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Nice Dinner in Brooklyn...suggestions please

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I am looking to take a friend out to dinner in Brooklyn. We may be as many as 5 going. I'd like something that feels celebratory, but not say, the River Cafe, maybe more along the Saul. Is there anything new out there? Entrees no more than mid-20s, I'd say. Anything in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Fort Greene, Williamsburg, etc. neighborhoods. Thanks!

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  1. I'm a big fan of taking non-Brooklynites to Locanda Vini E Olii. It's just such an improbable place: a former old-fashioned (ex) Pharmacy on a residential block in Clinton Hill serving excellent Tuscan themed food at Saul-like prices. Quite lively, too.

    1. See my comments about Olea in Fort Greene. It fits your description perfectly.

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      Olea
      171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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      1. re: Claire

        I do like Olea. I will see what others think. I haven't been in a while. I think we've all been to Locanda and I agree it's a lovely setting, but I did not love the food or service. We're mostly Brooklynites, but I was just wondering about new-ish places (last year or so) I haven't gotten to yet... Places that take a reservation, not necessary, but definitely a plus. Thanks!

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        Olea
        171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

      2. You should try Roberta's in Bushwick - delicious food and outdoor seating

        1. I love the atmosphere at Locanda Vini e Olli but agree that the food doesn't match, sadly. Roman's in Ft Greene has good food and lots of buzz, but you'll have to wait. Ditto with Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens (unless you can round up 6 people and get a reservation).

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          Buttermilk Channel
          524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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          1. re: chowbie

            I love the setting at Buttermilk Channel but found the entrees to be pretty hit or miss. The sausage, however, is a tasty bargain. From the same chef at Saul, there is also Vanderbilt in Propect Heights. James, right across the street from Vanderbilt is also awesome.

            http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

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            Buttermilk Channel
            524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231