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Dec 27, 2011 07:49 AM

Final pre-baby date night!

Hi all, hubby and I are expecting our first child VERY soon and are hoping to sqeeze in a final nice dinner out. For a quick frame of reference, our former go-to would have been Tempo- great food, but also a civility (in terms of service, as well as things like sound level and spacing of the tables) that has become increasingly rare. We also love Convivium, but have been pretty recently and would prefer something different.

We're not looking to spend tons of money, looming baby expenses and what not- preferably around $100 for everything. I'm not drinking, and my husband seldom has more than a glass of wine.

We eat tons of ethnic food, so I'd like something slightly "fancier" than our usual- maybe French or new American of some sort? We have a car and are happy to go anywhere in Brooklyn. Also, given my currently massive and exhausted state, we'd prefer somewhere with reservations or minimal wait for early weeknight dinners, where I won't have to drag my belly over the neighboring table in order to sit down.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. For our last pre-baby date night we went to Soigne on 6th Ave. It was quite yummy and I look forward to going again sometime soon.

    Fornino in the old Tempo space is wonderful, by the way.

    How about eating something that you wouldn't allow yourself to eat if you weren't pregnant? Like a monster roast beef at Roll N Roaster or some deep fried goodness at Chip Shop?

    Atlantic Chip Shop
    129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    2901 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

    256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    1. re: secondbecky

      We went to Soigne a few weeks ago for a "special" dinner (turned out to be marriage proposal t my surprise) and it was lovely. Not cheap, but very reasonable for what you got and....roomy! I remember those days being pregnant and feeling a tad resentful of being squeezed at trendy places.

      We also checked out Lot 20 (is that the right name?) on Sixth Ave and 20th St and it looked great; limited menu but a really nice one. And there is the new Piccolini.

      Fonda on 7th Ave is also really great; not cheap but excellent.

      Lot 2
      687 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      434 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      Piccoli Trattoria
      522 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    2. This has the Prix Fixe at Saul written all over it. I haven't been there in a while so I don't remember whether it's particularly cramped, but I don't think it is. Website puts it at $40 (so maybe a smidge over $100 after tip, but well under, say, $150). The website also still has the late summer menu so it may have inched up, but give them a call to see if it's stuff you like. Regular menu should also be OK if you're not drinking heavily. It's a special meal.

      N.B. parking's not always great in Cobble Hill, there's a garage at Atlantic between Boerum and Court if you get tired of driving around.

      140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201