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Mar 22, 2012 05:06 PM

Saturday Brunch in on Smith St./Cobble Hill/Red Hook

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Marion Morgenthal

      +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).

      1. re: tex.s.toast

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

      2. 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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        1. re: jmh

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

          1. 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.