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Anniversary Dinner tomorrow (Tuesday) night in Brooklyn - No Reservations Yet!

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Looking for a place to eat for our anniversary tomorrow evening, would like it to be in Brooklyn near(ish) to Park Slope to cut down on travel time, but looking to eat someplace interesting. Was considering Vinegar Hill House and Roberta's but am scared about wait times... suggestions for a last minute but really good option?

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  1. I guess not everyone's idea of an anniversary dinner is the same. Although Vinegar Hill House is wonderful, I would not call it special-occasion wonderful. As for Roberta's, I waited more than two hours for a table on a Thursday night recently. To me, hipster sensibility (and the attitude from hosts/hostesses and servers that implies) does not make for a romantic dinner.

    I would suggest Applewood as the restaurant-of-choice for a pleasant, somewhat romantic dinner in Park Slope. As an alternative, I'd suggest Ici in Fort Greene. I haven't been to Palo Santo in ages, but that would also qualify as the type of place where you could get a fine meal and enjoy your spouse's radiant glow, charming conversation and common enjoyment of good food.

    The advantage of the above three suggestions, unlike Al di La, which remains my favorite Park Slope restaurant, is that you can be reasonably certain to get a table for tomorrow with a phone call today.

    And, finally, a real out-of-left-field suggestion: call The Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare after 10:30 today and ask if there have been any cancellations for tomorrow. Be aware that the price is now $222+tax, including a mandatory 20% gratuity and is BYO. But, you'll have an unbelievable meal that you'll never forget.

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    Ici
    246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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

    Applewood
    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Palo Santo
    652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Roberta's
    261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Vinegar Hill House
    72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Brooklyn Fare
    200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: famdoc

      I do like Applewood, Ici (although less-so), and Palo Santo, but have been to all of them almost too many times at this point (you know the feeling of just knowing exactly what to expect?). anyway, we are young(ish) and not afraid of something loud, but really just yearning for something new.

      1. re: swisloc

        Why not travel into Manhattan? I'm a big fan of SHO Shaun Hergatt, which does a fabulous 5-course meal for $80 (less 30% if you use savored.com to make your reservation) and is in a elegant, yet casual (think business casual) setting. Outstanding wine list, with many values.
        You could certainly get a table tomorrow night, unlike Le Bernardin or Eleven Madison Park.
        Corton would be another good option, with a table very likely for tomorrow.

        And, again, if finances permit, don't rule out calling for a cancellation at Brooklyn Fare.

        1. re: famdoc

          Mainly because of annoying 1 year old/babysitter induced time limits, but if it was in close proximity to an F train manhattan might be doable.

          Any ideas on wait times at Vinegar Hill on a Tuesday?

          1. re: swisloc

            I'm sure the one year old is adorable, not annoying. I'm sure the babysitter is nurturing and attentive, not annoying. Therefore, the time limits placed on you by having a one year old and a babysitter must be what you're referring to as annoying.

            Given that you've been a regular at each of the places I suggested, I would either do Convivium Osteria (I've never been, but it get consistently great comments in this forum) or take a car service to SHO, which is 15 minutes or less from Park Slope by car service. Have the car return to meet you at the conclusion of your meal, as the yellow cab situation in lower Manhattan at that hour is a bit annoying.

            In any case, as a parent of grown children, let me assure you that the dining out situation will, eventually, improve. In the meanwhile, enjoy your kid: they grow up very quickly. And, happy anniversary!

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            Convivium Osteria
            68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        2. re: swisloc

          If you haven't been to Convivium Osteria, I'd suggest that. I've never had a problem getting a reservation, and though I was a shade underwhelmed the first time I've been nothing but really impressed every time since. No gimmicks, just solid, really good food in a darkish, nice setting.

          Also, not too close to the F but consider Good Fork (Red Hook) if you can get a reservation. At or near the top of my list.

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          Convivium Osteria
          68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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

        3. re: famdoc

          Whoa - $220? That's like a 35% increase from August, if I have my numbers right. Yikes.

          1. re: cazique

            BF is $185 plus tax and tip. At the present time, they require payment of the gratuity at the time you pay for the meal, which is in advance of your seating. Thus, it's $220.

        4. The following take reservations:
          Applewood
          Convivum Osteria
          Loconda Vini E Olii
          The Grocery
          Saul

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          Applewood
          501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. Convivium Osteria? I ate there for the first time this past weekend and it exceeded my already high expectations.

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            Convivium Osteria
            68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            Saul
            140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            The Grocery
            288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Locanda Vini e Olii
            129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            1. If you're willing to consider Roberta's, I'm assuming you've got a car. What about Dressler? Lots of openings tomorrow night. Next to Brooklyn Fare, I've had my favorite Brooklyn meal there.

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              Dressler
              149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              Roberta's
              261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206