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Feb 13, 2009 09:57 AM

Brooklyn BYOB

Off the top of my head the only places I can come up with for Brooklyn BYOB are La Superior and El Almacen both in Williamsburg and Lomzynianka in Greenpoint and I am in serious search of a few more options.

My father discovered New Green Bo on Bayard in Manhattan years ago and pretty much uses this as his go to place for every occasion possible, especially sunday family get togethers. And who can blame the guy, its rockbottom cheap, the fish sticks are phenomenal and you can bring your own wine!
That said, I am SICK of the place and need a BYO replacement ASAP. Preferably in brooklyn.

Most places in BK will do, while I live by McCaren Park, we are willing to travel and as my folks are often in a car they're flexible too.

Regarding my above options:
Mom is not so into Mexican which makes La Sup tricky.
I had a bad experience at Lom and am not ready to go back.
And no one I know had tried El Almacen yet so I'm hesitant to take the fam there.

Any ideas my friends? I'm desperate to get past the Bo!


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  1. We went to La Petit Crevette a couple of weeks ago. 144 Union Street - basically overlooking the BQE across from Carroll Gardens. BYOB and quite tasty seafood/fish and nice, mellow service. Would probably be great for a family get-together. New Green Bo is our go-to in Manhattan, as well, btw!

    1. In Carroll Gardens / Boerum Hill, Ghang Thai, Olive Vine (middle eastern) and Lucali's (Pizza) are all BYO and good. And I second Petite Crevette, mentioned above.

      Petite Crevette
      144 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      204 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Olive Vine
      316 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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      1. re: oolah

        Also in Boerum Hill is Wild Ginger on Smith Street.

      2. Motorino is still BYOB. It's slowly becoming my favorite restaurant in the in williamsburg.

        1. Thanks quizkid for the motorino rec, i've heard tons of good about their food, service etc.

          I think that I've heard Egg is BYO as well. Which could be fairly amazing. And I hope to try my hand at bringing a bottle to my fried chicken fest there tonight.

          Greenpoint Coffee house on Franklin, home to a surprisingly delicious burger and a great breakfast sausage situation has let us bring a special bottle in the past even though they do serve beer and wine. Unusual but worth a try.

          Lastly, we brunched at Kevins in Red Hook last weekend and it was delightful (I have a lot of issues with french toast, mostly that its always to dry in the center not crispy enough on the outside but theirs was truly great. not my all time fave but the best I've had in BK yet, and my mealmates seemed to like their dishes a lot. anyway I digress.) Kevin's is also BYO and I cannot recommend this combo enough: a pitcher of their fresh squeezed OJ + 2 bottles of Andre from the liquor store 2 blocks down.

          Brunch bevving heaven.

          135A N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Greenpoint Coffee House
          195 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          277A Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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          1. re: plumtart

            I noticed that the new Greek restaurant, Athena on 5th Ave and 14th St. is BYOB, at least for now. Its gotten pretty decent reviews here on Chowhound although I haven't tried it yet.

            1. re: jinx

              6th Ave at 14th st., which makes it pretty difficult to notice unless you're looking for it or you live in the neighborhood, unfortunately. I'm one of the positive reviewers, and I highly recommend it based on two visits so far - get the shrimp saganaki if it's the last thing you do, and the baklava tastes beautifully like fresh honey.

              Note that they also seem to have their own wine, but no corkage fee, oddly enough. The other night they were also discussing getting a full liquor license, but no idea what the status of that is, or how it will affect things going forward.

            2. El Almacen on Driggs is delicious. They are BYOB. Also, La Superior is BYOB. Egg has a corkage fee of $10 now, as they do sell beer and wine.

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                1. re: malibu

                  And another one bites the dust! El Almacen is BYOB no more. It's no B at all until they get a liquor license, so let's hope it's soon, because that steak is ridiculous. Shared the meat plate for two, two nights ago and woke up the next morning craving their steak and eggs.

                  Looks like Brooklyn's under attack:

                  Scary stuff. This takes a lot of the fun out of going to new places. Letter-writing campaign anyone?