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TrishUntrapped Jan 19, 2012 08:19 PM

Hi all,

Going to a Saturday matinee performance of Richard III at BAM, and wondering where my husband and I could grab a bite afterwards.

Not familiar with the area and plan on parking near the theater. Somewhere within walking distance would be preferred. But if we need to drive slightly that's ok too. It's a long production, we'll be tired and we have a long ride back, so it's not time for a major dinner, just something casual and delicious. I'm not wild about driving and then eating in Manhattan on this trip.

Budget is not a concern. We don't eat seafood. Thanks for any suggestions!

  1. TrishUntrapped Feb 8, 2012 05:57 PM

    I may as well follow up on this thread. I made a reservation with Caffe e Vino on opentable.com and was prepared for a fun dinner which never happened. Just as we were leaving for the theater I glanced at my tickets and saw they were for the 7:30 performance not the 2 p.m. matinee. I had ordered the wrong time. My fault. The box office was not open and we either needed to leave to get there in time for the 2 p.m. show or we needed to go to the 7:30 show. For myriad reasons I decided to quickly buy two tix to the 2 p.m. show hoping I could work something out with BAM to resell my 7:30 ones. I will skip all the phone calls and discussions I had with BAM, but suffice it to say that was NOT an option with them. I had to stand on the sidewalk and hawk them hoping to recoup whatever I could, which I did at a significant loss.

    1. The play was AWESOME. Kevin Spacey gives a tour de force performance in Richard III. All my years of theater-going, and he was the finest I've seen. Go. It closes March 4. You won't regret it. Actress Maureen Anderman invited me backstage and I was thrilled to see her. She's not only a fine actress, she's a gracious and lovely woman.

    2. I cancelled Caffe e Vino and we grabbed a quick bite at Juniors. Nondescript food. People next to us were eating huge sandwiches, if you want that kind of thing. I don't.

    3. Always check your theater tickets. Always.

    1. k
      knol Jan 23, 2012 09:22 AM

      Caffe e' Vino has my favorite dish - big rigatoni's with italian sausage and a great balsamic. If I had to choose a last dish, this would be it.

      Caffe e Vino
      112 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. bobjbkln Jan 21, 2012 09:22 PM

        If you don't mind a place that doesn't serve alcohol (they are BYOB), I'd suggest Kaz an Nou a really good (and inexpensive) French/Caribbean (Guadalupe) restaurant just a few blocks from BAM.

        Kaz An Nou
        53 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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        1. re: bobjbkln
          Fuffy Feb 8, 2012 04:36 PM

          Please. Is there anything REALLY close to Harvey BAM for a lunch/brunch before a 1.30 matinee? Doesn't have to be wonderful.

          Please, Is there anything REALLY close to BAM Harvey for a brunch or lunch before a 1.30 matinee?

          1. re: Fuffy
            TrishUntrapped Feb 8, 2012 05:46 PM

            A very short walk away there is a Junior's. You can have a quick lunch/brunch there. As to quality it is what it is. Sandwich portions - large if you are into that.

            386 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            1. re: TrishUntrapped
              Fuffy Feb 9, 2012 01:21 AM

              Thanks very much TrishUntrapped. Anything else slightly superior?

              1. re: TrishUntrapped
                Fuffy Feb 9, 2012 01:29 AM

                P.S. Just read the reviews of Junior's (I hadn't heard of it) and it looks as though it is what we need.Thanks. Still would love to know of any nearby alternatives.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped
                  Motosport Feb 9, 2012 08:13 AM

                  Junior's may not be considered "Gourmet" but they do have great food and desserts. Order a hot pastrami sammich on rye. It's big enough for two to share. Same for the desserts. Great malteds and egg creams too!!

                  1. re: Motosport
                    sgordon Feb 9, 2012 08:29 AM

                    "Great" might be overstating it. If you grew up in a state with Friendly's franchises, it's pretty similar, only swap out the ice cream for cheesecake. A step up from an Applebee's or the like for sure, but certainly nothing worth going out of one's way for.

                    (That said, I haven't been to a Friendly's in 20 years, so it might no longer be an apt comparison...)

                    1. re: sgordon
                      Motosport Feb 9, 2012 08:40 AM

                      sgordon: Bite your tongue!! Junior's is a typical upscale NY deli. The burgers and sammiches are excellent. The corned beef and pastrami sammich may be a couple of notches below Katz's but still noteworthy. Strawberry cheese pie is extraordinary. Mile high sundaes fot for the king and queen of Brooklyn. Fabulous egg creams and one of the best malteds you'll find in the NYC area.
                      I've been going there since the 50's and Junior's still draws me whenever I am in the old neighborhood.
                      Shame, shame, shame! Friendly's & Applebees are dreck!! Frozen food done badly!!

                      1. re: Motosport
                        sgordon Feb 9, 2012 09:01 AM

                        "Upscale" - ?

                        Maybe thirty years ago. Coasting on reputation and nostalgia at this point, I think.

