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Roogla Coffee on Smith St. Intelligensia + a Steampunk machine (formerly Ecopolis)

They must read this thread, five stools today. Score.

Jun 02, 2013
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Bars close to the Brooklyn Sheraton

North of the Sheraton is a wasteland when it comes to drinking. I won't get into Red Hook, deserves it's own booze thread.

Brooklyn Inn, likely perfect vibe, could be slammed by as many people as you suggest, as they will likely be busy. Keep the other good bars in Boerum Hill in your back pocket. They are all one block away from Brooklyn Inn, along Smith. Boat, Camp, Jarro, Ceol... All should be n your radar. All good options, I'd suggest Jarro, but call ahead to them. Spacious room, and you could set the vibe, would probably feel like your private party, and bartenders there are nice, competent. Not sure, but 61 Local across the street from them might be open that late...

Jun 02, 2013
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Roogla Coffee on Smith St. Intelligensia + a Steampunk machine (formerly Ecopolis)

Was the pastry any good? They gave away a small one to me on one of their opening days and I did not care for it. As far as the seating goes, I haven't cared to linger long in coffee shops since I was a lad. I guess I prefer a long sit in a bar. I hear you though, makes me think of all those folks I see siting in Starbucks. If you are looking to sit and meditate I suggest Pedlar; the wait there tends to be long, but the coffee is great, and it is a very pretty room. Roogia has vastly improved the coffee available in that stretch, but I agree, the room is as Spartan as ever.

Jun 02, 2013
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Rehearsal Dinner Suggestion?

Lavender Lake has room to make a private area for you, and the food is actually quite good.

May 31, 2013
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Lunch/Dinner for 50-60 people in Greenpoint or Cobble Hill?

I would talk to Jarro in Cobble Hill. It is a large space, and I have enjoyed the food there recently.

Brucie also might work, because they have that backyard, but I have never made it out back there for some reason, so can't vouch. Food's great though!

May 31, 2013
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Kittery in Carroll Gardens

Complaints here and below are justified, but I did have a very nicely cooked lobster here, with 2 sides for $26 over Memorial Day weekend, so you know, there is that.

May 31, 2013
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Sottacasa/Boerum Hill

Nice! I've had rose there before too, and it was great! Don't remember the label but it was very mineral with bright acidity, not too much fruit. I've had the margherita there and a pie with prosciutto. Both were great. The pies both had a surprising amount of crust integrity considering their thinness and tenderness. Great job. Frustratingly don't crave this spot much for some reason... There was a pizza made at Enoteca on Court for awhile, which they have discontinued, which had guanciale, crisp sage leaf, and roasted potatoes. I think about it all the time. If you know of a pizza place that does something like that, please tell me.

May 31, 2013
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Roogla Coffee on Smith St. Intelligensia + a Steampunk machine (formerly Ecopolis)

The first law of robotics is that a robot cannot harm a human being, and so far, this coffee machine has done my taste buds no harm!

May 31, 2013
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Falansai (Vietnamese in Bushwick)

The walk to Falansai from the Morgan L stop down Harrison takes you past one block of apartments and 2 mixed use blocks, residential and warehouse. Across the street from Falansai is a large apartment building. Between the train and Falansai down Harrison there are no other shops that I can recall... The approach from Jefforson is also short, but less direct, and you'd spend part of it walking down Flushing, which is a well lit, busy street, though more drivers than foot traffic. There are lots of routes back and forth between the neighborhoods which make more or less sense depending on how much you have had to drink. Because Falansai is a bit of a lighthouse for it's block, you will see less foot traffic there (for now) than you would near Bogart/Flushing/Central/Wilson/Knikerbocker corner hubs.

Notable: they are close to a church and do not serve hard liquor. Beer and wine only. As you can guess, that's OK with me. Plenty of places to get drunk in Bushwick already!

... I saw on their website they are open for lunch now and serving Pho, which I believe they do not do at dinner. Did not see it on the dinner menu when I was there, but maybe it's available? Yelp says they are open for lunch from 1130-3pm, reopening for dinner at 530pm.

