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curtis herrmann Sep 5, 2001 02:47 PM

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.

curtis

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    Pan Sep 6, 2001 05:29 AM

    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.

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      Ben Sep 5, 2001 03:10 PM

      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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        rmbelson Sep 5, 2001 07:11 PM

        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

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          Bob Martinez Sep 5, 2001 10:08 PM

          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.

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            Ben Sep 6, 2001 05:42 AM

            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.

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              Abrocadabro Sep 6, 2001 10:30 AM

              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!

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                Abrocadabro Sep 6, 2001 10:31 AM

                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!

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                  rmbelson Sep 6, 2001 06:18 PM

                  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.

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                    Abrocadabro Sep 7, 2001 09:38 AM

                    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).

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                      rmbelson Sep 7, 2001 10:45 AM

                      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

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                        Pan Sep 8, 2001 05:32 AM

                        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.

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                          miest Sep 10, 2001 03:56 PM

                          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.

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                            Pan Oct 3, 2001 01:53 AM

                            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.

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                          evan Oct 2, 2001 08:27 PM

                          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...

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                          rmbelson Sep 7, 2001 10:48 AM

                          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

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                          Josh Lichtman Sep 7, 2001 09:50 AM

                          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.

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