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Dec 22, 2007 06:02 PM

Brooklyn restaurant for group of 7 on budget

Hi My family is vacationing in Park Slope (one block from F-train) for the New Years holiday and are on a budget. We would like to find a restaurant in Brooklyn that has ambience, is somewhat inexpensive, (<$20 pp) and could accomidate a group of 7. 2 Of the 7 are vegetarian. BYOB would be a huge plus. And somewhat accessible from F-Train route. Lucali's sounds great ($4 corkage) but not sure if we could get a table for 7..
(BTY:Is it true you have to go to manhattan to get to Williamsburg from Park Slope?)

Thanks for any info.

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  1. I won't speak to the restaurants (I would just say go buy some wine at Big Nose Full Body or Prospect and order in!! but there are others here who can better address those needs) -- but you can get to Wburg via the G train, which you can catch on the same platform at Bergen or Carroll streets (others too, but these are underground). Take the G to Lorimer, which'll get you to a certain part of Wburg, but if you want to hit Bedford, you can either walk from there or take the L train one stop to Bedford.

    1. You can eat very well in Park Slope, but you'll have a hard time on New Year's Eve finding a place that works with your budget. Do a search of this board for restaurants in the Slope. The subject comes up often.

      1. I didn't even see that you were asking for New Year's -- you might check with some of the Chinese places and see if they'll let you bring your own (Red Hot on 10th St. and 7th Avenue) doesn't serve alcohol as far as I know, so they may let you BYOB, but other than that? I can't think of a place that you'd be able to eat for that little money on New Year's.

        Is it an option for you all to cook? Are you staying in an apartment? Otherwise, i"d order up a mess of Chinese or Thai and bring in my own wine . . .

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        1. re: bebevonbernstein

          Yeah we have an apartment to stay in, we will definitely be cooking most of the time, but thought one or two nights out would be fun. Since posting, I've narrowed down some places that have BYOB .. Ivo & Lulu, La Sirene,(are these one in the same? ~same address?) & Tartine in West Village. any opinion would be helpful on these places! Thanks again

          1. re: annaleigho

            Just search the boards for info on any of them, but I'd be awfully surprised if they were within your $20 budget for New Year's. For that kind of money, you can really only eat at ethnic places in NYC . . .

            1. re: annaleigho

              Forget Tartine. It's a tiny place, always packed and it's out of your budget.

          2. First of all, I am intrigued by your "vacationing in Park Slope" statement!
            What qualifies as ambience for you? If you want true "Brooklyn Ambience" ( old school I mean), you may have change in your pocket when the meal is done. If you are looking for white table cloths and a place that understands what corkage is, that may be a different story. You could have a blast in Sunset Park/Chinatown in one of the Chinese halls ( change at 4th Ave for the R) or go to LB Spumoni Gardens for an Italian groanfest and finish with a spumonii dessert platter ( you can actually just take the F but you have less walking with the R to the N).
            Lots of ambience!

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            1. re: carfreeinla

              I guess I should clarify, we are vacationing in New York, staying at an apartment in Park Slope. By ambience I mean NOT stuffy, cold, bright or awkward. Or anything resembling a cafeteria. We love old school, warm, cozy, festive, a place where 7 lively, animated people can eat, talk, and be comfortable. And by under $20, I'm refering to entree PER person. Do restaurants in NYC charge higher prices for the holidays? Perhaps my quest for the perfect restaurant is too ambitious. :-) Maybe we should consider a bar w/ good food..
              Thanks carfreeinla for the tips!

              1. re: annaleigho

                First off, its good you clarified that $20 means entrees at 20 or below. That makes a HUGE diff.
                Secondly, Lucali's does take reservations for large parties but are you sure they are open for New Years?
                Thirdly, "Do restaurants in NYC charge higher prices for the holidays? " OF COURSE! Restaurants make a lot of money on New Years.

                I would say with a $20 entree cap, go to and see what you get in Park Slope.

                Park Slope Ale House- pub grub, good beers, comfy
                Chip Shop- UK fish n chips, good beers, comfy

                I'll think of some others and get back.

                Seriously, go to and see whats thre, you can click on menus and see your options.

                Good luck and welcome to NYC. This town ain't cheap. And on New Years?