Sorry to be lame, but looking for Prime Meats type vibe/quality that is not Prime Meats
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!
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.
127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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.
190 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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.
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.
605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Char No. 4
196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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.
295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231