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$75: Date in WBurg/Gpoint, need ideas

This weekend I'm taking a date to the new bowling alley that opened up on North 14th and Berry in Greenpoint, thought it would be a fun idea. Looking for dinner ideas in Greenpoint or Williamsburg - ideally not too far south of Bedford or Lormier L stops as the alley is north of there - entrees in the $15-20 range so we can share an appetizer and each have a drink. Nothing too loud or overly romantic. We're both good eaters, so something with a unique menu is welcome. Thanks so much all

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  1. I did a little searching, there's a new place that opened a month or 2 ago called Miranda, but I can't find any reviews/info about it. Also the Radegast Biergarten finally opens this Thursday, which could be fun, but also could be ridiculously packed.

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    1. re: fishermb

      Just read on Eater that the Biergarten opening may be pushed to next week. So, call before you go to make sure.

      1. re: saltysnack

        where is radegast biergarten located?

      2. re: fishermb

        Miranda hasn't opened yet. I live down the block and they are still in full construction mode.

        1. re: StrawbrryF

          Ah thanks Strawbrry, do you know anything about what kind of food/atmosphere it will be?

          1. re: fishermb

            I don't know what kind of food it's going to be but from the sign and the space, it looks like it's going to be a cute, romantic, date-y place. They're literally still working on putting up dry wall so there are very few clues. I'll report back when I know more. :)

      3. I've been interested in trying Silent H which is near there. I've had their bahn mi which I thought was good.

        Reviews on this board are mixed - some think it's overpriced and not that authentic, some think it's good and/or have good dishes.

        The space is nice and low key - not sure how loud it gets for dinner.

        Silent H
        79 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        1. How about Aurora on Grand? Some of the entrees are in the $15-20 range, some meat dishes closer to $25.

          1. this is a bit further, but Moto near the M train in S Wburg is a great and romantic cheapish date spot.

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              1. re: sam1

                Aurora is pretty far South, and Moto is farther still, although both offer solid food in a romantic setting (Aurora rather formally so). Dumont on Union would certainly meet your criteria, although it's not particularly new or flashy.
                Brooklyn Label in Greenpoint might do the trick as well. Neither of these even make my top 5 for inspired neighborhood dining options, but they each have their strengths and are relatively accessible to The Gutter.

            1. sweetwater tavern (n6th btwn berry and wythe) w/ tapas and a glass of wine at nita nita en route.

              zenkichi (n6th and wythe) -- though it's a bit more romantic.

              chai (n6th and wythe) -- thai in a cozy, stylish setting.

              1. At the Lorimer stop - Bozu is good for innovative sushi and has a nice atmosphere; Dumont is always a standby, although it can get a little loud in there. Closer to the Bedford L - DOC Wine bar is good for Italian snacks and good wine; Sweetwater is solid nouveau American in a comfy atmosphere. You could also do Queen's Hideaway in Greenpoint...

                1. DuMont is the best. I just ate there twice in the past 2 weeks in their back garden and the sound level is perfect. Not loud at all. (Right at the Lorimer stop, on Union)

                  Sweetwater is a good option too, and isn't too bad of a wait b/c it's big. Aurora can get expensive and it's cash only and their waitstaff can be pushy. Also, Aurora has really dim lights so it may be more romantic than you want. DOC is darling and has great food. Silent H for dinner was really loud when I was there. And it was really hot and really bright. Food wasn't too great. I would stick to lunch there for banh mi.

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                  1. re: saltysnack

                    DOC sounds like it could be a winner, do they have enough of a food menu to make dinner out of it?

                    1. re: fishermb

                      DOC has enough of a food menu, although you'll find a wider range and heartier fare at DuMont. Both are darling atmospheres and great service. One note: if there's a wait for a table at DOC, there's really no place to wait unless you're lucky enough to get one of the 5 stools at their small bar. If there's a wait for a table at DuMont, there's a bar in the back patio area. So...something to consider.

                    2. re: saltysnack

                      OP must already surely know about Dumont, no? It is indeed the best. I go all the way from Jackson Heights to eat there. Entrees are large, so you can split an app and an entree and be very happy. Food quality is wonderful. Atmosphere adorable.

                      1. re: KateC.

                        In my Williamsburger opinion DOC wins for proximity, atmosphere, service (usually) and food. I stopped going to Dumont because the service sucked one too many times and the food is pretty whatever anyway. DOC is cute and small and off the beaten path, so it should earn you some date points as well. Zenkitchi is also very good and has small plates so you can manage your budget.
                        Aurora is great but probably a little pricey for this date.

                    3. Marlow & Sons for sure. It all the way over on Broadway but then just hope on the B61 to get to the bowling alley. Otherwise, I would do DOC.

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                      1. re: midgepingleton

                        So plans changed last minute and I wound up cooking (we didnt want to be trekking around in the rain). But DOC is definitely the plan for the next time we can plan this outing, thank you all for the suggestions.

                      2. you might also want to try out Juliette. Pretty decent french bistro food. The atmostphere is really cool and reminds me of a couple of places in paris.

                        135 N 5th St
                        Brooklyn, NY 11211
                        (718) 388-9222

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                        1. re: artfuldestruct

                          Juliette? Really? I've been there two or three times. It's a beautiful place, inside and out, but the food is plain and mediocre. It doesn't offend me but the obvious draw of the restaurant is the atmosphere.