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Picky In-Laws + Thanksgiving 2009 in Brooklyn = Yikes!! Any Ideas?!

striver888 Nov 15, 2009 03:29 PM

So my husband & I are meeting my in-laws in Brooklyn for a Thanksgiving dinner.

We are stymied for a place that will satisfy all of us, and I thought fellow Chowhounders might have a solution, other than heavy drinking or eating cold cereal by ourselves at home (god forbid!).

Here are our parameters:

1) A restaurant in Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens or something not too far into Fort Greene or Prospect Heights.

2) Something not too fancy but not too dive-y either. My in-laws are uncomfortable with anything too upscale, nouveau, or foreign. My husband & I are way more open, and we want to have a nice meal nonetheless. It doesn't have to be a traditional turkey dinner, either, but traditional is fine, too.

3) Under $60 per person would be great, else my father-in-law will blow a gasket. Not a good thing on Thanksgiving.

Any brilliant ideas other than a diner? Or Dunkin Donuts? Yes, I've fallen that low...

  1. t
    Tay Nov 16, 2009 03:45 AM

    Chadwick's might work for you.

    Very In Law oriented and $40 pp is a great. deal. Well worth a trip to Bay Ridge.

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    1. re: Tay
      striver888 Nov 16, 2009 06:29 AM

      Thanks, Tay! I will def. check it out--and Bayridge is even closer to where they are, so that'd be fine!

    2. b
      bridgetw Nov 16, 2009 07:48 AM

      Park Slope: Bussaco and Rosewater are really really good and should meet your requirements. AOC Bistro is solid.

      AOC Bistro
      259 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      833 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: bridgetw
        bridgetw Nov 16, 2009 08:47 AM

        also Farm on Adderley.

      2. k
        krgowl Nov 16, 2009 09:29 AM

        iCi in Fort Greene has a great Thanksgiving menu, and Magnolia in Park Slope might be a more affordable option... Palo Santo is offering a $45 prix fixe as well.

        Palo Santo
        652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: krgowl
          Claire Nov 16, 2009 10:50 AM

          Palo Santo is wonderful but maybe not traditional enough for the OP's in-laws.

          Palo Santo
          652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. re: Claire
            striver888 Nov 16, 2009 11:28 AM

            Thanks, everyone, for the great suggestions! Much, much appreciated!

            1. re: striver888
              psnative Nov 16, 2009 01:03 PM

              I second Chadwicks. It is perfect for what your requirements are.

              1. re: striver888
                malibu Nov 17, 2009 03:13 AM

                Just noticed yesterday That Aurora Brooklyn is doing a TG prix fix for 45 pp which is really quite low for them. Great lunch yesterday- still one of my favorite restaurants.

          2. t
            Tay Nov 16, 2009 02:12 PM

            Wherever you end up. good, bad or somewher in between, it would be great if you could post about your experience.

            1. m
              Marion Morgenthal Nov 19, 2009 05:18 PM

              I just noticed today that Quercy, on Court Street near Baltic, is having a $35, 3-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. Looked like some nice choices (5 or 6 items available for each course). It's generally pretty quiet, and might work well with in-laws.

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