Jury Duty by the Federal courthouses in Brooklyn
- FoodCad Sep 24, 2003 01:14 PM
UGH!!! I have been called in for jury duty over there.
Not too sure how it works and if one can even get away for lunch - but does anyone have good recommendations for lunch spots around the courthouses at Cadman Plaza.
Any type of good/quick food suggestions would be highly appreciated for this area. Thanks
You can get away for lunch and what I enjoyed most during my recent tenure as a Grand Juror was to either bring a sandwich (or buy one) and walk over to the promenade to eat it. It's a five minute walk down Mantague Street. I like the deli a couple blocks down Montague from the courthouse (on the left). I forget its name - it has a name with an "&" in the middle. Maybe someone can jump in and help.
The options on Court Street are rather grim. You can always go to Atlantic for middle eastern food, but your hour will diappear quickly.
Bring a book!!!
The name of the place you like is "Lassen & Hennigs". It's between Henry and Hicks on the left as you walk toward the river. A green awning. Best sandwiches on Montague Street and friendly staff.
Another decent option is the salads or mix & match pastas at "Monty Q's". It's also on the left as you walk towards the river, but just after Clinton St.
Other than that, the lunch offerings of Montague St. and the Heights in general that will fit your location and time constraints are pretty grim. I suggest brown bagging it and eating as you stroll the streets of brownstones or as you sit on the promenade.
You can also get nice sandwiches at Garden of Eden on Montague Street and then take it down to the promenade.
I'm just finishing up 2 weeks of grand jury duty hell. The only thing that has helped is walking to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory every day. The 15 minute walk each way burns off all the calories.
Teresa's is a Polish restaurant on Montague and either Hicks or Henry. It's on the left side of the street when walking from the courthouses toward the Promenade. It's inexpensive and has terrific soups. Service is pretty efficient, so you might actually have a few minutes after lunch for the Promenade.
Queen (on Court Street near State) has excellent Italian food - especially the special pastas. I had lunch there a couple of times while on jury duty (and have been countless times for dinner). It's not exactly a quick bite, but you can make it there, eat, and get back to the courthouse in about an hour (unless you get a particularly long lunch break, you probably won't have time for more than one course).
Just back from a day at the BKLN Courthouse and a couple thoughts--
1. First, and most importantly: Nicky's Vietnamese, on Atlantic a few blocks east of Smith St. and worth the 15-minute walk, is where you want to go for a genius $3.95 Banh Mi sandwich. I cannot stress enough what a boon this is for the Heights and Boerem Hill. We're talking about, arguably, the greatest sandwich ever, right there within your grasp from the depths of your jury misery. Do it. CH thread is here:
2. Also on Atlantic (make a right instead of a left off Smith, it's at 155 Altantic btwn Clinton & Henry) is the always solid Waterfront Ale House. Good spot for a burger or wings and the beer you'll need to get you through jury duty.
3. I walked up Livingston, made a left toward Flatbush and found a place called (I think) Jamaican Patties, which apologetically noted that the chicken and beef patties had gone up to $1.50. I'm not a pattie expert, but the crust was sweet and flakey and the chicken tasty. I also got some sort of crazy raison scone thing just to insure I had enough carbs before going back to the courthouse.
Lassen & Hennig's is where it's at.
Since jury duty lunches are long ones ...
and if the weather is good ... get a sandwich, some iced tea and one of their famed black-and-whites ... and you're in heaven.
Just have to take it down to the promenade, or Cadman Plaza.
Teresa's isn't bad, either, but it's more of a breakfast place.
Monty's has some OK pizza, but I'd rather walk down Court to grab a slice at My Little Pizzeria ...