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Gift card / certificate for Brooklyn restaurants

uwsgrazer Jan 7, 2013 08:56 AM

I'd like to give a gift certificate to a friend who lives in Brooklyn. Unfortunately I'm not sure of her any of favorite restaurants. Any chance there's one offered that would be broad enough to cover a number of high-quality establishments?

I know I could just get a Visa or similar gift card but I'd prefer to give something more narrow in focus, to encourage my friend to dine out for a nice meal rather than just use the money for everyday purchase

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    tex.s.toast RE: uwsgrazer Jan 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    if you're looking for something like USHG or the like, i dont think you'll find one. maybe give some more specific geographical constraints and what kind of food she likes and people can be more helpful.

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      uwsgrazer RE: tex.s.toast Jan 7, 2013 02:44 PM

      Yeah, I guess I was thinking along the lines of USHG or something. She lives in Park Slope so anything in that general neighborhood would be perfect. She is vegetarian (okay with dairy, not 100% sure about fish ...) but her husband, whom she would most likely dine with, is not, so I guess someplace with some vegetarian options -- but not exclusively vegetarian -- would be ideal.

      Thanks for any ideas

    2. prdct RE: uwsgrazer Jan 8, 2013 08:34 AM

      Not sure of your price point, but Franny's is great choice. Also consider Al di La and Applewood.

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        uwsgrazer RE: prdct Jan 8, 2013 11:35 AM

        I was thinking of something on the order of about $200 or so. That's kind of why I'm trying to select carefully. I've been to Al di La. It's fine but I guess I'm not so excited about that option. (Of course, if I knew that it was her favorite restaurant I would be happy to get a gift card from there.) Applewood looks like a good candidate, though I've never eaten there myself. Franny's also looks good but I guess Applewood looks more *special* ...?

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          Pan RE: uwsgrazer Jan 8, 2013 11:55 PM

          I've been to Applewood once and Franny's twice. Applewood feels a tad more formal, but I liked the food at Franny's better. Both were good, though.

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            uwsgrazer RE: Pan Jan 10, 2013 04:29 AM

            Thanks, Pan. Nice to "run into you" on the OB board.

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            Peter RE: uwsgrazer Jan 9, 2013 05:08 PM

            The food is great at both but Franny's is for grabbing a meal and Applewood is definitely for a "night out". Having eaten at Applewood over 30 times, I say go with Applewood.

            (Oh, and applewood is good at the vegetarian thing -- they even run their own small farm now -- though maybe not vegan.)

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              uwsgrazer RE: Peter Jan 10, 2013 04:31 AM

              Yeah, and when I called Applewood even said they could do a vegetarian version of the tasting menu!

              I'm kind of leaning towards Applewood, though maybe I'll end up asking my friend which she prefers. Not sure ... I still have time to decide

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          Big Easy RE: uwsgrazer Jan 9, 2013 03:45 AM

          Take a look at the American Express Be My Guest card. It's good at any restaurant that takes Amex.

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            uwsgrazer RE: Big Easy Jan 10, 2013 04:33 AM

            Even though I'm struggling with this decision I would prefer to give my friend something more *tailored* than a general gift card. But thanks for the input, Big

          2. Mandymac RE: uwsgrazer Jan 12, 2013 07:12 PM

            For a wedding gift, I gave some friends a GC to Brooklyn Larder. They really enjoyed it and it allowed them to go wild a little. I'd recommend that -- a gift card will go pretty far there.

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              uwsgrazer RE: Mandymac Jan 13, 2013 08:32 PM

              Thank you! I wasn't familiar with Brooklyn Larder. Their website looks great. I think my friend would definitely appreciate a GC from there (who wouldn't). Still mulling things over ... now I'm thinking maybe a $100-150 GC for one of the two restaurants (Franny's or Applewood) and the balance (for a total of $250) to Brooklyn Larder.

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                prdct RE: uwsgrazer Jan 14, 2013 09:48 AM

                Brooklyn Larder is owned by the Franny's folks, so its possible that he GC's could be used at either--I would ask.

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                  uwsgrazer RE: prdct Jan 14, 2013 09:52 AM

                  Interesting. Thanks for the head's up, prdct

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