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Passover dinner in BK Heights/Cobble Hill vicinity?

I am also curious if anyone knows of any places in the above area offering seder food to go, like Gourmet Garage's "Seder to go" dishes?

Apr 19, 2011
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Wedding for 100-150 in brooklyn

I went to a wedding at Bubby's a few months ago, we had a great time and the food was very good.

I got married in Prospect Park at the Boathouse - you have to use an outside caterer, they have a small list of approved ones. We used Moveable Feast and loved them - this was five years ago but we still recommend them to people, the food was fantastic and they were total pros.

Dec 13, 2010
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai, Chinese, Mexican in Cobble Hill area?

Just tried Ghang for the first time for takeout. I have to say it was SO MUCH BETTER than the other Thai takeouts I have tried in the area - the menu had a decent selection, the service was good (they actually pick up their phone, no order screw-ups and prompt delivery), the prices were reasonable, portions generous, and most importantly the food was not bland! They asked me how spicy I wanted my food, I said "medium" and was pleased that the food had quite a kick to it. From now on they are going to be my go-to Thai takeout place! I am so glad a few people recommended Ghang. Now to find decent Indian and Mexican... ;)

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Ghang
204 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Nov 03, 2010
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai, Chinese, Mexican in Cobble Hill area?

Thanks all for your 2 cents. As for the suggestion to "do a search" as I noted in my original post, a lot of new places have opened recently and old ones closed so older threads on these types of cuisine in the area are outdated - hence my reviving the question. I have heard good things about Five Burros on Columbia St. for Mexican, but have not tried them yet. Their takeout menu seems ridiculously pricey for Mexican. Could not find any reviews for them on Chowhound.

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Five Burro Cafe
127 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11375

Oct 27, 2010
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai, Chinese, Mexican in Cobble Hill area?

These are the cuisines in the Cobble Hill area that I've been routinely disappointed in: Thai, Chinese, and Mexican. Found some halfway decent takeout 'go-to' places for these types of food and then service went downhill, food went downhill, or the place goes under... So, tell me your favorite Thai, Chinese, and Mexican restaurants in the nabe!

Oct 26, 2010
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Egg Creams

OK, so this is not TRULY an old-fashioned luncheonette because it's new - but Brooklyn Farmacy in Carroll Gardens serves egg creams, ice cream, sodas and so on. They strive for an old-school atmosphere although they did just open recently. There used to be an egg cream place down the block but it's now Lucali's pizza.

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Lucali
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Brooklyn Farmacy
513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Aug 11, 2010
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Saturday wait at Prime Meats?

Two hours seems to be the norm.

Aug 11, 2010
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Outstanding place to eat for an anniversary dinner

That is a great suggestion and seems like it would fit the bill perfectly. I'm going to see if I can get a reservation there. Thanks!

Aug 10, 2010
brooklynbee in Manhattan

authentic middle eastern food

You should check out Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn - lots of middle eastern restaurants and shops. Waterfalls is my favorite restaurant there.

Aug 10, 2010
brooklynbee in Manhattan

Outstanding place to eat for an anniversary dinner

Looking for recs for an anniversary dinner in early Sept. in Manhattan... we've eaten at lots of the "greats" in Brooklyn already quite a few times and some of our faves include Grocery, Saul, Vinegar Hill House, Lunetta, Good Fork.
A few things to keep in mind:
- We are willing to splurge on this dinner, since we're expecting our first child in January and don't anticipate going to fancy dinners for quite a while after this!
- I can't currently eat sushi or any other raw fish/meat, so no sushi places but otherwise seafood is ok
- I am not a big fan of eating beef or pork (although my husband likes steaks/burgers), so a steakhouse also would not be my first choice.
- I'm not drinking alcohol so a great wine or cocktail list is not too important

Any ideas?!

