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Applewood, RoseWater, Stone Park Cafe, or Convivium?

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nokitsch Feb 8, 2008 07:15 AM

I would like to take my wife tonight to a nice dinner in park slope. Which would you pick, or are they all foolproof? Thanks.

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    DaveBrooklyn Mar 1, 2008 06:45 PM

    I haven't yet tried Applewood, and I've only tried Stone Park for brunch (it wasn't very good).
    Convivium is way better than Rose Water, unless you're into a health-foody, chewy groats vibe. Rose Water is way overpriced, and the food is only so-so. Convivium is one of our favorite restaurants, and we've gone back repeatedly.

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      TBird Mar 2, 2008 07:39 AM

      i'd put convivium LAST in this lineup.LOL

      1)applewood
      2)rosewater
      3)stone park
      4)convivium

      btw - all 4 are probably the best in the area, so you really can't go wrong. i'd go to all 4 places and write a report. in fact....
      :-)

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        bklynbiker Apr 2, 2008 09:01 PM

        Ditto on Convivium. Great if you like supersalty food that all tastes the same (sorry rabid fans -- admittedly based on one experience, but with a multitude of dishes sampled)

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      carroll Feb 13, 2008 01:51 PM

      Al Di La is better than all three combined.

      though Applewood is pretty good.

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        ginsbera Mar 12, 2008 06:44 AM

        Agreed, Al Di La needs to be a part of this discussion. Tempo also.

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        bklynbiker Feb 11, 2008 07:52 PM

        Rosewater, easily. Not had good experiences at either Convivium or Applewood, tho' clearly in a very small minority on that one, at least on C'hound.

        1. famdoc Feb 9, 2008 11:11 AM

          Hey, nokitsch: Where did you go and how was it?

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            nokitsch Apr 3, 2008 07:22 AM

            Sorry for the (very) late reply! Actually we had a change of plans, but we went next day for brunch to Applewood, and it was absolutely great.

          2. amysep Feb 9, 2008 10:16 AM

            No one thinks Convivium Osteria? Crazy! I guess it depends on what you are looking for - the menu, the ambience, the hipness/trendiness? Rosewater is nice, small, cozy and romantic, but the menu is very small and changes every day depending on what's available. I can't comment on Applewood, but everyone else here did - it's obviously good and a hot place to eat at. Convivium is right up the street from where I live and I've longed to go back since the first time I've eaten there. It's so romantic and the food was delicious when I went. You feel like you are somewhere else - not on 5th Ave in Brooklyn. Never been to Stone Park. But I vote for Convivium! Amy @ http://www.neverfull.wordpress.com

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              TBird Feb 9, 2008 10:36 AM

              1) applewood
              2) stone park
              3) rosewater
              4) convivium

            2. Peter Feb 9, 2008 06:58 AM

              Having been to all 4, for a "nice dinner" Applewood would be my first choice.

              1. famdoc Feb 8, 2008 10:45 AM

                I am absolutely in agreement on Applewood. The problem is that your dinner is tonight and reservations may be hard to come by there. One solution is to arrive early and eat at the bar. Same menu. Potentially romantic. Just that the bar gets crowded after 7 and conversation becomes more difficult. Rose Water would be my second choice. You can eat at the bar at Stone Park, but I've been put off by attitude there (not by the bartender, but by the host/owner).

                1. Steve R Feb 8, 2008 07:48 AM

                  Of the 4, Applewood would be my 1st choice as well. But I'd consider Tempo as well if I was listing.

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                    sam1 Feb 8, 2008 08:22 AM

                    applewood hands down...though call asap for a reservation or be prepared to wait.

                    havent been to stone park in a year at least but its a solid 2nd choice.

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                    slopeguy Feb 8, 2008 07:19 AM

                    I like Applewood, although Rose Water is fantastic, it is a small place and you need to get there early.

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