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El Born in Greenpoint

We liked the food, but didn't like the cramped communal table (part of this may have been the bizarre decision to seat 3 of us side-by-side across from a couple so that we if looked straight ahead we were staring at someone else's date night).

Patatas bravas: definitely would have benefited from a traditional preparation. I've rarely met a potato I didn't like, but even I thought these were bland.
Assorted veg with romesco: a beautiful platter of simply, perfectly cooked veggies. Understated but good.
Watermelon radish salad: nice but wouldn't order again.
Roasted octopus: agreed –– this was excellent.
Tuna: this was also excellent.

Jan 30, 2014
gort in Outer Boroughs

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

3lb bags of organic Italian farro at the Long Island City location. No idea if this will be a regular product, so we've stocked up.

Jan 17, 2014
gort in Chains

Anyone baking up tourtiere this year?

Just got an email from M Wells. They're taking orders this week: 718-786-9060. $45, including cranberry ketchup.

Dec 18, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Acme Smoked Fish

Yeah, you can get freshly cut smoked salmon/sable, whole smoked whitefish/trout, etc (as well as other things that don't make it to stores like the fresh pastrami salmon that they make for David Burke's restaurants).

Also, at this point it seems like it's a status thing for some of the people who line up –– like they know about a cool, quirky "real Brooklyn" thing.

Dec 09, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Acme Smoked Fish

That's Krowleskie Jadlo. Glad you enjoyed your Greenpoint trip!

Nov 25, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Gelato in Williamsburg

Fortunato Brothers, on Manhattan and Devoe (near Graham Ave).

Nov 06, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Wendy's Closed. Is Homogeny taking root in Greenpoint.

Wendy's is often closed at what would be peak hours for a normal bar. She owns the building and does what she likes, although I've often wondered why she hasn't tried to take a bit more advantage of a prime location in an ever-growing neighborhood.

Oct 30, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Bar with craft beer/microbrews near Peter Luger in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I've only been to South 4th a few times, but I really like it. Friendly staff, stiff pours of bourbon, plenty of room (but not creepily empty)...can't comment on the beer situation, though.

Oct 29, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Greenpoint - help with recs?

That's great news!

Oct 18, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Greenpoint - help with recs?

And tacking on to the above, if you're a Serious Beer Person you may want to visit Tørst. When some friends were over from the UK earlier this year, it was one of the highlights of their trip.

Oct 16, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Greenpoint - help with recs?

Five Leaves might be a good breakfast option. It's still quite busy on weekday mornings, but you can usually squeeze in without too much of a wait.

Oct 16, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Greenpoint - help with recs?

Coffee: Troost/Propeller/Champion/Ovenly

Misc food: Paulie Gee's for pizza, No.7 for inventive sandwiches, Lobster Joint for lobster rolls/good fried seafood, Peter Pan for donuts (even if you think you don't like donuts). The Bounty is great for cocktails and a grown-up dinner. As you'll notice, the area still has a strong Polish presence and Karczma would be my recommendation for a Polish dinner.

Two new-ish places to consider might be the Glasserie and Bread for the Eater (the latter may be BYOB).

Oct 15, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

The best food in Brooklyn?

1 or 8 and Traif are both excellent, although very different types of food and quite different dining experiences. Traif might be the more unique choice.

Oct 13, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn "Food tour on Foot"....suggestions?

Check out Fortunato Brothers, on Manhattan and Devoe for classic Italian cookies/pastries and gelato and Blue Stove on Graham and Withers for excellent new-school Brooklyn baking. Beaner Bar and Variety are both good choices for coffee. Carmine's on Graham is good for a quick slice, but if you're feeling more motivated walk up Metropolitan and head over to Best Pizza on Havemeyer and North 8th. Nearby on Metropolitan is Saltie for excellent, creative sandwiches. Momofuku Milk Bar is right there, too, which many people like. The Commodore down the block opens at 4pm –– they have fantastic fried chicken, biscuits, and fried chicken/fish sandwiches.

Oct 11, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

The best food in Brooklyn?

Dram is good, and I would also consider Hotel Delmano and Maison Premiere (both of which are closer to the Elm, if that's where you end up for dinner). I would advise against Five Leaves for a group dinner as it's tiny and almost always crowded, with long waits. Marlow and Sons is similarly popular and might also be hard to do with a group. Juniper on Berry Street could be a good backup to Fette Sau (and it has the added bonus of being BYOB), or the Commodore (if you can get there by 6pm).

