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One dinner, one bar, one birthday, one borough

I'm celebrating my birthday this year with many friends coming in from out of town/the country. I want a fun night with minimal to'ing and fro'ing between neighborhoods. At the moment I'm thinking Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill (a bit too stroller-happy?) OR Prospect Heights OR Williamsburg (for the Manhattanites).

For dinner I'd like something that can hold a group (6-15ppl), is not expensive (hey, it's the holidays), and maybe even BYOB. We pretty much eat anything, but I wouldn't want to go to a specialist restaurant i.e. just seafood. Off the top of my head I'm considering Paulie Gee's if we do Gpoint/Wburg or Buschenschank in Cobble Hill.

While I love an incredible speakeasy or cocktail bar, I know they're not always the best for groups, but I absolutely want a bar that serves cocktails and isn't just one big beer menu. At the moment I'm thinking Rye in Wburg or Weather Up in Prospect Heights.

If anyone would like to help plan my night and my route, I would greatly appreciate it!

Nov 19, 2012
abco in Outer Boroughs

New Year's Eve dinner for 2 in Brooklyn

In other words, what are some favorite restaurants in Brooklyn that are not fancy & extravagant, above Bay Ridge/Sunset Park and below Williamsburg, and take bookings on NYE? Thanks!

Nov 16, 2011
abco in Outer Boroughs

Hibachi/Brazilian steakhouse - big birthday group celebration!

We ended up going to Gyu-kaku. It was perfect for our large group. We sat at the front, and our booths felt enclosed and private. The staff were very nice and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their food, no complaints. And it was definitely reasonable. I would recommend it for large groups who like meat and grilling. Thanks, all!

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Gyu-Kaku
34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

Nov 15, 2011
abco in Manhattan

New Year's Eve dinner for 2 in Brooklyn

I've never spent a NYE in NYC, and will be flying back from the UK on the 31st so a nice dinner somewhere that night would be perfect. Is this something that should be booked well in advance (it'll be for 2 people)? Does anyone have any recommendations for a delicious restaurant with a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere on NYE? Price range is ~$90 for two people (this is flexible), any cuisine but French/New American would be preferable, and any neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Thank you!

Nov 11, 2011
abco in Outer Boroughs

Hibachi/Brazilian steakhouse - big birthday group celebration!

Yes, $60 is too much for an entree alone. Gyu Kaka (Japanese BBQ) is now in the running - lower Manhattan with meat & cheaper options!

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Gyu-Kaku
34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

Oct 09, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Hibachi/Brazilian steakhouse - big birthday group celebration!

Really-nothing? I havent had much luck finding great reviews of hibachi for large groups although there seem to be a couple places in Brooklyn. So, any general recommendations for very fun restaurants for groups with the aforementioned specifications?

Oct 09, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Hibachi/Brazilian steakhouse - big birthday group celebration!

Hi hounds! My friend is celebrating his birthday on 11.11.11 and he'd love to go to a hibachi or Brazilian steakhouse with a big group (10-15~). Because there'll be a range of income levels, we'd like to keep the price to around $25-30 pp (not incl drink and tip). And as fun as hibachi is, the tables don't make it easy to talk to those on the other end. Oh, and we'd prefer to be below 20th.

So...with that in mind, any suggestions from the experts? Much appreciated!!

Oct 08, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Cheap but classy around 47th & 8th - Tonight!

Thanks again everyone. We ended up going to SG. To be totally honest, I couldn't tell the difference between what we ordered and any other casual Chinese takeaway. Perhaps we didn't make the best choices (we didn't get a lot of the spicy dishes), but the Ten Ingredient Noodles had, maybe, 3 ingredients 2 of them poor quality meat. The chicken and boy choy had very little flavor. General Tso chicken was supposedly very good, but to me it looked greasy and unappetizing. Unless you have $$$, I think I'll have to consider this area in Manhattan a deadzone for me.

Sep 29, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Cheap but classy around 47th & 8th - Tonight!

Thanks all! By classy I just meant I was looking for something above Shake Shack, but still reasonably priced. Sounds like Szechuan Gourmet is the way to go! I was worried it could be not that great or greasy, but looks like we'll give it a go. Thanks again!

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Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Sep 27, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Cheap but classy around 47th & 8th - Tonight!

Afternoon! My mom, her friend, and my boyfriend are going to an 8pm show at 47th & 8th tonight. We'd like to have a sit-down, casual dinner around 6.30pm. The friend will be coming from 47th & 1st, and we'll be coming from Soho.
Price is of the issue here - ideally, entrees will be $15 and under. Mom isn't in the mood for Thai, but would do Szechuan. Italian is out. I know there are a bajillion fancy delicious restaurants in these areas, but is there anything worth going to that's inexpensive and tasty?

Thanks so much!

Sep 27, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Veggie-friendly, Inexpensive, Nice Atmosphere - Midtown East/Theatre District TONIGHT

I'm looking for recommendations before I look for availability, but thanks!

Sep 01, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Veggie-friendly, Inexpensive, Nice Atmosphere - Midtown East/Theatre District TONIGHT

My boyfriend will be coming from work (around 51st & Lex) and we need to get to 47th & 8th by 8pm.
I've seen a lot of great posts for restaurants on the more expensive end, but we're really looking for casual and delicious, entrees around the $10-15 mark. Vegetarian-friendly would be a plus.
Any quick recommendations? Thanks so much!

