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Birthday, without garlic, in Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan

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Strange scenario. It's my mother-in-law's birthday: she doesn't eat garlic (not because of taste, but because of breath - I don't get it, so don't ask) and is really not that into food or eating. My father-in-law, however, enjoys a good meal, but really can't tell his butter from his low-cholesterol spread. All this is to say, it's her birthday this Saturday (soon, so put on your thinking caps), and we need to think of a place to take them (or, to be honest, to be taken to) f a s t ! Food should be delicious, not garlic-dependent, and price can be in the special occasion bracket, but not hundreds of dollars per person. I think garlic is mandatory if it's that expensive, anyway -- a pricey meal should, by definition, linger, if only on the breath. Just to add another factor to the mix, there should be some type of vegetarian option for my husband's sister, who's averse to the meats, although fish is OK.

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  1. Chestnut or Saul on Smith St?

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    1. I would recommend Tempo on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Excellent Italian food and nice atmosphere. I recommend the roasted orata.