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Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

Many favorites. For starters, love the toro con palta (tuna ceviche), and my husband loves the fried oysters. The chupe (shrimp bisque) is amazing, huge, and stuffed with shrimp and other goodies. We also love the mahi mahi taquitos, the tilapia, the chicken, the mussels, the salads. We've been with many folks, and all the ordered items have pleased. It definitely has a more "upscale" feel to me than Coco Roco--food is plated beautifully in addition to being delicious.

Would love to hear what you think if you try it.

Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

Convivium Osteria and Henry's End are 2 favorites--heartily agree. I would add Surfish (Peruvian) to the list--we go there regularly and are never disappointed.

Cold soup for Rosh Hashanah

Given how early Rosh Hashanah is this year, I'm expecting it to be quite hot in New York. I know some of my guests will settle for nothing less than matzoh ball soup, but would like an alternative of a cold soup for those who would prefer it. Any ideas?

Need recommendations-date night in Carroll, Cobble, Red Hook

I'd also recommend you consider Arthur. Very civilized with lovely food and excellent service.

The "New Look"... So, What Are the Numbers?

The issue I've seen is that when I refresh the screen, the most recent post I see is from several days earlier. If I go in the next day and refresh, I see posts that logically should have shown up the prior day, but didn't--and the most recent post is, once again, about 4 days old. It's something I've never seen before either.

My experience with raising issues for engineering to look into is that they say they will and then nothing changes. So, hasn't been worth my time in the past--so not likely to bother going forward.

Dec 27, 2012
Marion Morgenthal in Site Talk

The "New Look"... So, What Are the Numbers?

I agree. I find I use the site less and less, partly because others seem to be doing so as well--so less to look at. There seems to be a lag of several days in things posting, and it's generally just not inviting. Sad what's been done to what used to be a great resource.

Dec 27, 2012
Marion Morgenthal in Site Talk

Park Slope recommendations

Right near where you are staying is Surfish--a Peruvian restaurant with wonderful food and gentle prices. It's on 5th Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets. I love the chupe (shrimp bisque), but everything we've tried has been really, really good!

Best Peruvian Chicken/Pollo Alla Brasa in Brooklyn?

I love Surfish. They have a good chicken dish on the menu, but it's not the rotisserie Peruvian chicken I assume was the subject of the original query. Highly recommend it--great quality, friendly service and gentle pricing.

Need to know where to get the best fried chicken and fixings

Agree on the fried chicken at Henry's End, but not the location. Henry's End is in Brooklyn Heights, not Park Slope.

brooklyn heights, carrol gardens, cobble hill area pizza crawl

brooklyn heights, carrol gardens, cobble hill area pizza crawl

Not speaking from first hand experience here, but I've read that Caputo's (the Italian specialty deli, not the bakery) on Court Street fills their canoli at time of purchase--and that they are fabulous. Haven't dared to try them, for fear they really are fabulous :)!

Saturday Brunch in on Smith St./Cobble Hill/Red Hook

I'd suggest Kevin's on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. It's very low key, reasonably priced, and food is very good.

The Good Fork, further down Van Brunt, would be another good option.

Surfish

Have just returned from our third trip to Surfish in the past few weeks. We don't seem to be able to go there without at least one order of Chupe (tonight we each got our own) -- a shrimp bisque with a load of shrimp and other goodies. Also had a ceviche and a salad, and both were very good. We've also tried several appetizers (roasted zucchini with goat cheese & crab, ribs) and several entrees (a fish special on our first visit, the menu chicken on the 2nd), and haven't come across a clunker yet in our selections.

Service is very friendly, and prices are quite reasonable for the quality and presentation of the food. It's now become a regular part of our rotation.

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Surfish
351 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Piccoli Trattoria--Worth a visit!

I live much closer to Fragole than to Piccoli Trattoria--I think we overdosed on Fragole when it first opened, and the menu hasn't changed much (although they do have rotating specials). Don't know if it's the newness or the better match of menu and our tastes, but we seem to be favoring Piccoli (love the risottos).

I think the owner of Piccoli is a partner in Fragole, so not as much freedom with the menu.

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Fragole
394 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Piccoli Trattoria--Worth a visit!

My husband and I made our 2nd visit to Piccoli Trattoria on 6th Avenue this evening. The first time was a Saturday night, and the place was packed; this time was early on a very cold Sunday evening (coinciding with the Giants' game), so it was fairly empty. Both meals were lovely--we've now had 1 fish, 2 pastas and a risotto, and loved them all. Prices are very fair, staff is helpful and friendly, and the site is cozy (we had been in the space last year when it was an Indian restaurant--memorable for being one of the top 5 worst meals we ever had!).

