Karloff on Court Street Reviewed

Karloff at 256 Court Street gets the feature treatment from the South Brooklyn Post:

South Brooklyn Post: Don’t let the name on the front window, in Russian font, harkening to Boris Karloff, the 30s horror flick star, set you off. Husband and wife Olga and Artur Shishko opened on Sept. 26 with hopes of creating something homey and unique. They offer four kinds of special-brewed coffee (watch for our video early this week on the “siphon” process, which looks like a chemistry experiment done in beakers), loose teas, Russian egg nog (dangerously good and warming), a full breakfast menu all day, with offerings like herb omelets, croissants stuffed with eggs, pastries, lox; and a lunch and dinner menu ranging from soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers (including a juicy chicken-dumpling burger served with purple Russian horseradish and a piquant mustard) to modern twists on Russian and Eastern European specialties such as a Hungarian-inspired beef stew and a green pepper stuffed with rice and ground beef that left me in an almost embarrassing state of verbal pleasure (yumm, ummm, ooh, that sort of thing). The latkes are very popular (crispy on the outside, moist herbed shredded potatoes on the inside) as well as the Kasha, a Russian grain, firm and nutty. There are selections for vegetarians, like a veggie platter with steamed grilled vegetables, potatoes, broccoli, zucchini and carrots, and a juice bar, too.

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8 Responses to Karloff on Court Street Reviewed

  1. syd November 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    A vegetarian platter comprised of steamed and grilled vegetables is completely archaic and evocative of retaurants circa 1985. The year is 2010 and the neighborhood is Cobble Hill, where there are probably a good number of vegetarians (myself included). The fact that the owners of this restaurant think that this is even an acceptable option to offer to vegetarians is insulting and I for one will certainly not patronize this place. I’d honestly rather that they have no vegetarian options than a solitary pathetic one.

  2. Frank The Tank November 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    syd, syd. my are you spoiled. then again, i’m sure karloff, as i, care very little about your misplaced ire.

  3. adam November 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    went in 3 times.. weekend time was romper room with too many kids everywhere.. other times i got coffee and a snack.. both of which were over priced. i also hate the seating layout.. i know its supposed to feel like home, but i’d actually rather eat at home then across from some annoying family

  4. Sammy November 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    As a vegetarian myself & having lots of my friends who are vegetarians themselves we love Karloff’s menu which offers plenty of vegetarian options such as Vegetarian Soups (more then 3 or 4), Salads, Latkes, Potato Dumplings, Vegetarian Ragu & Stuffed Pepper or Stuffed Cabbage. They change their menu everyday and I am glad we have place like this in the area for all to share their eastern European cuisine with all of us … Thank You Karloff! And for those who are picky vegetarians, please enjoy another meal somewhere else & be happy ?

  5. frank the tank November 12, 2010 at 10:30 am #


    once again, the miserable wench rears her ugly head. crawl back under your rock.

  6. wisteria November 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Tried 2x for lunch. Romper room indeed. Nice people and service good. But, over priced for what you get.

  7. ColonelAK November 22, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Have been here a few times – a couple for coffee and pastries, a lunchw with our kid (really – in cobble hill you find kids at a lunch place, shocking, just shocking) and a dinner. I loved all of them. First of all, having Eastern European grandparents certainly helped me to identify with some of the menu and some of the words, like Kampot and Borscht and Latkas alone bring a smile to my face and thoughts of my grandmothers. Moreover, they have created a cozy and inviting space that, while not at all grandmotherly, has a similarly warm and fuzzy feeling. Of course, none of this would matter if the food was bad – but it is great. They have a ton of options and so far we have hit only winners. This is really on of my new favorite places in the neighborhood.

  8. John yukobvski November 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    I haver been there lots of times since the opening and in the beginning didn’t like their food at all and sometimes the owner had a nerve to announce loudly and very inprofessionally that the kitchen is down. However the problem was not the kitchen, appereantly they ddnt hve a cook there that means they were warming the food in the microwave or something, that I realized after speaking to the kind waitress. But for the last month everything suddenly changed , as my friends told me they hired a some of asian russian speaking chef, who cooks some magically delicious. So I went and tried. Their kitcen now have to admit its a huge change, now all my coworkers go there and me too by the wa and we love it , have to say that rating went up from my point of view. Don’t know what would they do if that cook leaves I gueess the right choice would be to close the place,coz it wouldn’t make it.