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(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

So it's now January 2013, almost 2.5 years since I wrote this first post, asking you all for dating advice. Over these past couple of years, I've gotten engaged and married. We were married at King's Terrace and it was an amazing chasnah! A few weeks later, we moved to Israel for Shana Rishona, and it was a great experience! I learned in Yeshiva while my wife finished up her BA. We spent our year in Ramot Eshkol, and it truly was a great year of working on ourselves and building a foundation. (For our 1 year anniversary we went to Sheyann, which was probably one of our favorite restaurants in Jerusalem---this is a food blog, I feel obligated to post something about food).

Along the way, unfortunately we lost a few family members that were close to us..but we kept pushing forward and it only helped to strengthen our relationship. In April of 2012, we left Israel and moved back to New York. We decided to move to Far Rockaway and found a great apartment in a great neighborhood. My wife and I were both able to find jobs pretty quickly which was definitley a huge bracha. Unfortunately, like many people 2012 was soured by Hurricane Sandy. BH, we were OK, and our losses were limited.
This past week we celebrated our 2nd anniversary at Pardes (which was amazing! See my post on that thread)

2013 should prove to a an even better year because with Hashem's help, in the beginning of March, we will be expecting our first child and we are so excited about it!

After looking back through this post, it's amazing how far we've come.

Thanks again for everyone's help a few years ago. I look forward to being in touch more often and sharing only in simchas (and eating experiences, of course!)

Matt

Jan 25, 2013
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Pardes Update

Went last night for my 2 year anniversary, and it was an amazing experience. I did not have a problem with anything. The pacing was great (in fact, I thought it was too fast at times! We wanted to savor everything and the dishes, kept coming!!), the server was knowledgeable, and the food was delicious-- We really enjoyed every course we had. The space is a little on the tighter side, and there was a slight draft whenever the door was opened (its 15 degrees out, so it's to be expected). I really love this style of restaurant, and I think it's a well needed addition to the Kosher scene. It is probably the most unique Kosher restaurant out there, and one of the best. It gets my highest recommendation.

Jan 24, 2013
berkiebtvs in Kosher

Best Ribs in NYC area

I had a REAL good Short Rib at Mike's Bistro on the UWS--- Fantastic!!!

(also the Duck Gnocchi was AWESOME---but I digress...)

Dec 08, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

I am going for the all inclusive thread =)

Nov 17, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

Meisner's Catering- King's Terrace (Wedding Hall)---Inquiry

Hello everyone!

I recently got engaged (as some other people on the forum know about!), and have started the wedding hall search. We're, like everyone, on somewhat of a budget, and are trying to get the best bang for our buck, while having a nice wedding.

We came across a place in Flatbush, King's Terrace (Kings HWY and 8th St---apparently it may have been called The Alexandria??), and the price was right. I've heard the food was good (didn't feel comfortable going up and tasting, but my fiance had been there and said the food was great). I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with the caterer and the hall.

Any feedback/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Matt

Nov 15, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

I am DEFINITELY ready for catering advice---been scouring this board for some good ideas, and guys have definitely helped. I think we're close to picking a hall---I'm going to start a new thread so it doesn't get lost.

Thanks again for all the help!!

Nov 15, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

I'll bump this---because I'm excited!

We got Engaged!!!! =)

Thanks for all the help everyone!! Now it's wedding planning time...should be interesting....

Nov 12, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

haha---still going well, B"H!!

Going out again Tuesday night (Yom Tov has slowed things down a bit).

Any ideas for a a 8:30ish meal with a sukkah in the Brooklyn area?

Sep 27, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

hahah this is a funny post-- because it's what I was looking to do tonight!

I was going to pick up my pottery (see date 3), go to Olga's (in the area), then go walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!!! Won't be around 11pm, probably closer to 8 or so. Kinda funny. I know there's the Brooklyn Bridge Park, but again, not sure how it is around night time---maybe I should have a back up plan too.

Sep 14, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

Date 4 was a success! It was beautiful out, went to Cafe Hadar--and sat in the outside garden, which was pretty cool. Really dont expect it in the middle of flatbush! We both had different egg platters and it was a pretty inexpensive brunchy-type of meal.
(Off topic: what's with these restaurants including tip ALL the time. I don't mind it, but it's not something I usually check for-- I feel like it's a ploy to get an extra tip-- I digress!)
We then went to the aquarium, some place i havent been in a very long time, and I really enjoyed it! We had a great time, and we are going to go out again after Yom Tov!

