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Francis Dec 28, 2008 03:32 PM

Hound from Chicago coming to town in a few weeks. A friend of ours is taking us to see the Cherry Orchard @ the Harvey Theatre in a few weeks. Any recommendations for anything that is near by that has solid food? The only thing out is Mexican and Indian, otherwise open for suggestions. Thanks!

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    megapax Dec 29, 2008 06:28 AM

    stonehouse is pretty good; although my favs in the area are Oleo (on Lafayette) and the general greene (on Dekalb). The viennese place across the street is really only good for drinks; I don't think the food is that good. Have fun!

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    1. re: megapax
      jg488 Dec 29, 2008 07:44 AM

      the post above is referring to stonehome and olea. and the viennese place is thomas beisl.

      i think that stonehome is a great choice. another good option is bbq at the smoke joint.

      The Smoke Joint
      87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      Stonehome Wine Bar
      87 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

      Thomas Beisl
      25 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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      quizkiddonniesmith Dec 29, 2008 07:23 AM

      I usally hit up the Stonehome as well, though it is a tad pricey.


      1. bobjbkln Dec 29, 2008 07:23 PM

        Convivium Osteria is just a few blocks away. Very good Portuguese/Italian in a nice atmosphere. Also nearby is Alchemy a competant gastropub and Tapeo for decent tapas.

        Convivium Osteria
        68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        56 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Cafe Tapeo
        52 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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        1. re: bobjbkln
          Francis Dec 30, 2008 01:48 PM

          Thanks so much! The gastropub sounds like an option. We are between Alchemy and stonehome. While we love bbq I am not sure we need to smell like a smoke house during the play - we also have TX roots and VERY particular about our bbq. (it's a little crazy if you ask me)
          What about reservations.....For sure,recommended, or don't bother?

          1. re: Francis
            bobjbkln Dec 30, 2008 07:27 PM

            You'll have no problem getting into Alchemy without a reservation (don't know about stonehome). IMO, you're not missing much by avoiding Smoke Joint, it is not among the best BBQ in NYC (none of which is great).

            1. re: Francis
              DeeDee Jan 3, 2009 07:41 AM

              Alchemy is really, really mediocre food and the last few times I was there the service was terrible. If you're visiting from out of town I would skip it. Stonehome is a charming little place. It tends to get crowded on performance nights at BAM so get there early because you can't make reservations. I would highly recommend No 7. Great food and great service.

              1. re: DeeDee
                pitu Jan 5, 2009 01:20 PM

                How did Ici get left off this list? It's slightly further away, but soooooooo consistently excellent!

                No Texan should go to SmokeJoint -- like all NYC BBQ, it is for hungry NYers with few choices. Alchemy - meh. Stonehome is very nice -- interesting wine, good food, etc. All places near BAM, iCi included, get a rush on BAM nights, so go a little early/have a rez

                246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

            2. re: bobjbkln
              frwiss Mar 18, 2009 06:47 AM

              Convivium Osteria is probably the best food and wine selection in all Brooklyn, but it is very pricey. This place is gorgeous too!

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              ShanDeez Dec 31, 2008 08:23 AM

              General Greene or No. 7.

              Or if you're willing to take a 10/15 minute walk, Luz or abisto.

              1. jen kalb Jan 3, 2009 09:02 AM

                Osteria Convivium is quite close and a very good restaurant with nice wines

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                  wanderluster Jan 4, 2009 05:51 PM

                  Ditto on Alchemy being highly mediocre.
                  General Greene and No. 7 are both very good - General Greene is a bit cheaper, but also is further from BAM.
                  I actually like Smoke Joint - their hacked beef sandwich is pretty solid, as is their cornbread, and baked beans. It's not too smoky, and the bar area is pretty fun.

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                    foodschatzi Jan 5, 2009 12:02 PM

                    I would go with Thomas Beisl, but you have to have a reservation. The food is great. And every time we go before a show, they get us in and out with full, happy bellies, everytime.

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                      Francis Jan 5, 2009 07:31 PM

                      Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I think the plan is Stonehome for drinks and nibbles prior and then Convivium Osteria or ICI for late night dinner. I'll make sure I report back!

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