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Just moved to East Williamsburg/Bushwick - where should I eat?

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I just moved to an apt between the Montrose and Morgan stops on the L and am looking for recomendations. All the Chowhound threads on this area are really old. Where should i go for take-out, dine-in, etc? Cheap and affordable is key.

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  1. there is a mexican restaurant in the silver dining car just outside the dekalb-wyckoff stop on the L with a list of specials that you ask to see -- tasty, cheap, authentic mexican food. good chicken mole and pork ribs in green sauce.

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      1. re: guide boy

        Green sauce is good, the place is authentic, but food ain't all that awesome...just a cool setting that would pump guideboy's exoticist jets

        1. re: zemilideias

          And nice chubby waitresses from los altos de Puebla.

        2. re: guide boy

          Taco Hacienda.
          Ugh. Had the worse meal ever there.

          I would not suggest this place.

        3. No one else has any suggestions? Don' force me to eat at Taco Loco or whatever that grody burrito place is near the subway. Where's the good food?

          1. Sorry, but there ain't none. The L train will get you to decent food a couple stops away but that area is pretty awful food-wise.

            1. Indeed, there aren't many places right in your area. You're better off going a couple stops away:

              Life Cafe 983
              983 Flushing avenue between Bogart and Evergreen... off the Morgan Avenue Stop. - It's a bar / restaurant with decent pub fare. I enjoy the burgers.

              Northeast Kingdom
              18 Wyckoff Avenue, on the Corner of Troutman St. It's off of the Jefferson St. stop on the L.

              This is a good place. It's been open about a year and they have decent food. It's not the typical neighborhood place and it's not as cheap... $9 to $14 for entrees. It's a restaurant first but I hang out at the bar there with my room mates on cold nights. Worth a trip to check it out. The owner also opened a coffee shop just down the block (opened this past week) with sandwiches for less $. Both places are like something you'd find in williamsburg or manhattan.

              Guide_boy's post about the mexican place in the diner car on the corner of Dekalb and Wyckoff Ave (at the Dekalb stop on the L) is decent (It's called Tacos La Hacienda) but if you want better tacos go right to the source of the tortillas... They make them on the premises to sell to stores but inside they have a counter to order tacos, tortas, etc. All are very fresh and the meet isn't as gristly. Plus the guy is super friendly... It's on Starr street between Wyckoff Avenue and Cypress avenue. If you get out of the L train at the front (coming from manhattan) you're on the corner of Starr and you can see it from the corner. I love this place. I go there for lunch a couple times a month. But I can't remember the name :)

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                1. re: squid kun

                  yes! that's it. I just walked down there this morning to get the name of the place. I'm going to have to get tacos for lunch, now.

                2. re: aerendir

                  Good taco recc and I definitely like it, but I've never liked how it compares to the carts that I'm loyal to in Red Hook (now closed for the year :( ), Jackson Heights, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love the atmosphere and the tortillas are great, but I've felt like the fillings are missing something.

                3. One of my favorite soul food joints in the city, Down South Cafe, is in the Bushwick area, corner of Halsey and Lewis. They serve up one of the tastiest sage sausages you're likely to get north of the Carolinas, and huge breakfasts of eggs, whiting and grits, at incredibly cheap prices. Check it out while it's still around.

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                  1. re: Polecat

                    Alas Down South Cafe is around no more ... I know I'm late with this, but in case anyone is researching like me ...

                  2. Rosie Perez in a recent film/documentary about the history of Puerto Ricans visited a Cuchifrito place in Bushwick ,(El Coqiu?)The food looked good anyone know of it and it's whereabouts?

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                    1. call/go by Chili Verde, right off the Montrose stop on Bushwick. It looks like a poorly stocked mini-mart but actually has really delicious (and substantial) vegetable quesadillas that I highly recommend in the back. But not the flat smushed quesadillas...these are like...fat pockets of yumminess. Guacamole is also good, the other stuff is not as impressive. The kinds of vegetables and the cost (anywhere from 5 to 7 dollars with rice and beans) change constantly.

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                      1. re: GtotheRace

                        Also Chili Verde appears to be closed ... much sadness (I loved the place)

                      2. Finally, there is hope at the Montrose stop. 255 restaurant, on Bushwick, a half a block down has simple, but wonderful food, and not hispanic food, either, thank God. Across the street, there is a new 24 hour market with great produce, prepared sandwiches, sushi rolls, and a decent selection of real food. On Bushwick in the other direction, a half a block up from the Montrose stop, Jessie's has the only decent espresso, americano, etc. and has the best, good but not great toasted bagels. In fairness, Paul's Deli is getting its act together, with a much better selection of food.

                        1. mojito loco has great, cheap everything. the grilled corn, nopales salad, spicy peruvian ceviche, and pollo al carbon are all great -- www.mojitoloco.com. on meserole & manhattan. also have 2 for 1 mojitos during happy hour. tony's pizza is tasty for delivery, try the lasagna pizza for a very tasty heart attack.

                          1. Wow, this is an old post and I am sure you have discovered some places by now or at least bought a bike so you could ride 5 minutes to the plethora or restaurants in Williamsburg. Anyhow, I am currently really loving Northeast Kingdom on the Jefferson L on Wycoff. Although they could have a better and more affordable wine list. Food is great. Especially the Pork Chop.

