My friend in Brooklyn Heights is tied of traveling to Manhattan for meals and has suggested a lunch date in Brooklyn. I have almost no first hand experience with restaurants in the borough, so am looking for help!! Willing to travel anywhere by subway, or even to drive if parking is available. Seeking decent atmosphere; budget is flexible. Friend will probably not want Asian. Not River Cafe (we did this last year, want someplace new this time). None of the places I looked at are open for weekday lunch (Saul, Grocery,Convivium, Chestnut, Good Fork, Dressler, etc)
Opinions, please, on Al Di La, which is now open for lunch. Burger at Peter Luger? Frankie's 457?