Food/Wine: Places: Restaurants Near Brooklyn's BAM
Restaurants Near Brooklyn's BAM
When planning to see a show at BAM, make a night of it and have a pre- or post-theater meal at one of these Brooklyn neighborhood spots.
Berlyn: 25 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn; (718) 222-5800, berlynrestaurant.com.
This cozy spot serving innovative and updated German fare is located right across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, making it a favorite pre- or post-performance dinner venue (reservations are a must). The wood-paneled dining room is cozy and the staff is friendly and laid-back (it’s Brooklyn, after all). The well-edited menu changes often, but staples include schnitzel, steak tartare and an incredible trout salad served with potato pancakes. Save room for the delicious and caloric desserts. Closed Monday.
Stone Home Wine Bar: 87 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 624-9443, stonehomewinebar.com.
Due to its location steps away from BAM, expect a wait or make a reservation for this popular wine bar in Fort Greene. With lots of cheeses, charcuterie and small-plates, the menu lends itself to sharing. The wine list is well-edited and includes flights that can be sampled. The smooth, long bar with curved edges is a fun place to soak in the neighborhood vibe.
Bati Ethiopian Restaurant: 747 Fulton Street, Brooklyn; (718) 797-9696, batikitchen.com.
This low-key restaurant serves delicious Ethiopian fare, with lots of options for vegetarian diners. The traditionally prepared stews are flavorful and the injera (flat bread) they are served on is delicious. It helps if you like to share.
Café Lafayette: 99 S Portland Ave, Brooklyn; (718) 858-6821, www.99cafelafayette.com.
This French-Moroccan mainstay just off Fulton Avenue in Fort Green, Brooklyn, is a good place for a light meal before a BAM performance. Like a Parisian bistro that is largely surviving on charm and atmosphere, Café Lafayette has a menu that needs to be navigated with some savvy. The quiches, salads and burger dishes are perfectly fine; the couscous and more substantial entrees can be uninspired.— Simone Girner 11/14/2011