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millieur75 Dec 14, 2011 09:57 AM

Please help me as I am driving to dumbo on Friday night and need a good restaurant for before theater at St. Ann's Warehouse. I know of Vinegar Hill House but they don't take reservations and have heard of Superfine and Bubby's but the blogs on those are for awfull service. Please help.

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  1. egit RE: millieur75 Dec 14, 2011 11:42 AM

    You may want to consider something in Brooklyn Heights, towards the north end; Noodle Pudding, Jack the Horse, Henry's End, or similar. It's really not a long walk from that part of BH to Saint Ann's Warehouse.

    I went to see Black Watch back in the spring and we all met up at Henry Street Ale House beforehand. It's less than a 10 minute walk to the theater from there.

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    Noodle Pudding
    38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Henry's End
    44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Jack the Horse Tavern
    64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Henry Street Ale House
    62 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      millieur75 RE: egit Dec 14, 2011 11:48 AM

      Thanks I will check them out.

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        Bookistan RE: millieur75 Dec 14, 2011 06:18 PM

        I like Jack the Horse in the winter. They have a cozy vibe and maybe a fireplace? It's one of your better options in the area While DUMBO has several restaurants, I don't think there's a single "destination" restaurant in DUMBO save for River Cafe and Grimaldi's, which is pretty much tourists only and with a ridiculous line.

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        River Cafe
        1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Grimaldi's
        1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Jack the Horse Tavern
        64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    2. dlin2007 RE: millieur75 Dec 14, 2011 11:51 AM

      How about River Cafe which is 2 blocks away? If you don't want to spend $100 on a 3-course prix fixe, they also offer a la carte entrees in the $20s in the terrace room. The menu (http://www.rivercafe.com/wp-content/u...) says to inquire ahead to see if that option is available.

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      River Cafe
      1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. sgordon RE: millieur75 Dec 14, 2011 12:56 PM

        I'll second Henry's End - a real neighborhood gem. Great cozy ambience, hearty food. Especially good this time of year when they've got their "wild game" menu in effect. I like Noodle Pudding all right as well, though I suppose HE speaks to my flavor profile a bit more.

        Note that the dishes in the River Cafe terrace room are all appetizer size, NOT entrees, and quite expensive for apps, in the mid-20s. If you ordered enough to make a meal out of, you'd wind up spending nearly as much as in the main dining room.

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        River Cafe
        1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Noodle Pudding
        38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Henry's End
        44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          lulumoolah RE: millieur75 Dec 15, 2011 12:37 PM

          Sorry, but I don't think there are any good restaurants nowadays in Dumbo with the exception of Vinegar Hill. Bubby's and Superfine are so-so and really are places I would only go to for brunch if I was stuck in Dumbo. I agree with the other posters and I think your best bet is to venture into Brooklyn Heights. Since you're driving in, perhaps you might want to consider Colonie which is on the edge of the Brooklyn Heights on Atlantic Avenue. It's not to far away by car. There are a few other restaurants near Colonie as well.

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          Superfine
          126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Bubby's Brooklyn
          1 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Vinegar Hill House
          72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Colonie
          127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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            bobjbkln RE: lulumoolah Dec 19, 2011 07:55 AM

            We were very pleased with Almar (Italian), cash only at 11 Front Street. It has a former chef and partner from Noodle Pudding, now out on their own. Quite close to St. Ann's. Frankly, we were not fans of Vinegar Hill House, and certainly agree the Bubby's and Superfine are not very good. The Henry and Hicks St. restaurants are a bit of a trek up the hill in this weather and parking can be a PITA if you decide to drive.

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            AlMar
            111 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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              millieur75 RE: bobjbkln Dec 19, 2011 08:03 AM

              On your recommendation or that of someone else at Chowhound we went to Almar and loved it. Thanks to you and Chowhound.

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