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Brooklyn on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Where?

I have family visiting town the week of Christmas, and I would like suggestions for Brooklyn restaurants that will be open for business those days. I've never spent the Christmas holiday in the city prior to this year, so I'm pretty clueless about what places are open.

Here are a couple of points to help guide your suggestions:

- We're adventurous diners who enjoy the best of Brooklyn's new restaurant scene. Some favorites include: DuMont, Diner, Frankie's Spuntino, Motorino, etc.

- They will be staying in lower Manhattan, but I live in Williamsburg, so any places in North Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, etc. will work.

I'd also love some Manhattan suggestions, but I thought I'd start with Brooklyn since that is where we tend to dine the most.

Thanks everyone!

432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nov 03, 2009
ditabeardmemo in Outer Boroughs

Bachelor Weekend in Austin: Best Weekend Brunch?

Hi everyone... first time Chowhound poster here. I'm going to be in Austin one week from today for a bachelor party. None of us have spent much, if any, time in Austin previously (most of the party is from New York City), so we're largely unfamiliar with the restaurant scene and would love some suggestions on the best the city has to offer. We're particularly interested in weekend brunch suggestions, as we'll have three whole days (Thursday evening through Sunday evening) to kill.

There are a couple of vegetarians in the group, but everyone else eats meat and everyone is a serious foodie. Boozy is good — it is a bachelor party, after all — but the food quality is the main concern. Casual/young/fun is definitely preferred, and obviously large groups must be accommodated.

Thanks in advance for your input!

May 22, 2009
ditabeardmemo in Austin