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Early Dinner near BAM?

biondanonima Feb 27, 2013 01:57 PM

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. Motosport Feb 27, 2013 02:33 PM

    Woodlands just up Flatbush is very good.

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      rd135 Feb 28, 2013 03:26 AM

      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. egit Feb 28, 2013 08:13 AM

        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.

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          scooter Feb 28, 2013 09:39 AM

          We've enjoyed Scopello (63 Lafayette Ave).

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          1. re: scooter
            EricMM Mar 11, 2013 04:55 PM

            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. biondanonima Feb 28, 2013 12:57 PM

            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
              jen kalb Mar 1, 2013 04:49 AM

              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
                egit Mar 1, 2013 08:33 AM

                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.

              2. Motosport Mar 1, 2013 01:00 PM

                There is always the old standby Junior's!! We've never been disappointed at Junior's. Just keep it simple.

                1. biondanonima Mar 5, 2013 01:55 PM

                  We actually ended up at Mullane's - we had a larger group than I thought and a couple of picky eaters, so it was the path of least resistance. At least the burger was good and reasonably priced!

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                    botrytis9 Mar 7, 2013 05:18 AM

                    Romans on Dekalb

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                    1. re: botrytis9
                      jen kalb Mar 7, 2013 05:31 AM

                      umm do you think for an opera lover? extremely loud music when we were there and the food wasnt all that

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                      botrytis9 Mar 10, 2013 02:00 PM

                      Olea
                      Romans
                      Flatbush Farm
                      Frannys
                      Aita
                      Walters
                      Rucola

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                        JackS Jun 15, 2013 06:53 AM

                        I went to Berlyn last night, right across the street from BAM where Thomas Biesl used to be. We just went there because it was convenient, but we were pleasantly surprised by the food. A dandelion green salad was much better than salads usually are, maybe because it was liberally supplied with bacon and leeks. I drank a "Brooklyn," their version of a Manhattan, which was actually one of the better Manhattans I've drank, and our main course, a duck confit, wasn't as surprisingly good, but it was a standard-issue good-tasting duck confit. I'd definitely go again.

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                          kathryn Jun 15, 2013 11:12 PM

                          The Brooklyn cocktail is a classic, actually, and you can make it at home:
                          http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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                          parkslopemama Jun 17, 2013 11:15 AM

                          I would also add La Caye to the list. It's right across the street from BAM (next to Berlyn). Nice Haitian food.

                          1. Peter Jun 21, 2013 10:09 AM

                            Next time you go, make sure to eat at LuLu & Po. We've been 6 or so timesand just last night my wife was saying that she thinks it's her favorite restaurant in all of Brownstone Brooklyn.

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