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Sorry to be lame, but looking for Prime Meats type vibe/quality that is not Prime Meats

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My husband and I are going out with old friends for dinner this Friday. They are ex-Brooklynites who have moved to the burbs and want to go somewhere new and very good. They've already been to Prime Meats but that's the vibe I'm looking for -- great food, great cocktails, nice atmosphere. What's great in Brooklyn these days? We are in Park Slope but can travel so neighborhood isn't a huge deal. Thanks!

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  1. You could do a Fort Defiance / Good Fork combo in Red Hook. (They are a few blocks apart.) Fort Defiance definitely has cocktails as delicious as Prime Meats, and Good Fork is solid but a tad more funky and "creative" than Prime.

    Another place I can think of with a nice bar and food is Franny's, though the vibe is on the crowded / hectic side.

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    Franny's
    295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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

    Fort Defiance
    365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    1. If you're looking for good food and good cocktails, you should consider The Vanderbilt or James, both in Prospect Heights.

      Or if you're bourbon fans, Char no. 4 may fit the bill.

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      James
      605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

      Char No. 4
      196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      The Vanderbilt
      570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

      1. I haven't been to either, but everyone I know raves about Vinegar Hill House and about St. Anselm in Wburg.

        I recently really enjoyed Rucola in Boerum Hill--good cocktails, good food, v nice room. But italian food, not the germanic prime meats style.

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        Rucola
        190 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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        1. re: missmasala

          I've never really thought about Rucola as a cocktail bar-- since I typically get wine or beer there. I really like their food, so I'll agree with you on that. The only downside to Rucola is it's fairly small and the hard wooden ceiling really amplifies the noise in there.

          That said, I go there fairly often.

          1. re: egit

            They have a cocktail list, which surprised me. The cocktails we had were very good. I guess it is noisy, but we were a table of 5 in the middle of the room and had no problem hearing each other.

        2. Since there's still time before tonight, I will suggest Colonie. Great bar, inventive food and a crowd that's much hipper than me. No reservations so the wait can be a bit.

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          Colonie
          127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          1. re: Bkeats

            Plenty of good ideas out there, including everything named above, but if you don't require a reservation (i.e. are not on a timeframe) then I'll second Bkeats, I think Colonie is the cream of the crop in the lower Heights, Hill, Gardens area these days.

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            Colonie
            127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201