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Best Brooklyn dinner spot near Fort Greene

nyufoodie Jan 31, 2007 10:22 AM

Schlepping over to Brooklyn in search of the best dinner spot that can rival Manhattan's better restos in terms of quality but not it's price meaning: more reasonably priced. Interested in going to a sit down place that the Brooklynites can consider one of there best. I have only been to 3 Brooklyn spots and like them in this order: Henry's End, 360 and Thomas Biesl. It doesn't necessarily need to be in Fort Greene but it would be great if it's not beyond a 30 minutes drive from there. Not interested in anything Asian.

  1. bigmackdaddy Jan 31, 2007 11:35 AM

    The Garden on Prospect Pl and Vanderbilt and Aliseo at 635 on Vanderbilt between Park Place and Prospect Place and Beast on the corner of Bergen and Vanderbilt. And Amorina Pizza near the corner of Vanderbilt and Prospect.

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      elecsheep9 Jan 31, 2007 12:00 PM

      I believe the name is The Garden Cafe.

      It ain't cheap, but I love The Grocery on Smith Street.

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        alexnyc Jan 31, 2007 12:10 PM

        Al di La on 5th and Carrol in Park Slope. 5-10 min drive, but AMAZING.

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          Get In My Belly Jan 31, 2007 12:22 PM

          The only restaurant in Ft. Greene which I would say rivals "Manhattan's Best" would probably be Ici. If you're looking for something more quick and casual, Smoke Joint (BBQ) has been receiving a lot of praise (I like it). I agree with A Di La, it is amazing(but not in Ft. Greene). I also really like Olea in Ft. Greene.

          1. Steve R Jan 31, 2007 01:02 PM

            Well, you have good taste. Henry's End is my favorite restaurant, especially in the price range. However, there are others that you should try: al di la is the #1 destination place in my book and, as others have said, its in the Slope, less than 30 minutes from Ft. Greene. Also in the Slope are Tempo (a bit more than H.End and al di la, but very good), Applewood and Convivium -- all are excellent. On Smith St, even closer to Ft Greene, is Chestnut. On Tues/Wed its the best deal in NYC at $25pre-fixe for just about anything on the menu (2 entrees carry a $5 addition). Great wine list too. On other nights, its the same price range as Applewood, etc and I think just as good.

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              nyufoodie Feb 3, 2007 09:41 PM

              what about the grocery?

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                Steve R Feb 4, 2007 06:03 AM

                I haven't been there in quite awhile so I'm not comfortable judging but my 2 or 3 dinners there (none in the past year) weren't anything I'd recommend. Nice enough place but the food just didnt do it for me. I like Saul more but you'll notice I didnt list it either. Much better food, I like the room but, again, nothing I'm running back to after 6 or so visits. I may be wrong about this one (or so my friends tell me).

                Henry's End, on the other hand, was great again last night. Turtle soup and honey ginger duck for me, turtle soup and blackened shell steak for Ginny. All good. And al di la this past Thursday was similarly great. Tripe app. and rabbit over polenta entree were both tasty and hearty for the winter. And I always forget that the price point there is so absurdly low. What a bargain for this quality.

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                  nyufoodie Feb 4, 2007 09:25 AM

                  I haven't been to Al di la but, that's one place that I definitely want to check-out if not for it's no reservation policy. My friend planning our next Brooklyn trip is leaning towards going to the Grocery that's why I wanted to know more about it...Saul was an option too but, he has already been there so, wanted to go to some place new. In the meanwhile, where checking out ICI enroute to going to a friends party there. My friends haven't been to Henry's End and I have only been once 6 years ago...so, maybe it's time for a return visit...I've never had turtle soup and love game.

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                    David W Feb 4, 2007 10:33 AM

                    If you do go to al di la (which you should) note that the website is not accurate-they open at 5:30 on Saturday, 5:00 on Sunday and 6:00 during the week (closed Tuesday.)

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                    Marion Morgenthal Feb 4, 2007 09:49 AM

                    I'll second Steve's assessment of Henry's End as great last night. Among the things we had were turtle soup (amazing!), wild salmon, steak, chicken special--and all were excellent. One of the few restaurants where we have trouble deciding what to order because there are so many appealing options.

              2. mdog Jan 31, 2007 01:22 PM

                I'm going to have to go with Noodle Pudding- right next to Henry's End- great italian- very reasonable. Try the gnocchi in butter sauce- it's awesome.

                1. anita_cocktail Jan 31, 2007 01:58 PM

                  not beast. i love that its in the hood - but they aren't so great...

                  1. bigmackdaddy Jan 31, 2007 02:50 PM

                    Beast seems to be hit and miss. I've only been there twice. I had the skirt steak and brunch (eggs, bacon, etc) both times were pretty good. However, I have heard a few people complain about the food. Unfortunate.

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                      dahl01 Feb 1, 2007 05:35 AM

                      i agree - i like beast, but i wouldn't say its worth the trip from manhattan - its more like a tasty neighborhood joint than a go to destination.

                    2. Tuttle Jan 31, 2007 02:58 PM

                      "The only restaurant in Ft. Greene which I would say rivals "Manhattan's Best" would probably be Ici."

                      Sorry to disagree. IMO, far and away the best restaurant in the Ft. Greene area is Locanda Vini e Olii. (Gates at Cambridge)

                      http://www.locandavinieolii.com/

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                        Get In My Belly Feb 2, 2007 08:31 AM

                        thats clinton hill

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                          Tuttle Feb 2, 2007 02:50 PM

                          LOL!

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                            Delirium Feb 5, 2007 12:52 PM

                            They did say "ft Greene area" not that it was in ft Greene. It's certainly quite close (10 min walk or so). :)

                            I also think it is excellent

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                              Get In My Belly Feb 10, 2007 02:30 PM

                              but really, what part of brooklyn isn't within a 30 minute drive of ft. greene?

                        2. nyufoodie Feb 1, 2007 07:39 PM

                          Thanks for all the recs I am leaning towards checking-out Chestnut and even doing a return visit to Henry's End as I haven't been there for 5 years...

                          1. JenMarie66 Feb 2, 2007 06:31 AM

                            My favorite Brooklyn restaurant is Applewood. Definitely worth the trip from Manhattan (and its a quickish cab ride down 7th ave to Ft.Greene).

                            1. bolletje Feb 3, 2007 07:00 PM

                              I like ici better than Locanda vini e olii, I find it a lot more mellow somehow and enjoy the food more, although I know people who disagree.

                              I just think ici is much more comfy and neighborhood-y.

                              1. funkjester Feb 10, 2007 12:26 PM

                                try Restaurant Grand-Dakar, on Grand St., just off of Lafayette, between the Clinton/Washington & Classon Ave. stops on the G-train. Senegalese/French food, excellent quality and value for the dollar, very comfortable, laid-back atmosphere.

                                285 Grand Ave., 718.398.8900, granddakar.com on the web

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