... dropped in for a snack and had the shrimp roll which I really liked. There was a bit of (marinated?) shitake mushroom inside standing in for pork fat and it tasted great with the diced shrimp.

May 31, 2013
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Falansai (Vietnamese in Bushwick)

Thanks for elaborating, Mary. It's great to hear your thoughts about the dishes, considering you experience with the cuisine. Hope you'll elaborate more again, after they are open a bit longer. Looking forward to seeing how they evolve.

May 29, 2013
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Falansai (Vietnamese in Bushwick)

Have the urge to wax long and poetical, but instead I will say a couple things and expand later: overwhelming urge to return here, after just the first few bites of food. Beautiful and comfortable dining room immediately transported me out of Bushwick, to where I'm not exactly sure. Owned by a Slanted Door alumnus. Wines made for drinking! A little magic happening over here, I suggest capturing some.

Dishes seemed firmly rooted in tradition but tweaked to appeal to my non-native palate for Vietnamese. Everything was complex and delicious, nothing I can imagine putting a newb off.

Pictured: shrimp and okra, eggplant. Not pictured, braised pork belly with quail eggs and spring roll.

May 29, 2013
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Roogla Coffee on Smith St. Intelligensia + a Steampunk machine (formerly Ecopolis)

EDIT: talked to the owner, Tony, and he said that this Steampunk machine is one of only 17 in the world, 2 in NYC, the other is at a La Colombe, but I don't remember which location... he said that the machine is based on Siphon technology, and that the major advantage this has over Siphon is temperature control. He said that traditional siphon has a big temperature difference between the base and the stem... great news is that they are open until 9pm!

May 28, 2013
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Chez Moi on Atlantic - The old La Mancha space

Cool, this is good to know. I remembered just now, I went in for happy hour oysters once and was really pleased with how fresh they were and the prices were fair. Remember wishing I had a better Champagne by the glass option, but I have no idea what they are pouring now... I think I went in January... bartender seemed very knowledgeable.

Will have to go back for dinner. Thanks!

May 28, 2013
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Broken English - Any recent experience (revamped menu)?

Thanks, Steve R!

May 28, 2013
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Chez Moi on Atlantic - The old La Mancha space

Sweet thanks! On my radar, but I always forget to go. Will fix that.

May 28, 2013
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Roogla Coffee on Smith St. Intelligensia + a Steampunk machine (formerly Ecopolis)

Hi Chowhound! I joined up this morning so that I could holler about this place, and ended up posting on a bunch of stuff in my neighborhood before getting around to this. Must have been the coffee! Went straight to my head.

Ok, so this place on the corner of Warren and Smith just re-opened. Might be new owners, I don't know. Regardless, this is a completely different vibe than Ecopolis, in a good way!

They are calling the place Roogia, and they have a beautiful espresso machine and use Intelligensia coffee. The crown jewel of this place though is their Steampunk brand coffee brewing machine, which behaves like a responsive and emotionally intelligent coffee robot. I do not know exactly how the mechanics work, but the coffee is freaking great. Had iced coffee there this weekend, hot coffee there just now. The brewed coffee, as opposed to the espresso, only comes in one size (right now) at $3.00 per cup, and I thought the price was justified. Some of the best coffee I've had in the city, and I am a long time customer of Joe, Blue Bottle, Pedlar, and many others... Caffeine freak I guess. The coffee takes a short minute, faster than a pour over place, and the results are superior, in my opinion. I love it when hot coffee can taste refreshing. That's what this did. Had macchiato there this weekend, and it was solid. The real move here though is the Steampunk brewed cup of coffee. Have never seen this machine before, and am happy it's in my hood. Completely different than Pedlar, Starbucks, Mocha Bagel, which are are all basically within a block of each other, so happy they made a strong statement.

