Was ‘Dine in Brooklyn’ a deal?

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With more than 150 restaurants participating, “Dine in Brooklyn” was quite a feat. Diners from near and far tied on their bibs and hunkered down for three-course meals at restaurants across the borough. GO Brooklyn was no exception. Below, our thoughts on the restaurants where we dropped our very own $21.12.

WhoWhereWhatWas It Worth It?Where They Get You
Gersh Kuntzman12th Street Bar and Grill(1123 Eighth Ave. at 12th Street in Park Slope, (718) 695-9526)An appetizer choice, main course choice and a dessert choice.Yes, with caveats. Portions, especially the sauteed Thai calamari, were a bit small, but all were delicious.They don’t. Normal drink prices apply.
Scottadito(788A Union St. at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 636-4800)An antipasto choice, a pasta choice and a meat course (try the braised short ribs!). No dessert.Absolutely. By dispensing with dessert, Scottadito provides a full Italian meal.They don’t. There was even a half-bottle wine special.
Christie RizkCocotte(337 Fifth Ave. at Fourth Street in Park Slope, (718) 832-6848)A salad with foie gras, steak au poivre and a flourless chocolate cake.Definitely. Where — or when — else are you going to get foie gras and steak for $21?With the drinks, of course. After three drinks (a soda, a glass of wine and a bottle of beer), the restaurant made the price of another dinner.
Ariella CohenApartment 138(138 Smith St. at Bergen Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 858-0556)Butternut squash risotto, a slab of grilled chicken served with buttery smashed potatoes and a cute mini apple and cranberry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. After enjoying the food — and the leftovers! — we are confident in saying that Apartment 138 was not trying to skimp. With the $4 Pabst. But it looked great against the white tablecloth, so it was worth it.
Dana RubinsteinOlea Mediterranean Taverna (171 Lafayette Ave. at Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, (718) 643-7003)Lentil salad with falafel croutons, orecchiette pasta and a dessert choice of dried fig and mascarpone tart or chocolate torte.Sure, but just barely.They didn’t. The beer was fairly priced.
Rob M. ErreraLa Maison Du Couscous(484 77th St. at Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 921-2400)A starter, an entree and a couscous dessert of choice.Definitely. Though modestly sized, the tagines were delectable, especially the lamb with artichoke hearts and green peas.The host urged against the “Dine in Brooklyn” deal, pointing out the original prices would come out cheaper per person.
Adam RatheThe River Cafe(1 Water St. at Old Fulton Street in DUMBO, (718) 522-5200)Truffled chicken salad, sea scallops and the dessert trio.More exciting than a week’s worth of deli sandwiches — and more expensive, too.The $5 iced tea is a bit much, but it’s an integral part of the experience.
Rice(81 Washington St. at Front Street in DUMBO, (718) 222-9880)A shared dim sum appetizer, curried chicken and gelato.Absolutely. At two-for-$21.12, this was a great deal.On the return business — because you’ll definitely come back.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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