I'm wiped out after writing 3,500 words today, but thought I should weigh in with this report before they fade from memory. Please forgive any fatigue-induced types/errors/shortcomings!
Last week I went to the fairly new Loulou in Ft. Greene and had a very nice dinner. It's a French-American bistro with a Brittany/sailing theme, small, cozy and cute. Friendly, attentive service. Very tasty and, I thought, unusual Roquefort and ratatouille-filled crepe. Thought it sounded a little weird, but it worked. Good scallop app. Lobster/scallop terrine with citrus sauce was okay, but reminded me a little too much of those vegetable pates (carrot/brocolli) you buy from deli cases. I had fresh cod with potato pure--satisfying, perfectly cooked. Tasted the steak, not bad at all. The dessert has somehow gotten away from me (too many meals in-between, I'm afraid). Nicely chosen, reasonably-priced wine list. Whenever I can have a decent beaujolais-villages under $25 with a meal like that I'm always happy.
Next night tried out 12th Street Grill in Park Slope for the first time. Pretty, if a little conventional, white-tablecloth situation. There were four of us, and I started with a roast beet and goat cheese terrine--very appealing. I even soaked up every last bit with my bread. Then I had a perfectly respectable cassoulet--heartwarming on that cold, cold night. Friendly, yet professional service. One of our party ordered a starter and a main course that were on the $20 prix fixe menu, without realizing it, so after we were done, our waiter insisted on bringing a dessert. I did take note that it was a very good three-course prix fixe menu for twenty bucks--I in fact would have ordered the cod that my friend had, if I hadn't eaten cod the night before. Anyway, I'll be back to try that menu--what a deal! Again, good, small, reasonably-priced wine list. Now I can't remember what we wound up with--a Côtes du Rhone, I think, well-priced. The waitstaff insisted on calling us a car service when we left, since it was snowing like mad. The experience filled me with hope for Park Slope!