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Dinner near Barclay's Center in Brooklyn

Hello Chowhounds-going to show Sunday at Barclay's and we are looking for someplace close by for dinner (no car, going by subway). What can you recommend and why? Thank you so much--always get the best ideas from here!

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  1. I like Berlyn (http://berlynrestaurant.com) a block or so north on Lafayette, across from BAM.

    1. I was just in BK last weekend but im not totally sure of where these are in relation: (these are both within a block or two of eachother)

      Bevacco (Debi Mazar's, the actress, husband-Gabriele)-it looked casual but nice, italian-not red sauce italian per se. yummy sounding pizza's and pastas.

      Jack The Horse Tavern-stopped in and got drinks-great happy hour cocktails, everyones dinner looked and smelled great!! Cute place tucked away next to beautiful brownstones-a few blocks up and the best view of manhattan!! VERY close to the brooklyn bridge.

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      1. re: cookfood

        Not close to barclays. Brooklyn is big.

        1. re: thegforceny

          bevacco and jack the horse are in bk heights (as thegforceny stated, not close to barclays)...as an aside, i prefer noodle pudding and river deli to bevacco for italian.

      2. Kaz an Nou is a great little French Caribbean BYOB spot around the corner from the Barclay Center. The food is always good and nothing beats bringing your own.
        Other solid options are Chuko on Vanderbilt and Dean (if you're into ramen, this place has some of the best), or James on St. Marks/Carlton (they have a Sunday Supper for $30). Also, Morgan's BBQ recently opened on St.Marks/Flatbush, and I've heard good things about it. All of these places are walkable and well worth it!

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        1. re: TheMasticator

          I wrote this in a previous thread on this subject, but I also vote Kaz an Nou. It's sweet and intimate, and the food was unique and delicious.

          I really need to try Chuko!

        2. We had a fabulous dinner at Melt the last time we went to Barclay.

          1. Melt has since closed after a truckload of health violations.

            Go to Convivium Osteria. You won't regret it.

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            1. re: Vesuvius

              Melt closed?? It was so good. Such is life.

              1. re: Motosport

                Oh dear...my boyfriend and I liked Melt as well. Too bad. We had no idea about the health violations, either.

                1. re: Vesuvius

                  I just suggested Convivium on a different thread. Great food, beautiful location.

                  If you are going less formal Franny's up the block (the clam pie is really all that) or Bonnie's for wings/burgers (best wings I've had in NYC.)

                  1. re: hambone

                    Franny's is no long "just up the block". The moved quite a bit down Flatbush Ave. Their old place is now Marco's, an Italian restaurant; same owners.

                      1. re: hambone

                        I've not been their either. Here's a NY Times (non food oriented) article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/nyr...

                    1. re: hambone

                      we like Franny's but not the clam pie so much. Its about 5 min walk farther away now than the old location. Still waiting to visit Marcos.

                  2. Morgan's BBQ on Flatbush Avenue near St. Mark's Ave., only a few blocks from the Barclay Center. Five of us went there before a Nets game last weekend, and it was great.

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                    1. re: parkslopemama

                      If you weren't going to the game, would you have thought it was "great" barbecue?

                      1. re: hambone

                        Morgans is very good and I cringed at this recommendation. It has the capacity to serve about 1/1000 of the capacity of Barclays at one time and is very busy every night of the week even without that pressure. This is not a huge chain place like Dallas BBQ or something that can absorb lots of folks.. if I wanted to have a post-game meal in the area and didnt want to stand around waiting for a long time, Depending upon how serious about my meal I was I would either go to a place where a reservation could be obtained (Convivium? James? Rosewater? the Farm? etc. or look for food farther away from the Arena, such as on 5th Avenue, 4th Ave, Vanderbilt or Fulton.

                        Supposedly there is food IN the arena - it would be worth hearing about that too.

                        other restaurants on Flatbush strip, Ideya, Marco's,the Farm, Piquant, Woodlands etc - we havent heard a lot about on this Board -are any of them chowworthy? we like Cubana Cafe pretty well, and Geido. Broccolini, on Dean was mediocre on our one visit not recommendable, Geido and Taro are decent Japanese and there is of course Franny's but they do not accept reservations. Maybe they are far enough away after their move that the wait would be acceptable. .

                        1. re: jen kalb

                          I live in the area and am always looking for new bbq ideas.

                          Not as quick a walk but Pork Slope has some damn good eats and a nice rack of ribs. (Also a great whiskey selection.)

                          1. re: hambone

                            Pork Slope has great food. It's a nice 30 minute walk to Barclay's too.
                            BUT, they don't take reservations and don't even take names when you walk in. If it's busy you have to scramble for a table when someone is leaving or eat at the bar if you can get a seat there.
                            Not a great idea if you have to get to a show.

                            1. re: Motosport

                              Pork Slope is definitely not a 30 minute walk, more like 10 to 15 minutes. Unless you're walking reaaallly leisurely, which is possible since 5th Ave is a nice street full of interesting stores and restaurants. But I live in the neighborhood, and I can walk to Barclays from my apartment in 15 minutes, and I live farther away.

                              1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn

                                Perhaps we meander and spend at least 15 minutes in that cool hat store.

                    2. If you like barbecue Morgan's is fantastic and it is very close to Barclay's Center.