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scotty27 Jan 10, 2011 06:31 AM

Going to BAM in early February. Grimaldi's, but it's not close and the line on Fridays? Scary. Any recommendations within walking distance of BAM? Not interested in the cafe. Don't care what it costs, don't care what kind of food, just want to eat well.

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Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

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    doubledoc Jan 10, 2011 07:26 AM

    Pequena and Smoke Joint are both pretty decent...Don't remember what I had at pequena, but the pulled pork at SJ is on the money, and having lived in the south, I know pulled pork.

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      Bob Martinez Jan 10, 2011 09:20 AM

      The Black Angus dog I had at Smoke Joint was pretty good. It better be, considering that the other food they serve is absolutely awful. They managed to make a pulled pork sandwich that was bone dry. Copious amounts of added sauce couldn't save it. Not particularly flavorful either. Avoid this place. One of my worst meals of 2010.

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      The Smoke Joint
      87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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        brooklyndude Jan 28, 2011 07:48 PM

        I agree with this.

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        douglas525 Jan 11, 2011 12:59 PM

        I second Smoke Joint. Also consider Madiba for South African comfort food.

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        The Smoke Joint
        87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Madiba
        195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

      3. jen kalb Jan 10, 2011 08:12 AM

        For Pete's sake, you have lots of options within a 10 minute walk to BAM, including in the direction of Park Slope/Prospect Hts, on or near Flatbush - Franny's, Taro Sushi, Kaz en Nou , Cafe Cubana, Flatbush Farm, Bark and Geido being some examples, Fifith Ave, Osteria Convivium, Miriam and El Viejo Yajo and down 4th Ave Sheep Station, Ghenet (Ethiopian) and a japanese noodle specialist place that I forget the name for- as well as Fort Greene. There have been multiple queries in the past on this topic - search and you will find them.

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          bobjbkln Jan 10, 2011 09:13 AM

          «a japanese noodle specialist place that I forget the name» Zuzu Ramen

          Also:
          Melt for casual new American; Alchemy for Gastro Pub; Berlyn the new German bistro across from BAM; Stir it Up for Jamaican. Every one of these are better (and an awful lot closer) than Grimaldi's.

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          Grimaldi's
          1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Zuzu Ramen
          173 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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            scotty27 Jan 27, 2011 12:59 PM

            Well, that's why I'm askin'! Not my territory. I mean, ma grew up in East NY and went to Jefferson, but that's old news...

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              brooklyndude Jan 28, 2011 07:48 PM

              I think walking towards Prospect Heights is a much better idea than eating in Fort Greene. I live in Fort Greene and don't think any of the neighborhood spots are worth the money.

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              Olive123 Jan 10, 2011 09:43 AM

              Ici, Luz and General Greene in Fort Greene, Lunetta in Cobble Hill. These may be closer to 10 minutes walk, but I like all of them.

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              Ici
              246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

              The General Greene
              229 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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                jen kalb Jan 10, 2011 11:27 AM

                closer to 15-20 min walk to those locations, good as they are and have to consider whether they are convenient to transit for someone coming from manhattan.

              2. Kurtis Jan 10, 2011 11:17 AM

                BTW, has Thomas Beisl really closed the shop? Does anyone know the story? It used to be a solid Viennese go-to place for me. How sad...

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                  Bob Martinez Jan 10, 2011 11:33 AM

                  "As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, and she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead."

                  http://www.yelp.com/biz/thomas-beisl-brooklyn

                  http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/41647/restaurant/New-York/Fort-Greene/Thomas-Beisl-Brooklyn

                  http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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                    buttertart Jan 11, 2011 01:05 PM

                    Good, that's one Bklyn restaurant I don't have to miss being close to.

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                    jennitrixie Jan 10, 2011 01:29 PM

                    Thomas Beisl is now Berlyn. Probably a 10-second walk from the Manhattan-to-BAM shuttle bus that I am always amused to see parked practically around the corner from the Atlantic friggin' Terminal.

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                    chewbie Jan 11, 2011 02:31 PM

                    Aqualis is passable meditterannean food. There's also a beer garden where fulton and greene converge. If you're willing to walk to Dekalb (not far) there are more options including General Greene (good), Roman's (hit or miss, but good when it's a hit) and that pizza joint Ted Allen loves on Vanderbilt (I think). Luz is a cool spot but more atmosphere than about the food IMO.

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                    The General Greene
                    229 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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                      David W Jan 17, 2011 05:42 AM

                      There's a low-key Italian joint just around the corner from the Harvey - the pasta's are very good, and it's a friendly place:
                      http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/caffe-e-vino/
                      You'll also be close to a decent wine bar with food that's pretty good-
                      http://www.stonehomewinebar.com/

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                        lazylghtng Jan 19, 2011 04:32 AM

                        Cafe Lafayette is where you want to go -- cozy, quaint, sweet, close to BAM, and delicious.

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                        Cafe Lafayette
                        99 S Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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