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Baby Friendly in Brooklyn?

OK, I found a place---Der Schwarze Kolner. It's a German beer hall, so I didn't give it any consideration. But lo and behold, it has a changing station in the bathroom. And on a Friday before dark when we were there, a good 2/3 of the patrons had a baby or toddler.

To the food...the bratwurst was very good as was the Obazda, a soft, semi-pungent cheese spread. The weisswurst was pretty good, and the potato fritters were OK. The highlight of the meal may have been the bread and pretzels that come with the dishes--hot, light and fresh. There are no real meals on the menu, but just grab two or three things and you should leave satisfied.

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Der Schwarze Kolner
710 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Apr 30, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Baby Friendly in Brooklyn?

I'm looking for a nice restaurant somewhere near Prospect Heights, Park Slope or Fort Greene that has a spot where I can change a diaper if necessary. And we might need to breast feed too...it's all up to the little one. Is there such a thing as a nice restaurant with a family restroom, changing table, etc?

Apr 13, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Lunch Near Brooklyn Museum

Like Bob said, there's tons of threads to look at. Vanderbilt, Underhill and Washington Aves all provide plenty of good choices. The tops, I'd say, are Cheryl's Global Soul, Aliseo, and The Islands. Be warned, though...on First Saturdays, all of these places are jammed.

For the cafe, it's pretty much what you'd expect from a museum...a bit overpriced with decent but not amazing food.

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The Islands
803 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Aliseo
665 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Cheryl's Global Soul
236 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Apr 03, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Sweet Basil - Nice addition to Franklin Avenue - Prospect / Crown Heights

Just a quick review - we really liked this place and we want to see it stick around.

The crab rangoon appetizer beats the socks off what you get from the bulletproof glass Chinese places (I know that isn't saying much, but it's the only other crab rangoon I've had.)

The pad Thai was great - not too sweet. And my beef with cashews was also tasty.

The decor is elegant and relaxing, and the food presentation could make this a destination restaurant. Throw in great prices (app, two entrees and two lemonades for $32.66 + tip), and we're going back.

The two downsides are a) it was a little dark, so I couldn't appreciate the decor and more importantly, I didn't see the dried red chili pepper that I chomped on and swallowed, and b) they don't have limes, which I thought was like the Thai food version of ketchup.

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Sweet Basil
709 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Mar 12, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Park Slope - where to eat and buy food?

In general, I'll say that the best place we've eaten so far in this neighborhood is Applewood. Here's my review from last summer: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722051.

To the co-op, of which I'm a member, I can say a few things. They have good prices on fresh, organic produce. But if you don't care about organic, then prices are just expensive compared to what you'll get at your local supermarket. On a few other specialty yippie items, such as Bonner's soap and bulk cereals, the prices are good as well. Other than that, the prices for the things we want are just average. The major downside is that the place is almost always packed, especially during regular shopping times like evenings after work and weekends.

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Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 03, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

New to Park Slope (PPW and 13th)

The best place we've eaten so far is Applewood. Here's my review from last summer: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722051.

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Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 03, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Cheryl's Global Soul - Food Fabulous, Server Soulless

Yeah, I'm a softy, and I regretted my decision when I woke up in the morning. Still, I think people should go to the restaurant.

Feb 21, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Cheryl's Global Soul - Food Fabulous, Server Soulless

I had the seafood soup, which was loaded with flaky, delicate chunks of fish along with shrimp and mussels. The broth was subtle but flavorful. My wife had the bulgogi marinated steak, which was cooked to a perfect medium rare and delicious.

On to the server. I never tip 15%. I waited tables for seven years, and 20% is my typical starting point. I know what these guys are going through, so I almost always give them the benefit of the doubt when the service is subpar. But last night I gave the waitress a 15% tip on the off off chance that something devastating had just happened in her personal life. I wanted to leave 10% or less.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say that we were sitting at a four top and our third person was running late. But we were there before the dinner rush, and there were plenty of empty tables. Still, the waitress did little to hide her contempt, but whatever. The real snootiness came out when we ordered our entrees. I tried to order the wing appetizer, and I said that it would be fine for everything to come out whenever it was ready because my wife is (quite noticeably) pregnant, and I didn't want her to have to wait for her meal. Our waitress responded, "That's not how it works." She said that she would have to bring the appetizer first, and then we could have our entrees later. Uh, what? This isn't a fine French restaurant with a Michelin rated chef. If it were, I wouldn't have asked for the unusual timing, and if I had, her snobbish attitude might have been slightly more appropriate. But the whole global soul portion of the name should give you a hint at the intended vibe. I've been dining in New York for 12 years now, and I've never had any problem with having appetizers and entrees overlap. And when I waited tables, I was always appreciative of people who ordered like that. It made things easier on the kitchen, and it meant I could turn the table faster. So again, whatever. We said to nevermind the appetizer; just order the entrees.

