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Lunch in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Downtown Brooklyn

Frankies Spuntino is worth a look, it opens at 11 every day.
French Louie opens at 11:30, and it's a bit closer to downtown. I haven't been for lunch, but the brunch & dinner are good.

Mar 12, 2015
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Pair Wine & Cheese (Cobble Hill)

Wife and I took our infant son to Pair Wine & Cheese (Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn b/t Clinton St & Henry St). Food was delicious and the wine selection was good as well. Had the rarebit, the cheese fondue and the chocolate fondue. All were excellent. They also have a nice cheese & charcuterie selection.

Place is just opened, and still very quiet, but it's worth checking out.

I look forward to going back to try more of the menu, and to stopping there on the way to the park for picnic goods when winter breaks.

Mar 05, 2015
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Craft beer bars near Brooklyn Heights / Cobble Hill?

You won't find much of that scope (there was one, but it's now a Rag & Bone), but here are a few things in the immediate area that have a good selection. Ugly Duckling in new and near ( 61 Local is also just a few blocks from your hotel ( 282 Burger is almost across the street ( Roebling Inn is down the street (

Sep 09, 2014
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Steakhouse near Barclay's Center

Barclays Center is about 2 miles from Prime Meats, which is great but not near any strip clubs. If that's what your looking for, it may be better for you to go to the Palm in Tribecca, which is only about 3 miles from Barclays, and is easy to get to by train.

Aug 27, 2014
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Anything decent INSIDE Barclay's Center

40/40 is buffet, basically a selection of the "best of" from what's in the arena.
The "Dining" page on the arena's website lists all of the vendors. Most of the places have more limited menus than the full shop, but to save you the time of looking:

Main Concourse:
Brooklyn Burger (Sec 03
)Calexico (Sec 03)
David's K Deli (Sec 06)
Fatty 'Cue BBQ (Sec 07)
Brooklyn Bangers & Dogs (Sec 08)
Paisano's Butcher Shop (Sec 10)
L&B Spumoni Gardens (Sec 15)
WFAN Boomer & Carton Kitchen (Sec 17)
Buffalo Boss (Sec 22)
Nathan’s (Sec 24)
Habana (Sec 25)
Junior's, Blue Marble & More (Sec 26)
Fresco's by Scotto (Sec 29)
Brooklyn Burger (Sec 29)

Suite level:
Abigael's Brooklyn (North Side)
Buffalo Boss (North Side)
Junior's Restaurant (South Side)
Calexico (South Side)

L&B Spumoni Gardens (Sec 206/207)
Nathan’s (Sec 206/207)
Habanas (Sec 209/210)
Brooklyn Burger (Sec 209/210/222/223)
Fatty 'Cue BBQ (Sec 222/223)
Brooklyn Bangers & Dogs (Sec 225/226)
Avlee Greek Kitchen (Sec 225/226)

Also, Eater did an article about a year ago on a lot of what's available:

Apr 10, 2014
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Recommendations for 'impressive' dining/drinking in Williamsburgh/Dumbo

If you're willing to head down to Cobble Hill, I'd recommend either (1) Battersby or The Grocery followed up by Clover Club or (2) Colonie followed up by Long Island Bar (which is new and was recently written up in the New Yorker) or Henry Public.

Feb 05, 2014
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Thanksgiving Dinner

Prime Meats came to mind first. has more detail, but from their website:

First Course

Apple Chestnut Soup

- or -

Fall Fennel Salad with Juniper Vinaigrette

Second Course

All Natural Roasted Turkey Breast

Confit Turkey Leg & Pretzel Dumpling Stuffing

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Turnips, Carrots, and Green Beans

Brussels Sprouts & Cranberry Sauce

Third Course

Apple Pie Strudel


Pumpkin Pie

$40.00 per person

(tax and gratuity not included)

Nov 06, 2013
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Dassara Ramen - Anyone been?

The menu on their website lists their beer, wine and sake selection.

Feb 27, 2013
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

"Formal" foodie lunch near brooklyn city hall!

