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What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

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Here's the situation. I want to live in Brooklyn, my wife in Manhattan. We decided on a fun way to make the call: each of us gets a few shots at persuading the other by way of finding a great coffee joint, restaurant, concert venue, park, farmer's markets and whatnot.

Time has come for my one shot at showcasing the restaurant scene in Brooklyn tomorrow night, and I have to pick one spot.... She likes the combination of great food, places which have put some thought into a trendy design/decor concept and a hipster crowd. Also, Peter Luger, Saul and Dressler are not eligible as we agreed to not include michelin star restaurants. Here's what I am contemplating:

Vinegar Hill House
Rye
Al Di La
Vanderbilt
Farm on Adderly

Any thoughts if you had to pick just one?

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Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  1. I'm not from Brooklyn but when I was visiting a friend there she took me to Marlowe & Sons and it made me want to move to Brooklyn.

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    1. re: heypielady

      thanks! looks great: it will make the short list

      1. re: heypielady

        Proud brooklynite and restaurant worker here.

        Casual Williamsburg: Motorino
        Pricey Williamsburg: Dressler

        These are two of my favorite billyburg eateries.

        For Cobble Hill/Carroll Garden area (my stomping ground) I recommend:
        Pre-dinner cocktail: Char No. 4
        Dinner: Frankie's 457
        Post Dinner Cocktails: Clover Club

        Forte Green : No. 7

        www.underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com

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        Clover Club
        210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Char No. 4
        196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        No. 7
        7 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

        Motorino
        319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      2. what are you thinking?
        DiFara's
        forget the other stuff
        game,set,match point.
        Seriously, if you are thinking Williamsburg, there are many choices.
        check the threads, dont forget strawberry cheesecake at Juniors

        1. I don't know if Diner's decor is trendy--it's a diner--but it's certainly hipster enough. Will your wife take into account the surrounding neighborhood(s)? Diner/Marlowe are under the bridge without much street action; Farm on Adderley is wonderful, but it's in a "subway suburb" that is now blessed with a hipster zone. (I grew up a block from Cortelyou Road, and if those restaurants had been there then, I'd have never left. Go Brooklyn!)

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          The Farm on Adderley
          1108 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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          1. re: heidipie

            These are important considerations! on the one hand, a great foodie destination can be set off in even better light by some contrast with the immediate surroundings, on the other hand, starting around, say, bedford ave and finding a good place may do more to create the feeling of "there's so many cool places here"...

          2. Vinegar Hill House and Al Di La are both great choices. Al Di La's location on 5th ave is probably more appealing to a Manhattanite as Vinegar Hill House is quite isolated (but has a definite allure). I would throw Frankie's 457, Prime Meats and Buttermilk Channel on your list; solid food, hip scenes and would allow you to explore Carroll Gardens.

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            Al Di La
            248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Buttermilk Channel
            524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Vinegar Hill House
            72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Prime Meats
            465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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            1. re: jimmyjazz

              thanks for the good pieces of advice. Agree on Frankie's and Prime Meats and have not heard of/been to Buttermil Channel yet. Took my brother who was visiting from Sweden to Prime meats in December. Killer throwback cocktails. not to mention the waxed moustache of the 1870 clad lad who mixed it.

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              Prime Meats
              465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              1. re: jimmyjazz

                Agree with JimmyJazz. If you do Frankie's or Prime Meats, stroll up Court Street afterwards for some chocolate goodies at The Chocolate Room. You can do the same thing after dinner at Al Di La on Fifth Avenue. Excellent Italian + toothsome chocolate = swooning wife. IMO, Court Street is a more pleasant walk than Fifth Avenue, but not everyone may agree.

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                Al Di La
                248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Chocolate Room
                269 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Prime Meats
                465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              2. Loconda Vini and Olli: It's such a surprise. The restaurant is on a quiet residential street and totally non descript from the outside. Inside it is a restored pharmacy decor with wood panelling and glass cabinets . Food is Tuscan and very good. Not cheap, but very special. It's also usually quite lively.

                Also I agree with foodismylife that DiFara's can be the closer (don't forget to bring a bottle of wine with you); but you need a more comfortable, hassle free set-up first like Loconda or some of the other suggestions. Good luck.

                P.S. I'd definitely leave the Vanderbilt off your short list, not very special.

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                1. re: bobjbkln

                  vanderbilt is off the list. enter loconda vini and olli. menu looks really interesting, including wine list.