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Hibino review

I'm sorry to hear you didn't love everything you had, for the 7 years that we have been in the neighborhood, we eat there or take out almost every week.

The Obanzai daily special appetizers are a fantastic deal and gives you the chance to try new dishes without a big commitment.

If you go again I would recommend one of the tofu appetizers as they make their own, the Agedashi is our favorite. And while we have always found the sushi fresh and high quality, the teriyaki chicken, a dish that's usually just average everywhere, is truly fantastic at Hibino.

Apr 22, 2014
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Great pancakes in Brooklyn

Second Cafe Luluc, my absolute favorite pancake in NYC

Apr 11, 2014
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

All'Onda

Went last night and was not completely satisfied for the price. Started with the polenta chips w/baccala, while the chips were interesting the baccala had no real flavor, could have been anything. We next had the Hamachi which was delicious but at $17 would maybe expect a little more than 4 quarter-sized bites.

For mains I had the bucatini w/sea urchi which was absolutely fantastic, one of the most interesting, tasty pasta dishes I've had anywhere in the city. That said, the portion is TINY. My wife had the sea bass which was cooked perfectly but didn't have much flavor. We also had a side of potatoes which we both quite liked,

We each had a $10 drink, and with tip it came out to $140 and we both left hungry. The noise level didn't bother us and the service was fine, but for that much money, and considering it is by no means a fine dining restaurant with the atmosphere they've created, the price did not match the meal for us.

Apr 06, 2014
fishermb in Manhattan

Nice restaurant near Jay Street/Brooklyn station for Sunday afternnon

Does it matter what direction you go in? In Brooklyn Heights there's the relatively new place Sociale which has been receiving favorable remarks. Mainstays Queen and Noodle Pudding won't be open at that time. For what I think is fantastic pizza (smaller personal Neopolitan pies) there's Sottocasa on Atlantic. A few extra minutes down Smith Street is Savoia. Those will be your best bets for Italian within a 10 minute walk.

Jan 26, 2014
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Best Lunch Options in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights?

I've been to Chez Moi a dozen or so times since they opened and never had anything other than a "very good" meal. Nothing has ever blown us away, but we think it's quite good and the best bistro food in the neighborhood.

That said, as Bkeats recommended, Hibino is our favorite place in the neighborhood and go there once a week. Excellent quality everything.

Jan 24, 2014
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Punta Cana recommendations?

The most recent thread for recommendations was 2 years ago, so starting up a new one in hopes of some recent additions. I'll be staying in Punta Cana for 5 nights at the new Westin.

I've heard taxis get quite expensive with them ripping off tourists, and renting a car seems out of the question given reports of how dangerous it is to drive. So is there anywhere really worth venturing out to, either specific restaurants at other hotels, or any non-resort hotels?

Jan 03, 2014
fishermb in Latin America & Caribbean

Whole Foods opening in Brooklyn

Union Market is a local store with only 4 locations. There's 100 independent markets within a 15 minute walk of the LES, have you ever been to Chinatown?

I'm all for small independent businesses and do the majority of my grocery shopping at them, but clearly there is a market for a big box store like Whole Foods if they keep expanding.

The Brooklyn WF location is in the middle of nowhere, it is not displacing a bunch of small stores. Gowanus is not a heavily populated neighborhood, meaning the majority of the people who go there need to travel by car or public transportation, and still need their small stores to get items throughout the week. I can't see myself going to WF every week, but once a month to stock up on items is a nice option to have. Not everyone wants to spend $5 on a roll of paper towels from the bodega around the corner. If that's how you want to support local businesses, then go for it, but move on.

Dec 24, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

First Date - Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill

Bocca Lupo is a solid suggestion, nice atmosphere if you go a bit later (lots of strollers early in the evening). They also recently added a few nightly special dishes, though I have yet to try them out

Oct 03, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

First Date - Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill

I would not recommend Apartment 138, and Sample has a very limited menu, not really for dinner.

Colonie on Atlantic suits all of your needs, though it gets busy and can be a bit loud.

Ganso is fantastic, relatively new ramen joint on Livingston and Bond, which is right about halfway between Cobble Hill & Ft. Greene.

Mile End and Rucola are also in between, though closer to Cobble Hill; Mile End is very small, deli'ish type food in a small, hip setting. Rucola is Italian, a bit darker and nicer décor.

Lastly, even though it's on Smith, Hunter's hits all of your points as well. Very seasonal/local food, have had a couple of delicious meals there.

Never been to Bijan's, so no thoughts on that for you.

Regarding Motosport's suggestions, Prime Meats and Frankies 457 (I assume that's what he meant by "Freddie's") are both great, but they're at the way bottom of Carroll Gardens and not very convenient for someone coming from Fort Greene. I'd also add that Prime Meats is a bit pricey.

Good luck-

Oct 02, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Driving from NYC to Mansfield, need lunch halfway off I80

I am driving tomorrow from NYC to Mansfield, which looks to be about a 4 hour or so drive on I80. I'm leaving 10AM so it looks like around 12PM-1PM I should be somewhere in the vicinity of Stroudsburg. Does anyone have a recommendation for something close to the highway, casual quick lunch?

Aug 22, 2013
fishermb in Pennsylvania

Outdoor (not sidewalk) dining in Brooklyn

Frankies 457 in Carroll Gardens

Aug 14, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Prime Meats, Saul, or Buttermilk Channel?

Saul closed a few days back and will be reopening within the Brooklyn Museum later this year, another reason Prime Meats is likely the better choice

Jul 31, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Pacific Green grocery in Cobble Hill being pushed out to make way for a J. Crew

Carroll Gardens Patch just posted that Mastellone's Italian Deli (on the corner of Court & Degraw) is closing tomorrow, and Pacific Green is going to be taking over the space.

