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Marlow & Sons or Diner?

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Which would you choose for dinner? It'll be for my first night of vacation and am taking out a friend to thank her for letting me crash with her. Thanks!

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Marlow & Sons
81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  1. i would go to marlow and sons first for a drink, some of the freshest oysters and get the crostini too.

    then go over to diner for dinner...

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    1. re: dougnash

      this is a good plan, dougnash! i like both restos, but i prefer marlow earlier in the night because it gets super packed later, and diner has a darker, sexier vibe.

      however, dare i suggest a third horse in the running? rye on s1st - really well-executed modern american. the crab croquette is lovely, and i fell in love with the lamb shank last year (it should be on the menu again for the fall/winter months). the meatloaf sandwich is rich and meaty and just hits the spot. also, superb cocktails, especially the southside.

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      Rye
      247 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      1. re: selenster

        Given the long waits that may be involved, I'd suggest one or the other. Overall, I like Diner better, but both are good. And I have to concur with Rye. I only went there once, shortly after it opened, but it was great.

    2. I second the vote for Rye. It's also dark, has great drinks and even greater food. Was there w/ my wife and in-laws on Wed night. Had the duck confit app and some oysters - loved them both. The chicken dish was a different preparation than I've had in the past, as I imagine they are using more seasonal ingredients, but is always flawlessly executed. My wife had the monkfish entree which was delicious. Meaty but lightly prepared, if that makes sense.

      In short, Rye is one of my go-to spots in BK. Great food with no pretense, casual but classy atmosphere and great food and drink. You can't go wrong.

      1. I do love Rye (in fact, just booked my holiday party there!) but I must say, Diner is my other favorite place in the neighborhood.

        Given the choice between Marlow and Diner? Diner.

        Throw Rye into the mix? Then, Rye.

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        1. re: kariface

          Thanks for the input, everyone! We ended up having a drink at Marlow and Sons (ps...fantastic cocktails!!!) then dinner at Diner. I really loved the apps and the chicken - the burger was fine but didn't live up to the hype. Great space, service was casual yet still professional, I could easily become a regular here if I didn't live 3,000 miles away.