Ganso is also worth a look. I've been there a few times. it's solid, nearby, reasonable, and delicious.
check out the reviews on chowhound if you're not familiar with it.

Feb 20, 2013
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

"Formal" foodie lunch near brooklyn city hall!

Lunch and your party size both make it tough in that area. Many of the places in the area are not large enough for you.

Perhaps you can try to call Battersby/Grocery/Saul and see if they would open early for a private party.

Colonie is very good. but they don't do lunch either.

other random thoughts (I assume from contacting Brooklyn Fare that cost is not a major concern):

Prime Meats is worth checking out, but it's a good bit down court street. Mile End is close and good food, but probably too small for your group.
I haven't been yet, but Runner & Stone is getting some decent press on lunch.
Seersucker seems to be open to private parties based on their website.
Bocca Lupo has a decent selection and can probably fit you.

Feb 20, 2013
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Loose leaf tea shop in Flushing or elsewhere in the Outer Boroughs?

Two for the Pot on Atlantic + Clinton in Brooklyn is worth a shot. They have a very good loose tea selection.

Dec 28, 2012
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Smorgasburg: What a Pretentious Rip Off.....

It wouldn't cost much more for each portion, but would probably cost significantly more for each day.
I just don't understand the arguments that the price is too high and the portions are too small and the lines are too long.
If the prices were too high, the lines wouldn't be long for what is being called portions that are too small.
To the contrary, it seems like most things at Smorgasburg are priced to market, or even below market as vendors run out of many things fairly early in the afternoon.

Apr 24, 2012
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

matzah ball soup in Brooklyn

try Mile End.

Mile End
97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Mar 01, 2012
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn bridge marriott area

on that link,Cube 63 & Miriam are no longer open on Court.
Bien Cuit on Smith is great for breakfast/light lunch and not that far. Chop Chop has a decent lunch bar right next to Bien Cuit. Damascus & Sahadi on Atlantic have good light lunch options if you like Middle Eastern food.
Otherwise, just walk south on Smith or Court Streets--there are lots of restaurants.

Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop
195 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Chop Chop
126 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Bien Cuit
120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dec 13, 2011
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Best Brooklyn Frozen Dumplings?

Eton (on Smith & Sackett) has a line of frozen dumplings at the met on smith and keyfood on atlantic, among other places, that I recommend. If you call, they may be able to tell you somewhere closer to you that carries their product.

359 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Key Food
169 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Met Food
197 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Oct 27, 2011
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Dog friendly restaurants in Brooklyn?

Bar Tabac allowed dogs until a few years ago, then stopped for reasons unknown to me. I've also tied the pooch up outside Verde once or twice and sat by the open front doors, a few feet from her.

Bar Tabac
128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

216 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jun 01, 2011
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Dog friendly restaurants in Brooklyn?

Building on Bond
Watty & Meg
Union Smith used to allow, so Diego may.
Bark in Brooklyn Bridge Park said they will probably be allowed on the rooftop.
Apartment 138 sometimes has 1-2 tables out front.

Apartment 138
138 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Watty & Meg
248 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Building on Bond
112 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

305 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

May 31, 2011
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Buttermilk Channel question

For whatever it's worth, it'd be hard for me to count the number of times I've had a reservation in Manhattan (or elsewhere) and had to wait 30+ minutes.
These no-reservations places are generally relatively small and almost always have tremendously long lines (I've heard 3 hour waits at multiple places).I'm not really sure why many people would wait, but people do and it's better for the restaurants because they never have no-shows or empty tables.

May 03, 2011
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

Buttermilk Channel question

if you're serious about getting a table within 5 minutes--ore even 15 or 20 minutes--you have pretty much no chance. That said, if you want a good meal, there are some good bars around to kill some some time, and it's worth it.

May 02, 2011
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs

"sports bar" in BoCoCa/BK Heights/Downtown Mnh.

I'll second that. It's called Downtown Bar & Grill. Good food (for bar fare) and lots of beer.

May 06, 2008
MK11201 in Outer Boroughs