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Going to BAM - Need recommendation for restaurant

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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.

Thanks.

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    DitmasParkGal

    Ici on Dekalb. But dare I say...your friends are leading a deeply impoverished existence cutting out all those cuisines and you enabling them? I don't know what to think :)

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      another-hungry-Astorian

      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.

      http://www.frannysbrooklyn.com/

      Link: http://www.bigtakeover.com/author/Mat...

      1. re: another-hungry-Astorian

        Let's see how long THIS post survives :-)

    2. I've been going to Miriam's on 5th at Prospect Place. It's an easy walk to BAM, they open at 5:00, and you can dress however you want. I really enjoy the food, especially the hummus and any of the fish dishes.

      Link: http://www.miriamrestaurant.com/live/

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      1. re: David W

        Thomas Beisl is right across the street from BAM. It is an Austrian Bistro. Quite worthwhile. They have some very non-adventurous foods such as schnitzel as well as more exotic dishes like pork cheeks.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: DeeDee

          Scopello's website doesn't list prices. Are they similar to the Stonehome Wine Bar's?
          TIA

        2. 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).

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            Joyce Goldstein

            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!

            1. Thanks everyone for your great suggestions. I'm going to show my guests your recommendations and then we'll decide. Many of them sound sooo good that I'll need to try them all at different times! Thanks again.

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              1. re: Flynn

                Second, or third, Beisl. Being right across the street you can linger till just before showtime. The prices are reasonable, the food tasty if not life-altering and the servers are savvy to diners' need to get to the show at BAM on time if that's an issue and you make them aware.

              2. Taro Sushi, on Dean Street right at Flatbush Ave, for Japanese.

                1. Thomas Beisl used to be a good place to go before or after a show at BAM, I've had about 3 or 4 good, not remarkable, dinners, there.

                  1. what about Junior's? w/i walking distance too!

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                    1. re: nyebaby37

                      Junior's has pretty awful food-- I definitely wouldn't recommend anything outside the plain cheesecake, and even that has gone way downhill.

                    2. Jen Kalb recommended Mai to me on a recent similar post (we were going to Mark Morris Dance Center)...it was quite good and just a three minute walk from MMDG/BAM.