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Family Dinner in Park Slope

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Can anyone recommend a place that would be good for a group of 8, some from out of town. We need to entertain my inlaws but don't want to leave the neighborhood. We'd rather not suggest anywhere that might seem too expensive (at least some of the dishes need to be less than $20) since they will probably foot the bill. They are adventurous and love anything they think is very "New York" We do not need to stay in Park Slope proper, we are fine with other close neighborhoods as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Sorrel, on St. Marks at Carlton in Prospect Heights, doesnt get a lot of mentions on this board but has a $25 market menu (3 courses), well cooked modern food and a NewYorky but neighborhood vibe (judging by what we sat,get a fair number of multi-generational groups. Servings arent huge but they are sufficient and my fish was very nicely cooked. I would happily take either my parents or my kids there.

    1. I had dinner at Applewood with 9 people and despite the craziness (insanity) of family, they did an excellent job. Food is always first rate but their entrees are more between $18-25 in price. I think dinner came out to under $500 for 9 people with drinks, appetizers, and a few desserts which I thought was totally reasonable.

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      1. re: sam1

        I second Applewood. Maybe Blue Ribbon too. If you're in the mood for pizza, I'd suggest Franny's on Flatbush.

      2. We like to take our large groups of out of town visitors to La Villa on 5th ave near Carrol St. They easily accept large groups at walk in (weekend nights might have a wait) It's a good contemporary take on old school brooklyn family style italian. We think the pizza is great by Brooklyn standards which says alot when you include Difara. That basically means that anyone from out of town will LOVE the pizza. The entres are good although the portions are too large for us. We end up sharing them family style. It's informal and also kid frendly if that matters. You get your tap beer in frozen frosty mugs. White wine is always chilled. Service is always prompt.

        1. Black Pearl on Union St. bet 6th and 7th avenue is fantastic. The atmosphere is beautiful and the waiters are very friendly. Entrees range from 12.00 and up.

          1. We haven't made a decision yet but this is oh so very helpful. Thanks so much chowhounds!