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Battersby on Saturday night? Alternative?

erica Dec 5, 2012 01:40 PM

My sister and I, (both pitifully uninformed about eating in Brooklyn) are heading to a concert at Barclay's on Saturday night. I've read quite a few threads on eating within a walk of the arena.

I think we are going to try for a table at Battersby, which opens at 5:30pm and, like most of the places I checked, does not take reservations. ( I realize that this is about a 20 minute walk from the arena.)

Questions: How early must I arrive to be sure of a table in the first seating? Arriving at 5:30ok? Anything on the menu we should not miss?

If we are not able to score a table, what should be our backup plan between Smith Street and Barclay's?

Arthur's on Smith? (opens 5pm)

Rucola? (opens 5:30pm)

Chances of finding a table for 2 around 6pm on a Saturday at any of the above? Other ideas I should consider? We'd much prefer eating outside the venue and do not mind dining early..

  1. b
    boccalupo Dec 6, 2012 06:30 PM

    Rucola is one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn. I have only been to Battersby once and the dishes were hit and miss.

    1. j
      jinx Dec 5, 2012 05:35 PM

      I would suggest getting to Battersby by 5:15 at the latest. We arrived at 5 when we went on a Saturday, and were first in line; but by 5:15 or 5:20 the line was building. The place is very small!

      However, personally I would not try to go to Battersby before an 8 pm show, it seems rushed to me (given the 20 minute walk) and its really not a meal to rush (I don't think we got out of there before 9, although we were a party of four and had many courses.) I'd save it for another night and try somewhere closer to Barclay's.

      Envious that you are seeing the Stones, enjoy ;)

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      1. re: jinx
        erica Dec 6, 2012 04:25 AM

        Thanks to you both! Will attempt to reach Battersby by 5:15 and will keep Krescendo as an alternative..it sounds intriguing, and good. The actual show will not begin until 9pm so have plenty of time!

      2. Steve R Dec 5, 2012 02:23 PM

        http://www.krescendobrooklyn.com Right on Atlantic Ave halfway betw. Smith and Barclay Center (4 block walk). Ginny & I have been there once and really liked the food. Neither of us had the pizza (which is the major point of the place I guess) but the salads, the pasta and the entrees were all good. Nice upscale setting... large (site of the now defunct Downtown Atlantic)... and good price point. Well worth a visit.

        http://deanstreetbrooklyn.com On the other side of Barclay Center (one block from Rucola). Nice informal solid N.Orleans inspired food from the chef who also does Tchoup Shop and is a long time favorite of ours. Big flavors, big food. The gumbo is great.

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