Talked to the guy at the counter (Fernando?) for a minute, asking if they had done a morning rush yet. He said not really, they opened for three hours only on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, and they definitely had some busy time this weekend, but this morning was the first morning they were really open for a weekday rush type situation. Did not see the hours or prices posted anywhere, but everyone behind the counter has been friendly, so just speak up! I went in at 7am today and they were open. Can't speak to earlier.

Relieved that boring old, burnt coffee Ecopolis is gone. Was no benefit to them over Mocha Bagel. I would be happy to miss a train for Roogia. Going to be my regular place, I think.

Happy caffeinated summer to all of you!

-Thomas

EDIT: this place has seating for about 8 people total. This is more seating than Ecopolis had, but still is set up to get people in and out, more like Joe less like Pedlar.

May 28, 2013
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Country ham in New York City

Awesome! Love Stinky's.

May 28, 2013
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Broken English - Any recent experience (revamped menu)?

This place is now called Jarro and is on Bergen near Smith Street... mentioned it in another comment today (I'm new and on a roll)... they have gone through some chef shuffles but they have a good crew right now. Have gone in 6 times in 3 weeks because they have this free, a la minute snack they give you with drinks at happy hour and they added some couches to the front window, and when the big doors are open, it's a really nice hang. Cool bartenders... recommended dishes have satisfied. Octopus, sardines, anchovies... pasta was was great... side salad I had with a burger was forgettable... they have espresso... I had a bottle of white portuguese wine that was delicious. Seemed eclectic and I've had fun.

May 28, 2013
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Disappointed by Red Gravy

Last time I was in I left very happy. Had arancini as a snack at the bar with a bottle of orange wine. Both were delicious. Bartender made me a calvados cocktail which was great. Sat down for dinner with 3 friends, everyone liked their food. We ordered two pastas for the table to share, and each ordered a secondi. I had the pork chop and it was dinosaur sized, but cooked correctly and very good. Could not finish it. Pastas were both good, one had clams, forget the other... this last month... We did not have a problem with portions, but I haven't ordered every pasta on the dish, so I will reserve judgement. I think it's worth trying and maybe clarifying with the server whether or not you want pasta as primi or main course? Onus should not be on the diner for that, of course, but pasta was good and maybe worth that effort for now. I like it when places offer half and full portions depending on what you want...

One of the bigger and well selected wine lists I have seen in Brooklyn in the past year. Had a red wine from Fattoria Zerbina. Memorable.

May 28, 2013
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Chez Moi on Atlantic - The old La Mancha space

Anyone been here lately?

May 28, 2013
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good restaurants on Smith Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

I ate at Kittery on Smith St, this weekend, and they did a nice job. Had a $29 dollar bottle of zippy white Rioja, score, and the pound and a half lobster was only $26 (MP) and included 2 sides, which were correctly cooked and seasoned. Table of 6, everyone happy with the food.

Lavender Lake's food WAY over delivers, and they have one of my favorite Rose wines. Got a few bottles and kicked it in their back yard in an adirondack chair, didn't spend much dough.

Jarro on Bergen has gone through some chef shuffles, and I think the food has improved dramatically. Was in for brunch this weekend. Both my lady and I loved our dishes, burger and french fries for her, eggs bene and home fries for me... not joking, I don't usually nerd out for humble things like home fries, but these were dope. Crispy outside, almost creamy inside... The octopus for dinner last time was good too...

Arthur on Smith and Dassara are both good... Nightingale 9 is supposed to be the new hot thing. Have not been yet. Same owners as Seersucker which is decent...

May 28, 2013
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good restaurants on Smith Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Great call on Take Root! That place is freaking awesome.

... Van Horn on Court is one of the most affordable/reliable restaurants I go to.

