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uwsgrazer Feb 15, 2009 06:40 PM

We're looking for a place with good food and service and a nice atmosphere for an informal birthday celebration for five people. We will go this Saturday night (less than one week from today), so need a place where we can still get reservations. Moderately-priced (entrees up to low $20s). Should be accessible by subway.

Thanks.

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    Widmark RE: uwsgrazer Feb 15, 2009 07:03 PM

    when I lived in brooklyn, Bachus on Atlantic Ave was my go-to place and beat anything on Smith St.

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      Nehna RE: Widmark Feb 16, 2009 05:35 AM

      Not anymore...I've never had anything but mediocrity at Bachus.

      None of them are really all that good on Smith anymore esp with Patois temporarily closed while they relo (?) -- the rest really don't do a lot of french food, i.e. the classics. Patois was/is the exception to that. Oh, there's Quercy on Court St, which does do decent French, but they've always kind of empty, which is a little depressing.

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        Nehna RE: Nehna Feb 16, 2009 08:12 AM

        Robin Des Bois is a good option actually. They have very tasty rillettes and love the chicken on a board.

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      Fleur RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 12:16 AM

      I think the le Petit Marche on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights would be great for your party.

      The food is very good, the people lovely, the ambiance very French, and the price within your budget,'

      We have been there recently and loved it once again.

      They do accept reservations, and are located just a few blocks from the Clark Street Subway srarion.

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        elecsheep9 RE: Fleur Feb 16, 2009 04:47 AM

        I second Le Petit Marche. We went there last Friday and it was wonderful. I also like Canaille in Park Slope, but It is small and I wish the menu were a bit more varied.

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        uwsgrazer RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 05:08 AM

        Thanks for the recommendations!

        Le Petit Marche and Canaille both sound good. Before we try to book a table at one of these we were wondering whether anyone was familar with Belleville and could provide some feedback.

        Also, while it's obviously not french bistro fare, we came across Baci & Abbracci. The on-line menu looked good and the limited reviews seemed positive. Grateful for any comments on Baci's food quality and the general atmosphere. In particular, we were concerned whether it would be large and impersonal.

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          redgirl RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 05:50 AM

          you absolutely should try pomme de terre on newkirk avenue in ditmas park section. easy ride on the q or b to newkirk. straight up french bistro and we haven't had a meal there (easily 10 times) that wasn't lovely. they take reservations and it's all well-priced. so much better than belleville.

          http://pdtny.com/

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          Pomme de Terre
          1301 Newkirk Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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            roux42 RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 06:05 AM

            We really Belleville, the food is good, decent wines, not too costly... the only problem is it tends to get a bit loud. There ceilings are really high and sound seems to carry around the room. When the front 'Fr vench doors' along 7th are open it is not so bad. If you can get a seat along the back wall it not as noisy. I am not sure where you live but Petit Gamim on Vanderbilt is pretty nice and a very relaxed feel to it.

            Please let us know where you decide to go...

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              uwsgrazer RE: roux42 Feb 16, 2009 06:52 AM

              roux42, we would be coming from Manhattan. We don't know our way around Brooklyn so well so the more straightforward the location the better. We will be coming from another event in Manhattan that evening. It will be 8 to 8:30 p.m. by the time we get to the restaurant so we can't really afford to get lost ...

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                roux42 RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 08:07 AM

                Hello again... Then you might be better off with Jolie, Bacchus, La Canaille )which I have not tried) or Belleville which are all closer to the 'beaten path'.

                Enjoy!

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                  uwsgrazer RE: roux42 Feb 18, 2009 04:12 PM

                  We booked a table at Belleville. I'll report back later.

                  Thanks to everyone for your advice!

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                    uwsgrazer RE: uwsgrazer Mar 13, 2009 08:20 PM

                    Hi,

                    Sorry about the delayed reply but just wanted to report that we had a nice evening at Belleville. We arrived maybe 10-15 minutes early for our 8:30 reservation. The table wasn't ready but we enjoyed having the adjacent bar area to ourselves. It's really an entirely different space that turned out to have only opened a couple of weeks earlier. We probably didn't get seated till after our appointed time. I guess that's a little annoying but we were having a good time over drinks so it wasn't an issue. Plus since the fifth member of our party hadn't yet arrived maybe they wanted to seat another complete party first.

                    As for the food itself it was fine, if nothing exceptional. I'm a little embarassed to say I can't quite remember everything we ordered; since the website doesn't post the menu I can't even go back to check. What I will say is that the appetizers were reasonably well-sized but at least a couple of the main dishes seemed light! An order of steak (was it hanger steak??) was definitely pretty skimpy.

                    By about 10:30-11 p.m. the place had cleared out. Given it was a Saturday night we were in no hurry. While technically they didn't rush us out, they were obviously putting things away and it just wasn't so conducive to lingering over coffee. Still, for our purposes the restaurant worked out just fine.

                    Thanks for the suggestion!

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                  Fleur RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 03:08 PM

                  Le Petit Marche is less than a 5 minute walk down a busy, safe street ,from the Clark Street Station.

                  Clark Street is the first stop in Brooklyn coming from Manhattan. One stop fro, Wall Street.

              2. pitu RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 06:16 AM

                iCi in Ft Greene
                Bistro food although *not* Bistro Decor.
                I had a lovely lovely birthday there in December. Non-fussy elegance, fan-tastic food, interesting wine list with an emphasis on biodynamique.

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                246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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                  uwsgrazer RE: pitu Feb 16, 2009 06:34 AM

                  Funny that you mention iCi, pitu. We went there a little more than a year ago with the exact same group as will attend this Saturday's dinner. (Our group meets regularly to celebrate one another's birthdays.) We enjoyed iCi and would probably consider returning, but so far we've always sought out a new place. So basically we're looking for another place along the lines of iCi!

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                  tupideville RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 08:14 AM

                  Check out Fanny along Graham Avenue in Williamsburg. www.fannyfood.com

                  1. bobjbkln RE: uwsgrazer Feb 16, 2009 09:48 AM

                    Agree with Le Petite Marché (Yes) and Bacchus (No!). Also try Lou Lou in Ft. Greene and AOC Bistro in Park Slope. Also note that Canaille is Cash only.

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                    AOC Bistro
                    259 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                    Loulou
                    222 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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                      redgirl RE: bobjbkln Feb 16, 2009 12:06 PM

                      had one of the worst meals of my life - EVER at AOC. truely awful. and I've heard of similar experiences from others.

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