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Brooklyn Recession Dining

I’d love to be able to have friends over for dinner, set a beautiful table, and not force people to sit on the floor and wrangle with their plates. Unfortunately, our apartment doesn’t have enough space for proper entertaining, so we almost always go out for dinner when people visit Ramsey and I in Greenpoint. 

Lucky for us, northern Brooklyn boats a fair number of moderately-priced restaurants that let us enjoy good food on a recession budget. Here are four of my favorites where you can get a meal for $15 or less (beverage not included).

Fiore
Italian, 284 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 (South Williamsburg)
It took a year and a half, but I finally found delicious Italian food in the neighborhood. Ramsey and I went to Fiore for dinner last Friday and it had everything I look for in a restaurant for a night out: good food, an affordable wine list, good service (which can be a rare find in Williamsburg) and enough space for everyone to sit comfortably without knocking elbows with a neighboring table. I got a spinach and ricotta ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce, Ramsey got the lasagna, and we both gave it a thumbs up. 
Here’s a link to their menu, but it should be noted these prices have gone up a bit since it was published on NYMag.  

Brooklyn Label
American, 180 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Northern Greenpoint) 
Brooklyn Label is a good spot for brunch or dinner, offering upscale American diner fare. It’s our go-to when we’re in the mood for sandwiches and burgers, waffles, or for coffee and espresso brewed from Stumptown beans. 
You can check out their menu at their official site

Sea
Thai, 114 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 (North Williamsburg)
Okay, this place can have too-loud, bumping techno music and a crazy wait after 7pm on the weekends, but if you catch Sea at the right time, it is a good lunch or early dinner spot. I think it’s the best Thai in the neighborhood, beating out Thai Thai on Bedford and Amarin Cafe on Manhattan, and there are a lot of entrees less than $10 to choose from. Here’s a link to their menu

Krolewski Jadlo (King’s Feast)
Polish, 694 Manhattan AveBrooklyn 11222 (Greenpoint)
Coming in at the cheapest of all of the restaurants in this mini-guide, Krolewski Jadlo is one of my favorite spots for Polish food in Greenpoint. It beats out the rest because of its regal decor, including knight armor flaking the front entrance and portraits of kings lining the walls. They offer all of the traditional Polish dishes from pirogues to stuffed cabbage, and the meal usually starts with bread served with lard instead of butter. Here’s a link to their menu (I recommend the Polish plate). 

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