                        1. re: sgordon
                          Motosport Feb 9, 2012 10:50 AM

                          Yes, upscale from a place like Ben's!
                          We went to Prospect Park New Years Eve for the fireworks which were great. Afterward we walked down "The Hill" to Junior's and had our first meal of 2012. Wife got a corned beef sammich and I got a pastrami sammich. We mixed and matched. Perfect chocolate egg cream for her and a vanilla malt for me. We shared a slice of strawberry cheese pie for dessert.
                          Service, food and "ambiance" all still as good as when I was a kid.
                          Maybe you should try it again?

                          386 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                          1. re: Motosport
                            sgordon Feb 9, 2012 11:24 AM

                            I've worked across the street from Junior's for the last decade. I've tried it "again" far too many times for my health... Not bad for a burger & fries now and then - though with Shake Shack & Five Guys moving into the 'hood, maybe a little further down the roster. They're different kinds of burgers, though - feed different needs.

                            Their sandwiches are fine, but like I said - nothing special.

                            1. re: Motosport
                              TrishUntrapped Feb 9, 2012 12:17 PM

                              What is a sammich? Does it differ from a sandwich?

                              Also, I wasn't going to jump into this fray, but I may as well. My French Onion Soup was dreadful. But most people probably wouldn't order it, which is why I didn't write about it. I knew better than to get it, but I was feeling so low about the tickets I really didn't want anything to eat.

                              My husband got mac and cheese. I asked him how it was, he said dry, just o.k. Again, most people probably wouldn't get that anyway. At the table next to us people were eating corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. They were very large, overstuffed, and the folks seemed to be enjoying them. I think the comparison to Friendly's is apt. It certainly feels like one. But with a much larger menu. It's not bad for a group meal. Just know what to expect.

                              386 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                              1. re: TrishUntrapped
                                Motosport Feb 9, 2012 03:16 PM

                                With some restaurants it's best just to keep it simple. I have the same rule for diners. Breakfast, B.L.T.'s and club sammiches (explaination later) for diners. I wouldn't order a T-bone @ Junior's.
                                Friendly's is a frozen food/ microwave mecca. Breakfast is not bad but otherwise yuck! Try getting a "large overstuffed" pastrami sammich @ Friendly's.
                                Back in the 60's there were TV ads for Levy's Jewish Rye bread the counterman @ a Katz's type deli would be constructing a sammich and turn to a co-worker and say: "It makes a nice sammich, a nice sammich!" I think you can find it on youtube.
                                I also love the subtle orange decor of Junior's!!!
                                sgordon, do you work @ the converted movie theater across the street?

              2. TrishUntrapped Jan 21, 2012 04:00 PM

                I can't pick so I'm going to run the menus for Franny's and Caffe e Vino by my husband.

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                  filis Jan 20, 2012 02:19 PM

                  Stonehome Wine Bar and Restaurant, just a few blocks away, has excellent food, a well-thought-out wine list and a friendly and relaxed yet classy atmosphere. The chef there,
                  John Gibson, is an under-the-radar star.

                  Stonehome Wine Bar
                  87 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                  1. re: filis
                    TrishUntrapped Jan 20, 2012 03:45 PM

                    Mmm.... liking that menu for Stonehome Wine Bar and Restaurant....

                    1. re: TrishUntrapped
                      prdct Jan 21, 2012 10:14 AM

                      Its fine, but its no Frannys, which is worth walking or driving the extra few blocks. I also would pick Walter Foods, Romans or Taro over Stonehome.

                      1. re: prdct
                        sgordon Jan 21, 2012 10:24 AM

                        Taro wouldn't be terribly good for someone who doesn't eat seafood.

                        1. re: sgordon
                          prdct Jan 21, 2012 10:30 AM

                          true. I missed that part. Don't go to Taro.

                  2. egit Jan 20, 2012 02:15 PM

                    If it were me, I would be looking for places in Fort Greene where I didn't need to cross Atlantic or Flatbush. There are certainly some decent places that are a *short* walk from BAM.

                    No 7, as someone mentioned.
                    Berlyn, which is practically next door
                    Stonehome Wine Bar, which is good.
                    Smoke Joint, for BBQ.
                    Der Schwarze Kolner (sp?), more of a german beer hall with some snacky foods.
                    an Ethiopian place I can remember the name of.

                    And lots more I can't remember at the moment.

                    If you're going to get in your car, I highly recommend Colonie, as they have small plates and you can get just as much as you're hungry for.

                    The Smoke Joint
                    87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                    Stonehome Wine Bar
                    87 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                    171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                    No. 7
                    7 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                    Der Schwarze Kolner
                    710 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                    127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                    25 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                    1. re: egit
                      sgordon Jan 21, 2012 10:25 AM

                      Why is it harder to cross Atlantic or Flatbush than it is any other street? They have crosswalks and traffic lights. They're not, like, six-lane highwways.

                      1. re: sgordon
                        egit Jan 23, 2012 10:24 AM

                        I guess the only reason I said that is because "walking distance" is fairly subjective. The only way for someone to get from BAM to park slope or Flatbush Ave involves a fairly unpleasant walk around Atlantic Terminal Mall and the construction site that is Atlantic Yards. Basically anything across Atlantic and/or Flatbush is going to be a 20 minute walk, at least.

