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REL Dec 14, 2004 10:46 AM

Hi! Staying in Park Slope this weekend. Most of our meals are going to be fancy and in Manhattan. We're looking for something in Brooklyn for next Monday evening. While we appreciate the upscale, we also like casual and are seeking great bar food, burgers, or wings. Not just a convenient restaurant, but a destination when you're craving some tasty eats. A good selection of beer on tap is also a plus. We're not opposed to greasy holes-in-the wall. It's easy to research the fancy restaurants, but harder to find good local spots.

Our flight is very early the next morning, so we want to stay within a short cab/train ride from Park Slope.

Thanks in advance from a D.C. hound.

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    DeeDee RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 10:51 AM

    I would highly recommend Bonnie's Grill 278 Fifth Avenue (at Garfield Place) in Park Slope. Excellent wings (the owners are from Buffalo) and good burgers also. Small place with good beer selection and friendly staff. Another recommendation is Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights -- great pub grub excellent burgers, good pulled pork, chicken, etc. and an excellent selection of beers on tap and in bottles. www.waterfrontalehouse.com

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      Lambretta76 RE: DeeDee Dec 14, 2004 11:13 AM

      It's a close call bewteen these two places, but I'd say that Waterfron wins out on the sheer number of beers on tap, plus the amazing selectioin of bottled Belgian beers - second to only Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg. (Another amazing beer bar, if not the best in the city, although the food is limited to cheese and meat plates.)

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        bob RE: Lambretta76 Dec 14, 2004 11:40 AM

        Two places to consider:
        -Snooky's on 7th Ave. in Park Slope. Good burgers, full bar, not sure about beer.
        -Rhythm & Booze, Prospect Ave. in Windsor Terrace (just off 15th Street F train stop, or 5 minutes by cab). Fabulous burgers. I think the beer selection is decent. enjoy.

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          Peter Cuce RE: bob Dec 14, 2004 04:45 PM

          Can't recommend Snooky's. It's slightly above average diner food perhaps. Nowhere near the league of Bonnie's.

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        Bob Martinez RE: DeeDee Dec 14, 2004 12:04 PM

        Another strong recommendation for Bonnies. While I love Waterfront Ale House if you're staying in Park Slope Bonnies is an easy walk away. Excellent burgers and *outstanding* wings. A tip - order them medium hot since their "medium" equals "blazing" at other places.

        I'm supplying a link to a recent newspaper review.

        Link: http://www.go-brooklyn.com/html/issue...

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          Peter Cuce RE: Bob Martinez Dec 14, 2004 04:46 PM

          Bonnie's fries are great too, especially with their homemade spicy mayo (or whatever that stuff is).

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        Lizard RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 10:51 AM

        Bonnie's Grill on 5th Avenue is the go to place for burgers and wings. They have beer, but I'm not sure about the extensiveness of the tap.

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          DeeDee RE: Lizard Dec 14, 2004 03:00 PM

          Bonnie's only has 2 taps but they have a nice selection in bottles.

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            Peter Cuce RE: DeeDee Dec 14, 2004 04:47 PM

            They only have two taps, but they rotate one of them weekly or at least a few times a month. The other one's always Brooklyn Lager.

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          Brooklyn Boy RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 11:12 AM

          Though it's hated by some on this board, 200 Fifth (at least the last time I was there) had a decent selection of beer. It gets jammed on weekends, though, especially during football season. What little food I had was standard bar fare. Not great, but not horrible either.

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            Lambretta76 RE: Brooklyn Boy Dec 14, 2004 11:18 AM

            I only go for happy hour (weekdays between 4 and 7) - when you can get pints of Staropramen for $2.50, and Leffe blonde for under $3. (It's 50% off tap beers.) Also had some decent American microbrews. It's not a beer bar though, so you'll get pints of Leffe (even if they have the correct glasses behind the counter) and most pint glasses are chilled. Plus, they probably have the largest selection of Coors products this side of the Mississippi. (It's not an upscale place, just a neighborhood joint with some decent beers on tap.)

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            Brooklyner RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 11:53 AM

            Wicked Monk


            Pizzaria Uno

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              DeeDee RE: Brooklyner Dec 14, 2004 02:59 PM

              Wicked Monk is in Bay Ridge which would not be convenient to the original poster and assume the suggestion of Pizzerio Uno is simply a joke.

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                Bob Martinez RE: DeeDee Dec 14, 2004 03:51 PM

                Not only is WM in Bay Ridge, it also doesn't serve the burgers which the original poster requested.

                Link: http://www.wickedmonk.com/cosmics/ind...

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              bigskulls RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 01:22 PM

              Two suggestions:

              If you want to go to Bonnie's AND have great beer, one thing you can do is go to the Gate, a bar on Fifth ave. and 3rd Street very near to Bonnies, and order food for delivery from Bonnies (they have menus for Bonnies and other places at the Gate). Huge selection of beers on tap.

              Also, since you said "a destination when you're craving some tasty eats" one place that I like is called Bar Toto, on 11th Street and 6th Ave. They don't have an extensive beer selection, but I love the burgers there and the rest of the food is a notch above what you might find elsewhere for essentially the same price.

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                rkn RE: bigskulls Dec 14, 2004 01:23 PM

                I did not know that Bonnie's delivers - thanks for the info!

                Do you know if their menu is anywhere online?

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                  parkslopemama RE: rkn Dec 14, 2004 03:29 PM

                  The last time I checked, Bonnie's did NOT deliver, at least to households. (If they deliver to The Gate, it must be by some special arrangement.)

                  I think the idea of eating at Bonnie's first, and then walking to The Gate for more drinks sounds great. The two places are so close to each other. Also, I think burgers and fries don't travel well. The fries get steamed up and soggy, etc.

                  Anyway, check with Bonnie's before you count on the delivery option.

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                REL RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 03:16 PM

                Thanks for all the amazing suggestions. We really appreciate it. I've been looking at the map, and Bonnie's and the Gate are only a short walk away. We could grab wings and burgers at Bonnie's and then go to the Gate for some drinks. Waterfront also sounds wonderful, but is a few miles away. So does Spuyten Duyvil. We'll have to see how exhausted we are after three days of running around Manhattan with friends and family.

                If you feel that Waterfront is a *can't miss* and is heads and shoulders above the Bonnie's/Gate combo, please let me know. We have a great by-the-bottle beer place down here in D.C., so quality taps are something we look for when we leave town. We also have trouble finding great wings.

                Thanks again!

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                  k RE: REL Dec 14, 2004 04:56 PM

                  Waterfront is more of a pub feel with an actual bar; Bonnies feels more like an old soda fountain diner with a counter. Food -- specifically wings and burgers at least -- better at Bonnies (I think); more beer taps at Waterfront for the beer freaks.

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                    jason carey RE: REL Dec 15, 2004 11:06 AM

                    bonnie;s gate combo is just right for a great beer/n'
                    food experience

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                      shrimpbird RE: REL Dec 16, 2004 04:22 PM

                      The gate is great...if Bonnie's is closed, you can get fish and chips at that place, what's it called, I think it's called the Chip Shop, and it's a few blocks down Fifth Ave from the Gate.

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                      tamara RE: REL Dec 16, 2004 11:15 AM

                      I have a distinct, sad (though I haven't checked yet) feeling that Bonnie's is closed on Mondays, your designated night...

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                        DeeDee RE: tamara Dec 17, 2004 10:09 AM

                        Well if Bonnie's is closed then I would definitely direct the poster to go to Waterfront Ale House. They are open 7 days a week and even have a happy hour from 4-7pm during the week.

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