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Jan 28, 2004 02:12 PM

Good eats in Gowanus?

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I'm moving to Gowanus (between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens) and I'm wondering if anyone knows if there's somewhere good to eat tucked in with all the warehouses? I've heard of stranger stuff.

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  1. Welcome to the neighborhood! As far as I know, the answer is no, however. There are some very old school italian places, and I have yet to try them, but the chow-consensus has been yuck to the food, yum to the atmosphere. Do a search on Two Toms...mob hang out, tho some say cops hang out there...maybe both! Red sauce stuff is supposed to be gross, chops and steaks are supposed to be great, but pricey. Again, I've not been. Please tell me you plan on opening up a laundromat, though, because the closest one to my place is about 8 blocks!! Again, welcome, would love to hear if you discover anything worthwhile.

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    1. re: shrimpbird

      I live in Gowanus but live on the smith street side so plenty of restaurants are nearby.

      You live in the middle of two decent food nabes, so you don't have far to go.


      1. re: mjr_inthegardens

        There is a pretty tasty Latino (Puerto Rican?) place on 9th St & 3rd Ave. Good tasty basics and dirt cheap. Other than that, I've seen nothing and will probably walk the couple of blocks to one of the other nearby neighborhoods.

        1. re: kwon

          The name of the place is called Sofia's - nice dirty rice, nice sandwiches. Pretty plain otherwise, but really friendly.

      2. re: shrimpbird

        Tuscano's at Carroll and 3rd is a good more-than-just-a -pizza-parlor. Admittedly its not Mina's. But its quite good.

      3. a bicycle could be your best friend : )...(Smith Street, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Atlantic Avenue)

        1. Yes! Cafe Mexicano, just off 4th, makes good tamales. Forget what the cross street is... Union? Carrol? A tiny place, nice service, good tamales and other south-of-the-border snacks.

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          1. re: Sir Gawain

            it is on union st.

            they close very early so call ahead before heading there in the evening.


          2. The owners of Bar Toto on 6th and 11th are opening up a beautiful new restaurant on the corner of 9th Street and 3rd Ave.... Yippee!

            1. I was born and raised in Gowanus. I am sure you will find it a very interesting place to live. I agree with the Two Tom's info given here. Go with the meats, they are the best thing there. The Italian offerings are not good. For local neighborhood flavor try Monte's Venetian Room on Carroll between 3rd and Nevins. Hit or miss with the food but the atmosphere is the same as it was in the 60's. Save room for the cheesecake.

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              1. re: citygrrl2000

                There's a rotisserie chicken place on 3rd and 12th street that has a great 1/2 chicken + rice and beans combo. Not much atmosphere though, so I usually take it to go, and sometimes they run out on the early side. Deli 1 (I think it's called) on 3rd and 13th is supposed to have great breakfast sandwiches, etc.