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fancy, fabulous but quick dinner before a show at the southpaw?

hi all,
i'm going to a show at the southpaw while i'm in ny for a meeting in april. it's a work function, so we're on an expense account and a few of us are massively into weird & wonderful food. we'll only have ~ 2 hours for dinner and a group of 6, so we might be in a wee bit of a hurry. where would you send us?

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  1. Depends what you consider weird or wonderful. The area Southpaw is in (Park Slope) has a ton of great restos but they're not what I would call "weird." Like you're not going to find any places that serve Braised Komodo Dragon in a Merlot vinegar reduction with cardoon foam.
    Off the top of my head I would recommend:
    Bogota Latin Bistro which is a a few blocks away on 5th Ave. Great selection of South American dishes that go beyond the usual Mexican fare. And they have the BEST mojitos.
    Brooklyn Fish Camp is good for seafood. Great lobster roll.
    Blue Ribbon is about a 10 blocks away. It's an offshoot of the Manhattan location and has that sort of vibe to it.
    Al Di La is one of the best Italians in NYC but they don't take reservations and have a very LONG wait.
    If I think of other ideas I'll post them.

    1. Bogota Latin Bistro which is a a few blocks away on 5th Ave. Great selection of South American dishes that go beyond the usual Mexican fare. And they have the BEST mojitos.

      ^^ i think that is *just* what i am looking for! though the braised komodo dragon, hm, i may be back for that one! :)

      thanks for the rec!

      1. Al Di La opens at 6PM. Get there at 10 to 6, wait outside, be seated quickly and order some of the best food in NYC. You'll be out in time for the show. Its about 5 or 6 blocks from Southpaw.

        1. I am not a fan of Bogota. The first time I went I liked it quite a bit. The food was nothing special, but it was cheap and tasty. The second time we had one of the worst all time experiences in a restaurant. I think I wrote about it elsewhere on here. We refuse to go back after that.

          If you are on expense account, I would recommend Convivium which is about 4-5 blocks from Southpaw. Sort of a pan-European-Meditteranean type of place they have Italian/Spanish/Portuguese dishes in a beautiful rustic setting. The only problem is, they used to only take cash (which would mean filing for reimbursement), but they may take Amex now. You may want to check in advance.

          1. Don't go to Bogota- not worth it. Go the al di la route- a great meal.