Marleey’s, the newest restaurant to hit the Greenwood section of Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue, opens this Friday, December 11th. I recently was invited to check them out and sample some of their dishes.
First impressions – the interior is VERY bright. The lights were turned on in full force creating an almost blinding effect. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not (it made for great photos) but I recommend Marleey’s turns down the lights in the future and puts some candles on the tables for any extra light they’re looking for. The room is very nicely decorated with some great wood floors and exposed brick. It would look great in dim lighting.
Marleey’s puts a unique spin on American and Caribbean cuisine. Their sample menu took us through some of the appetizers, entrees and desserts the restaurant will be featuring when they open later this week.
From the butternut squash soup to the dulce de leche creme brûlée, the food was good, but not overly exciting.
On the plus side, the highlight of the meal was the butternut squash soup. It was perfectly creamy with great flavors – exactly what you’d expect from this soup. The jerk chicken was equally as good, sitting on a bed or rice with a slight kick to it.
On the negative side, the scallops were slightly soggy and watery and the creme brûlée was more of a cake than a custard.
I was secretly hoping for some exciting new Caribbean cuisine I’d never had before, but instead was faced with the usual jerk chicken and some pasta.
Marleey’s has lots of potential and I’m hopeful they’ve worked out some of the kinks and are ready to hit the ground running this week.
Once open, Marleey’s hopes to appeal to all types of diners by hosting occasional nightly events, including speed dating, live DJ’s on weekends, and movie nights.
If you’re in the neighborhood, Marleey’s is a decent option to relax with hopefully some live entertainment starting in the near future. If you’re not in the area, I wouldn’t make a special trip to visit. I’m envisioning Marleey’s as more of a neighborhood spot.
I’m curious to see how things go for Marleey’s since this area of Brooklyn is starting to become more developed with the Park Slope crowd expanding out into the neighborhood.