                        It's not that I have anything against crossing Atlantic/Flatbush/Fourth avenues, but from BAM there's nothing that I would suggest to a total stranger that I would consider "walking distance." Sure, one could walk to Franny's from there. One could walk from BAM to Rucola, Colonie, Sottocasa, and Saul as well. But it's a bit of a hike.

                        1. re: egit
                          sgordon Jan 23, 2012 11:03 AM

                          Gotta disagree on that. To get to a nearer spot in Park Slope - say, Convivium Osteria, or anything in that area of 5th Ave - would take 10 minutes, tops. And that'd involve crossing BOTH Atlantic and Flatbush.

                          1. re: sgordon
                            jen kalb Jan 23, 2012 11:45 AM

                            this performance is at the BAM Harvey Theater down on Fulton Street. Convivium is one of the closeer places in Park Slope admittedly - but it probably would be a bit longer than 10 min walk, with Frannys more than 15.. Driving to one of these destinations would not be practical because parking in the area is hard to find.

                            Sadly for a Chowhound, either eating close to the theater on the Fort Greene side or maybe getting in the car and driving somewhere in the direction of home (CT?) where street parking is not so impacted (even say Williamsburg, Woodside for Sripraphi or Astoria) might be the best solution

                    2. sgordon Jan 20, 2012 10:42 AM

                      There are a number of good places in Park Slope, right nearby - depends what time the show gets out. Convivium Osteria is within walking distance, though that might be a heartier meal than you're looking for. Further down 5th Ave are Blue Ribbon Brooklyn, Bonnie's Grill (solid burgers), and Los Pollitos II (unfancy cheap but decent Mexican) - that's just off the top of my head, but there are a ton of restaurants on 5th.

                      Convivium Osteria
                      68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                      Blue Ribbon Brooklyn
                      280 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                      Bonnie's Grill
                      278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                      Los Pollitos
                      148 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                      1. TrishUntrapped Jan 19, 2012 09:05 PM

                        Reading through some old threads, three possible spots popped out: Cafe Lafayette, Caffe e' Vino and Berlyn. Your thoughts on these?

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                        1. re: TrishUntrapped
                          Daniel76 Jan 20, 2012 07:03 AM

                          I have heard really off putting things about Cafe Lafayette though, people like their burger.. I know nothing about Caffe e' Vino and Sneakeater has mentiond that Berlyn has a new Chef at the helm.

                          There is also Walter's very near by. In walking distance, well that is relative..I mean, Franny's is one of a kind restaurant and it's wonderful.. So, I would suggest that.. It's a quick drive and it's awesome.. So,it would be hard to not recommend Franny's to everyone.

                          No 7 is another nice place in walking distance to BAM and there is Roman's and there is Dino's, all of these are not as good as Franny's IMO.

                          Taro Sushi is really nice and in the area but, opens at 5 on Saturdays..

                          Then you have Sotto Casa which is on Atlantic which is a really nice place for traditional pizza and the chickpea tuna salad.. Though, Franny's has amazing pizza, especially their clam pizza.

                          You also have Cafe Catania which you can go for coffee and Baba Rum after Sotto Casa.

                          Saraghina is a wonderful place that you will have to drive to. Check the time when it opens.

                          You could also go to Char No. 4, or Prime Meats after the show at Bam..

                          Or, what I like to do is walk to Der Shvartz Kolner, drink some German Beer, get a gouda, pickle and a sausage plate and call it a day.

                          295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                          Taro Sushi
                          244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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

                          No. 7
                          7 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                          Prime Meats
                          465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                          Der Schwarze Kolner
                          710 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                          435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

                          243 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

                          222 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

                          193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                          Sottocasa Pizzeria
                          298 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                          166 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                          1. re: Daniel76
                            TrishUntrapped Jan 20, 2012 07:27 AM

                            I like the menu for Franny's... good tip.

                            Also, this is a 3 1/2 hour show so we'll be out around 5:30 p.m. Good time to grab dinner then head out.

                            1. re: TrishUntrapped
                              Daniel76 Jan 20, 2012 07:38 AM

                              I also love Locanda Vini e Olii, which is right down the street from BAM.. It's in this old Drug Store and it's like being transported into this Italian Restaurant.. The clientele, the staff and owners, and most importantly the chef are all straight from Italy.. Really interesting wine list mainly Sicilian and dishes that you I have not seen anywhere else..

                              Though, it get's mixed reviews, I find it to be superb.

                              Locanda Vini e Olii
                              129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                              1. re: Daniel76
                                bobjbkln Jan 21, 2012 09:18 PM

                                I really like Locanda Vini e Olii, but it is not just down the street from BAM. It's at least a mile away in a totally different neighborhood.

                          2. re: TrishUntrapped
                            Bookistan Jan 21, 2012 11:58 AM

                            I've had a couple of very nice meals at Caffe e'Vino before BAM performances. It's charming and the food is really good. Crowded, and sometimes difficult to get a table but maybe OK at 5:30. And it's very close to BAM - a long block away - maybe just the ticket on a chilly night!

                            Caffe e Vino
                            112 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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