delicious in every way clearly meticulous With everything in the restaurant. Everything made fresh; My girlfriend has A lot of allergies, they were extremely understanding and helpful with the menu. This is A must for anyone on A date or any kind of occasion A little pricey, so this is for A special night out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service; amazing cocktails and attention to detail

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SW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything again, not first timers.
The food the attitude and the kindness shown to my young granddaughter!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and the wait staff could not have been more warm and hospitable. Everything you want a neighborhood restaurant to be.

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we had a a great meal with friends here! the food was delicious and the environment was friendly and inviting. looking forward to our next visit!

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L
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, inventive chef, terrific desserts. Highly recommended

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Delicious, friendly, fresh, unpretentious. Service was great. Options were available for the vegans and gluten free among us. I wish there were more places like this. Enjoyed by the 3 generations that were in our group.

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IO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to the finch a couple of times, and it's been awesome. The menu is always surprising and different, but amazing. The finch is worth a trip always

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