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Mar 3, 2011 10:14 AM

Husband's 35th Bday Dinner in Brooklyn

He's such a steak and potatoes guy, but did say he'd be down for something more "funky"

I've suggested some Manhattan places like Degustation or Maialino. But we live in Brooklyn and I'm 9 months pregnant so it'd be nice to stick around here.

I'm guessing Cobble Hill would have the best selection. We've been to Buttermilk Channel once, but that's about it. Any suggestions for a memorable bday dinner?

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. The food at Frankies 457 is quite good and in a range of normality. Good luck to you!

    Frankies 457 Spuntino
    457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Last time I checked Frankies doesn't take reservations. That might not work for a birthday dinner.

    2. Prime Meats? Lots of meat. Very good steak, but also other good options. If you want to go a little "fancier" we have always gotten a good and special meal at Saul.

      Prime Meats
      465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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      1. re: kabny

        Prime Meats has the same issue I mentioned for Frankies 457 - no reservations. This is a birthday dinner and the OP is 9 months pregnant.

        Prime Meats
        465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          Hmm... I thought I read somewhere recently that Prime Meats is now taking reservations. Or maybe it's just that they're taking credit cards. Either way, it was the first place I thought of.

          I'm a huge fan of Bar Tabac, but I'm not sure it's "special" enough for a birthday dinner. Or maybe I just go there too often. :-P

          Another place I really like that seems to fly under a lot of peoples' radar is Jolie on Atlantic, near Hoyt. Bacchus is also nice but it's in the "not special enough" category, in my mind.

          Bar Tabac
          128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Prime Meats
          465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          1. re: egit

            I checked the website just before I posted. It says "No Reservations."


            Jolie isn't a bad idea at all. They have a good steak frites for her husband. Downtown Atlantic also has a good steak and the atmosphere is pleasant.

            I was a big Bacchus supporter for a long time. I read reports of a gradual decline and discounted them. Then, about 2 years ago I had a really lackluster meal that pushed me over the edge. Perhaps it's rebounded.

            Of course if she wants to break the bank and get *really* special there's Saul, a Michelin starred restaurant. It's very good but it's not cheap. Then again, with a kid due any day it's not like they'll be getting out very much in the next year so this might be time for a splurge.


            140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      2. Meat + a little funky = Henry's End. If you're 9 months, then it's a bit long to walk from anywhere outside the heights, but worth a quick cab ride. An old favorite of mine and this board's.

        Another interesting twist on the beef is the steak and kimchi rice at Good Fork (also not a walk).

        Within the hood, also consider the good old steak frites at Bar Tabac, though that's more of a neighborhood place than a destination.

        And - congratulations! With a little one in Cobble Hill, you'll be in good company.

        Henry's End
        44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Bar Tabac
        128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        The Good Fork
        391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        1. You mention he's a steak and potatoes guy. Has he ever been to Peter Luger ?
          The bacon strips are as funky as it gets....

          Peter Luger Steak House
          178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          1. I would recommend Saul, Chestnut or Grocery. All very nice, small restaurants where you will get a great meal and not be rushed or crowded.

            In my experience, the service at Frankie's is not appropriate for a birthday dinner or someone who is 9 months pregnant. When my wife was that far along in her pregnancy, we ended up valuing space and attentiveness A LOT on the few occasions we went out.

            Prime Meats is a good suggestion, but you may have to wait quite a long time... your husband might love it but it might be uncomfortable for you. Depends on what time you go, I guess.

            271 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Prime Meats
            465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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