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gmatles Mar 22, 2012 05:06 PM

Would like recommendations for a first date lunch either on Smith St. or in the Cobble Hill or Red Hook areas. Looking for a casual and comfortable atmosphere with excellent food - American bistro style or any type of ethnic restaurant with a mid-range price range preferred.

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    Marion Morgenthal Mar 22, 2012 07:32 PM

    I'd suggest Kevin's on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. It's very low key, reasonably priced, and food is very good.

    The Good Fork, further down Van Brunt, would be another good option.

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      tex.s.toast Mar 22, 2012 09:11 PM

      +1 on kevins. its been a while but the food is excellent and its a good value. "comfortable" describes the atmosphere perfectly (we were there once and a woman i presumed to be kevin's wife was working the diningroom with a sleeping baby strapped to her chest).

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        bobjbkln Mar 23, 2012 10:57 AM

        Just note that Kevin's does not serve alcohol. (They do allow BYOB wine)

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        squid kun Mar 14, 2013 01:47 PM

        Just reopened late last month ... http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

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        jmh Mar 23, 2012 09:55 AM

        I'm assuming Carroll Gardens is in the mix if you are looking at Cobble Hill and Red Hook. You might consider Buttermilk Channel on Court Street. For casual atmosphere and very good brunch food, that would be my first choice in the area. They open at 10 for brunch, and there can be a long wait if you don't get there early. Clover Club on Smith St. also does a nice brunch (and a very good Bloody Mary). There can be a wait there too if you don't arrive on the early side.

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          Olive123 Mar 16, 2013 01:21 PM

          Buttermilk Channel is also my top pick. If you don't get there early and/or there is a wait, you can basically go across to Prime Meats, which is larger and more likely to have space. (I much prefer the service at Buttermilk Channel, having had oddly rude service a couple times too many at PM, so we don't go there anymore; food is great at both). My husband loves the Bloody Marys at BC, too, if you are in the mood for brunch drinks of that sort. We enjoy the Good Fork in Red Hook, too, but have never been for brunch.

        2. jon Mar 23, 2012 11:09 AM

          i'm a big fan of fort defiance on van brunt in red hook. great brunch and great drinks.

          1. jen kalb Mar 15, 2013 11:42 AM

            We really like the Good Fork in Red Hook, and its eclectic brunch food. I usually have their bibim bop. they have alcohol, too. If you want to be in Red Hook, highly recommended.

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