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Brooklyn - Adams St rec

ldchow Jun 5, 2007 05:40 PM

Looking for recommendations for a comfortable, good-food option in Adams Street neighborhood of Brooklyn for Saturday night. Looking for good food, price not a huge issue, relaxed atmosphere, but not ultra-casual. Thanks.

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    al718 RE: ldchow Jun 5, 2007 07:25 PM

    Sounds like you are staying at the Brooklyn Marriott. There's nothing on Adams Street, but Smith Street is a short walk away. Pacifico on Pacific St between Smith and Boerum (which becomes Adams) is fun. Saul on Smith is more upscale but great. Smith St has tons of options.

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      Marion Morgenthal RE: ldchow Jun 5, 2007 07:42 PM

      I would suggest Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights--about a 10 minute walk from Adams street. Definitely comfortable, definitely good food, and definitely need reservations for a Saturday (but they only take res for groups of 3 or more).

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        noneforyouatall RE: ldchow Jun 5, 2007 11:17 PM

        Eat at Queen on Court & Livingston. Awesome italian food.

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          bobjbkln RE: noneforyouatall Jun 6, 2007 09:02 AM

          Second the Queen recommendation. It's very close and they take reservations which is important for a Saturday night. They are a bit pricey and the decor is a bit kitschy, but the food is worth it.

          Also an easy walk is Waterfalls on Atlantic Ave.: Cheap BYOB (wine store across the street), no decor, but excellent middle easter food.

          Agree with Restaurant Saul on Smith Street. Pricey but excellent new American. You'll need a reservation. But I'd skip Pacifico, IMO not one of the better places Brooklyn has to offer.

          Jolie on Atlantic Ave. mid-priced French Bistro.

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            bluishgnome RE: bobjbkln Jun 6, 2007 07:35 PM

            Third for Queen! Great osso buco and bread with olives to start is a nice touch.

            I prefer Bacchus over Jolie. Both good French restaurants, but I like the food at Bacchus better. They're not too far from each other either. I believe Bacchus is on Atlantic Ave & Bond St. I haven't been there in a while though... hope they still have that 2 for 1 entree on Wednesday nights. Stan's Place right next door is a major letdown though. Is there some reason restaurants in NYC can't serve alligator meat? I would have thought a New Orleans restaurant would have at least a bittle of it on the menu somewhere.

            But yea. Straight down Smith Street, you have some decent restaurants. Nothing spectacular (although I haven't tried Saul... the prices are a bit up there for me. If I'm going to spend that much, I'll go to Manhattan.)

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              bobjbkln RE: bluishgnome Jun 7, 2007 09:04 AM

              Just to point out that there have been a number of severe downhill reports on Bacchus lately. I'd avoid it, if I were a short time visitor to Brooklyn.

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                bluishgnome RE: bobjbkln Jun 9, 2007 02:30 PM

                :( Thanks for the heads up, but that is really sad to hear. I remember Bacchus in its prime, about 3 - 4 years ago. I remember there was a scandal with one of the partners of the restaurant and since then, it hasn't been the same.

                On a brighter note, how is Jolie? I went there twice about 6 months after it opened. I preferred Bacchus at the time so haven't returned.

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                  bobjbkln RE: bluishgnome Jun 9, 2007 05:21 PM

                  Jolie, IMO is more than competent for the price. It is a very comfortable Bistro. The tables are well spaced. The food is decent, not mid blowing, but I am very comfortable recommending it to a visitor to Brooklyn staying in the neighborhood.

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                    parkslopemama RE: bobjbkln Jun 9, 2007 06:36 PM

                    I agree about Jolie. It has some detractors here, but people I have taken there for lunch have always really enjoyed it. Also, in this weather, it's nice to sit in the little courtyard in the back.

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          ldchow RE: ldchow Jun 14, 2007 07:35 PM

          thanks everyone for the recommendations - we did try Henry's End (closest to the person we were visiting), and it was great - good food, just the right atmosphere. We walked Atlantic Ave area too, and will have to try some of these others next trip. thanks!

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