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Downtown Brooklyn Courthouse Area Lunch Spots

Brooklyn Heights restaurants, or what's left of them, are renowned for their mediocrity. Nonetheless, if you're not into the fast food chain thing (I'm guessing that includes Chipotle and Five Guys), you could still venture 2-3 blocks down Montague St. and try Taze (Turkish), Kim Paris (a new Vietnamese place at the corner of Henry St.), Heights Cafe (at Hicks St.) and/or Teresa's (Polish) just past Hicks St. Can't guarantee satisfaction, but I imagine these are the better lunch choices in the immediate courthouse vicinity under $20, barring fast food, pizza, delis, chinese, etc.

Feb 20, 2008
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Beer Table, Park Slope

I understand how offering a wine alternative at a beer bar would make good business sense. That being said, I always get so pissed when I have to squeeze into a jammed Blind Tiger Ale House only to discover half the crowd drinking wine! Anyway, as far as BeerTable, I applaud the owners for their devotion to serving world class beer and I wish them well. However, unless one lives in or has business in the immediate neighborhood, it otherwise doesn't seem to be worth making a special trip here given the comments about the price and seemingly limited 3 draught and 1 cask selection (I haven't come across any bottle lists). I can't imagine this place holding a candle to Spuyten Duyvil, Barcade, Blind Tiger, DBA, HopDevil or even Park Slope's The Gate for beer geeks looking for a broad spectrum international selection in addition to those special limited offerings that appear briefly in NYC like a rare cosmic event.

Feb 20, 2008
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TOP 5 RESTAURANTS WITHIN TEN BLOCKS

OK, I'll bite...

North Brooklyn Heights Top Five within "ten blocks" (this includes DUMBO, of course).

River Cafe
Henry's End
Superfine
Petit Marche
Grimaldi's (I'm constrained to say)

Wild card would be Five Front

Feb 15, 2008
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Favorite Beer Bar Ever?

How about the two best beer bars in the US that are within walking distance of each other--Spuyten Duyvil and Barcade in Williamsburg, Bklyn.

Feb 05, 2008
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California IPAs

I'm thoroughly enjoying a Green Flash Imperial IPA which just came to NY on the heels of Alesmith Yule Smith, which I also found to be exceptional. In fact, I've been thinking that while I've tried many great and not so great IPAs and Double IPAs from across the U.S., it seems that every one I've tried from California has been, at worst, way above average, whether it be Alesmith, Russian River, Moylan's, Bear Republic, Stone, etc. What is it about California brewers that enables them to produce such great beers of this style?

Jan 24, 2008
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Stone Black IPA

Oh man I loved this one (Stone 11th Anniv.). Dark roast malt blends with American "C" hops, simcoes and amarillos. What a mindf**ck it was to bring a dark brown beer to your nose and smell tropical fruit and flowers. Basically a stout body but with double IPA level pine/grapefruit hops slicing through. Sounds crazy, but Stone seems to pull it off somehow. I'd agree that it may seem intense to some, but it will be fully appreciated by hopheads.

Sep 26, 2007
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Brunch near Brooklyn Civil Court on Adams Street

Congrats! Is the ceremony at the Appellate Division on Monroe Place? If you're not looking for any place too fancy you could try Teresa's at 80 Montague St. (near Hicks St.), which is a short two block walk and has outdoor seating. If you're being sworn in at 360 Adams St. (?) still a short three+ block walk. Also maybe Eamonns on Montague St., which is a block away on Montague and Clinton Sts. Otherwise, pretty slim weekday 'brunch' pickings in the immediate vicinity.

Jun 12, 2007
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Heavyweight Brewing?

While on the subject of NJ breweries/brewpubs, has anyone been to J.J. Bittings in Woodbridge? Noticed it while coming back to NY on the train from the Jersey shore. Worth a trip?

Jun 12, 2007
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sam adams: is it serious beer?? which are best and which are your faves??

