Late Lunch/Early Dinner in Fort Greene and Environs
Fellow Chowhounders, do you have any recommendations
for the above after a mid-afternoon Sunday movie at
BAM cinema? I am looking for something fairly
informal, reasonably priced but nice. I have a car.
For years, I've heard about the Garden Cafe on
Vanderbilt? Any comments?
Thanks. Your suggestions are always appreciated.
Here are some other neighborhood suggestions, many
with excellent people-watching opportunities, as well
as food (I haven't visited all):
(1) Chez Oscar - on DeKalb, toward Clinton Hill -
newish informal French spot (run by French people),
nice atmosphere, art by local artist on wall, good fish
(2) New Prospect Cafe - on Flatbush between Plaza and
Sterling - a real neighborhood spot, consistently
interesting well-prepared food at a good price; good
service, well worth a visit.
(3) The new BAM Cafe - a romantic atmosphere upstairs
in BAM, with extraordinary city views and music
sometimes. Haven't eaten there yet, but its operated
by Michael Ayoub, the chef of Cucina. Certainly worth
checking out if you are already at BAM.
(4) The Dean Street Cafe - at corner of Dean and
Underhill, in Prospect Heights. A lively neighborhood
scene, with live music. Can get loud.
(5) Garden Cafe-Prospect and Vanderbilt (Prospect Hts)
A tiny, pretty,personal place with a limited menu.
Some neighbors swear by it, but it has unusual hours.
Its best to call ahead re opening hours and menu.
(6) South East Asian Cuisine - the Cambodian Place,
right down the street from BAM is pleasant,
inexpensive and interesting - has been covered
extensively on this site.
(7) avoid the senegalese place just down Fulton from
SEA - I think its called something like Keur D'ye.
The food is just not very interesting and ingredients
are not good quality.
re: jen kalb
Dear Jen and Jeremy,
Thank you for taking the time out to tell me of your
recommendations in Fort Greene and environs.
Unfortunately, because of timing they did not work out.
We had to have dinner about 4 PM and for your
information, on Sundays, Oscar doesn't open until 6,
New Prospect until 5, BAM Cafe closes at 3, and Garden
wasn't open when we passed by. We also drove by Dean
St. but the only place we could see was a tavern. Is
that the one you meant, Jen? Jeremy, I've eaten at
New City Cafe before and while the food was
outstanding, it's a little pricey for me in terms of a
casual Sunday dinner.
We ended up going to 2nd St. Cafe in PS. They had a
special dinner deal for $12.50. While the appetizers
and desserts were good (miniature crab cakes and
chicken satay, blackout cake), the main courses were
only fair (meat loaf, chicken pot pie.) However, the
staff was very nice and accomodating.
By the way, the BAM Rose cinema is a very nice place
to see a movie. We saw "Elizabeth" which wasn't great
but worthwhile seeing.
Sorry you struck out - unfortunately, not too many
"restaurants" will be serving mid-afternoon on
Sundays. The best bet would probably have been the
more chowhoundy ethnic spots which are open more or
less all the time i.e. SEA Cuisine, Coco Roco, Mr.
Felafel (on 7th at around 4th), Evas, etc. As for
Dean St. Cafe, tho it does have an active bar scene,
lots of flashy dressers and cars, etc, not my personal
scene, many of my friends recommend its food and eat
re: jen kalb
I was interested to see you include Mr. Felafel on that
list of "chowhoundy ethnic spots" -- I've only eaten
there once, several years ago, but it seemed really
bad, bland, muddy hummos, stale pita bread etc. Should
I go back there? (I'm not in PS too often but when I am
it's nice to know where I can get a quick bite.)
we find Mr. Felafel, which is Egyptian run, to be a
not-supreme but pretty good example of the genre - I
particularly like their well-grilled and spiced kefta
kebab and their lemonade. If you like that mideast
snacky vein, there are other alternatives in the Slope
-a couple of "Olive Vine" restaurants (with the fresh-
baked pitas and "pitzas"), one on 6th nr Berkeley one
on 7th in the South Slope and a similar Mediterranean
place (my son says not as good as Mr. Felafel and a
bit more expensive) at the corner of 9th and 7th.
None of these places can compete with the old King
Felafel in the early 80s on 7th, with its excellent
felafel and spicy ful - does anyone know of an
Egyptian place which serves ful hot in a spicy sauce,
rather than cold, with the usual onions, oil etc.?