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Liz Clayman


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Liz Clayman

It’s not easy for a restaurant to stand out on Vanderbilt Avenue just north of Prospect Park - a stretch that includes places like Olmsted, Maison Yaki, Faun, and Chuko - but LaLou does. This narrow, white-walled spot from the people behind Fausto serves enjoyable Italian-leaning food, from zucchini escabeche that tastes like ceviche to tender hangar steak with chopped soppressata, but what sets it apart is its wine program. The long wine list is mostly made up of natural wines, and while there are some Eastern European options your wine store clerk has probably never heard of, it’s not one of those lists that tries to seem impressive by being inaccessible. There are plenty of familiar varietals from famous regions in France and Italy, and no matter how adventurous you decide to be, the very friendly staff will help you find a good bottle for $40-$70. Come here for some wine and snacks, like fried olives with tomato aioli, at the bar overlooking the open kitchen, or bring a date for dinner, and have drinks and dessert on the back patio afterwards.

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