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Aug 8, 2011 03:04 AM

Last Minute anniverary in BK (or even Manhattan)

Looking for something for celebratory anniversary dinner tonight in BK, or even lower Manhattan. Nothing pretentious, and we eat everything, and only request is someplace other than a full-blown steak house.
No cuisines avoided!


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  1. Dressler @ 149 Broadway in Brooklyn (across the street from Peter Luger)

    149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    1. Price range? Also, while you say no cuisines avoided, are any cuisines preferred? Brooklyn neighborhoods preferred? It can be a pain getting from, say, Williamsburg to Park Slope or vice-versa by subway - if you live in one or the other, Manhattan could be easier.

      Right now on Opentable there are 33 restos in Brooklyn and 419 in Lower Manhattan (defining "lower" as South of, say, Gramercy / Flatiron) with available two-tops tonight - so it's almost too broad a question. Everything from ultra-fancy joints a la Eleven Madison Park or Del Posto or River Cafe to something cozy and neighborhoody (but still quite romantic), a la Convivium Osteria in the Slope.

      Convivium Osteria
      68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      River Cafe
      1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      1. re: sgordon

        I live in Brooklyn heights, so yes, getting williamsburg can be a pain. Have no preference for cuisine, and are open to anything. Would prefer for food part of bill to be around $100. I'm sorry for the general-ness, it was pre coffee, and I am/was in need of inspiration.

        1. re: buryesa

          $100 per person, or for both?

          Assuming that's per person - in your neighborhood, Henry's End is lovely. The aforementioned Convivium Osteria in the Slope. The Slope's also got Rose Water, Applewood, and Stone Park Cafe - all good options.

          The best concentration of places near you is probably Cobble Hill / Carrol Gardens - you've got Saul, The Grocery, and Chestnut. Also Prime Meats and Frankies 457 - Frankies would actually be good if you're talking $100 for two, the prices there are very good.

          Since you're near the F Train, I'll keep Manhattan recs to places within walking distance of it - on the LES there's The Orchard, romantic Italian-influenced. Little Giant, more casual / quaint neighborhoody place, solid American comfort food. I'd say Falai or WD-50, but they're both closed on Mondays.

          Over by the West Village stop you've got Blue Hill at the high end, Soto for fancy Japanese, Kin Shop for something a little more adventurous, also a bit cheaper. Going South from the stop you've got Hundred Acres, good New American local / seasonal stuff (and not as pricey as Blue Hill) - also the various Blue Ribbons.

          Go up to the 14th St stop and you can walk over to Collichio & Sons - dinner in the Tap Room would be well under $100/pp. 5 Ninth has a beautiful setting - the food's not as exciting as at C&S, but the room is nicer, and it's much cheaper. Also Barbuto is good in that area.

          That's just a few off the top of my head...

          Convivium Osteria
          68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          271 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Frankies 457 Spuntino
          457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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

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

          The Grocery
          288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Prime Meats
          465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Rose Water
          787 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. re: sgordon

            Thank you so much! You've been such a tremendous help!!!! I think I am definitely going to go to one of your suggestions, will let you know how it turns out!

            1. re: buryesa

              if noodle pudding wasn't closed mondays i'd add that place to your list. great italian food, friendly service, warm atmosphere and very fare prices.

              Noodle Pudding
              38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201