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Near Williamsburg Music Hall, tonight?

buttertart Jul 30, 2009 07:41 AM

Jarvis Cocker tonight, can't wait. Williamsburg a bit off the beaten track for us (PHers) - what's particularly noteworthy for preconcert? Am thinking about El Almacen but open to anything.

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    butterchicken2nan RE: buttertart Sep 21, 2009 03:14 PM

    Judging by the lack of response to this post and the one other i found on Chowhound, it looks like there is nothing anywhere near the Williamsburg Music Hall - so am I best going to Manhattan for food and Brooklyn for the music only?

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      CalJack RE: butterchicken2nan Sep 21, 2009 04:19 PM

      Could you offer a few specifics about what you're looking for? (e.g. type of cuisine, price-point, atmosphere, drinks, etc.) There are plenty of decent options within a 10 minute walk of the Music Hall there on the North Side; however, the immediate vicinity on North 6th street tends to be a bit repellent due to the unpleasant crowds that tend to flood both the neighborhood on weekends and nearby Sea Thai at all times.

      Within 5 minutes' reach on foot, I'd direct you towards Fornino (artisan pizza), DOC Winebar (paninis and light Italian fare) DBA (Beer and plenty of it), Brooklyn Bowl (food courtesy of the Blue-Ribbon team, bowling optional), or Egg (Southern comfort food). I have heard inconsistent reports on El Almacen, but that's another option right off the Bedford Ave L stop.

      I hope this helps the wayward butter + [insert food name(s) here] contingent.

      135A N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      187 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      DOC Wine Bar
      83 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      Brooklyn Bowl
      61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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        chompchomp RE: CalJack Sep 22, 2009 07:14 AM

        Indeed -- there are loads of good options (especially within a mile), but we need some parameters.

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          buttertart RE: chompchomp Sep 22, 2009 10:34 AM

          We went to El Almacen which is right by the subway stop. Was quite good and will keep in mind for future concerts. (Jarvis was better than the food.)

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            butterchicken2nan RE: buttertart Sep 22, 2009 10:00 PM

            Well I'm going there on a Thursday night for an 8p.m. show. There will be at least three of us and we are looking for dinner an d possibly a drink or two if we can do it all in one place - but I would put food ahead of booze on the priority list. the only cuisine I could confidently exclude would be sushi as at least one of the party definitely does not like it., and much as I love Indian food we all just went out a couple of days ago for Indian so that is probably out too. We will not be dressed up so casual is preferred and the price range should be around $30-35 per person.

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              buttertart RE: butterchicken2nan Sep 23, 2009 06:11 AM

              El Amacen should suit all your requirements - but I think they only have a license for beer and wine. There are a lot of bars on the same street as the Music Hall (and in it for that matter).

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      selenster RE: buttertart Sep 23, 2009 01:57 PM

      there are tons of awesome restaurants in the WB area near the WMH. like italian? baci & abbracci on grand street btwn driggs & roebling. gorgeous back garden, fantastic pastas & pizzas. i really love their papardelle w/ duck ragu, FYI. it's not the typical red sauce slop - it's similar to osso buco in flavor and texture. delicious.

      i haven't been to miyako lately (6th and berry) but it's pretty decent for japanese & korean.
      but for really lovely japanese, cruise over to bozu on grand btwn roebling & havemeyer. another gorgeous backyard lounge and definitely get the chilled noodles w/ shrimp tempura.

      second the rec re: egg. that place is amazing. i've heard praises sung about the fried chicken but i have yet to go.

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