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Brooklyn dinner for 9 on Friday in April

We will be in Brooklyn staying at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriot for a wedding. The groom suggested the Blue Ribbon but they can't accomodate a party of 9 that Friday night. Any suggestions for something comparable? TIA

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    1. Try Queen, the Italian restaurant on Court Street (a short walk from your hotel). They serve up some very good homemade Italian food, and they make their own sauces, their own pasta and their own bread. Try their signature mozzarella appetizer.

      They also have a LOT of experience with large parties.

      Queen can be expensive, depending on what and how you order, especially with the wines. But you can find real bargains on both the food menu and on the wine list to keep the costs reasonable.

      If you do a search on this board for Queen, you should find lots of hits.

      Good luck...

      1. Thanks for the responses

        1. If you go to Open Table and specify your location (after you click on NYC, you will be offered an "additional cities" prompt) and number of diners, you'll see everything with availability. I tried a Brooklyn search for a party of 9 at 7 tonight and found 51 restaurant choices.

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          1. re: foodiemom10583

            Ok so you found 51 restaurant choices and I will go look. Are any of them a place you would recommend to out of towners who have no idea about the restaurants in Brooklyn?

            1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

              First figure out who can accommodate your party. I don't know the date or time for which you are interested, how much you want to spend per person, etc. If you post a list of what looks good to you, I'm sure you'll elicit plenty of opinions here.

              1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                To clarify foodiemom's point - even we who know brooklyn restaurants don't know which ones are open for reservations of 9 on your particular night of need. Tell us what night it is and someone may look at the open table list for the night - or look over what restaurants have availability and ask about a few that look like potential options for you and your group.

                1. re: tex.s.toast

                  I went through the list on Open Table. Since almost half of the group is older (I would say elderly but won't) noise is a factor. I selected a number of French and Italian since that would be good for our group. These are the ones with Open Table availability on Friday April 27th that I would like feedback on:
                  French
                  Le Comptoir
                  AOC Bistro
                  Soigne Restaurant
                  Italian
                  Caffe e Vino
                  Osteria Il Paiolo

                  Also wondering about Colonie (though it seems like it would be loud), Queen or Saul. We would need to call about the possibility of reservations there.

                  Thanks for the help.

                  1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                    Old people like Queen. It's an Old School red sauce Italian, tackily decorated with a gigantic menu. It is NOT my kind of place at all. But if you like Italian American it is probably your best option.

                    Saul could work. How about Buttermilk Channel?

                    Brooklyn is a huge borough, btw. I think some of the places you found above might be waaaay out there geographically. Never heard of a few of them.

                    Neighborhoods you want are:
                    Downtown
                    Cobble Hill
                    Boerum Hill
                    Carroll Gardens
                    Brooklyn Heights
                    Park Slope
                    DUMBO

                    1. re: thegforceny

                      While the group might be old they aren't typical. I don't think an Old School red sauce Italian would really suit us.

                      I checked most of these restaurants on Google maps and they appear to be fairly close to the Brooklyn Bridge Marriot which is where we are staying.

                      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                        Some are in Williamsburg which has AWESOME dining options but is not near where you are.

                        If you're willing to go to Williamsburg though, your options are bountiful.

                        Do a search - box on the upper right corner of this page.

                        1. re: thegforceny

                          Boy, you guys are so spoiled if you think that the distance from the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott to Williamsburg is far. For us the nearest restaurant is at least 5 miles away and that isn't anyplace I would ever eat.

                          Will look at the Williamburg threads.

                          1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                            it all depends on how you're getting around. if you are taking the subway (as most of us do) it is actually rather difficult to get between the southern parts of brooklyn (downtown and south, including the neighborhoods mentioned in the g forces post above) to williamsburg. Despite being in the same borough the train linkages are weak at best (there is one train, the G) that goes across brooklyn but it is no ones favorite line and subject to all kinds of ridiculous service disruptions/suspensions.

                            If you are taking a car that distance can take as little as 10 minutes and as much as 45 or more, depending on traffic.

                            If you and your group are planning on taking rented cars or cabs around anyway, there isnt a huge difference between south slope/carrol gardens, and williamsburg (it could take 10/15 mins to get to the either, but this is pretty variable depending on traffic).

                            In terms of cuisine preference, Blue Ribbon is more american in focus than italian/french. Consider looking into Applewood, which isnt silent but is a smaller room, very intimate, and has good farm-to-table american food (its in a repurposed residential building and the setting is very brooklyn).

                            1. re: tex.s.toast

                              Sorry. It has been a long time since I was totally reliant on public transportation.

                              Thanks for the suggestion of Applewood.

                    2. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                      Have to disagree with GForce's description of Queen, which I think is misleading. If you drop into Queen any night of the week you will see almost all, if not all, of the tables filled with quite a variety of people, including old and young, families and couples, etc. The small bar is usually crowded with people waiting for tables. Queen has a large following from the courts, which are relatively nearby. There's a reason those tables are filled every night.