Certainly not the high traffic location as directly across the street from Trader Joe's and the busy Atlantic Avenue intersection, but a 5 minute walk south beats no Pacific since it doesn't seem like J. Crew is backing off any time soon.

Jul 30, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

spumoni gardens or difara's

I always prefer L&B, the square is my favorite slice in all of NYC and the experience of sitting out on the benches on a warm summer afternoon can't be beat. I think Di Fara, while very good, is way too expensive and the experience stinks in that cramped dirty space with ridiculous waits.

Jul 24, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

What's new/exciting in Dumbo/Vinegar Hill?

Have you been to Vinegar Hill House before? It's a few years old, and in my opinion the best restaurant in DUMBO/VH.

Jul 18, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Gowanus BBQ: Fletcher's or Dinosaur?

Despite living not too far away, I just don't get over to Gowanus very often. I love BBQ, and the menus at Fletcher's and Dinosaur look fairly comparable in terms of meat and side offerings, so I'm curious to hear which people prefer.

Jul 06, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Defonte's--your favorite sandwich?

I always get the one with breaded eggplant, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and roasted red peppers, never lets me down.

Jul 01, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

source for salted herring?

I realize you want to marinate your own, but while the New Catch Holland Herring are available for another week or 2, I'd highly recommend checking it out, I had some the other day from Shelsky's on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens and it was by far the most delicate herring I've ever had

Jun 26, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Prime Meats, Saul, or Buttermilk Channel?

Of the 3, I agree on Prime Meats as well

Jun 25, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Updated Thoughts on Middle Eastern in the Atlantic Ave Area?

Levant definitely closed a few months back

Jun 18, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Pacific Green grocery in Cobble Hill being pushed out to make way for a J. Crew

waxyjax: Regarding my original comment, I'm not trying to accuse anyone of anything or point fingers. My thinking is in line with what you say right above, it just seems like people are upset at the wrong party by writing petitions to J. Crew to cancel their lease and find a new store.

If it wasn't J. Crew, it would've eventually been someone else, and it had nothing to do with Pacific's ability to pay.

I will be very sad to lose Pacific (I was there twice over the weekend), but the anger I see at J. Crew just seems to hyper-personify the yuppiness that everyone jokes about looking at our neighborhood.

Jun 17, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Near Millenium Park: Only 1 chance to eat pizza, where to go?

I'm going to Chicago in a few weeks for a wedding and the hotel is by Millenium Park. I'll have exactly 1 meal to get pizza, preferably something within walking distance/short cab ride. I live in Brooklyn and have never been to Chicago before, so tell me, where will I have the most satisfying Chicago deep-dish experience?

Jun 16, 2013
fishermb in Chicago Area

Sheepshead Bay - Best eats on Emmons?

I agree that some dishes can be hit or miss, but Randazzo's is always my favorite spot on Emmons, the scungili is by far my favorite, but you can't go wrong with the raw bar. They recently re-opened after Sandy damage, I think it's the kind of place that would give a first time visitor like OP to the area a solid impression

Jun 12, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Pacific Green grocery in Cobble Hill being pushed out to make way for a J. Crew

Where were you when Trader Joe's was moving in across the street? Did you and OP go to the community board meetings to protest the proximity to Pacific then? I can promise you that Trader Joe's had a lot more to do with Pacific being kicked out than J Crew did.

6 years ago there was no TJ's, no Barneys or Urban Outfitters, or Lululemon. They all set the stage so J Crew could do what they did, you're pretty late to the party to assume it would've ended there and that they have no blame for the rising rent situation in this neighborhood.

Jun 09, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Pacific Green grocery in Cobble Hill being pushed out to make way for a J. Crew

emarcus: In the back right corner, next to the refrigerated case with herbs/lettuces/etc, there is an upright freezer case that has ice cream pints, been there as long as I can remember

Jun 07, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Pacific Green grocery in Cobble Hill being pushed out to make way for a J. Crew

I agree that it'll be a shame to lose Pacific, they're always reliable for a number of things...but I don't get the hostility towards a clothing store that is willing to pay what the landlord is asking.

Jun 06, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn - breakfast/lunch/dinner spots??

Frankies 457 has great brunch

I like Smith Canteen for lunch, it's owned by same people as Seersucker and you can take it to go to eat in the park across the street

Bien Cuit and Pedlar both have very good pastries, they're in Cobble Hill so depends where exactly you are in CG as to whether they're close

Buddy's has the best burrito in the neighborhood but that's not saying a whole lot

For Italian check out Fragole (cash only), also Enoteca on Court

I'm sure someone will recommend Buttermilk Channel but I personally am not a huge fan

And not sure what kind of scene you're looking for in a bar, but there's a lot of options on Smith Street

May 31, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs

Sottacasa/Boerum Hill

Sottocasa's Diavola is my favorite pizza in the neighborhood, and that says a lot with the pretty fantastic selection we have here. Service is always good and it's a nice atmosphere. Glad you liked it

May 30, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs
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Visiting NY'er looking for dinner near Millenium Park

I am coming from NYC to Chicago in about a month for a wedding and will have 1 dinner free. Looking for anything within a 30 minute walk of Millenium Park for a Thursday night. Does not need to be fancy, preference is for Italian, French or American

May 29, 2013
fishermb in Chicago Area

Chez Moi on Atlantic - The old La Mancha space

We've been back a number of times since my original lukewarm post above, and each time we've been fully satisfied. Compared to the places on Smith, I find the food much better and the atmosphere warmer, it's part of our rotation and always our go-to for French, happy to see they're always quite busy

May 28, 2013
fishermb in Outer Boroughs