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Apr 24, 2006 10:56 PM

Queen restaurant in Brooklyn Heights

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It's an Italian place that I heard is suppose to be great. Anyone try it?

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  1. QUEEN on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights is an old established classic. The food is excellent, but kind of pricey. They are often very crowded.

    If you are looking for a much cheaper option, try LA TRAVIATA on Montague Street. Consistently good Italian dishes at very reasonable prices. Dinner for 2 under $50 with tax and tip. I recommend the shrimp scampi, the garden salads andn the chicken scarpariello.

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    1. re: Fleur

      I always thought it was downtown Brooklyn. Is it Brooklyn Heights?
      I've caught sight of Queen while en route to Sahadi's and would love to eat there--it has that retro, I've-been-here-forever exterior I love to see in these awful, gentrified times.

      1. re: MacGuffin

        its quite possible that in the 7+ years since this thread was started that the Bk heights/Downtown BK "borders" have shifted somewhat. its certainly the case that downtown is much more happening than it used to be, so perhaps its just less daunting to call the area downtown than it used to be.

        That said, i personally think of Court as the border between the heights and downtown, with Queen lying on the Brooklyn Heights side of the border, but its a pretty marginal case by that definition.

    2. The Queen is a great restaurant. Food is excellent, both the traditional Southern Italian menu, and especially the specials on the other side of the menu.
      Service is old-fashioned and friendly, and can be a little slow when the place is busy. Room is nothing special. You'll go for the food, and you won't be disappointed.

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      1. re: MichaelZ

        Agreed on all points. The place tends to be really busy at lunchtime - very popular with the courthouse gang. On weekends it's considerably more quiet. I went on a Saturday night a few months back and the place was 2/3 full.

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          Agreed. We were there most recently this past Saturday and it was only half (or less) full, but it was on the later side.

          I have really enjoyed all the specials we've ordered -- much more so than the regular menu items. My favorites have been the fresh mozzarella appetizer (I believe they make it in house) and a gnochettti app with rock shrimp (had it two months ago or more and am still thinking about it). pastas are generally quite good and i've enjoyed several veal and pork scalloppine dishes we've sampled.

          service is generally gracious; the room reminds me of a strip mall -- entirely forgettable. but the food is worth a visit.

      2. Just went there a few weeks ago with my parents and my girlfriend. I grew up right near there but hadn't been there in at least 10 years. We went on a Saturday night around 7 p.m. and it was pretty crowded - you might want to make a reservation.

        The food was uniformly outstanding - appetizers through dessert. We ordered from both the daily special menu and the regular menu. It's definitely not the cheapest (special entrees can range from $20-$35) meal around, but the portions are well-sized. Just really well-made classic Italian food - inventive without being too experimental.

        Any homemade ravioli dish is worth a try, and if you see homemade mozzarella on the specials list, get it! That was $13 well spent.

        1. I think the other posters thus far have it about right. Terrific food (if a little pricey) in a so-so setting. The food is definitely the draw, and the service is almost always gracious and old-worldly.

          Queen has been one of my all-time favorites for many years for these reasons. It was just voted top Italian restaurant in NYC on the AOL City Guide.

          They make all their own bread in-house and they make the mozzarella fresh twice a day. Do yourself a favor and have the mozzarella. It's sublime flavor will haunt you until you return for another helping...

          Go and enjoy...

          1. "Queen" has my heart. Only time I was ever there was a month and a half ago, to fetch food for my best friend's husband and son. Not that it "does" take out, but when I explained that my darling friend was in a local hospice, they couldn't have been nicer. They insisted on buying drinks for me while I waited and treated me like a daughter, even though I had never set foot in the place. And to find out the food was just super was the icing on the cake...