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looking for laid back diner/cafe in Park Slope near 4th Ave

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I'm meeting a friend whom I haven't seen in over 20 years, and I'm looking for a diner/casual lunch place/cafe in Park Slope, one where we can sit for hours without being rushed out. I think we'll meet on a weekday, which could make matters better, but I'd like it to be someplace that's not too crowded, where we'll be overheard (I think there will be some anguishing stories to tell). A pub could be good too. Near the 4th Avenue subway lines please.

Any suggestions appreciated!

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  1. Fourth Avenue is a bit tough. Sheep Station is a pub, but I'm not sure if they're open for weekday lunches. A lot of Fifth Avenue places are open for lunch, including Al Di La, Stone Park Cafe and Kappa Sake House, but they may not have the atmosphere you want. Maybe Alchemy?

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    Sheep Station
    149 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Alchemy
    56 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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

    Stone Park Cafe
    324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Kappa Sake House
    388 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    1. re: parkslopemama

      By the way, Alchemy is at 56 Fifth Ave., near Bergen St.

    2. There is a place either on the corner of union and 4th ave or 3rd street and 4th ave, dont remember which , that looks like a diner. I have never been in there though.

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      Station Cafe
      224 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      1. I also believe there is a diner on Dean street and 4th ave but I havent eaten there

        1. The owners of Bar Toto and Provini have a nice looking spot at the corner of 9th street and 3rd ave, just a block from the subway (F,G,R).
          It never is crowded when I pass by it (probably because it's not on a heavily foot trafficked corner) but it looks lovely and a place I would definitely try.
          Oh, found the link for you...
          http://bartano.com/

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          Bar Toto
          475 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Bar Tano
          457 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Provini
          1302 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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          1. re: rebloonin

            I will second Bar Tano. This was the first place that popped into my head when I read the OP.

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            Bar Tano
            457 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          2. Now that I have seen the menu, looks like a great spot to share some wine and lots of little bruschettis!