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New musts in Brooklyn?

Good to know! Thanks so much.

Nov 11, 2013
lucye in Outer Boroughs

New musts in Brooklyn?

Hi guys,

I lived in NYC for 14 years, but decamped in July for a new job in Atlanta. I miss BK like crazy (of course) and can't wait to visit for 9 days in December.

Obviously, I have my standbys, but are there any new can't-miss spots since the summer? I realize that this is not uber-specific, but it's because I'm quite omnivorous and assume there aren't so many crucial new places that it's too tough to narrow down. Correct me if I'm wrong.

I'll be staying in the North Slope, but will travel as much as I need to. Will most definitely be spending some quality time in Gowanus and Williamsburg/Greenpoint, but I'm open beyond those as well.

Thanks in advance, 'hounds. Counting the days . . .


Nov 09, 2013
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Colorado Springs - Broadmoor Restaurants

All the options are good ones, but, if you care about music, the Tavern Orchestra is excellent. Food-wise, few would disagree that Charles Court is top. Have a wonderful time!

Aug 08, 2010
lucye in Mountain States

Klee Brasserie?

My boyfriend and I had a truly awful brunch experience at Klee today. We waited ages for anyone to take our order, refill coffee, get the check, really everything. The food was mediocre and the service was gruff and forgetful. (In their defense, the people at the table next to us were truly awful to them.) Though we'd heard good things, we will never, ever go back.

200 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Dec 13, 2009
lucye in Manhattan

River Barrel in Greenpoint

The food at this place was really good (I think I've found my Greenpoint burger - blew Label, Coffeehouse, Paloma - RIP- out of the water), but the service was very strange. They were definitely getting their sea legs where that's concerned. My hope is that experiences like the above will disappear as they get settled in. The place has potential: good menu, good prices, good bar, good atmosphere, good location. It's just the service that needs help. Sorry you had a bad experience hungry_united.

Jan 14, 2009
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

We tried Enid's yesterday for brunch, having heard many raves. It was pretty awful, actually. Terrible coffee. I got pancakes which must have contained a pound of butter each, were not fully cooked, and the fruit on top must have been sitting there for awhile before it got to my table, as the juices had soaked through, leaving the pancakes soggy. My dining partner got the leek and potato hash which was seasoned in a way he called "experimental" - I guess we didn't expect cinnamon to be a key ingredient.

The atmosphere was also not really to our taste - too dive-bar-like.

Now, I know the biscuits are supposed to be great and we didn't try those. Nor did we try the huevos rancheros, which looked pretty good. We probably won't go back unless a friend insists, though.

May 11, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Oak Cafe and Wine Bar, Williamsburg

Can't wait to try it! Sounds delicious.

Apr 30, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Chompchomp, thanks for your reply. I have heard a lot of good things about Pio Pio Riko - that's definitely coming up. Also - great to hear where the good bagels are + smoked fish (I sense a delicious weekend breakfast in our future!)

Last night, we got delivery from Great Wall No. 1. It was good in a pinch (late, didn't want Thai) but probably will only use it in emergencies. It took 40 minutes (we're about 2 blocks away - should have gotten take-out, but we were glued to the TV) and was mediocre.

Apr 30, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Sour cream doughnut from Peter Pan: pure heaven. Mmmm-mmm.

Their bagels actually looked good too. May have to try on another day.

Apr 27, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Colorado Springs Brunch & other recs

I definitely second Adam's Mountain Cafe in Manitou - wonderful.

A couple other brunch options: the Olive Branch on Tejon and the Omelette Parlor on Fillmore.

The Broadmoor is all-around great and has a wonderful band in the Tavern Restaurant most nights.

Finally, The Loop and Jose Muldoons have great Mexican and nice atmosphere.

Apr 26, 2008
lucye in Southwest

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Wleatherette, Lamb + Jaffy will definitely be up ahead. Thanks for the recommendation.

This morning, we tried brunch at Lokal and it was another disappointment. The worst part was the service: they were sweet, polite, but not attentive. Getting a refill on my coffee took 20 minutes. The food was mediocre. I got a chicken "panini" (it wasn't a panini, just a regular sandwich on a roll) with fries which was more than enough food, but my partner got huevos rancheros which was pretty small. The decor is also strange. We will go back at some point because their dinner menu is interesting - the casseroles intrigue me.

Walking by Peter Pan bakery every morning has been more than we can resist - we are planning some doughnuts there tomorrow first thing.

Apr 26, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Got an Americano at Uro - it was good, but it wasn't the kind of place I'd want to stay and sit and work. Much more grab-and-go.

Tried Ella on Bedford for dinner and it was awful. I got a burger, which was clearly unseasoned. He got the roasted chicken which was also not good, though the mustard spaetzle was delicious. Service was poor.

We'll probably give Enid's and Lokal a try this weekend.

Apr 25, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Thanks for the explanation of the Polish places, all!

