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Dinner Fort Greene with college student

pajacobs86 Sep 27, 2012 05:58 AM

Can anyone recommend a nice restaurant for dinner in Fort Greene or nearby for dinner with our Pratt college son? We've read a lot of posts and most of the restaurants and menus seem a bit too cutting edge. Looking for something more old school - Italian, Northern Italian, French, French Bistro, Continental - all OK. Nice sit-down dinner but doesn't have to be 5-star. Nearby OK also.


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    guyonatlantic RE: pajacobs86 Sep 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    Ici is good, simple French-New American food. Locanda Vini e Olii is old school northern Italian. Haven't been there myself but most seem to like it. The General Greene and Walter's are both solid American places. No. 7 is my favorite in the area but might be too out there for what you're looking for.

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      Amy Mintzer RE: pajacobs86 Sep 30, 2012 07:33 PM

      I'm sorry if you needed a rec for this weekend, but just in case dinner is still pending, I recommend Chez Oskar on DeKalb for funky French bistro or Dino's for Italian across the street. Both excellent, with relaxed vibe. Le Grand Dakar is a terrific Senegalese place on Grand, even nearer to Pratt than the other 2. Also chic and easygoing.

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        Daniel76 RE: Amy Mintzer Oct 16, 2012 07:39 AM

        Just a heads up, Grand Dakar has been closed for a few months now.

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          Amy Mintzer RE: Daniel76 Nov 15, 2012 07:24 AM

          Oh no! Didn't realize. Too bad--I was a fan.

      2. exalt RE: pajacobs86 Oct 5, 2012 02:08 PM

        Absolutely second the choice of Locana Vini e Olii. Some of the best Tuscan food I've ever had in NY. I'd also recommend Anima for a slightly more accessible Italian place. Their menu has a lot of familiar Italian dishes but done very fresh and well. Great wine and specials too.
        I always recommend Olea too - Mediterranean tapas, lots of great choices and it's a beautiful place.

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          Amy Mintzer RE: exalt Oct 10, 2012 07:06 PM

          Wow--we loved Olea. Live around the corner but made it finally with friends a few weeks ago. Every bite we had (white anchovies in particular) was terrific. And 2 excellent roses. (That's pink wine, I'm talking about. Can't seem to type the accent mark.) One Greek, one Spanish, both very reasonable.

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          pajacobs86 RE: pajacobs86 Oct 16, 2012 09:03 AM

          Thank you everyone for the replys. Went last weekend and we ate at Walter's. Very happy with the recommendation. Food was good and atmosphere (bar/pub) was perfect. Will likely try one oft he other recommendations next trip.


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