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Early Dinner near BAM?

Hi Hounds,

I'm heading to Brooklyn on Saturday night to see the opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and would love a recommendation or two for interesting eats nearby. The show starts at 7:30, so we'd be looking for 5:30 or 6pm, within a few blocks (we'll be walking). Moderately priced is good (say entrees no more than $25, preferably less). So far I've checked out Lulu 7 Po, Chez Oskar, No. 7 and a couple of others - all look good, but I'd love more options. Thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. Woodlands just up Flatbush is very good.

    1. I did the exact same thing last month and went to Kaz-An-Nou. at 53 6th Ave, just north of Flatbush. Really nice atmosphere and just a 5 minute walk to BAM. Would like to return when I don't have to rush. We arrived ~6:15p and got the last empty table. At 5:30 you shouldn't have a problem.
      http://www.kazannou.com/menu

      1. I've never been to Woodlands (it's fairly new) nor Kaz-An-Nou. But one nice option might be Stonehome Wine Bar, right up the street on Lafayette.

        Berlyn is literally right across the street. I went there once for pre-theater drinks. Seemed nice enough, but I've never eaten there.

        1. We've enjoyed Scopello (63 Lafayette Ave).

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          1. re: scooter

            When I went to BAM in January, we had dinner at Scopello first. Worked out perfectly. Food was very good, service was attentive, and food came quickly enough, and we finished right on time...and it helps that BAM is just a block or 2 away.

          2. Thanks everyone for the recs so far. Kaz-an-Nou in particular sounds great, but I'll run these by my friend and see what she thinks!

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            1. re: biondanonima

              If you want a quick meal, you might want to check out Kalashkat, on Dean St,at the Fifth Ave/Flatbush Triangle - limited seating, very good felafel. Next door is Va Beh, italian, which gets good reviews mostly except for cramped seating. We like Kaz an Nou too. Cubana Cafe also on 6th (next to Woodlands) is pleasant with decent not great cuban sandwiches and such - their rum drinks and cuban desserts pretty good.

              1. re: biondanonima

                One thing to be very careful of... check and see if there are any events at the Barclay's Center that night, and at what time. If you think there may be a dinner-time conflict, you should probably avoid anything that's along the Flatbush/Fifth/Sixth ave corridor (Kaz an Nou, Kalashkat, Va Beh, Woodlands, etc). It can get very crowded over there.

                It's great for the resto/bar owners, but not so much for ppl trying to make curtain. Fort Greene is a little bit further away from the BC, and there may not be so much of a pre-game or concert crowd.