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Saturday Birthday Dinner for teens in Brooklyn

Hi, I'm coming to Brooklyn for the weekend with my kids to celebrate their 18th and 11th birthdays. I'm born and raised there but have lived in Saratoga for the last 7 years and I only get back once or twice a year so I am a little out of touch.

My kids are adventurous and not picky. My daughter loves BBQ, southern, soul, asian, Mexican, etc.
We visited a month ago and had a fun, fantastic meal at Buttermilk Channel.

We're staying downtown Brooklyn and have a car so travel is not an issue.

Thoughts on a fun restaurant with good food and a great cocktail list? And by fun, I don't mean balloon animals and cotton candy but a place where we can have a few courses, a couple of cocktails and appease both kids and adults?

When I did live in Brooklyn, Applewood and Al Di La were my favorite restaurants. You can check out my Wanna Go list for places that I find appealing.

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    1. Colonie, as I and many on this board have said a few times, is great. No reservations (and long waits), but good food (large and small plates), good cocktails, and a happening atmosphere. Atlantic Ave between Clinton and Henry.

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      Colonie
      127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      1. re: cazique

        Thanks and I read many, many threads but I thought I would explain what I was looking for and ask for more personal recommendations.

        Colonie sounds a little pretentious based on what I've read here and also on Yelp. I care about service and consider it an important part of a nicer dining experience.

        1. re: jenh718

          I think Colonie is great and that the service is top notch for the price tier. Yeah the place is full of the way too hip with their skinny black jeans. I am the antipode of hip but its always amusing to sit and watch the other customers. The wife and I then create alternative lifestyles for the various groups sitting around us. It can be very amusing people watching. But the staff is very accomodating and knowledgable about the food. I think its the tastiest most creative food in the area. We've probably been there 10 times since its opened.

      2. How much are you looking to spend? Since its Thursday, getting reservations at prime places that take reservations will be tough.

        As cazique says, Colonie is great. For other places that are interesting and within walking distance (which I think is better if you're having a few cocktails) would be Char No. 4 for a southern influenced menu or Bar Tabac for french in a funky setting. A little further south would be Frankie's and Prime Meats.

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        Frankies 457 Spuntino
        457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Bar Tabac
        128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

        Prime Meats
        465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Colonie
        127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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        1. re: Bkeats

          I'd say $30 pp, excluding drinks. And have no fear, I do not plan on driving my children around Brooklyn drunk, my husband does not drink. Ever. At all. So we're set there.

          I love Frankie's but we ate there on our last visit. Char No. 4 sounds good, kind of refined Southern?

          1. re: jenh718

            Char has as you say a refined take on southern food. It also has the best selection of brown liquors in the area. I like to have bourbon flights with my jambalaya. They also have a killer key lime pie. For another take on southern there is Seersucker. A french option would be Cafe Luluc. There are some reviews that say its erratic but we've been lucky so far. Some other options in Cobble Hill would be Bocca Lupo (small plate format Italian) and Hibino (best Japanese by far in the area) or Alma (contemp Mexican).

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            Hibino
            333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Cafe Luluc
            214 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Alma
            187 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Bocca Lupo
            391 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

            Seersucker
            329 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        2. If by "downtown" you mean by Borough Hall, I recommend Noodle Pudding on Henry St.

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          Noodle Pudding
          38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          1. Has anyone been to Calyer? I searched the board but there is little said about it and I really like the menu.

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            Calyer
            92 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222