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IPcook Aug 10, 2011 01:49 PM

looking for recommendation for French/Italian or American cuisine in Brooklyn or queens. Bill for couple with bottle of wine should be $150 or less. Food should be of consistently high quality and not boring I.e. No broiled salmon on menu. If Brooklyn then preferably downtown or nearby, if queens then LIC or closely.

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    Bkeats Aug 11, 2011 08:48 AM

    In LIC, I have not been but my wife loves M Wells as its close to where she works, but since it will be closing and relocating, it may not be an option for a while. Don't know much else about the area.

    On the other end, if you're looking for the "best" in those categories that are within walking distance of downtown Brooklyn, you have a lot of options in your price range. For old school Italian, I like Queen. Menu changes regularly so while there is salmon you won't have to go near it. On the less old school Italian variety, I'll suggest Lunetta though there are CHers who don't like it, I've never had a bad meal there. Frankie's Spuntino is great too but I wouldn't consider it close to downtown. For French, my standbys are Bacchus, Sue Perette and Jolie which again not everyone will agree with. I have heard that Jolie is moving though. On the new-American front, I think Saul's is at the top. Colonie is a new great entry.

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    Frankies 457 Spuntino
    457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Saul
    140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Lunetta
    116 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Queen
    84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Jolie
    320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Bacchus
    409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Sue Perette
    270 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    M. Wells Diner
    21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

    Colonie
    127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      BigV Aug 11, 2011 04:37 PM

      I second the Queen recommendation.

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        Bob Martinez Aug 12, 2011 11:08 AM

        M Wells is closing at the end of the month. The OP will have a hard time getting in.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7669...

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        Glendale is hungry Aug 11, 2011 06:23 AM

        Hi IPcook,

        I recomend Tournesol in LIC for casual French.

        When you say "not boring," do you mean nontraditional? "No broiled salmon" is a little vague.

        Ciao,

        Glendale is hungry...

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        Tournesol
        50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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          IPcook Aug 19, 2011 01:15 PM

          thanks to everyone for all your helpful recommendations, we tried Tournesol and loved it; one further note-on monday, tuesday and wednesday- tournesol has a $25 tasting menu- hard to beat that.
          I like the breadth of their wine list- including many wines from the southwest such as Bergerac

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          Tournesol
          50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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