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Benchmark versus Palo Santo (Park Slope)

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parkslopemama Sep 12, 2011 03:32 PM

I'm looking to take a friend out for a birthday dinner on Wednesday. Because of time and transportation constraints, we have to stick pretty close to Park Slope. I am hoping for somewhere cozy for quiet conversation. I tried to call Convivium for a reservation but, alas, they are closed until Friday this week. So now I'm considering Benchmark or Palo Santo...

Would anyone out there care to share their opinion re: Benchmark or Palo Santo for a cozy, delicious birthday dinner? Or have other suggestions in/near the north Slope?? Thanks in advance.

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Palo Santo
652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Benchmark
339A 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    jacobdev RE: parkslopemama Sep 12, 2011 06:53 PM

    Palo Santo fits the bill on cozy and delicious, and it's unique as compared to the other central/South American restaurants in Park Slope.

    You might consider Rose Water a little farther up Union St., as it sounds like it would fit the bill. Rosewater has replaced Tempo as our go-to place when we're looking to have a nice dinner and not leave the Slope. It's usually easier to get a last minute reservation there than at Convivium or Applewood.

    I've only had (a fairly unremarkable) brunch at Benchmark, so I'll leave it to others to comment on what the place is like at dinner.

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    Applewood
    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Palo Santo
    652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Rose Water
    787 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Benchmark
    339A 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      parkslopemama RE: jacobdev Sep 13, 2011 11:40 AM

      Ah yes, Applewood. Why didn't I think of that? I just called and got a reservation there. Thanks for the reminder, jacobdev.

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      Applewood
      501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      Vesuvius RE: parkslopemama Sep 13, 2011 06:35 AM

      I haven't been to Palo Santo yet, though it's high on the list. Been to Benchmark once and can say that the NY Strip I had there was one of the best I've ever eaten. Excellent dry aged beef. The chef really knows his meat. That said it's probably a bit short on style and ambiance compared to Palo Santo. It depends on what you're in the mood for.

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      Palo Santo
      652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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