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Sep 16, 2007 07:28 PM

1st Night Out in a Year

Hello all. My husband and I are going to get to eat out next weekend, childless, for the first time in a year to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I'm thinking a place in Brooklyn would be nice, I'd rather spend the time hanging out and eating (and drinking?) than commuting.

Any ideas?


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  1. Hmm my personal choices would be Saul or Applewood for such an occasion. If you go to Saul, pop into Sample nearby for a glass of wine pre-dinner.

    1. Chestnut has some delicious new entrees. Lately, I've been partial to the cavatelli with heirloom tomatoes and the soft shell crab tacos. They recently had a trout special that I hope they run again.

      Happy anniversary!

      1. I second the vote for Chestnut!!!

        1. If you're childless for the first time in a year, and it's a 10th anniversary, then you have you to do it up right:

          Applewood in Park Slope would be my first choice.

          Saul on Smith St. would be my second.

          And while I've never been, people continue to say wonderful things about Garden Cafe in Prospect Heights.

          And since your message implies that out live outside of Brooklyn, I doubly suggest Applewood -- it has the best nearby walking around when it comes to seeing the lovely homes of Brownstone Brooklyn.

          Enjoy your anniversary!

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          1. re: Peter

            Applewood was my first thought as well. It was where the missus and I went in a very similar situation, and we couldn't have been happier.

            1. re: Peter

              Though I have not been to chestnut for dinner, I have enjoyed their brunch as being superior a number of times UNTIL this sunday were my poached eggs and mustrooms tasted slightly like dirt and my companions huevos ranchos didn't taste like anything. though it is a strong eight hours (or maybe three) between brunch and dinner, i would urge caution when choosing chestnut. I have ehard fabulous thingss about saul and think applewood extraordinalrily good.

              1. re: ceasar11

                My husband and I have only been to Chesnut once, for brunch, and had a similar experience to your bad one. The service wasn't great, his huevos were unbearably flavorless, and I don't even remember what I had, but know only that I didn't think it was very good. We continue to hear great things about it, and might give it another chance, but wouldn't do so for a special occasion. For that, I second the recommendations for either Applewood or Saul. We have never gone wrong with either. Applewood is one of top two favorites in Brooklyn (al di la the other), but there are often kids there - whereas I've never seen one at Saul, so if you're looking for a kid-free night out, I might choose Saul. But really, you won't go wrong with either. Congratulations!

                1. re: kabny

                  I've heard bad things about Chestnut's brunch, too, but I've never eaten it myself.

                  However, their dinner is wonderful and the service is attentive and knowledgeable.

                  Don't let the bad brunch turn you off from their amazing dinner!

                  (Also, having just finished "Kitchen Confidential," I definitely think that brunch is in no way a reflection of dinner!)

                  1. re: scarlet starlet

                    I posted about our 'off' brunch at Chestnut a couple weeks ago. It used to always be wonderful, but lately seems to have turned inconsistent. I also used to always love dinner there though on a recent visit, the prix fixe was an incredibly good value BUT some of the dishes were slight misses. Still, we enjoyed ourselves that night.

                    In addition to my Saul and Applewood suggestions above, I'd add Convivium, as another stellar and very romantic spot.

            2. All I really know is in the Slope:

              Al Di La

              are the best...I think Convivium is the most underated and romantic.

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              1. re: pastoralia

                Good luck getting a table at Al Di La! I would not go there for your first night out because they don't take reservations and I don't think anyone here considers standing around waiting for a table to be something that is part of a romantic evening!

                I also vote for Rosewater on Union - I was there a few months ago and a few years ago and both times, everything was absolutely amazing.

                1. re: scarlet starlet

                  I walk by every night and at 6:30 you can easily find a table.