                      I suggested Queen because it seems to me that almost every time my wife and I go (which has been a lot over the years), there is a large party (six or more, sometimes twenty or more) there. Queen has quite a lot of experience in serving large groups of people.

                      Not sure about the description of Queen being "...tackily decorated with a gigantic menu..." The only menus at Queen are the ones you read to make your food and wine choices.

                      Do a search on the Outer Boroughs board for a lot more on Queen. You'll get a more rounded idea of what others on this board think of it. Here's a link to start you off, as searching for "Queen" results in hits for Queens:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559371

                      Best of luck in whatever you decide...

                      1. re: BrookBoy

                        Oops, a comma makes all the difference:

                        "...tackily decorated, with a gigantic menu..."

                        i.e decor is tacky and it also has a gigantic menu

                        AGM - it's like a Vinny Testa's / Vinny T's - I see you are from MA

                        If Colonie appeals to you, well Queen is a very different crowd.

                        1. re: thegforceny

                          Nah, not really Vinny Testa's kind of people. We are going to see if we can get reservations for Saul, Applewood or Colonie. If we can't get into those I think we will try one of these: French
                          Le Comptoir
                          AOC Bistro
                          Soigne Restaurant
                          Italian
                          Caffe e Vino
                          Osteria Il Paiolo

                          1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                            I don't know if you have booked a reservation yet, but opentable options in Brooklyn are pretty limited. Lots of places are not on it. If you are staying at the BB Marriot and you want to avoid taking subways or car services, I think your best options will be staying in B Hts, Cobble or Boerum Hill. Queen is a fine choice and we have been pretty often and its a good choice for a large group that may want to have a quieter place. Colonie may be a tougher as they don't generally take reservations though maybe for a large group they may. But its a very noisy. I love the place and the food but its on the high end for noise and hipsterness in the area. Saul is good food but on the pricier end and also tight on space. I've haven't been to any of the other places you mentioned as back ups.

                            For French, we usually go to Quercy, Sue Perette or Bar Tabac. The first 2 could work. An Italian alternative would be Lunetta.

                            A place that I think might work really well is Jack the Horse in the north Heights. Its contemporary american food in a nice setting. Henry's End is another option but the tables are small and the space is tight there too.

                        2. re: BrookBoy

                          I agree with BrookBoy. Queen is hardly a red sauce place. Their specials are particularly creative and interest. Look at their online menu before rejecting, given how close it is to your hotel. Another interest (and modern Italian closer than the restaurants you listed (other than Saul and Colonie) is Ricola on Dean St. They take reservations for parties of six or more.

                2. If I was planning it, I would bring everyone to Cafe Glechik in Brighton Beach and then walk on the boardwalk, especially if it was a night like tonight. For me, this is an experience that merges Brooklyn with its past and its present. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is unique and wonderful.

                  [Could you tell I'm an old-school South Brooklynite? :)]

                  1. I just made a rehearsal dinner reservation for 14 people at Soigne. They've been extremely accommodating and might be worth a look.

                    1. I made reservations at Queen. The selling point was the noise level. I will report back afterwards. Thank you all for your help.

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                      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                        You won't be disappointed. Stick to the specials though.

                        1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                          I love the food at queen but do know that the vibe of the place has nothing in common with most if the newer Beooklyn restaurant scene. It really is quite tacky and will likely be half-empty.

                          That said, the food is great, especially if you stick to the specials and appetizers.

                          Personally, I would have recommended Saul to you. Quiet, charming, delicious. Applewood us my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn but is VERY noisy and would require a cab or subway ride. Colonie is our new neighborhood go-to (we live 3 blocks away) but its also very noisy.

                          1. re: Peter

                            We were only 6 last Friday at Queen which was packed and very noisy. I was going to request a quiet corner when we called to change the reservation but my husband did it and I didn't get a chance to mention that to him. There were a number of large parties when we arrived including a table which looked like a Sweet 16 party.
                            The timing of the meal suffered due to the aforementioned parties with a pause of 20 minutes between each course. The first courses were IMHO better than the entrees. We had clams oreganatos, minestrone, Calamari, sauteed peas, asparagus & leeks and artichokes for the first courses. The entrees were huge and some could have fed at least half the table. My mother was the smartest ordering two appetizers. She ordered the spinach linguini with eggplant and goat cheese cream. We also had sirloin, pasta with bolognese, penne a la vongole, a chicken dish which I don't remember and soft shell crabs. It was a good suggestion for us because it was within walking distance of the hotel. After spending 6 hours in a mini van in a lot of traffic it was a relief to walk. thanks for the suggestions. I wish we had had time and opportunity to try more of what Brooklyn has to offer.