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Aug 27, 2008 03:40 PM

Bay Ridge to impress a Manhattanite

We're having some friends over from Manhattan and this is a big deal for them because they do not cross the East River (unless it's to go to "the cool places" like DUMBO or Williamsburg). We need a nice restaurant that isn't too expensive but will make them realize there is more to the borough than something they read about in Time Out NY.

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  1. We really like Grand Sichuan House. See this thread:

    Also, Tanoreen is a Chowhound favorite:

    To compete with Manhattan in some other cuisines I'd say you've got to go to 5th Ave in Park Slope or Smith St. (IMO)

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    1. re: scooter

      I went to Grand Sichuan House last night. The food was as fabulous as usual but MrsT there is nothing cool or even nice about it, it just has really great food. I like St. Germaine on 3rd Avenue and 82nd Street. I like the food, the prices and the atmosphere at St. Germaine. La Maison du Coucous is also really good on 77th off 5th. Lovely decor, great food. The owner is a big sad sack though and feels it is okay to sit at your table and complain about business. But I personally would not discount that restaurant for this reason.

    2. We're actually trying to avoid the Slope and Smith St. and make them come to us for a change. I'm also tired of hearing the "Yo Vinny" jokes from them.

      So far those have all been my choices. I have been ordering take-out from Grand Sichuan every week since we moved here and I'm addicted. We've been ordering a different dish every time. I'm really all about the food. Not the decor, our friends are the type that like to think they're the the first to discover places. My husband and I are going to Tanoreen on Friday. Is it still BYOB? I keep wanting to go to St Germaine, but by the time my husband gets home from work, we get lazy and wind up going to Salty Dog.

      1. Grrrrr to the idea of trying to impress Manhattanites, but.....

        I second the suggestion of Tanoreen. I've never had a bad meal there and it's a warm room with friendly service. I always leave there feeling good. It's also a good place to order a bunch of stuff and share. How many in your group? Tanoreen will be moving into a bigger space soon but it's original space is not big.

        I'm also newly enjoying First Oasis on Fourth Ave near 92nd St. Good Middle Eastern food and cheap. And excellent service in a nice, warm room.

        Also, have you tried Tuscany Grill on Third Ave near 87th St? It's not cheap but not too expensive. You can find the menu online. I've only been there once but the food was very good and it was very friendly with nice ambiance.

        Also, right across the street from Tuscany Grill is Elia, a nice little Greek place. Not cheap either but good.

        As you can see, I don't like snooty attitudes at restaurants. I've had good food in all of the above and all in nice, warm rooms with good ambiance and very friendly service.

        1. I sent some people to Areo the other night ( they were from LA) and they loved it. Trust me, Bay Ridge was no where to be found in the guidebook that they were reading! While the food is on par with lots of places in Manhattan, it has that special Bay Ridge "touch".
          I like to take my friends to restaurants that are unique to Brooklyn- like LB Spumoni Gardens. I like St Germaine, but I don't think that it is special. Grand Sichuan is also a favorite, but I wouldn't take a visitor- the ambience simply leaves a lot to be desired.

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          1. re: carfreeinla

            We ate at St. Germain last night. I would describe the food as average at best and the service as very poor.

          2. recently went to turqua grill (93? and 3rd)
            excellent middle eastern/turkish food
            it was byob, but i think they've started serving beer
            also, friday nights, I think, they have a belly dancer
            the food was excellent each time I was there

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            1. re: bruklinboy

              Have had three very good meals at Petit Oven.
              I think it is still BYO as well. Venue is small so reservations are recommended.

              Second Tanoreen.
              Have not been to Aero, heard the food is good but might have that hey vinny vibe.
              Grand Sichuan is good (I frequent the place) but would not make me think it was worth leaving the city for.

              1. re: ChrisZ

                I think that the hey Vinny vibe is part of the charm of visiting Bay Ridge. You can get food like Cebu anywhere ( and don't think much of it). But a good place with Vinny Vibe is ever so much sweeter.
                How bout the Pearl Room? Sit at one of Donna the smiling waitresses' tables...