A Gentile and a Secular Jew in Midwood
We have a Shiva call to make tomorrow, and are old high school and college friends who are looking to have a drink (or two) afterward. We're using the Avenue J stop on the Q train (right near DiFaro's), and are stopping at Ostrovitsky's to bring something sweet.
Is there anyplace to have a drink between East 22nd Street (Between Avenue I and J) and the Avenue J subway, or nearby? It can be a wine bar or an old man's bar or something in between, just so long as it's safe and welcoming.
Sorry I don't know about anything in Midwood. On Cortelyou Road, which is a few stops closer to Manhattan on the Q, there are Sycamore and The Castello Plan, both very nice and somewhat upscale. There is also a non-upscale pub, 777, on Coney Island Avenue just south of Cortelyou.
773 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218
The Castello Plan
1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218
1118 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218
The answer is yes and no. When you get off the train and go to the Shiva call on E22 off J, you will find nothing in between. Totally residential going in that direction. However, when you walk back to the train, you can keep walking the 5 blocks to Coney Island Ave (train is E.16th St and CIA is equivalent to E.11th St) and find places. I think that there's actually a wine bar on Ave K betw. E.12th and CIA but I dont know when its open. Very kosher neighborhood. You're more likely to get coffee and a bagel around there. :-)
It ain't nothing fancy, but IIRC Anna's Cafe (misnamed "Luncheonette" in the CHOW directory for some reason) - a little Italian coffee shop / diner on Ave. I @ 29th - has beer & wine. Split an order of Eggplant Parm or something while you nurse a couple glasses of cheap house red.
2925 Avenue I, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Coney Island Ave near Ave J has various kosher places, a few upscale that serve drinks. I am no expert but they looked good from the outside. You should walk down ave J there are a few liquor stores, they might have good ideas for bars.