On a side note, you may want to edit your post to indicate in the title that you're looking for recommendations in the Williamsburg area.

Oct 10, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Wythe Hotel to Peter Luger

There are usually cabs in front of Peter Luger, but if not you should be able to find one as you walk down Bedford Avenue (especially on a Saturday night). Otherwise, Northside car service is a good bet. As other have said, though, it's a nice walk.

As far as the restaurants you mentioned, I would recommend Allswell over Fada.

Oct 10, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

First time to Brooklyn...need restaurant options.

Check out Reynard, the restaurant at the Wythe (reservations needed). I love it, although I haven't been in about 6 months. On the walk from the L over to Wythe, stop at Hotel Delmano for a cocktail and a great raw bar.

Oct 07, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Pan-fried pierogies in Greenpoint?

If and when you find them, PLEASE share. I've been looking for a while –– glad to hear that there's someone out there on a similar quest.

The restaurant that was in the Karczma space years ago pan fried their pierogies (and they were excellent), but that was the only place I ever found that did so and of course it's long gone.

Oct 06, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

River Styx Greenpoint

Yeah, we like it a lot. The menu isn't adventurous, but most of what they do they do very well. The fish dishes, the burger, and the gnudi are particularly good, as are the homemade crackers that accompany the cheese plate. Cocktails are great, and wonder of wonders –– you can get reasonable pours of good wine for under $10/glass (contrast that with the $12 I paid for 3oz of plonk on my one visit to Alameda). We've also found the service to be much friendlier than at some of the other new-ish spots.

Oct 02, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

River Styx Greenpoint

That sounds terrible, but it corresponds with other reports I've heard. Have you tried the Bounty? That's the one new place we really like (aside from Broken Land, which is a bar not a resto).

Oct 01, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Gulf area Oysters compared to Northern varieties (General Comp)

I just spent a long weekend enjoying several dozen raw Gulf specimens a day, so it's interesting to read over this thread. I grew up on NE oysters, but at this point I prefer the ones from the Gulf. I've never cared for oysters from the Pacific NW, as the "creamy"/cucumber-y/sweet notes that they're praised for make me gag. It's odd, but for whatever reason that flavor translates as rotten to my tastebuds.

Casamento's might be a good place for you to do further research into this whole issue, as they have excellent raw, chargrilled, and fried oysters. I can't think of a much better way to spend an afternoon.

Sep 24, 2013
gort in New Orleans

Finalising My Oct Trip - your views advice appreciated.

I'm not TaTee, but I agree with the rec of EAT over Stanley. I don't think that the latter is bad, but it's totally unmemorable. Seriously. I can't recall what I had there, even with the menu as an aide-memoire. The food at EAT was better and a bit more unique, with more choices on the menu, and our servers were nice (albeit quirkier).

Sep 24, 2013
gort in New Orleans

chargrilled oysters

We were just there. Agreed about the new atmosphere –– it was better pre-renovation. But the raw oysters were still delicious and the staff were still friendly, and no silly line like Acme across the street.

As far as chargrilled oysters go, we had some delicious specimens at Casamento's.

Sep 24, 2013
gort in New Orleans

Cane and Table on Decatur?

Ha. Thanks! Will be in from NYC for a few days and trying to prioritize...

Sep 11, 2013
gort in New Orleans

Cane and Table on Decatur?

Any recent reports?

Sep 05, 2013
gort in New Orleans

Planning a trip to Brooklyn in mid-October...where to begin?

Get there early –– it becomes almost impossible to move around after a while.

Aug 28, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Oysters in NOLA

PHEW! Thanks for clarifying –– was afraid Felix's might be closing or going on vacation.

Aug 21, 2013
gort in New Orleans

Oysters in NOLA

Uh oh...why before September 10th?

Aug 21, 2013
gort in New Orleans

Fish share/CSF/ fish CSA

I was interested in that program as well, but then we started buying from the fishmonger at the Sunday farmer's market at McGolrick Park. The fish is excellent and his prices are more than fair.

Aug 05, 2013
gort in Outer Boroughs

Help! Dinner in Toronto on Saturday?

Thanks! Richmond Station was actually my first choice, but it was booked.

Aug 02, 2013
gort in Ontario (inc. Toronto)