Aug 10, 2010
brooklynbee in Manhattan

A truly bizarre restaurant experience at Chez le Chef

I had a coffee date with a friend and was going to go to one of my fave places, Penelope, but they were packed and there was a 20 minute wait and my friend could not wait that long. We walked down the street and passed by a place on Lexington and 29th, Chez le Chef, that looked like a cute little French bistro. We figured, cool, we'll go there. We just wanted some coffee, maybe a fruit salad or something. So we went in and the place was completely empty - well, it's early, we figured, and most people were not eating lunch yet. So the chef (as evidenced by his full chef's uniform and hat) told us to take a seat upstairs. The place looked like, as my friend puts it "a Hallmark card." There were Christmas AND Valentine's day decorations everywhere and a mural on the wall with a tree and an owl. There were also are all these pictures on the wall of the Chef - Chef Frederic. He himself took our order. So we ordered a regular coffee, a cafe au lait, a croissant, and two fruit salads. We got the croissant and it was actually totally undercooked in the middle. I took one bite and did not eat another. It came with some kind of preserves and they smelled totally off - did not bother to taste that. Then we got the fruit salads, and the fruit on top tasted fine, then I got a little further in and the fruit started to taste really odd - turns out there was some kind of syrup/liquor in the dish, really over-the-top sweet and cloying. Then, my friend put milk in her coffee and the milk actually curdled. A busboy then came over and noticed we did not eat the croissant, and I said "Well it's actually undercooked" and he replies "It's fresh!" "It may be fresh," I said (although it clearly was not), "but it's undercooked." He responded, "You can pay downstairs" and took the croissant away. He did not bother to ask us why we did not eat our fruit salads or drink our coffees. Then we went downstairs to pay, and they charged us THIRTY DOLLARS for this meal of which we barely even took four bites. My friend paid the bill as she was in a rush and just wanted us to get out of there. Oddly enough, the chef seemed oblivious to the fact that we did not eat/like our items, even offering us two small cookies on our way out (which I declined). The whole experience was best characterized as extremely strange.

Jul 01, 2008
brooklynbee in Manhattan

"Northern" Thai?

Believe it or not, I had some really tasty Thai food in Portland, OR while on vacation (hey, I'm as surprised as you are) at a place called Pok Pok (http://pokpokpdx.com/). It was different than a lot of the "typical" Thai food I've had in NY, and my friend said it was more like "Northern Thai". Some dishes we had included Kai Yaang, Hoi Thawt, and Khanom Jiin Tam Taeng Kwaa. Does anyone know of similar restaurants in the NY area? I'm thinking maybe Queens might have something, or Brooklyn...? I tried to search and turned up nothing so far...

Aug 21, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn: Your favorite Italian place... a private party of 20?

I've said this before on this board but it bears repeating here: I recommend Cafe Carciofo on Court and Kane Street in Cobble Hill - they have a private back room for parties. I had my rehearsal dinner for my wedding there. Not only were the prices reasonable and the food very good, but the people who run the place are incredibly nice and the service is top-notch!

Jul 26, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

I just wanted to chime in and say I tried Second Helpings last night thanks to the suggestions on this board, and I really liked it a lot - perfect to take to the park for a picnic. I had a delicious tempeh reuben and their cumin potato chips were divine, plus the people who work there are so friendly and sweet. I've gotten so many great suggestions from Chowhounders and I'm grateful for all the tips!

Jul 13, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

New vegetarian place on Court street?

Has anyone been to the new vegetarian restaurant on Court street next to Miriam in Cobble Hill? I can't remember the name of the place so am having a hard time looking up info on it. I passed by it quickly the other day.

Jul 05, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Ben and Jerry's

I think it's being replaced by an Uncle Louie G's store?

Jun 26, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Dodo Cafe near South Street Seaport

I ate at Dodo the other night based on recommendations from this board - and I have to say, I loved it. Very reasonable prices, terrific atmosphere, not touristy at all. I had a yummy vegan burger and 2 glasses of organic Riesling - I only intended to have 1 glass, but it was so good I had to have another. Our server could not have been nicer or more friendly. Thanks Chowhounders!

Jun 05, 2007
brooklynbee in Manhattan

Waterfalls on Atlantic Ave

I agree - the food and service at Waterfalls is outstanding. I love the greek salad and spinach pie, the shrimp kabob, the chicken platter, the hummus, the babaganoush - it's all delicious!

Jun 05, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Tazza closed by DOH

I'm disappointed to see that Tazza on Atlantic and Henry has been closed by the DOH! Think it'll be safe to eat there if/when they re-open? Anyone know anything about this?

