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  • curtis herrmann Sep 5, 2001 02:47 PM
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hey hounds....who has advice of a place within walking distance on the brooklyn side of the bridge? i know about grimaldi's, but is there any other recommended places?? thanks.

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  1. Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights is the way to go. Homemade pastas for under $10 in some cases. It's the perfect neighborhood restaurant.

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    1. re: Ben

      Any place else? Any kind of ethnic would be great. I'm coming into town for the weekend and am staying in Brooklyn Heights (Willow Pl. -- Near Atlantic Ave/State Street -- I'm an utter stranger, just have my driving directions, so all I know is I'm in Brooklyn Heights.)

      Thanks, rmb

      1. re: rmbelson
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        Bob Martinez

        Try "Queen" on Court Street, a 10 minute walk from the Promanade. First rate Italian. Use the search engine on the Chowhound home page to find multiple good reviews. "Henrys' End" on Henry Street has also been well reviewed on the site.

        Enjoy Brooklyn and if you can, get to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a 10 minute subway ride from the Heights.

        1. re: rmbelson

          You're not going to be far from about a dozen restaurants on Smith St., which has become a very hot restaurant row. I would do a Google search "Smith Street Brooklyn Restaurants" and see what comes up.

          1. re: rmbelson

            There are numerous threads on this site discussing dining options in the neighborhood, perfect for what you need. Just use the search feature on the homepage, searching for "Brooklyn Heights", "Cobble Hill", "Carroll Gardens" or the names of some of the restaurants mentioned previously.

            Close to where you are staying, right on Atlantic Avenue itself are numerous Middle Eastern dining options (Waterfalls seems the best but most of the others are very good as well). Also on Atlantic is La Bouillabaise, an exceptional (but small) French restaurant, and its very casual sister Petite Crevette.

            On Court Street, north of State Street, is Queen, one of the best Italian places in the city. My Little Pizzeria is probably the best pizza in the area (also on Court, just south of State Street).

            Once you have a list of places to try, get the addresses from citysearch.com and a map of the area from mapquest.com. From where you are, it's a pleasant walk up to the Brooklyn Bridge (giving you access to Grimaldi's pizzeria and River Cafe and the nearby Henry's End and Noodle Pudding) or south to Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens or south and west to Smith Street.

            Good luck!

            1. re: rmbelson

              There are numerous threads on this site discussing dining options in the neighborhood, perfect for what you need. Just use the search feature on the homepage, searching for "Brooklyn Heights", "Cobble Hill", "Carroll Gardens" or the names of some of the restaurants mentioned previously.

              Close to where you are staying, right on Atlantic Avenue itself are numerous Middle Eastern dining options (Waterfalls seems the best but most of the others are very good as well). Also on Atlantic is La Bouillabaise, an exceptional (but small) French restaurant, and its very casual sister Petite Crevette.

              On Court Street, north of State Street, is Queen, one of the best Italian places in the city. My Little Pizzeria is probably the best pizza in the area (also on Court, just south of State Street).

              Once you have a list of places to try, get the addresses from citysearch.com and a map of the area from mapquest.com. From where you are, it's a pleasant walk up to the Brooklyn Bridge (giving you access to Grimaldi's pizzeria and River Cafe and the nearby Henry's End and Noodle Pudding) or south to Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens or south and east to Smith Street.

              Good luck!

              1. re: Abrocadabro

                Thanks for the suggestions. We live north of Boston in the (sort of) sticks, so it's ethnic I crave, and not what is easy to find nearby (ie Italian). Saw praise in the CH archives for the Cuban place, El Viejo Yayo -- the new one on 5th. Looks like 1.5 miles -- hope it's an ok neighborhood to walk, that'd be nice after a long drive to Brooklyn.

                Or if we want closer, Queen and La Bouillabaise are options, though I wonder if we could get into the French place w/o a reservation if its that small.

                1. re: rmbelson

                  La Bouillabaise does not take reservations, so you should wander over there (it's about 2.5 blocks from where you're staying) earlier rather than later.

                  For "ethnic" other than Italian, obviously the middle eastern places would be a good bet, but further down Atlantic Avenue (maybe three or four blocks on the other side of Court Street) is Brawta, a very good Caribbean restaurant (very casual).

                  1. re: Abrocadabro

                    Thanks -- Here's my list -- in no special order. I'm leaning toward either El Viejo Yayo or Brawta (which I'd found on this site's Voice Best of 99 list -- or in NY Mag's 50 things in B Height's list, I forget which) but would love to hear of any raves on the below.

                    El Viejo Yayo
                    Noodle Pudding
                    Queen
                    Caravan
                    Tripoli
                    Brawta Caribbean Cafe
                    Kaloum Star
                    Atlantic Bamboo Garden
                    Inaka
                    Cambodian Cuisine

                    1. re: rmbelson

                      I've eaten at Brawta a couple of times within the past year or so. It was very good both times. If you go there, get some home-made ginger beer. If you've never had any ginger beer but the bottled stuff with sodium benzoate as a preservative, the home-made variety will be a revelation.

                      1. re: Pan

                        what else is good at bratwa? have you had the ital stew? i've been perusing the takeout menu and am planning to get there while the weather's still nice.

                        1. re: miest

                          I don't remember "Ital stew." Everything I've had there has been at least solidly good, with some things pretty great. Tasty curry chicken (a little rich); nice, soothing soups. I think I remember having some good fish dish and something nice with oxtail - it's been awhile. (I guess the last time I was there was at least a year ago; I should really go back soon.) I was particularly impressed with the desserts.

                      2. re: rmbelson

                        You're talking about my Boerum Hill backyard here...

                        Brawta (try the roti, the super-spicy chicken wings, and LOTS of cabbage--BEWARE THE TIP of 17%, which is automatically added to your bill. It's a screwy policy, but the food is fantastic), Cambodian Cuisine (anything, esp. noodle soups, fish balls), and Viejo Yayo (pernil asado) are all excellent.

                        Melange (on Atlantic) is the best middle-eastern in the hood. Plus it doubles as a market, with great nuts, dried fruit, salads, GREAT cheese, etc. They can their own stuff and ship it nationwide...

                      3. re: Abrocadabro

                        Redone list, forgot one--

                        Thanks -- Here's my list -- in no special order. I'm leaning toward either El Viejo Yayo or Brawta (which I'd found on this site's Voice Best of 99 list -- or in NY Mag's 50 things in B Height's list, I forget which) but would love to hear of any raves on the below.

                        El Viejo Yayo
                        Noodle Pudding
                        Queen
                        Bouillabaisse
                        Caravan
                        Tripoli
                        Brawta Caribbean Cafe
                        Kaloum Star
                        Atlantic Bamboo Garden
                        Inaka
                        Cambodian Cuisine

                      4. re: rmbelson
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                        Josh Lichtman

                        Grimaldi's is the best option close to the brooklyn bridge. While I believe it has slipped a little it ius still the best coal pizza in nyc. The new owners are the family who own Bamontes.

                2. If you want to treat yourself to a fancy meal, go to the River Cafe. It's definitely within walking distance of the bridge, but it might be a fairly long walk from the Heights, as it's right on the river, almost under the BB overpass.