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heights (or nearby) for locavores

I'd recommend Chestnut, down in Carroll Gardens:

It's very comfy, and definitely fits the locavore/eco-friendly requirement. And the food is great as well.

Oct 13, 2009
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza along Belt Parkway

I normally opt for the vodka or fresh tomato slices, neither of which have traditional pizza tomato sauce. But I could see how you might find the sauce on the margherita overly sweet.

Sep 02, 2009
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Sushi in Brooklyn Heights and surronding area

Ki is definitely the place to go. I now live much closer to Iron Chef (my number two choice) than I do to Ki, but the walk to Ki is worth it. It's the one place in the neighborhood where I'm excited to eat sushi pieces instead of just rolls, because the fish is just that fresh. Even the quality of the pickled ginger and wasabi is better at Ki.

That being said, if you do find yourself at Iron Chef, your best bet is one of the more elaborate rolls that don't rely on the freshness of the fish. Something with softshell crab or eel, for instance.

Aug 28, 2009
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

BEST Cookies

Check out Baked, in Red Hook:

(Many of) The cookies and bars they serve at Tazza in Brooklyn Heights are from Baked, and you may be able to arrange to get a large order through Tazza, though it would undoubtedly be cheaper to go straight to the source.

Aug 09, 2009
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza along Belt Parkway

La Casa Bella, a few blocks from the Cropsey Ave. exit:

Really great pizza. I'd go with their Margherita (or one of their other interesting pies) instead of just plain cheese, though.

Feb 03, 2009
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Baked Bakery in Brooklyn?

The Double Chocolate Cookie is my go-to dessert. It's truly special. They usually stock them at Tazza if you're in the Brooklyn Heights area rather than Red Hook.

Oct 02, 2008
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Tazza to open second location!

I'm a big Tazza fan as well, though the original location is closer than the new one to my apartment.

One of the most frustrating things about Tazza is that their cake selection is so unpredictable. Some days they have a wonderful selection (I had a coconut slice last time I was there), and other days they're not serving cake by the slice at all. My wife asked them about their cake supplier and it turns out that they get their cake (and a number of other items) from Baked down in Red Hook:

Baked is much further away from my apartment than Tazza, and I'm happy to continue going to the existing location, but in case anyone is looking for a wider selection of delicious cakes, it can't hurt to go to the source.

May 12, 2008
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

szechuan garden on smith st.

So I'd like to actually order from Szechuan Garden and give it a try, but it's not up on yet, and I threw out all the menus they shoved under our door when they first opened. Anyone have a link to their menu online?

Mar 03, 2008
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Slices of Cake in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

I can't imagine a better answer to the original question than Tazza. They're normally serving at least one cake by the slice (from Baked, and perhaps some other places–I know their cupcakes are usually from Crumbs).

While not made on premises, I've always found the cakes to be very fresh, and I've had some wonderful ones there. The dark chocolate frosted chocolate cake and the salty caramel cake stand out as recent great choices. If their cake selection happens to be paltry on a given visit, then try their double chocolate cookies–it's like slightly undercooked, fudgy brownie dough encased in a crisp cookie coating.

Sep 28, 2007
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Chance, Carroll Gardens

Funny, the only time I go to Chance are when my mother is in the neighborhood as well. (If I liked the place more I'd go there other times...) I ate there with her a couple of weeks ago and thought that I'd give a duck dish a try, in that I remembered reading some decent things about their duck on this board.

I ordered the duck with black pepper sauce and left over about half of it. I know that duck is very fatty, but I found myself struggling to get at the meat for all the fat and skin. If the duck's skin had been crispier then it would have been more palatable, but the meat came out more or less submerged in the pepper sauce, which rendered everything uniformly slimy.

I much prefer China Hong, slightly up the block from Chance. Even though it's a take out joint without Chance's French pretensions, I find it a more reliable choice for "New York" Chinese food. And since I mentioned duck, Le Petite Marche does a much better job of preparing it than Chance.

