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Best Fall Restaurants in Brooklyn

oolah Oct 21, 2006 10:48 PM

Now that it's getting chillier and people are breaking out the coats, I'm in the mood for a restaurant with a seasonal fall menu, cozy romantic tables and a fireplace.

Anyone have any suggestions in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook or Park Slope? Any price range or cuisine is acceptable, as long as it's delicious. A good wine list is a big plus.

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  1. livetotravel RE: oolah Oct 21, 2006 11:59 PM

    In my estimation the best fall menu right now is at Applewood. We ate there again last Thursday and Chef David Shea had venison, goat, goose, and pheasant on his frequently changing menu that evening. Trumpet mushrooms were available as a small plate. We had the goose and pheasant, both cooked top perfection. Applewood is very cozy and should have the fireplace going as soon as the weather turns colder.

    1. Steve R RE: oolah Oct 22, 2006 02:38 AM

      Cant argue with the Applewood recommendation &, in Park Slope, I'd add al di la and Tempo to the short list. However, as most around here know, I'd put Henry's End right up there, especially since I just got home from having dinner there with 5 others, each of whose dish was excellent. Tonight's pheasant ravioli w/rabbit sausage was very nice and the elk chops are still hard to resist. Romantic, maybe not... perfect for fall, oh yeah.

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        Fleur RE: oolah Oct 22, 2006 09:35 PM

        CONVIVIUM offers a beautiful Fall menu, including game dishes, in a warm, elegant, and romantic setting. A well conceived selection of fine wines complement to bright, inventive Italian-Spanish-Portuguese cuisine.

        HENRY's END is, as the OP stated, far from romantic, but the Wild Game Menu, available all Fall and Winter is outstanding.

        We weren't thrilled with the overly doughy, kind of dry, Pheasant Ravioli, but the Pomegranate Laquered Duck was rich, lush, and delicious, as was the Chicken with Wild Mushrooms and Roquefort, and the very unusual and very delicious Osso Buco of Buffalo with Gremolata and Orzo .

        The Charcuterie Plate of Wild Game with Wild Boar Sausage, Venison Sausage and Game Terrine served with Lingonberries and whole grain Mustard, which we ordered for 4 was an excellent first course.

        The new dessert menu features a Gateau of Crepes, 21 of them, very very thin and layered with a flavorful custard and served with a Fresh Raspberry Sauce .

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          Claire RE: oolah Oct 22, 2006 11:05 PM

          I agree with all the suggestions above. Here's one more: Porchetta on Smith Street. I had a rabbit ragu there that was utterly delicious and perfect for chilly nights.

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            dimples RE: oolah Oct 22, 2006 11:31 PM

            We've eaten at Porchetta twice now and both times really enjoyed our meal and it is very reasonably priced as well.

            1. Poindexter RE: oolah Oct 23, 2006 10:12 PM

              The Farm on Adderley (and despite my frequent posts, I'm not an investor, just a big fan) has a very seasonal menu. This weekend they had a squash soup with chestnut oil special that was amazing and also a nice short-rib ragout pasta special that was quite good. They've also added a sweet potato gnocchi dish and a mushroom strudel to the menu since the summer.As for the other ideas above: Convivium reflects seasonal changes well, though I've not been this fall. I like Al di La and it is generally a better idea when it's cool than when it's hot. But, apart from one time when they served a tasty boar tenderloin around Christmastime, I don't notice them changing their menu too markedly based on the season (they don't change it enough, full stop, IMO).

              1. oolah RE: oolah Oct 25, 2006 05:57 PM

                Thanks everyone for the wonderful suggestions! I'll be eating well over these next few weeks.

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                  sam1 RE: oolah Oct 25, 2006 06:11 PM

                  when the fireplace gets going and the pork dishes come on the menu, no place is better suited for fall than applewood.

                  1. Peter RE: oolah Oct 25, 2006 06:42 PM

                    I've been holding back so I don't appear overly shill-like, but I agree 110% on Applewood. Best Fall menu in the borough, if not the whole city.


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                      DynamiteKidA RE: oolah Oct 26, 2006 04:21 PM

                      I'm surprised no one's mentioned Rose Water, which is amazing any season, but especially great in the fall.

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