I suggest reservations on weekends, and highly suggest giving the restaurant a try.

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Piccoli Trattoria
522 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

One night in brooklyn?

Not only is Bonnie the greatest waitress in the city of New York (I might actually define a broader area), it's a pleasure to see someone who enjoys her job so much! We love Henry's End and we love Bonnie! I believe she's only there Thursday through Sunday, but Albert does a great job as well, and all the servers are helpful and friendly.

I heartily endorse the turtle soup, and agree with the assessment that there's much there for everyone to love. It's a broad menu, and there are always interesting specials, both part of the game festival and not.

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Henry's End
44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn for Thanksgiving Dinner

I believe Henry's End does Thanksgiving dinner as well. It's definitely child-friendly, and food is very good. 44 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights.

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Henry's End
44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

7 nights in Brooklyn

I would have to throw Convivium Osteria into the mix. I think the food is equal to the quality of the others on your list, but the setting (particularly in the wine cellar or the patio) is pretty unique.

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Convivium Osteria
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Best Blackout Cake

I haven't made this, so can't provide first-hand review. But, found it by doing Google search for Ebinger's black-out cake: http://www.food.com/recipe/all-chocol...

Red Hook Ballfield Vendors--Memorial Day?

Based on your recommendation, I asked on Twitter if they would be open, and saw their response. Thanks for the suggestion, and the follow-up.

Red Hook Ballfield Vendors--Memorial Day?

Anyone know if the vendors will be at their stations on Monday (Memorial Day)?

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Red Hook Recreation Center soccer fields
155 Bay St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

10th Wedding anniversary, need to score a table in a week! *Please help*!

I think your answer is Convivium Osteria (to both couples looking for a place to celebrate). Very romantic, excellent food, definitely within your price range. Also readily accessible by public transportation. There are tables available for next Friday and Saturday evenings--you can book on OpenTable (definitely another plus in my book!). My preference is to sit in the wine cellar.

It's where my husband and I go just about every year for our anniversary (and we're ahead of you by quite a few years!)

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Convivium Osteria
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Mark from The Red Cafe in PS--Found!

Thank you for posting this! My husband and I were big fans of the Red Cafe, and miss it. We had been thinking of trying Dubuque, but your post was the catalyst we needed to get there. Went tonight, and thought it was terrific. Lovely to see Mark, who was warm as always, and we enjoyed the food and atmosphere (although I really miss the liver and risotto dish, and there was nothing like it on the menu). We shared a salad, a pesto burger and a lamb burger. Both burgers were good, but our preference was for the beef/pesto.

All in all, a great addition to the neighborhood, and lovely to know that Mark is cooking again.

Getting fed up with Chinese delivery options in Carroll Gardens

Chance (Smith & Butler Streets) has a menu that ranges beyond Chinese, but their Chinese options are pretty good. Really like their hot and sour soup, which I can't say about any of the other neighborhood places. Dumplings are varied and very good, and other dishes are all well done--depends on what strikes your fancy.

Brooklyn restaurants within walking distance of B'klyn. Bridge

Just read on Brooklyn Heights Blog that Bread & Butter is no more.

Must-tries we haven't tried in bococa/red hook/park slope/fort greene area?

Lots of good suggestions so far. I'd add Convivium to the list.

Prime Rib seasoning and sauce suggestions

Several suggestions above that involve garlic or horseradish. My go to recipe is one that invoves both. I originally tried for Passover--but now use whenever I make a standing rib. Easy and delicious! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Recommendation for upscale Pittsburgh restaurant

I want to buy a gift certificate for a dinner in the Pittsburgh area. I don't know anything about the dining scene, or locations, so looking for something memorable. Any suggestions appreciated.

East Side Italian?

Couples coming from Brooklyn and Long Island to meet for dinner on the east side (north of 42nd St). Looking for good Italian restaurant, preferably not too loud. Suggestions?

Nov 16, 2010
Marion Morgenthal in Manhattan

Carroll Gardens/Atlantic Avenue food excursion--please help!!

If you are at Ferdinando's / Calexico, suggest you head around the corner onto Columbia for dessert--rugelach from Margaret Palca Bakes.

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Margaret Palca Bakes
191 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Calexico
122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231