Twenty minutes later, our wings came. So now we know two things. A) Our server is snooty AND inept, and B) We're going to have to wait for our entrees, which is exactly what we were trying to avoid. After we finally got our server's attention (she's not the one who dropped off the wings), a manager came by and said we could have the wings for free. They looked delicious, but still I said to take them back and please just bring our entrees.

On to the next. Our third person arrived and after we finally got our waitress's attention again, she ordered an apple cider. After several minutes of trying but failing to flag her down, we asked the other server about the cider, and our third party ordered her meal through him. A couple minutes later, our server came back with the cider and explained that she was our waitress and we should address her with questions and orders. Well, yeah, under normal circumstances I agree. Again, I waited tables for seven years, so I know annoying it can be when impatient diners have the entire waitstaff running around for them. But at this point, we were being ignored, either deliberately or because of her tunnel vision. She had already proven her ineptitude and bad attitude, and quite frankly, we were tired of dealing with her.

The final bit came when our bill arrived, and it was tallied incorrectly...but in our favor. I tried every bit of math to see what was left off, so I could inform the waitress. But I didn't want her to speak to me as if it were beneath her station to do so and tell me that her poor arithmetic skills were somehow my fault. In the end, even though no subtractions were marked on the check, I just assumed it was the manager giving us a discount for the poor service. He has to know what a diva he has on his hands.

I'll probably go back to Cheryl's Global Soul because the food is good, but I'll make sure we don't have this woman for a server again. I recommend everyone else do the same. While you're there, get the wings and tell me how they are.

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Cheryl's Global Soul
236 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Feb 20, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

BAM-BAM: Stuck Inside of Fort Greene with the NY Blues again

I second Smoke Joint. Also consider Madiba for South African comfort food.

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The Smoke Joint
87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Madiba
195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Jan 11, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Butcher in Brooklyn

I love Ottomanelli's when I'm over there. So far, Union Market is the most convenient place to me.

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Union Market
754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jan 06, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Best sushi in Brooklyn

Second Gen...and it's 2011 now.

Jan 04, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Butcher in Brooklyn

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm guessing there's nothing from Fort Greene into Bed Stuy? It's looking like I may have to travel a bit to find some decent meat.

Jan 04, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Butcher in Brooklyn

Looking for a butcher somewhere from Park Slope up to Prospect Heights, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, and into Bed Stuy. On a map, I'm seeing Dan Jose Meat Market in PS and Meat Market on Fulton, but no reviews.

Jan 01, 2011
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

How much do you spend on a dinner out?

So where in Brooklyn are you? $125 seems high for a typical dinner out. There are loads of foodie/well-reviewed restaurants that will get you stuffed and tipsy for much less. Maybe you have expensive tastes, or you like somewhat higher end experiences.

Nov 12, 2010
douglas525 in Not About Food

Oaxacan in Prospect/Crown Heights?

I saw a to go menu for a place, I think on Prospect, and my wife thinks it's related to Chavella's. Any clue?

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Chavella's
732 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Nov 12, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

How much do you spend on a dinner out?

My wife and I typically spend between $30 and $50 when we go out. But then, we don't drink. We occasionally dine at places that would send the bill over $125 if we ordered a bottle, but we have our local favorites that we frequent for much less. I know we're on the lower end of the spectrum, pricewise, but I'm not sure you're getting an accurate reading of how much people spend by starting the bidding at $125. I guess that gets back to what you were saying about pricepoints being high.

Oct 29, 2010
douglas525 in Not About Food

Pig out spots????

Smoke Joint in Brooklyn. Real America barbecue and big portions. Ordering at the counter means you can always get more.