I love the Imperial Pilsner, and maybe one day I'll get to try the Utopias. I remember enjoying the Boston Lager immensely 15-20 years ago, before the influx of microbrews on the market and when the only other choices were BMC and green bottle imports. Since today there are better choices IMO, I seldom if ever buy any of the contract-brewed SA six packs (BL, Pale Ale, White Ale, Summer Ale, etc.), though they're basically decent and still might be the only real choice in many areas.

Jun 10, 2007
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Saturday Brunch in DUMBO- Not Bubby's

There's really no such thing as "Saturday brunch" in Dumbo, assuming you're looking for eggs benedict & mimosas, etc. I'd normally steer people towards Bubby's (not sure what your specific aversion is... screaming kids? spacey service? food, maybe?), though if you're interested in a Dumbo lunch as opposed to "brunch" on Saturday you might want to try Superfine or Five Front, as stated above, or the Water Street Restaurant (66 Water Street). I'm sure for the moment service starts at these places at 11:30 AM at the latest.

Jun 06, 2007
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Imported beer in NYC. Please help!!!

Spuyten Duyvil (Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn), Blind Tiger Ale House (Bleecker St, NY), Downtown Bar and Grill (Court St., Brooklyn), and Hop Devil Grill/Belgian room (St. Mark's Pl., NY). Don't know specific numbers, but these are the places to find the best selection of Belgian and German.

May 17, 2007
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Long Trail Ale, VT -- Altbier -- others?

Long Trail is most definitely available in NYC. If you're a fan of the LT Altbier, try the LT Double Bag if you can--still an altbier, but a stronger and maltier version. Granted it's not 'sessionable', but I think it's far superior.

May 11, 2007
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Busy Chef in Brooklyn Heights

I haven't yet tried the food, so I can't say if its truly good or not, but those black plastic containers with refrigerated precooked meals inside, and the breakfast sandwiches in the clear plastic containers, all needing to be heated in a microwave, do not come across as particularly appetizing. It actually makes me think of an airline food service operation. The desserts look pretty good, though.

May 02, 2007
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Best lesser-known beer bars in NYC

As far as food, I've only shared a three cheese plate, which was well presented with slivers of baguette. I think they just have small plates for now (no real dinner like at Superfine). In fact, we ordered that cheese plate as "dessert" after dining at Superfine. All in all, it is the best "beer bar" in DUMBO. And Time Out NY just named it the best new bar in NYC (damn them!).

Apr 13, 2007
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This is my summer of canned beer

There are three canned varieties from Butternuts brewery in Garrettsvile, NY--Pork Slap Pale Ale, Heinieweisse Weissebeer, and Snapperhead IPA. None are that great, but better than a lot of the stuff you mentioned. From what I hear, Surly beats every other canned micro hands down. Also, if you're up for the Foster's oil can (yuck), then try the Faxe oil cans from Denmark.

Apr 13, 2007
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Good bar/pub to watch metties

Don't think it matters, the WAH is happy you're buying their dinner and Floyd is happy you're buying their beer. Both places seem to be doing fine. No worries.

Apr 09, 2007
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Best lesser-known beer bars in NYC

I know this is an old thread, but if you stop by the DUMBO area in Brooklyn there's a relatively new place called reBar (147 Front St.) with an airy space and a sweet selection of Belgians, Germans and Micros on tap and in bottles.
Check it out sometime:
http://retreatnyc.com/rebar.html

Apr 07, 2007
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Spring Lake, NJ

Thanks for redirecting me to the right area (I wasn't sure where the border was). I learned of a place called the Island Palm, which supposedly has a chef who worked under Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill. Anyone have any comments on this place?

Apr 07, 2007
Psychobabble in Mid-Atlantic

Dine-In Brooklyn complaints

Just my two cents....I never got into any kind of "restaurant week" promotions because the choices are limited, the portions are samller, and it comes with an obligatory dessert which I never order in the first place. I'm sure the restaurants vary as to quality/service/choices, etc. but why take the bait?

