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recommendations for small wedding rehearsal dinner in brooklyn

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I was planning on hosting my sister's wedding rehearsal at Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens.
Turns out the no reservation policy extends even to a special request as this.

I like their other restaurant Frankies, but am now slightly soured at the fact that the manager couldn't accomodate us, so I am wondering if anyone has any other places in mind.

We have a group of 12, open to cuisine, and somewhere in the general vicinity from williamsburg south to carroll gardens would be ideal. Some of the guests are from europe and it would be great to have a fun brooklyn vibe for the dinner. It doesnt need to be a formal place.

Thanks all!

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  1. If it is in the spring, I suggest Aurora in W'burg -- great, transportive outdoor patio dining. How about Dressler? That would be top-notch. Noodle Pudding in the Heights could def hook you up -- very local vibe, excellent service, and outstanding food. Walter Foods in W'burg is retro-cool chophouse fun -- not sure how they can seat 12, though -- it is small, and I can only picture their banquettes as I write this. Oh, wait -- I've got it! Vinegar Hill House has a downstairs room that would be excellent for you!! For something cozy and very scaled back, maybe Robin Des Bois? Not at all fancy, but a unique vibe and good hang.

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    1. re: lazylghtng

      I have done more than a few special event dinners at Aurora and highly recommend it. We did NYE there twice (with 14 people) as well as a 30th bday party of 20, a small wedding dinner of 25 (at one long table) and I was also in a wedding there where the restaurant was shut down for us (about 60 people). All of the events were really great and the staff was friendly, accommodating and the food was top notch. Good luck!

      1. re: malibu

        I ended up at Aurora last night randomly, with a friend, and had a lovely time. It's been a few years since I have eaten here. we sat at the bar, had great wine and I tried the malfatti di zucca, delicious. service from the bartender was great, and the manager gave me a taste of a dessert wine to go with my panzarotti. everything about the experience was wonderful

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        Aurora
        70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    2. not sure if this is what you had in mind, but we went to convivium osteria last year for my sister's birthday and we all enjoyed it. best entree was the steak. it was ridiculous! it is a small place but they were able to nicely accomodate our group of 10. i just looked at their website and it looks like they can accomodate larger private groups as well.

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      1. re: giftergirl

        After my lovely experience at Aurora, I decided to give Convivium Osteria a try, as I have heard good things about the restaurant, and it is a great location.

        I just came back from the restaurant, and have to say I am very unimpressed. The waiter needs and attitude adjustment, the type of person that doesn't make you feel welcome, and after all, a restaurant is a service-oriented business. The other problem was the food: the carciofo alla romana was tasty, but my companion's braised rabbit was flavorless. My pork baby back ribs were just decent.

        also off-putting was the fact that the staff spent a fair amount of time speaking to each other in Italian. At one point a customer didn't close the door to the restaurant, and the waiter cursed in Italian, clearly heard by us, (we speak Italian).

        The combination of mediocre service and food left me cold.

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        Convivium Osteria
        68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      2. I agree that Dressler would be a great spot...as would Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens. If the group is made up of carnivores. why not Peter Luger?