Sep 28, 2007
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Should I try Bay Shish or Surf & Turf Grill?

I've been going to Bay Shish Kebab for years. The prices aren't quite as good as they used to be, but they serve solid Turkish/Uzbeki food. You should be able to eat well there.

I've never been to Surf & Turf Grill.

Aug 27, 2007
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Heights food cart

I had chicken on a pita from the cart the other day. Whatever spice blend the proprietor uses is certainly overwhelming to the nose, so I was glad that the chicken wasn't as overseasoned as it might have been. I don't think the cart is anything special, but for $3.50, it was a good lunchtime option.

Dec 10, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Tenda - New Asian Bistro on Montague Street

Eh–as someone who works in the neighborhood, I was hoping that it would be decent, but the lunch I had there was really nothing special. For Thai I'd rather go to Lantern a little bit further down Montague (oh, if only Joya was open for lunch!). For Japanese I'd go to Iron Chef on Clark, though walking to Ki Sushi on Smith is another possibility. I guess the Malaysian component of the menu isn't available elsewhere in the neighborhood, but the curries at Lantern are somewhat comparable.

For the record, I went with a group of three and I ordered the pork katsu bento box. The salad and miso soup were rather bad, the shumai was tasty and the pork was fine, but again, nothing special. The one bright spot was the little pile of kimchi that came with a Malaysian dish a coworker ordered. I wish there were actually Korean food in the neighborhood–if Tenda were to add Korean to their menu and prepare it halfway decently I'd be ecstatic.

The dinner menu was ridiculously priced, but other places on Montague bump prices up the in a similar fashion (Lantern, for instance).

Oct 22, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Is "Sweet Melissa" in Brooklyn worth the trip??

I greatly prefer Tazza (on Henry St. just north of Atlantic). Their cake selection varies, but the last time I was there I had a peanut butter fudge cake that was wonderful.

I don't know that Tazza is worth coming in from the city for though, especially since they get their cakes from one of the well known (though I can't remember right now) places in the city.

Sep 06, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Thai within striking distance of Brooklyn Heights?

Lantern is definitely open (I ate there yesterday) and has become a regular part of my office's lunch rotation. It's obviously not Joya, but it's a step up from the Henry St. place and much better than Thai 101, which used to occupy that space.

Sep 02, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Report on Jay and Lloyd's Deli

I really love that the corned beef at Jay & Lloyd's is so tender that it's close to falling apart. I guess that's just a matter of preference. I've never had anything by flavorful meat there, though I prefer the pastrami to the corned beef.

kernel is right about the friendliness of Jay/Lloyd (good thing they usually wear smocks with their names on them, because I can never remember which is which). Very nice people. The waiters have a bit of an attitude, though...

Aug 27, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Merguez in Brooklyn

The merguez sausage at Bar Tabac on Smith St. is great (especially in their Eggs Tabac), but it's a bit expensive for what's really street food. A recent post on Gothamist ( mentions a place in Queens to go for merguez, but does anyone know of any Brooklyn spots for authentic, cheap merguez?

Aug 19, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Birthday Cake Recommendations - Cobble Hill

Tazza (Henry St. just north of Atlantic) has the best cakes in the neighborhood, but they're not cheap. You might be able to get away with a few (equally good) cupcakes, though.

The other suggestion I is the new Blue Pig ice cream place, also on Henry St. (and Cranberry St., I think). I haven't tried their cakes, but the ice cream is of good quality, and it looked like some of the cakes were priced under $20.

Aug 15, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Foods I can't live without from the Red Hook Fairway

I went for the first time last week and was a bit underwhelmed, but I did pick up two house brand items that ended up being good values: the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (be sure to finish it a couple of days after opening it!) and a large bottle of pasta sauce (for $2.69).

Aug 14, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs

Ki Sushi on Smith St.

It's always worth the walk up to the Iron Chef House on Clark St. near Henry. I'm disappointed whenever I try Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens sushi.

Jul 15, 2006
Jeffy in Outer Boroughs