May 28, 2013
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Soft Shelled Crab in Brooklyn

Bought a bunch at Fish Tales, two separate times in the past week, and the quality was excellent. Can't imagine getting them better, unless you're buying wholesale for a restaurant with $$$

... I cook them very minimally too, as in without a bunch of breading prep. I clean out the "mustard" from underneath the shell (personal preference, sometimes it's fine to keep), I use a screaming hot pan, drop it in jelly side up, just splash a bit of unseasoned oil in there to prevent permanent pan/crab bonding, resist the urge to flip too soon, play with the heat attentively, flip and cook the belly... comes out perfectly crisp, season with sea salt and lemon. Summer anyone? Thinking about soft sell crab pallea for this week...

May 28, 2013
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Country ham in New York City

Stinky is what I was going to suggest. For the last long while they have had at least 3, usually 4 different hams that they are slicing from, 2 european and 2 American country style. The country style I have purchased there by the slice has been absolutely exceptional and appropriate for eating plain on a roll. Getting hungry just thinking about it.

Call them and tell them what you want, and I'm sure they can get it for you. STINKY!

May 28, 2013
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Pompette?

This place is legit and you should go! Met the owner, Kumiko. So nice! Chef is doing classic french food. Had a great terrine, fresh mussels and a cassoulet there back when they first opened up. Went back recently for more terrine and had some Rose on their newly opened patio. The wine list is great, and you can order basically anything on the wine list at whatever size you want. Be smart and order the 25cl amount of wine. Just slightly more $ than a "glass" but PLENTY more wine.

... thanks for reminding me of this place!

May 28, 2013
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Good cassoulet in Brooklyn?

Thirstbaravin has made some great cassoulet before. Maybe not this month because it's so hot? There was a restaurant that closed in Williamsburg called Walden. Don't know what happened to those people, but they had a great cassoulet and decent naturalista wine list...

May 28, 2013
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Looking for a restaurant near BAM for Wed night

Prospect Restaurant on Fulton is one of the top restaurants in Brooklyn right now, for both food and service, and they are hip to the pre-theater tip, so if you make a reservation, I bet they could get you out in time for your show.

Der Schwarze Kollener is fun. Very low prices. Variety of traditional German sausages and beers. Served with nice, big soft pretzels. Nice atmosphere. More bar food than proper dinner, but you can leave here full and set for the night.

... have not tried Le Caye, next door to Berlyn. Le Caye is supposed to be some kind of Caribbean restaurant. I spoke with one of the owners when they opened up and had a drink there. Everyone was friendly. He was very proud, I just haven't had a chance to go in to eat. It looks frequently busy though.

If you don't mind a little walk, Bark Hot Dogs, The Woodlands, and Franny's are all on Flatbush and worth your time. Especially Franny's. Did I mention Franny's? Easy to get a table for pre-theater. I go in frequently at that time, and there is always room. Never heats up before 7pm, that I've seen.

May 28, 2013
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Mediterranean on Atlantic?

This report is still fairly accurate. The food is pretty good at Tripoli. They let me bring lots of wine with me the last time I went, but it was a pretty depressing vibe. Big place, pretty empty, looked on the verge fo closing. Musty. Appetizer plate was a good move. Dips are good. Tahini in one of my soups was too much. But! the food was pretty good.

It seems like there was a bit of spill over in Middle Eastern goodness to Court St. Two restaurants with really good food opened and closed in the same locations: first Palmyra and then Levant. I think someone with a little more hipness needs to operate the FOH. The older locals I would see in Levant just were not enough to keep the place afloat, in spite of it's good food and nice garden. Darna Falafel is one of my standbys when I want a cheap vegetarian meal in the hood. As the name might suggest, get the Falafel. It's very good, not life changing. Nectar the juice place is next door, which is nice.

Sahadi's is really fun, but kind of a pain because they close up shop by 7pm. Who on earth is done working before 7pm?Combine a trip to Sahadi's and a trip to Fish Tales on a Saturday for your cooking supplies, and you'll wonder why people do anything else.

May 28, 2013
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Mocha Bagels on Smith Street

Hi, I'm new to chowhound, but not new to trying out places, and yes, Mocha Bagels on Smith is a legit enterprise. Great bagels, quick service, open 24 hours. Perfect.

May 28, 2013
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