So the Paper of Record laments the demise of the neighborhood restaurant. The Tavern on Nostrand suggests that maybe it just depends on the neighborhood.
Our family (kids 5 & 14) dropped in last night, frazzled from the post-Labor Day return (Prospect-Lefferts being unnavigable on the day of the parade) and were delighed to find a wonderful, tasty, reasonably-priced meal.
Appetizers: tasty spring rolls & crab cakes
Mains: Salmon (my wife spoke well of it);
Tavern on Nostrand penne (just what I wanted);
Mac & cheese w/ fried chicken (big hit w. the kids).
Wines by the glass: very quaffable chardonnay & shiraz @ $6.00/glass
Whole thing came in around $80 before tip (and our tip was 20% plus).
Now, this is never going to be a destination restaurant and yes, there were disappointments--no hamburgers that night(?!), a bit more bar-scene than one might have wished for, and a really loud machine noise coming from the kitchen for a while. But the big picture, for those of us in the neighborhood, is solid comfort food at a good price in a pleasant room. In short, an oasis.
There was a time, not so long ago, that a restaurant like this would have been an event in Park Slope. In Crown Heights, it still is. And we'll be back.