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The Smoke Joint
87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sep 28, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Best Rotisserie Chicken To Go - Prospect Heights Area

I've recently discovered the chickens at NSA on Washington near Prospect. They're $5.99 and not bad. Price isn't the biggest issue, but $14.50 for a bird that isn't exactly endangered seems a tad ridiculous. Is Pilar really that good?

Sep 28, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Prospect Heights nabe of brooklyn

If you're up for walking just a couple of blocks, check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6602.... Highlights include The Islands on Washington, which serves heaping portions of homey Caribbean food, and Aliseo on Vanderbilt for Northern Italian. Sushi Tatsu II is on Franklin at Pacific if you want pretty decent inexpensive sushi. I've walked up and down that stretch of Nostrand you're on, but I can't recall any names of places. I do know that a couple of joints were jam packed with locals--try those places.

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Aliseo
665 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sushi Tatsu II
609 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sep 20, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Best Rotisserie Chicken To Go - Prospect Heights Area

There was a D'can place on Franklin around Park, but it closed. I think a whole chicken was 7 or 8 dollars.

Sep 20, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for an anniversary dinner in Brooklyn

Applewood in Park Slope is the best place I've eaten in the borough since I moved here a year ago. It's a nice, cozy restaurant that my wife and I went to for our anniversary. But it's not super upscale or fine dining, if that's what you're looking for. Some info that would help: cuisine, price range, atmosphere, neighborhoods. Good luck!

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Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sep 17, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Best Rotisserie Chicken To Go - Prospect Heights Area

I've seen them...they have a whole chicken to go...for how much? thanks

Sep 15, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Best Rotisserie Chicken To Go - Prospect Heights Area

I love taking a whole cooked chicken home and having a couple days worth of protein at the ready. Dominican places usually offer the best bang for the buck (as well as the best flavor), but I'm not stuck on that. Anything near the four corners where Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill and Bed Stuy meet would be ideal. Around $5.99 for a whole bird would be even better. TIA

Sep 15, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Mexican in Brooklyn or Queens

I can't personally speak for its authenticity, but Chavella's in Prospect Heights is pretty awesome. It's a little bit higher end than most Mexican joints, and one woman in my building said it reminded her of what her mother used to make when she was a child in Mexico.

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Chavella's
732 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sep 02, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Atlantic Wreckfish in Corn Puree @ Applewood: Have this before it goes away

Glad to see someone else enjoys this place as much as I do. This might be the persuasion I need to go back.

ICYI, this is my review from a few weeks ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7220....

Sep 02, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Casual dinner options near US Open?

Search "Shea" and "Mets" on this board. It's a topic that comes up every so often, and you'll see a lot of suggestions get repeated--those are probably the places you should head.

Sep 02, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

any high quality sushi in brooklyn/queens??

I second Gen.

Sep 02, 2010
douglas525 in Outer Boroughs

Best Authentic Mexican

Funny. I actually think food at a place called Puebla in the East Village is some of the best Mexican I've ever had. But someone else told me on the NYC board that it was just par compared to what he ate in SF. I've done a lot of exploring around NYC, and that, along with Chavella's in Brooklyn, are great to me. Anyway, I'm really just looking for the best SF has to offer with this cuisine.

Aug 28, 2010
douglas525 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Authentic Mexican

Thanks for all the responses. I don't remember the places I ate right now, but one was in the Mission and the other was on Haight.. By authentic Mexican, I'm not sure what I mean. I guess the tastiest San Fran has to offer, be it SF-exican or genuine regional Mexican. I'm guessing I'm not looking for upscale, because the best places of this sort tend to be hideaways, but I could be wrong. We're also not looking for a bar. The best guideline I can give, as trespinero alluded to, if there's any orange cheddar cheese anywhere within three blocks of the place, it's probably not what I'm looking for. That said, it looks like I have a few to choose from here. Thanks again.

Aug 28, 2010
douglas525 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Authentic Mexican

We'll be in Cow Hollow, but anywhere in the city is welcome. I was told by hounders in New York City, where we're from, that San Fran has better Mexican food than we do. We were in San Fran at the beginning of our vacation two weeks ago, and we tried two different places but were underwhelmed. We'll be back this Sunday to fly out Tuesday, so we'd like to give the Bay area one more chance. We're looking for authentic, straight-forward food to make us change our minds about which coast does Mexican better.

Aug 25, 2010
douglas525 in San Francisco Bay Area