Honey Badger

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$31 to $50
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American
Honey Badger is an American WILD to TABLE restaurant with a secret undisclosed menu that changes daily.

HB represents intimacy with nature, the environment and ourselves. The open kitchen is the stage where the chef prepares every dish live & right in front of you. Every table is treated as the chef's counter.

HB is a wild to table eatery, sourcing from a network of foragers extending from Maine through Pa , with a keen focus on sustainable harvesting & the north east as terroir.

We work with five sustainable local farms as well as our own bio dynamic one. We take great pride in using local organic produce. Our in house methods of baking, pickling, smoking, braising, and fermenting aim to showcase the best our local farmers and foragers have to offer.

HB offers two menus; a 5 course seasonal tasting menu or an Omakase menu (a 10 to 13 course meal incorporating all of our most limited and exclusive foraged ingredients and wild game.)


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VictorT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a wonderful neighborhood experience! Food was unique and delicious! The service was warm and friendly. We had the tasting and will be back for the Omakase.

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JamesYork
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique experience! Exotic sea food and seaweeds we never heard of.
Snail caviar, trout caviar and the pasta With fresh truffles was definitely My favorite. I wonder how we didn’t know about this unique little place.
Definitely coming back!

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vipjeffk
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Inventive, unique, delicious, and OHMYGOD expensive. Went for Valentine's day, and found out after sitting down (when I couldn't really reconsider) that the meal was $222/person. I expected to spend a lot, it was Valentine's Day. But not THIS much. We each did the $60 wine pairing, and with tip it came to $753. If the total was $350, I'd rate it a 5.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

First, if you do go - know it is cash only. The menu is only a tasting menu, no menu selections available.

We were served 5 courses and although they said they foraged for the ingredients, I would like to know where they foraged the salt from. The dominating salt flavor overtook every course.

Our water glasses were repeatedly empty because of this and took a long time to be refilled. The service model was difficult to do well because all of the tables were served at the same time. No table was served until we walked in, and we were the last table to be seated. Who knows how long they were all sitting there!

Any dish that was supposed to be hot was lukewarm at best. We watched our pasta dish be prepared with noodles cooking in a hot water kettle.

We asked repeatedly for the music to be turned down, and after it was turned down, it was still slightly bothersome. We were also sat between the door and this weird makeshift fireplace. It emanated heat, which was nice, but was placed on a bale of hay which seems like quite the fire hazard.

The “kitchen” was visible from our table and we watched every course be prepared, but an odd addition was a child hanging out in the corner while the food was prepared.

The menus were confusing. They were small slips of paper, and had they gotten too close to this heat source probably could have ignited the bale of hay, and the wine list had no details except for the region and country with extraordinarily high prices for a bottle. The food menu listed each course with one ingredient and we had to ask for explanation. When the food was then served, the ingredients changed or some were left out in explanation.

Overall we sat in the restaurant for 2.5 hours for 5 courses, which after reading other reviews is a short amount of time. While this concept could work in a restaurant, I recommend looking elsewhere. The execution and product is poor and we will not be returning, after spending $250 for 3 people without drinks!

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YoonK
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - super interesting flavors, and really sweet couple running the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Music was especially tremendous!

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vipMikeTRose
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An intimate wild to table/farm to table dinner prepared and shared by the owner/operators/farmers (husband and wife). Recommend the wine & cordials pairing including the AMAZING house made walnut liqueur.

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vipJanetzim
50 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful gem of a restaurant. Forget travelling around the world to Noma, we have a wonderful little place right here in Brooklyn dedicated to foraged and specially grown and raised food. Not all the dishes were perfect, but you could see the thoughtfulness behind each one. The no credit card policy was a surprise, so be prepared. Still, if you love food, you will definitely want to try this restaurant. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

No matter how great the food is- not worth price. Big mistake for dinner- spent my whole paycheck and was still hungry leaving. Would not have gone if I’d had any idea of cost. YIKES

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MatthewPlotner
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ceases to impress; some of the best food and presentation I've experienced in New York.

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CarolP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite unlike any other dining experience. The creative combination of unusual wild and foraged foods introduced us to new flavors and taste sensations. Artistry in the food and its presentation made Honey Badger the perfect choice for a special occasion.

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OkitaNY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon first impression we saw a few couples having drinks and thought it might not be for full dinning but we got there pretty late- past 9:00pm. We are so glad we booked a reservation here. It was the coolest, tastiest, most interesting dinning we’ve ever experienced. I tried so many foods I’ve never had that I’m now obsessed with. It’s also really cool the local sustainability and food education they are creating. Service was excellent. This is an amazing place for a date or anniversary, or to bring people visiting from out of town. It felt like stepping into a food documentary on Netflix.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a remarkable Michelin-quality special occasion restaurant and relatively undiscovered. It is small and everything served has a backstory insofar as the ingredients are local and wild. Because there’s a kind of eco- idea behind the cuisine (local/wild) the dishes are sometimes surprising or curious, which makes for a refreshing and occasionally hilarious evening out.. The seasonal menu is either 5 course or 7 course. Everything is plated beautifully, even artfully, and some of the tastes were largely new. The dining experience takes over 2 hours or longer.. I was taken by everything about it--the artistry, inventiveness, intelligent commitment to their mission. Decor is chic rustic. Were it in Williamsburg it’d be packed. You’ll think differently about food after eating here. Cash only, not cheap. I know this is a rave so disclaimer- I have no connection whatsoever to the restaurant and am unfamiliar with this school of cooking, which I imagine is some kind of trend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

A ludicrously specific and esoteric concept that was poorly executed across 3 1/2 blisteringly hot and stuffy hours, in 5 tedious courses, each more underwhelming and poorly explained than the last. Also the $60/ person wine pairing could have been made less gruesome had the waitress instead just hit me over the head with the bottle of red blend table wine after she explained to us that the term “biodynamic” refers to the grapes being planted “like something to do with moon cycles, so it’s even higher than organic”— the one benefit of dining here however, is knowing I will never have to do it again.

