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quiet, unpretentious $40ish dinner near union sq

any suggestions on where to do this? happy to do it more cheaply, but trying to be realistic as i don't want to go to Chipotle.

Jul 23, 2013
danf1970 in Manhattan

This Dark Horse Is Becoming My New Favorite Brooklyn Restaurant

yes on an earlier visit a few months ago the wine wasn't all great. but when we went on saturday I tried 5 different wines (2 white, 2 red and 1 desert) and thought they were all delicious.

Oct 08, 2012
danf1970 in Outer Boroughs

This Dark Horse Is Becoming My New Favorite Brooklyn Restaurant

Used to love Saraghina but sadly since the owners split up service has become very poor. And food at Celestino, the place the departing owner opened up isn't as good.

Am really falling in love, though, with Thirst Bar a Vin. Wines are unusual and delicious. Food is very good, though nothing spectacular. Menu rarely changes. And plates are small so it ends up being expensive because I have to order a lot.

Somehow, though, I don't care about the negatives. The wine is so yummy & they always let you taste. At least one of member of the couple that owns the place is always there. And the place is SOOO peaceful. Yes, that's right, you can actually have a conversation without raising your voice.

Oct 08, 2012
danf1970 in Outer Boroughs

La Caye--great Haitian food across from BAM

confess i haven't. seem to recall i have heard good things--or maybe read them on old posts on this site. have you tried it? how about the heaviness factor?

Sep 19, 2012
danf1970 in Outer Boroughs

La Caye--great Haitian food across from BAM

Is it possible that no one has posted anything about this Haitian restaurant across from BAM? I did a search (maybe not thorough enough) and saw nothing. How sad!

I ate there about 2 months ago and thought it was very good.

Meant to post but went on vacation and forgot.

So many Caribbeans in Brooklyn, and I live in PLG, a super Caribbean nabe, but the food has always been a bit too heavy for me. This place is more subtle, but also, I think, quite authentic. Also, its Haitian and I don't know any other Haitian places.

Memory of what I ate a bit foggy i fear. Some kind of salt fish pate which was okay, but a couple other things were better. Conch--a special that day--was delicious. Cant remember how it was prepared though. Seem to also recall having red snapper that was very good. Owner was a bit timid as he felt he wasn't dressed properly or some silliness. He gently made some suggestions and we got to chatting. This is his first Haitian restaurant. He brought in sisters (twins, as I recall!) from Haiti to do the cooking.

Please try it. The decor may be a slight turn off (not awful but not great either). Also, we sat in the patio at first and the a/c from inside sent an unpleasant blast of heat out there.

But I really want to see this guy succeed. He's doing lots of things right and I don't know anywhere else to find food like this.

Prices also quite reasonable as i recall.

Sep 19, 2012
danf1970 in Outer Boroughs