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Jul 30, 2009 07:41 AM

Near Williamsburg Music Hall, tonight?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: butterchicken2nan

      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

      1. re: CalJack

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

        1. re: chompchomp

          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.)

          1. re: buttertart

            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.

            1. re: butterchicken2nan

              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).

    2. 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.