Apr 07, 2007
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Five Guys Burgers coming to Montague Street!

I imagine this will be a godsend for the Packer/St. Anns kids on lunch break;)

Apr 07, 2007
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Need a light/low carb beer for beer lover on a diet

Thanks for the update on maltose....I guess my SBD book (which I picked up off the sidewalk by the way) was the old edition. I still personally believe that good quality malty and yeasty beer in moderation is quite wholesome and healthy, in addition to making you happy.

Apr 07, 2007
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Need a light/low carb beer for beer lover on a diet

I read the The South Beach Diet book and the author stressed the point that beer is really bad (due to the fact that maltose has a higher glycemic index than any other sugar). And the fact that you bring up "prediabetic" compels me to recommend getting a doctor's advice as to what he can drink and how much (sorry for the lecture). At any rate, it goes without saying that there is no "good" light beer. Certainly nothing that comes close to good German beer. However, of all the ones I've tried I thought Yuengling Light Lager (NOT the Premium Light, mind you) and Grolsch Light were the best.

Apr 07, 2007
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Featured Micro at Baseball Stadiums

They have to pay for A-Rod somehow ;)

Apr 06, 2007
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Good bar/pub to watch metties

Yeah....I know. I just couldn't resist pointing out the mistake in that attempt to needle Mets fans. And abu, let's just call them the Mets (or for more flair, the Metropolitans). In the same 'hood I might add the Downtown Bar and Gill on Court and Amity. Very bright and sunny (thus not depressing) with good beer selection and several TVs. Haven't had the food, but it looked pretty decent when I was there.

Apr 06, 2007
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Spring Lake, NJ

Planning on a brief trip to Spring Lake in early June. Any recommendations for restaurants in the immediate area (can be upscale, no matter) and perhaps a bar where they might serve local microbrews (I know NJ has a few). Thanx!

Apr 05, 2007
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Good bar/pub to watch metties

While I absolutely love the Waterfront Ale House for the beer and food, it's not really a great place to watch sports, either "metties" (?) or "Yakees" (?) The two TVs there are quite small, lame and oddly placed in weird corners of the room, causing substantial neck and eye strain.

Apr 05, 2007
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Featured Micro at Baseball Stadiums

And I would be ejected from the game in the fourth inning instead of the seventh;) Seriously, there is basically no real beer at Shea. And even if you want those ridiculous aluminum bottles of the St. Louis swill you have to either wait on line or be on the constant lookout for scant vendors. The Brooklyn lager cans are OK, but few and far between. I'm hoping they'll have Sixpoint, Chelsea, Bluepoint, Southampton and other local micros at the new park.

Apr 02, 2007
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Brunch in Brooklyn for Large Group

Bubby's in Dumbo

Feb 27, 2007
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Sleeman's Cream Ale

They definitely have a few varieties of Sleemans in six packs at American Beer (Court St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn). I'm assuming it's at New Beer as well in Manhattan (Chrystie St.).

Feb 27, 2007
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Brazenhead Cask festival in brooklyn

You might have touched on something with the local breweries sending "experimental" casks. Some of the local (NY) beers featured there I've never heard of and seemed like prototypes, such as the Sixpoint Black Market Porter, Butternuts Moo Stout and Greenpoint (Heartland) Breweries "Kelso Hop Lager" pilsner. The fact that they encouraged people to fill out "score sheets" gave it that focus group feeling. Not that I have a problem with that...I'll gladly be the guinea pig. The better casks there were basically the darker styles..stout, porter, imperial stout. Didn't think the lighter styles I've tried there were that great (e.g. Southampton Steam, Kelso Hop Lager, Pittsfield Brewworks Saison). Always fun to go though and try as many as possible.....Looking forward to the next one.

Feb 26, 2007
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