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vipEricaS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very unique take on foods sourced locally. You will be trying things you may never have had before. The drinks are excellent and fabulous service.

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JonahU
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys are the real deal. While some business go out of their way to brag about their "local" food (a term that gets seriously fudged sometimes), these two show up at the farmer's market even in the pouring rain to pick up the best ingredients New York has to offer, directly from local food producers themselves. I know, because I sell them fish every Saturday. And the food? Unbeatable. You can watch them make it, they have nothing to hide. Real people, real food, it doesn't get better.

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LindsayB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic treat stumbling upon Honey Badget! We loved the food, the service, and the experience.

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vipcmc5095
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend it was an amazing experience. The family that owns this restaurant has such an interesting history and I enjoyed every moment of this food experience.

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vipPatrickV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At first we walked in and the place was quiet and there was only three other tables. When he started getting served they came out with this tiny started that was filled with stuff I’ve never tasted before. Each and every one was fantastic and made my tastebuds start jumping and excited for what was to come. Quickly after the plates began coming out each better than the rest. One dish was pasta made with an ostrich egg which was fantastic and we got to play with the shell of the egg beforehand.

This place is a hidden gem and I hope it stays that way. However I would love to see the place grow and show everything it has to offer. I will definitely return sometime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Oh god. A three hour dinner and the portions were tiny! Super slow... I was starving and my husband was super tired from the week and we had to sit there and wait for every course to come out... oh, and it was cash only. If it was timed reasonably and the portions were at least double in size if not triple it would have been great.

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vipGailW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing— always a unique culinary experience—, inventive the chefs are true artists!

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vipVirginiaP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here. It was even better than brunch! Awesome tasting menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Among the more creative in NYC. Go for the Omakase if you are up for being challenged to try new things.

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vipVirginiaP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went here for brunch with my fiancé. It’s a speakeasy-style restaurant and is a really small kitchen, so making reservations turned out to be crucial for getting in and for the kitchen to plan.

Brunch is a multi-course tasting menu, served all at one. Do you have to be okay with waiting a fair amount before your food comes out.

The food was all amazing! It’s clear the couple running things are passionate about getting high quality, great ingredients.

I’d definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s a perfect balance that’s really hard to find in life. The flavors, the way everything looks, the genuine love behind every preparation, the counterbalance, the daughter behind the counter, a couple putting everything they have into every plate, a surprise bouquet of valentines day flowers, the love the team has for each other. Everything about Honey Badger is from the heart and backed by very very rare and exceptional talent. I haven’t had a dining experience like it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Beautiful and memorable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience of my life. Seriously.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool “farm to table/forager” dining experience. Really personable, knowledgeable staff. Very unique experience. Perfect special occasion place for hip foodies.

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vipLaura
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prepare to have an extraordinary experience. We loved them. All was equally magnificent . We left in awe. Best best best and best!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, unique food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adventure experience with edible ingredients. After 13 courses...you're satiated but not stuffed. If you're looking for dinner...this is not the place. If you're looking for a whimsical and creative food adventure...this IS the place.

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening!!

Cash only $$$$

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MaFr
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Every dish was unique and delicious and the portions were just right. Considering the waiters are also the chefs, they did a great job and were very attentive. Will definitely return!

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jkbk
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Saw so many fabulous reviews, we couldn't wait to try it. We did a tasting menu and were pretty excited to try all of the unique dishes. When we arrived, the restaurant was empty- we had one of the earlier reservations- but 2.5 hours later, we were so ready to go. The service was extremely slow- even for a tiny restaurant with a tiny kitchen. And the food, although unique and beautiful, lacked in flavor for us. Overall, we were really kind of let down.

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vipAndisHarasani
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of it. One of the hiden gems of Brooklyn. Amazing service and superb food. You feel the love of every one at the restaurant in every single details

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous brunch. Blew us away. It was as if we’d been transported to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Go!

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vipRespectpro
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honey Badger might be the best kept secret in NYC. The couple that own, operate, cook and, often, serve you are two of the most creative people in the culinary world.
Hurry up and go before The NY Times discovers it. You might not be able to get in after. It’s that good!

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TayB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience and felt speechless after each course. The food was creative, fresh, tasty, and exciting. We can’t wait to come back to this unique establishment.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a low-key Sunday dinner. The food was as innovative as it was delicious, and the rest of the ambiance (playlist, gracious host) made for an enjoyable visit. A unique addition to the local dining scene - I definitely recommend!

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FreddyT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A winter Paradise, such well balanaced dance of flavors. Thank for making my dinner party into a feast for kings.

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BenB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Unexpectedly this is a CASH ONLY restaurant. It is not mentioned in the web page or open table. You are made aware only when you get the menu.
Bad surprise as I don’t carry $200 cash in my pocket. I didn’t take my ATM card that evening either so this put me in a very embarrassing situation, I won’t forget the bad feeling.
Beside that. The tasting menu and execution is researched and creative. Results is good not great but inventive. Portions are tiny. Wine selection is between one Sauvignon and one Red. If you BYO there is a $30 charge.
Net net, we won’t go back.

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