Flatbush Ave. LIRR
I am meeting an old friend after work tomorrow on my way home. We need a casual but good place where we can eat and talk a while. My friend has a somewhat limited palate. Neither of us is familiar with the area, so the closer to the railroad, the better. I'm not looking for a great meal, just an adequate meal where they will let us sit and yak a while.
If you can handle a more-than-adequate meal, try Thomas Beisl, the Austrian bistro across the street from BAM. It's about 2 blocks from the LIRR and a very pleasant place. There's also a nice bar. I've not been for a few months, but I've always enjoyed my meals there, particularly the really Austrian things--as opposed to the salmon and pasta entrees that the chef obviously has to put on the menu. Great wine list too.
25 Lafayette Ave
If you like Middle Eastern food, The Bedouin Tent is at 405 Atlantic Avenue between Bond & Nevins Streets (tel. 718-852-5555). It's about a 3 block walk down Atlantic Avenue toward Brooklyn Heights from the LIRR. A very short walk.
It's a very casual, friendly, hospitable, comfortable and pleasant restaurant that you can sit and talk in for as long as you want. You will not be rushed there. It's a very relaxing, pretty atmosphere inside and, if the weather is nice, they have an outside garden in back. The food is fresh, good and very inexpensive but the menu is pretty limited.
They don't have a liquor license, but I'm pretty sure you can BYOB.
Stir It Up is just west of 3rd on Atlantic. It's Caribbean, but I'm sure there is enough on the menu for someone who is not adventurous. It's quite inexpensive and a very pleasant and uncrowded space where you can sit and talk as long as you want.
A little further away, at 4th and Douglass (about 8 block south of Atlantic) is Sheep Station a vaguely Australian themed pub with good inexpensive pub food and a nice selection of wines and beers. Also nice for talking.
Another non adventurous, but quite good (and a little more expensive) place is Downtown Atlantic on Atlantic Ave, I think between Nevins and Bond. Also very comfortable for a conversation.