Sep 01, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Late dinner in Battery Park area

I am going to a screening in Battery Park on a weekday, and won't get out until around 9pm. Any late dinner recommendations? I'd prefer to be within walking distance (~15 minutes) or to stick near a subway. Nothing expensive or heavy since it'll be so late, but something of great quality would be nice! Thanks!

Jul 07, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Lunch in Soho - Restaurant Week or otherwise

Not many exciting lunch options in Soho, eh? Thanks for The Dutch recommendation. The menu looks great, I hope to try it out!

Jul 07, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Lunch in Soho - Restaurant Week or otherwise

Any recommendations out there for an amazingly delicious lunch in Soho during the week?

If it's expensive, a prixe fixe or Restaurant Week participant (http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek) would be preferable. No limits on cuisine, I'm just after something original or creative or delicious or all of the above, somewhere nice to escape during work hours!

Thank you.

Jul 05, 2011
abco in Manhattan

Any & All: Eat-in bakeries, Great beers, Inexpensive & atmospheric - Brooklyn

Thanks tex.s.toast. My boyfriend would definitely appreciate a beer bar, and it'll be nice to walk around the park.

Still looking for brunch suggestions among others. And is The Good Fork still good?

Not much going on in the Heights area I'm guessing?

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The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Nov 14, 2010
abco in Outer Boroughs

Any & All: Eat-in bakeries, Great beers, Inexpensive & atmospheric - Brooklyn

Thanks for the replies so far! I really like the business+outing tips! I definitely want to take hot chocolate to the park, and do a little pub crawl.

Any more would be greatly appreciated!

Nov 12, 2010
abco in Outer Boroughs

Any & All: Eat-in bakeries, Great beers, Inexpensive & atmospheric - Brooklyn

I'm going to be staying in Brooklyn Heights for a couple weeks and having been there before I know it can be a little chi chi. I'd really love to explore the area (and I don't mind long walks into other neighbourhoods!) and find some local spots featuring:

* A charming eat-in bakery
* Real hot chocolate (no powdered stuff)
* Unique and delicious beers
* Small, inexpensive restaurants for lunch or dinner (i.e. entrees under $25)
* Fun bars for mid-20 year olds
* To-die for brunch

Some places I'm thinking I'll like (and I know most of these are in Manhattan): the Counting Room bar, Lil Frankie's in East Village/LES, Kuma Inn, Back Forty, Good Enough to Eat, Yonah Schimmel's, New Leaf restaurant, L'Ecole (the French Culinary institute), Little Branch bar, Death + Company.

Any suggestions of some places you really like in the Brooklyn Heights vicinity would be really helpful!

Nov 12, 2010
abco in Outer Boroughs

One night Four restaurants?!

We made a reservation at Ferreira Cafe, as we'll be getting in late, it's close to our b&b, and the seafood looked very appetizing!

Thank you so much for the suggestions, especially the big portions/communal dining! I love the website & reviews for Le Club Chasse et Peche so am hoping to get back to Montreal for there one day.

Aug 31, 2010
abco in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

One night Four restaurants?!

Thank you all! I'm glad Lemeac's post-10pm menu is good, as I'm guessing we are going to be arriving later rather than earlier on Friday night.

I haven't heard of Tuck-Shop, Chien Fumant, APDC and Liverpool House, but will look them up and thank you for the tip on bar seating, good call. I suppose Avec was just an example - I just like the laid-back, friendly atmosphere with lots of different little plates and delicious food.

I cannot wait to be in Montreal this weekend!

Aug 30, 2010
abco in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

One night Four restaurants?!

My boyfriend and I will be spending two nights in Montreal, the first on our own and the second with friends. The second night we're going to Aux Vivres because our friends are vegetarian and more into that than foodie places.

On the first night we want to go somewhere truly delicious with a wonderful atmosphere (communal tables like Avec in Chicago would be a plus). Neither of us have any food restrictions, although he's perhaps a little less adventurous than I am. From what I've read, these look like solid contenders:

* Lemeac (esp. the after 10pm menu)
* L'Express
* Ferreira
* Laloux

Clearly we can't do all 4 so I'm willing to take a poll, hear critical feedback, anything!

Aug 28, 2010
abco in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Speakeasy type bar in Montreal?

Oh well it was worth a shot, thanks for the info! Lab looks like a strong possibility, so thanks for that one!

Aug 28, 2010
abco in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Speakeasy type bar in Montreal?

Four of us will be in Montreal on a Saturday night in a couple weeks, and I was hoping to find a place that serves real old-fashioned cocktails.

Something like The Violet Hour in Chicago: the kind of place that has different types of ice and serves each drink in a different type of glass. I've heard of Velvet, but I've also heard it has a $10-15 cover. No thank you. Anyone have any other cocktail bar recommendations?

Thanks!

Aug 27, 2010
abco in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Speakeasy type bar in Montreal?

Four of us will be in Montreal on a Saturday night in a couple weeks, and I was hoping to find a place that serves real old-fashioned cocktails.

Something like The Violet Hour in Chicago: the kind of place that has different types of ice and serves each drink in a different type of glass. I've heard of Velvet, but I've also heard it has a $10-15 cover. No thank you. Anyone have any other cocktail bar recommendations?

Thanks!

Aug 27, 2010
abco in Quebec (inc. Montreal)