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park slope advice (time sensitive!) for 4/9

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I need to spend about 4.5 hours in Park Slope starting late afternoon. I have nothing planned except the start and end times.

Where should I go for an early dinner (someplace a middle aged woman dining alone wouldn't seem/feel out of place)? Dessert elsewhere? A cute cafe to hang out (preferable with free internet in which case i'll bring the laptop) on Saturday evening? Maybe even someplace with an early set of live music: jazz or folk to go with the post-prandial cup of tea?

Any good food - ethnic or not - that won't cost a fortune. I'd prefer to be in jeans...so nothing too fancy!

Thanks in advance to the Brooklyn Hounds!

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  1. Sidecar (5th avenue around 16th street) would be good for dinner. They have two bars to sit at, so you could eat alone and talk to either chef or bartender. They usually only have one choice for dessert, though, so you may want to go elsewhere for that.

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    1. re: m de p

      a note on Sidecar--it doesn't open until 6, so that may be too late for the OP (she said late afternoon..)

    2. Naidre's is a good cafe with good coffee and WiFi, but it's small & may be hard to get a table. It's at 7th Ave & 11th or 12th. Barbes is your answer for music.

      http://barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html

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      Naidre's
      382 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      1. thanks for the suggestions.

        after all that i got a call from bronx friends who wanted to meet for dinner, so (at their suggestion) we went to grimaldi's. i will post in the new haven pizza thread (since i'm a ct hound) about the comparison to sallys/pepes. suffice to say i did not think it was worth the 75 minute wait on line! oh well...

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        1. re: hungrykids

          Dear lord, people are still waiting 75 minutes for Grimaldi's? The next time you're in town, please don't waste it like you did this weekend - and don't think of Grimaldi's as somehow representing what New York pizza can be! Try Motorino, Fornino, Di Fara, Franny's, Zero Otto Nove (if your friends are in the Bronx, after all)... so many great ones to choose from, and you ended up at a place that most certainly isn't.

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          Fornino
          187 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Motorino
          319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Grimaldi's
          242-02 61st Ave, Queens, NY 11362

          Tra Di Noi
          622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458