Hope everyone is well.

Shana Tova!

Matt

Sep 07, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

well I figured a little bit of both---to just stay in a park all day, might be much. I need entertainment! haha.

That's why going to a museum, and being close to a park, you get a little bit of both?

(The more I look at the Website, it seems to be a Holocaust themed Museum, so I think I'll switch to the UWS---we'll save the depressing dates for later on, haha)
(First I have to make sure she's free this weekend, this convo could change very quickly..)

Sep 03, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

She's not a big of a foodie as I was (I was really into it, before I kept Kosher too!), so I think she'll be happy wherever we go!

One idea I had in mind (and to avoid uptown, but will limit lunch choices, obviously), was the Jewish Museum in Battery Park.(is that cliche? Jews going to a Jewish Museum?) Then we can walk and hang around Battery Park (not as crowded as Central Park---somewhere along the line, I began avoiding crowds--haha). Then I could zip back into Brooklyn, and stop by Olga's.

OR

UWS, Museum, Central Park, and UWS Restaurant (Noi Due- looks great!)

Sep 03, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

So there will be a 4th date!

Went pottery painting (surprisingly pretty fun) and then went to Amazon Cafe, which as someone had suggested was a bit crowded at first (9pm on Wednesday), but then emptied out a bit. Food was pretty good. (figured i'd keep it somewhat CHOW related). I got a Greek Toast (I'm a sucker for Feta ) and she got some sushi rolls. Pretty reasonably priced and I was happy. (The pottery on the other hand---a bit more expensive).

I think Date 4 will be this weekend, and will probably be a Day Date---which means a longer amount of time spent together and different type of activities to choose from. I was thinking about venturing into Manhattan, and going to a museum, walking around a bit, (maybe the Met and Central park), and then some food of sorts.

I do like the Smith Street, Carrol Gardens suggestion too.

Anything else?

Thanks again!

Sep 02, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

unfortunately in this dating circle---no home visits for a while, haha...but I appreciate the thought =)

But I do believe you pick it up a week later, so it could be a good idea for a follow up date

Sep 01, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

Figured I'd give you guys an update--going to go to a Pottery Painting place in Brooklyn, and then probably to a cafe of sorts. (I've heard Amazon Cafe, might be good). Again, I'm hesitant about dating in the same area where she lives, but during the week- it's my only option. Olga's would have been good--but since it closes at 9, i don't think it'll work out.

Sep 01, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

I saw that place...but read it's real loud and intense. Is that true? I don't want her to see my loud and intense side right away, haha.

Aug 27, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

I appreciate the feedback and help. Outdoor activities are very difficult for during the week, (I won't get to to start the date until 7:30-8:00), and I'm still at the point of having to pick her up first (the gentleman thing to do, and I don't mind- but it makes things difficult and takes time to drive to the place---but I digress). So starting the date, coupled with I get up very early the next morning (5 am or so), puts me in a pickle of sorts. I would love to leave brooklyn, but by the time I pick her up, drive some place, and drive back, it's going to be a longggg night! (which I guess I will do, if i have to)

Anyway, next date is Wednesday, and I'd like to do something semi-interactive and laid back. I was thinking a pottery painting place, which totally isn't my thing, but I guess that could be fun???(although the place closes at 9)

Do that and then Ice cream or something?

Matt

Aug 27, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

So...I ended up at Tea for Two Lite, as per some suggestions from some friends. (I got sushi, and she got ravioli) Actually a pretty good place, and we ended up at a table closer to the back, so it felt more private. I think it went well, because we agreed on a 3rd date!

So now where to go for the third date? I think I may have to venture outside of Brooklyn for this one (probably a more activity oriented date for #3---so it might not be appropriate talk for the Chow boards---but I will take suggestions !!)

Matt

Aug 26, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

All,

Relatively new to the dating scene, especially in brooklyn. I'm looking for a quiet place to go to grab a late dinner/ desert. It's a second date, so I'm not looking to break the bank, but am looking to make a decent impression. It will be at around 8pm or so mid week. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

(i've been on mikomos.com, but there's not a lot of feedback on the places they have!)

Matt

Aug 24, 2010
berkiebtvs in Kosher