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Mar 1, 2007 12:59 PM

B-day dinner at Garden Cafe in Prospect Heights

I'd like to take my fiancee here for his birthday...I'm reluctant because they do not have a website or post their menu anywhere online so I can't see if I'll like anything on the menu...if anyone has been here, I'd love to know your opinion.

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  1. Since this restaurant is in Brooklyn, your post more appropriately belongs on the Outer Boroughs board.

      1. We went there for one of our birthdays years ago, and it was really fantastic. I can't remember what we had (other than bread with smoked salt and sweet butter), but we talked about it for days.

        1. I went there for my birthday last year and I was dissapointed. I found it kind of old. I like a mature, well put together restaurant, but I felt like I had walked into an older person's home that had not been refurbished in many years. The food was pretty good, but it was not really the special experience one hopes for on a birthday. I guess it depends on what you are looking for.

          1. Hmmm. I took him to Gramercy Tavern last year and to Hearth the year before so we are really looking for a good meal and Zagat's rates this as being great. We also love Convivium, The Grocery, Rosewater, A di La, Tempo, etc. I figured this was a nice small place that sounded quite I don't really know what to do. What about Saul or Chestnut?

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            1. re: birdie32

              I wouldn't be dissueded from going to Garden Cafe. i've been there several times (though not in a couple of years) and really enjoyed it. And, like you, I also love Gramercy Tavern and al di la. Certainly MUCH smaller than both of those places, but still a nice, quiet environemnt to enjoy very well prepared New American cuisine. Though, you certainly won't go wrong with Saul either.

              1. re: birdie32

                There are 2 sides to this. We love al di la, Chestnut, Convivium, Tempo, Henry's End, Applewood (& Hearth).... and this is definitely not like them. My wife took me to Garden Cafe for my birthday 4 or 5 years ago and I loved it, but it was very different. It's a quiet, 5-8 table, oldish (in a good way) place, where the owner/chef and his wife the (front of house) treat you and feed you well. More of a "look at each other" place than a "look at the place" place if you know what I mean. Although it's not my favorite food, Saul would be a good choice; so would Applewood and Henry's End (since you didnt list them, maybe they're not on your rotation?). Or, if you're interested in a totally different direction and can stray into some other ethnicities, try Devi & get the fixed price meal. It's great.