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Quiet quality restaurants in Park Slope?

ardnaxela Aug 22, 2007 09:06 AM

For a birthday dinner for a friend who hates loud restaurants, does anyone have recommendations for good, but fairly quiet places in Park Slope. I was thinking Applewood but haven't been there.

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    pslopian Aug 22, 2007 11:13 AM

    Applewood is great - many restaurants in the slope fit the bill, I'd also recommend:
    Convivium Osteria
    Little Dishes
    Palo Santo

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      David W Aug 22, 2007 11:15 AM

      Applewood is not quiet.
      Of all the usual suspects, I'd say Tempo is your best bet.

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        AmityGal Aug 22, 2007 03:00 PM

        I went to Black Pearl on Union between 6th and 7th aves a couple weeks ago and for better or worse it was really, really quiet there. And it was a Saturday night (in August granted).

        We had two appetizers, four entrees and two desserts and all of the food was good. Short of spectacular or memorable but good. Good service and interesting dining room.

        1. soupcommie Aug 22, 2007 04:46 PM

          I really, really love Paola Santa. When I go there, somehow I feel that I'm on vacation. I know they play music, but I don't recall it being too loud. I love the vibe of the place and the food is terrific. Maybe pass by during the time that you are planning to go and see if it would be too loud for your friend. Another person mentioned Black Pearl. It may be quite, but I thought that it was way overpriced for the quality of the food.

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            Dalglish Aug 23, 2007 08:24 AM

            If you're willing to cross Flatbush a block or two then I highly recommend the Garden Cafe in Prospect Heights, on the corner of Vanderbilt and Prospect Place. A neighborhood mainstay, very quiet, classy and tasteful. Excellent food too! They have a prix fixe menu most nights which is excellent value.

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              FoodWine Aug 24, 2007 09:11 AM

              I agree with "Dalglish"; Garden Cafe is an excellent choice for anyone who likes quiet -even romantic- restaurants that serve very good food.

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            kabny Aug 23, 2007 10:01 AM

            Applewood is one of my two favorite restaurants in the Slope (along with al di la, which is absolutely not quiet). Depending on the time you go, it is sometimes very quiet - especially if you go on the early side, like 6ish. Even when I've been when it's crowded, though, I haven't found it to be particularly loud. I think it's a great choice for a birthday dinner. Have one of their special cocktails, too - delish.

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              sharonm Aug 23, 2007 10:38 AM

              Palo Santo
              I'd also try Flaybush Farms

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                ardnaxela Aug 23, 2007 11:54 AM

                Thanks everyone for your recommendations. We're going to Applewood, where the hostess said she's putting us in a quiet corner. But after the poz response I really want to try Palo Santo next!

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                1. re: ardnaxela
                  angelhair Aug 23, 2007 12:21 PM

                  Applewood's great but even in the best of times I don't consider it particularly quiet. And it's the kind of space that doesn't handle excess sound very well. Case in point: I went there earlier this summer on a weeknight around 8:45pm. It was moderately busy but there were plenty of empty tables. We chose a table near a group of about 6 or 8 young women. They appeared to be celebrating something. We quickly noticed that they were making a hell of a lot of noise. Our waiter expressed some frustration with them and said she hoped they would be leaving soon. She moved us to a table as far from the group as possible. Alas, they didn't leave but managed to drag their celebration out for the duration of our meal. And they were unbelievably loud - hooting, laughing and carrying on in such a way that you would have thought they were at a TGIF happy hour. It was really unpleasant. When they finally did leave (shortly before we did) I realized that there had been some soft music playing. Couldn't hear it (or much of anything else) at all while these morons had been screeching. This in no way was the restaurant's fault but the room is sparely decorated and has lots of hard surfaces so it doesn't absorb sound well.

                  And finally, if any of those yentas should be reading, if you don't know how to comport yourself in an appropriate manner please stick to bars or stay home.

                  1. re: ardnaxela
                    soupcommie Aug 23, 2007 07:59 PM

                    When you go to Palo Santo please share your thoughts on this board!

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                      sam1 Aug 27, 2007 08:28 AM

                      ugh, no offense but palo santo was terrible when i went. it happened to be during brooklyn restaurant week but the service and the food were pretty abysmal. the wine i ordered came absolutely freezing...probably stored in a basement. i asked for a beer instead. the food was pretty forgettable. i had a pork chop and some chicken hearts to start...the chicken hearts were chewy and greasy...very unappealing.

                      there was also a table behind us of about 10 people who were yelling and hollering the entire time. i kept looking at the head guy to see if he'd ask them to keep it down but he didnt. eventually i did.

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                        eatorbeeaten Sep 30, 2007 08:53 AM

                        Chicken hearts? unappealing? You don't say!!

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                          bluishgnome Sep 30, 2007 01:20 PM

                          Ugh. Lets not rate restaurants for their food or service during restaurant week. My first visit to Palo Santo was during RW as well and I completely agree with you on their service and food quality that week. But I went to two other great restaurants (Crave and Tempo) during RW and was completely underwhelmed at both (not surprisingly.)

                          Try Palo Santo at least one more time. It's become one of my favorite restaurants that rarely lets me down. The last thing that wasn't a favorite was the pork liver chorizo... but it was interesting. My main dish had a fried pig tail, which was a great garnish and tasted ... like pork, mostly.

                          I had the chicken heart on a regular visit and found it to be chewy and flavorful. I think that's how it should be, no? It wasn't greasy at all. Their little tacos are always on target. And the wine list is definitely affordable with a decent selection of wines by the glass.

                          And yea... the place is good for a large group. And those large groups do get loud sometimes... especially after a few bottles of wine. Sorry.

                    2. NYJewboy Sep 30, 2007 11:06 AM

                      I guess Al Di La is not quiet enough, but it is sublime.

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