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Italian Restaurant in Park Slope / Downtown Brooklyn (for Parents)

Hello. My parents are meeting my girlfriend for the 1st time and I wanted to take them to a nice Italian restaurant in the Park Slope / Downtown Brooklyn area. I was thinking Al Di La, but I'm not sure if they can tolerate the wait. They are both native New Yorkers, the type who love Areo in Bay Ridge, and I need to find a great, but comfortable atmosphere. I'm trying to suggesr a less expensive restaurant with a menu that is heavy on either Italian food or seafood(they are Southern Italian, which is another reason I'm hesitant to go to Al Di La). This would be for tonight, so a restaurant with a no reservations policy is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Nov 10, 2006
FranklinTeany in Outer Boroughs

Opening Night at the Smoke Joint

I went to the Smoke Joint yesterday and, well, it was one of the best dinners I've had in a long time. It was already pretty busy, but I didn't have to wait long for my food. The aforementioned mac & cheese was creamy and fantastic. The fries which are sprinkled with joint rub, taste like BBQ chips, but 100 times better. But the best part was the baby (got) back ribs. Wow. Seriously, one of the best ribs I've ever had. I am a huge fan of dry-rub. Even the hacked chicken sandwich received great reviews. And they have Dale's Pale Ale and Hennepin for $3. I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys ribs.

I spoke to one of the owners (Ben) and the staff (some who worked at City Hall) who were all very nice. They said that they were planning to add a "special" delivery service, but they couldn't explain the details. They also plan on adding a dessert menu too, but they even went that extra distance to pick up a slice of cake at Cake Man Raven for my friend's birthday.

Needless to say, I'll be back very soon.

Nov 03, 2006
FranklinTeany in Outer Boroughs

Best Burger?

I have to defend Corner Bistro. While the burgers are not always consistent, when you get a great one you're in heaven. I've also never had a pre-cooked burger. Plus they deep fry the bacon and the fries in the same fryer so they both taste like bacon.
They have made a few changes over the years, but have rarely let me down for years. As for the attitude, I find it comforting to know that everyone has to wait in the same line regardless of who they are / think they are. I also think it makes the burger taste better since you're starving/drunk by the time you get to the front of the line.

Nov 02, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

Apple Orchards by Train?

I'm looking to go apple picking one weekend this month, but I don't have a car. Are there any good orchards accessible via mass transit from Manhattan?

best sandwiches in lower manhattan?

No, this is def between Prince and Spring.

Sep 20, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

best sandwiches in lower manhattan?

Perhaps we have mentioned it already here, but what is the Foccia place on Sullivan (or is it Thompson?) between Prince and Spring? It's just a deli counter and it stocks little Italian snacks and items, but they make a mean (if not slightly expensive) sandwich. It just has a sign with "Fresh Mozzerella" outside. I would also suggest this place, that is if I could remember its name...

Sep 18, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

[Clinton Hill] SoulE on Fulton

Was your goat roti full of bones? I almost chipped my damn teeth trying to eat it. I live right around the corner from Soule and while I find the salads to be very good and the portions to be generous, the food lacks a certain amount of sophistication that you would expect from a made-up restaurant name with an accent mark. However, I am pleased that something good has opened up on Fulton (especially with Kush departing). I just hope they can work some of the kinks out.

Sep 05, 2006
FranklinTeany in Outer Boroughs

Italian Subs

For something in Manhattan try Crosby Connection. Not exactly your traditional Italian sub (avocado?), but they taste great and it's in Manhattan. I think they will still make a special hero if you ask nicely and call in advance. Of course, traveling out to Brooklyn or Queens will get you the more authetic options, but then you have to lug a 6 foot hero across town. Nothing like smelling like cold cuts at your party.

http://www.crosbyconnectionnyc.com/

Aug 21, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

Help me make her birthday dinner memorable

I have to second Il Buco. I just had a dinner there a week ago for the special lady's birthday and it worked out like a charm. Best to go early though as they can get packed and overwhelmed, althogh this didn't happen to me last time I was there. Ask to be seated in the wine cellar.

Union Square Cafe has always been reliable, but not terribly romantic. Still, not a bad choice if you're looking for a good meal.

Aug 16, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

best sandwiches in lower manhattan?

First of all, eattreat I am glad you love the Crosby Connection. It is a fantastic neighborhood spot and the people working there are great. I should have warned you about the drinks though (I tend to just dip into the shady deli on the corner for some soda).

Secondly, 2slices, my favorite CC suggestion would be the Suzy Special which includes (from the website) "fresh mozzarella, 2 slice of proscuitto, fresh tomatoes, sweet roasted peppers, buttery slices of avocado, fragrant basil, virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar" usually served on semolina. While this sandwhich, like all other CC sandwiches, is huge and messy, it seems to be the most consistent (probably because they don't pile on meat and they do not have to cook anything).

Aug 16, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

best sandwiches in lower manhattan?

I'm going to suggest Crosby Connection on Crosby and Bleeker. It has some odd hours, but they really make the feshest deli-type sandwiches in the neighborhood, altough it is literally a hole-in-the-wall, so you'll have to find somewhere to actually eat the sandwiches.

http://www.crosbyconnectionnyc.com/

Aug 14, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

Il Buco or Le Gigot?

I just want to report back - I decided to go to Il Buco and it was fantastic. I certainly could not complain about the food or the aesthetic (we sat in the wine cellar). We had an early reservation (6:30pm), which may have given us more of a chance to receive some great service since the restaurant was not terribly packed. I suppose the fact that it was also August in New York City helped too. I would certainly recommend this location to anyone who would find a rustic aesthetic and amazing food worthwhile (and is willing to spend a little money). I would also suggest focusing on a few appetizer plates (which change on a daily basis) rather than the entrees (we had three appetizers and two entrees). Also, while some of the front of the house service can appear too nonchalant, I found the wait staff to be very helpful and attentive. I can understand the postings about the service being inconsistent, but by the time I left the restaurant, they were extremely busy and I could certainly understand a staff being overwhelmed. HI can also see why people do not understand the appeal of Il Buco. Like most firmly entrenched neighborhood spots in New York Il Buco speaks to a loyal group of patrons who are accustomed to the restaurant and its quirks. Sorry, Jon!

Aug 14, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

Freeman's cocktails

Try the "Dark and Stormy" which is esentially ginger beer and dark rum.

Aug 03, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan

Il Buco or Le Gigot?

Dear Chowhounders:

I have to decide between Il Buco and Le Gigot for a romantic dinner this weekend. Which one do I pick to help get me out of the dog house (still recovering from my last poor dinner selection)?

I'm worried about Il Buco as I haven't been there since Ignacio Mattos took over the helm. I have never been to Le Gigot before either, although there are some good posts here that led me to pick it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Aug 02, 2006
FranklinTeany in Manhattan