                            1. I am really shocked that (some, NOT ALL) people are bummed that most of the food options you can get in a neighborhood that is mostly made up of Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans is "Latin" food. What do you expect?! I live 2 blocks from Northeast Kingdom and I have never step foot inside.
                              Instead I opt for wonderful tortas and tacos at Tortilleria Mexicana, or for a cheap dinner I head over to a simple Mexican buffet on Knickerbocker (between Troutman and Jefferson) whose delicious options change daily, there is lip smacking rotisserie chicken everywhere you look, and for Italian Fontana's II (sp) the rice balls, wings, chicken rolls and cold espresso are not to be missed, or Tina's (corner of Flushing and Wilson) breakfasts, grilled cheeses, and BLT's served up from 3:30am-4:30pm Monday - Saturday by Tina herself. These are just a few of the MANY restaurants in the Bushwick that are just waiting to be enjoyed! Get out there!
                              People should hop on the L back to Bedford for "hipper" eats.

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                              1. re: bosun

                                I'll be doing an end to end walk of Knickerbocker when I get back to Brooklyn and that Mexican buffet was just added to the list.

                                1. re: JFores

                                  You should check it out. Very simple: two meat options, rice, beans, green plantains (tostones), and sometimes pasta. The last time I was there my boyfriend and I split oxtails, rice and beans. The oxtails were very flavorful as was the rice and beans. Good stuff.
                                  By the way, I was reading your thread on the UK board (my friend was/is in the same boat as you and i was trying to help) and was wondering what your restaurant guide was all about. Is it like a zine?

                                  1. re: bosun

                                    It's just a simple word file write up of every place I've been to and liked for the last couple of years. It's pretty big at this point.

                                    1. re: bosun

                                      Unfortunately I missed Bushwick proper this time. I'll do it in the summer (I really prefer this stuff in the winter, but oh well.) We walked all of Bkln's B'way but instead of going up into Bushwick we walked northern East New York to Cypress Hills, there to Richmond Hill and Richmond Hill to Jamaica all following the el tracks (oldest intact ones.) Ate at Ghoroa on 169th and Hillside.

                                2. Okay, I am not sure how close this is to you, as I am not 100% familiar with the area. There is this little restaurant/diner/luncheonette-type place on Graham Avenue, right where it hits Broadway. I do not know the name. They have what looks to be all sorts of delicious Puerto Rican food (at least that's what I think it is). My sister and I tried a banana stuffed with meat (I think pork) a few times (it was quite early and this was the closest to breakfast food we could think of) and it it was great. Lots of cops and sanitation workers eating there, which I usually take for a good sign.

                                  1. For those who may be searching on Bushwick and looking for new posts, I just moved from Jackson Heights to Bushwick (Dekalb stop) and I am thrilled with the excellent food here. I highly recommend a little tacqueria/restaurant named Cocoyoce (sp?). The BBQ pork a la Mexicana (green peppers and onions) plate is out of this world. Also the lights are dim and the jukebox is good.

                                    There's also a good rotisserie chicken place right at the Dekalb stop that serves a tasty Cuban sandwich. Several groceries specialize in Mexican and Dominican products, such as chorizo and avocados.

                                    And of course there's always the slightly uneven but enjoyable and atmospheric Northeast Kingdom. And the delicacies of Williamsburg and Union Square. I'm delighted to shop Whole Foods and the farmer's market. Though I must praise Jackson Heights' Met for having many of the same products (Bread Alone) for $1 cheaper.

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                                    1. re: KateC.

                                      I concur, Cocoyoc is one of the good ones.

                                      1. re: kanoa

                                        That's the spelling. Thanks! Ooh, just found Bread Alone bread at C-town at the Dekalb stop.

                                    2. The Wreck Room at Flushing and Central has begun to serve really excellent pub food.

                                      1. I have read in NY mag that Roberta's Pizza on 261 Moore St. nr Bogart (Morgan L stop) is good and worth checking out, right now it's BYO.

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                                        1. re: MsAlyp

                                          Having been, I can attest it's worth the trip (but check on BYO status).

                                          1. re: NYChristopher

                                            I don't think they are BYO anymore. Roberta's is pretty good though, a bit expensive, especially for Bushwick, and not worth a particularly long trip, but solid and generally pleasant.

                                        2. Sal's Pizza on Lorimer right off the Lorimer L stop.

                                          Try : the salad slice, ricotta and eggplant pizza, for on the go.

                                          Also: the dinner salads and entrees are prepared with love and B+ for consistency.

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                                          1. re: tonyferrari

                                            San Marco is better and right outside of the same subway

                                          2. New additions are Phorum (Starr and Wilson?), Tandem (Troutman and Knickerbocker?) for night out stuff. Both have really nice, awesome owners. There's also a fairly new falafal place right off the Morgan L on Bogart and there is okay sushi that I just found at a Chinese/Japanese place called Shen Zhou on Wilson and Suydam.

                                            Of course, the best food in the area is going to be the Latin food. Its the neighborhood culture and you should be sure to explore it as fully as possible (and hopefully it won't disappear entirely!).

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                                            1. Keg and Lantern in Greenpoint is awesome and inexpensive. Really homey Irish vibe--and they have pierogies too!

                                              1. Check out The Bodega wine bar about one block from the Jefferson L stop on St. Nicholas and Troutman they do a good brunch and now they're open for lunch...

                                                The Bodega
                                                24 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237