Jun 05, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

naturally delicious caterers

Well, we liked both Naturally Delicious and Movable Feast, but MF did a really excellent job when we went for a tasting. At ND they gave us a few dessert samples, at MF we got tons of apps, desserts, etc. The price was slightly better, and MF had loads of experience. Also, they impressed the heck out of my mom who took an instant liking to them and proclaimed, "These people really know what they are doing." So that pretty much sealed it. They were definitely 100% professional, the food was delicious and I have not one single complaint about them.

May 23, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Casual, non-touristy spot for dinner/drinks near Radio City?

I tried to do a search for previous posts but couldn't find an up-to-date post with quite what I'm looking for... So, does anyone have any suggestions for a casual, non-touristy spot near Radio City Music Hall for a quick bite to eat and maybe some drinks?

May 08, 2007
brooklynbee in Manhattan

naturally delicious caterers

I also considered them for my wedding but ultimately went with Movable Feast in Windsor Terrace- can't say enough good things about them.

Mar 22, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Raga on Smith

I also think, given the places I've tried in the neighborhood, that Raga is the best Indian place around. Not neccesarily the best in all of Brooklyn or NYC, but a very good option in the Cobble Hill area. Also, the people who work there seem incredibly nice. Their delivery is always prompt, another plus in my book when ordering in!

Jan 09, 2007
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Good Jewish Food?

What about Veselka in the east village? They have blintzes, potato pancakes, salad w/ vegetarian chopped liver, kasha... good eastern european comfort food, much of which I'd consider Jewish food.

Dec 12, 2006
brooklynbee in Manhattan

Dressler in Billyburg...any good?

Just ate there on Saturday for my birthday - and I had been there when it first opened as well. I had the scallop app, raviolo main course, and pear/cranberry crisp dessert - all was delicious. I'm not a fan of heavy dishes, so I thought the raviolo w/ ricotta & small butternut squash chunks was delicious without being overly filling like some pasta dishes can be. I love the decor in there (very cool ironwork, chandeliers) and the service was wonderful - although we were early for our reservation, we were seated immediately, and I think we were asked 3 times how everything was. All in all, I had an extremely pleasant dinner. I disagree with the opinion that it is overpriced, especially if you compare it with Manhattan restaurants of a similar caliber. Everything tasted fresh, well-balanced, and flavorful - although I can't compare it to Dumont as I've only had brunch there.

Nov 29, 2006
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Chestnut - Always Delicious - Long Review

I second your comment on the pumpkin ravioli - just had it the other week and it was so incredibly good.

Oct 25, 2006
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Good Restaurants in a 10-block radius of 30th and 3rd

I have to disagree with the suggestion for Da Ciro, on Lexington between 33rd and 34th. I just ate there recently - and granted, I've only eaten there once, so maybe they had an off day - but my pasta dish was incredibly salty, so much so that it was totally inedible. I've never been served such a salty dish in a restaurant. Two of my dining companions also said their dishes were so salty as to be barely edible as well.
On the other hand, I've had consistently good meals and good service at Penelope.

Oct 13, 2006
brooklynbee in Manhattan

Best Brooklyn Prix Fixe?

Another vote for Chestnut - I just ate there with my mom the other day, mom is VERY picky and is always changing her orders, sending things back, asking a million questions and generally being a real pain in the you-know-what at restaurants. Well, she LOVED Chestnut. She did not have one single complaint from the bread to the dessert - this never happens. The service was impeccable, they could not have been nicer or more accomodating.

Oct 03, 2006
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Cafe Luluc Pancakes

Huh, that's funny, because last time I went to Luluc and ordered the pancakes, they were very oily on the outside, and raw on the inside. I NEVER send things back, but I think I looked to disappointed that waiter said "What's wrong? Tell me." So I did, and changed my order. Maybe that was a fluke with the bad pancakes I got?

Sep 18, 2006
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone know of any good vegan restaurants in Brooklyn?

Foodswings in Williamsburg serves vegan food - it's not fancy, more like comfort food done vegan style - burgers, sandwiches, etc. I had their 'turkey' club and liked it. Tiny place.

Aug 23, 2006
brooklynbee in Outer Boroughs