Apr 23, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Baci & Abbracci was great. We sat outside. We each had pasta entrees, per suggestions from other Chowhounds. My cavatelli w/ broccoli rabe and sausage was wonderful. Great wine, tiramisu was HUGE. Best of all: the service. We'll definitely be back.

Apr 22, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg

I recently moved to Greenpoint after years in Alphabet City, which became a culinary mecca over the course of the time we lived there. I'm trying to get my bearings here (with the help of Chowhound,) and we don't have a kitchen set up in our new place so it's even more dire! We tend to eat mid-range (sit-down or delivery, but not too pricy). So here's what I've hit so far and what I'm interested in. I'm hoping to help other new Greenpointers and to hear from the old guard. Feel free to weigh in, Brooklynites!

Cafe Grumpy: Thank God for Cafe Grumpy. Leaving my beloved 9th Street Espresso was one of the hardest things about moving. I think that other than Everyman (13th and 4th in Manhattan), Gimme (Lorimer and Grand), Grumpy has the best coffee (drip, French Press, and espresso). Also, it's great to sit and do work in because the back area is kept quiet - everyone else is working too.

Eat Records: This place is cute, has okay coffee, and is a nice place to work in the mornings when I need "real" food (not just baked goods). Their breakfasts are good and not too expensive. The only problem is that the music is too good and the sound system is too good. If you're easily distracted by music, don't go there to work, just to chill.

Queens Hideaway: One of my biggest disappointments in Greenpoint. Mediocre food (we went with friends, so we were able to sample quite a few things and nothing broke the mediocrity barrier). The prices were truly outrageous for what we got, both quality-wise and portions. The service was inattentive and impolite.

Greenpoint Coffee House: I really like this place, atmosphere-wise. Okay coffee. Some of the food is dynamite (omelettes, soups, pancakes), some of it is blah (burgers, desserts). Service is good. I wish the menu were larger and more varied, but I will continue to go here regularly. I also love that they have breakfast food all day.

Brooklyn Label: I haven't tried any of their higher-end things, but their sandwiches and egg dishes are yummy. Most of all, their vegan cookies are INCREDIBLE (and I'm not vegan, but I am a serious cookie-lover). Also, their service is consistently great - perfect level of attention, uber-friendly, drink always filled, etc. Wish they were open Sundays, but I'm happy to hear they're going to be staying open later.

The Garden: Good sandwiches. Really good sandwiches. Also, good produce selection.

OTT: We chose this Thai place over the 1/2 a million others in the neighborhood for the important reason that it delivers late. Not bad, but definitely nothing special. Waited about 30 min for delivery, which seems a bit much, but not ridiculous.

Thai Cafe: Whew- spicy! I'm sure this place is more "authentic" or something, but we just about burned our mouths out. Prices aren't bad and open late, but next time we'll emphasize MILD.

Sweetwater: Absolutely perfect. On a nice day, sat outside in the back and had a sensational dinner. I recommend highly their corn-fed chicken breast over lentils and spinach (so tender) and their plum/ricotta dessert. Good beers and wines, too.

Egg: This place seems seriously overrated. My eggs were so runny they were barely cooked. My friend's biscuits were positively dough. Maybe the gas wasn't on the day we went? On top of that, after waiting for 30 min, you'd think we'd have decent service. On the contrary, the server seemed, well, . . . frustrated. Not that I don't understand how frustrating it would be to deal with that many people, but it was unpleasant.

Miranda: This place was great. The food was delicious, the wine was good, the atmosphere was lovely. The servers, in particular, were marvelous. Great special occasion place.

Oslo: Decent espresso, but overrated. Doesn't hold up to 9th St, Everyman, Gimme, or Grumpy. More equivalent to Joe, the Art of Coffee in the West Village. I like their newspaper table though and it's close enough to the train and park that it's a good meeting place.

Peter's Since 1969: Quality seems to vary here, but I love the comfort-food sides, especially their very buttery green veggies and fluffy spinach. I also love how close it is to the Bedford L stop, so I can stuff my hungry face within minutes of getting off the train.

Verb Cafe: Don't bother. Coffee is awful. Espresso drinks are awful. Music is awful. Didn't try the food and I'm glad.

McDonalds on Greenpoint and Manhattan: Now, it was late and they're 24 hours. I went in to a get a grilled chicken salad (seemed palatable) and they didn't have any chicken. So, that ought to tell you something.

Tonight, we're going to Baci & Abbracci. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

There are still a ton of places left that I'd like to try. Some of the tops: Paloma, Cafe Riviera, Enid's, Acapulco, Divine Follie, Lokal, erb, Sapporo Haru. We'd also like to figure out where to eat Polish food because the choices are overwhelming and we don't speak Polish. My hopes are high for Paloma's burgers: I need a good burger 'round the neighborhood!

Apr 22, 2008
lucye in Outer Boroughs