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Nov 12, 2012 09:30 PM

Plesae help! Bklyn - casual spot for group dinner on Sunday night

Can't find the right place - either great food but too small or not open on Sunday or won't take early group (wanted to go to Roberta's but kids are involved and can't do late night).

Got a group of 10-15 people who will be dropping in from time to time - making a Bklyn homecoming. Trying to find a good bar that is large and has good, interesting food somewhere in Bkyln. Please help!

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  1. You might want to try Dean St (corner of Underhill). The front room has a bar but also has a section of high tables/stools that can be constantly rearranged to fit groups as space is needed. The kitchen has just been taken over by the guy who does Tchoup Shop (the pop up on weekends at Wmsburg's dba) & he's churning out some very nice New Orleans inspired food, especially the gumbo. Very friendly place, nice jukebox. Dining room in back if you want a more sit down dinner approach. Call them and see if it works for you.

    By the way, you might want to consider taking Tempo off your list of favorite places. I know we both loved them, but (unfortunately) Michael and Robert are now long gone.

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    1. re: Steve R

      Thanks Steve - great idea!

      And yes, just edited my settings. I live in Iowa now so I haven't paid much attention to closings, etc. This will be my first time back in NYC in almost 5 years - looking forward to it!

      1. re: linguafood

        What about Fette Sau is that good for groups?

        1. re: evoo

          I've never been to Fette Sau, so I couldn't tell ya. Sorry.

          1. re: evoo

            Fette Sau is, in my opinion, an above average BBQ place w/okay sides and a great bourbon list. Prices are reasonable. However, it is a converted garage with a bunch of communal tables... you go to the counter (Texas style), order your food, then try to find seating. If the place is reasonably empty, I'd think that this would work but, if it's busy (Sunday eves might be), finding flexible amounts of seating might be tricky. When the weather is warm(er), it's easier, since they have lots of outdoor seating in front (where the garage driveway was).

            1. re: Steve R

              Right, that might not work then. Vanderbilt sounds good. Does anyone know about Littleneck - would that work? Also - any spots along 5th or 4th Ave or Smith St? Thanks!

              1. re: evoo

                Littleneck is very small. I like their food, but trying to have a flexible seating arrangement won't be easy. You might try calling them, but I would be surprised if they would be able to help you out much. They don't really have m/any big tables.

        2. You may also consider The Vanderbilt, on the corner of Bergen and Vanderbilt. Their menu is of the Small Plates variety, which may lend itself to people coming and going at different times. if you explain your situation, they may be willing to accommodate you.

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          1. re: egit

            Vanderbilt looks good too - thanks!

            1. re: evoo

              For both Dean Street and The Vanderbilt, remember that they are near the Barclay Center so will probably be too crowded to handle 10-15 people on an event night (which seems to be every night, see: )

              1. re: bobjbkln

                obviously, this depends on timing - places that are crowded before and after events should have capacity for folks who arrive during the event. Places on Flatbush like Woodland, Carlton Park and Piquant (none of which Ive been to) might work in this category.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  But the OP was looking for an early Sunday dinner which probably would conflict with Barclays events.

                  1. re: bobjbkln

                    Thanks everyone! Gonna check out these spots now.

                    1. re: bobjbkln

                      the times for the upcoming events vary, some are at 3 pm some at 7 one even at 6.... so it will likely depend on the date