Going to BAM - Need recommendation for restaurant
Hi Brooklyn Hounds - This Manhattan food lover would really appreciate all recommendations for dinner near BAM - Fort Greene, Park Slope, Atlantic Avenue:
My guests do not eat Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and prefer French, Italian, Japanese, California-American,
New York-American, 'fusion'(whatever that is!). The food is more important than the wine, booze or scene.
I recommend Franny's on Flatbush Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues (I think). I've been there twice now and I've had their pizza both times. The first time it was exquisite, but the 2nd time it wasn't as good. I would still go back there again in a second and in fact I may do so next month when me and my girlfriend will go to BAM.
For Italian I would recommend Scopello 63 Lafayette Avenue just 2 blocks from BAM www.scopello.net Good food, nice atmosphere and they have a theater pre-fixe menu as well. For a light bite I would recommend Stonehome Wine Bar for panini, salads and wine and beer. www.stonehomewinebar.com they are at 87 lafayette avenue.
Scopello -- catercorner across Atlantic -- is perfectly decent Italian. Convivium, which is down on 5th Avenue, perhaps a 10-12 minute walk at most, is usually spectacular Portuguese/Mediterranean ("usually" meaning that there are occasional kitchen/waitstaff disasters, documented in other ChowHound posts; and you should also be advised that dining can be a leisurely experience here, which is not good if you have to make a curtain).
For wonderful food I would vote for Convivium on Fifth Avenue in the Slope. You can eat lightly by sharing appetizers and a dessert or have a full meal. The choices are great AND the wine and atmosphere are wonderful.
A very different place atmospherically but equally good food is Thomas Beisl a Viennese type establishment across the street.
Definitely reserve for either of these places.
I also like Melt which is not too far in the Slope. The food is simpler than Beisl or Convivium but care is taken and it is a nice place. I was only there a couple of times so I'm not sure how to characterize the food.
I like the other suggestions...I'm going to have to try Scopello and the bar place w/Panini -- they both sound good too!