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Dec 27, 2006 06:21 PM

Looking for a delicious lunch place on Court or Smith Street

We just moved to Brooklyn Heights and my parents are coming to visit. I would like to take them to lunch on Court street (number one choice) or Smith street and am open to any type of cuisine and any price. Really, I just want to convince them of Brooklyn's delicious cuisines and funky style, as they are major Manhattan-snobs!

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  1. The best lunch option in the neighborhood IMHO is Frankie's Spuntino on Court. Best BLT in the land. However, that's pretty far down Court from the Heights. Bar Tabac on Smith is kind of a standard for local bistro fare, but the food is just good. I think Porchetta might be serving lunch now, but I'm not sure - it's received a bunch of buzz and (from my point of view) is one of the best up-and-coming restos in the hood. The rest of the great options (The Grocery, Chestnut, Saul, Lunetta) are dinner only.

    1. How about trying something even closer. Queens on Court St. in the Heights serves excellent red sauce Italian food. And some may even call the plasticky decor "funky".

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      1. re: bobjbkln

        Red sauce Italian (not that that's a bad thing, necessarily) only if you order from the regular menu.
        Everything we've had from the specials menu has been delicious (blood orange salad, pork scaloppine with broccoli rabe, veal stew...) and southern Italian, not Americanized.
        Decor is a little old-school but service is professional - this is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC.
        Have been going there for over 15 years, several times a year.

        1. re: buttertart

          I agree that Queen is a good choice. Quercy (French) at 242 Court Street at Baltic is also open for lunch. Some of the places open for lunch on Smith Street include Chance (French-Chinese fusion, has lunch box specials), Bar Tabac, Cafe Luluc, Paninoteca 275, Savoia and Zaytoons.

      2. Le Petit Cafe is way down Court Street from the Heights (it's near Nelson Street). They have a perfectly serviceable menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, main courses--all delivered in the most charming winterized garden. Food is more than fine; atmosphere is wonderful.

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        1. re: Marion Morgenthal

          I second Le Petit Cafe. It is lovely especially in the winter.

        2. I haven't been to paninoteca 275 in a while, but when I did go, they had really fresh, high quality ingredients that they turned into really yummy food. I enjoyed it very much. The owner was there and had a lot of interesting factoids to share about where she buys her ingredients. She was clearly very invested in her restaurant, and it felt good to support her enterprise. And tasty, too!

          1. I'm in agreement with those who suggested Queen. It certainly doesn't look like much from the street, and the interior isn't much more encouraging. But take heart from all the really positive comments on this board about Queen: once you get past the uninspiring surroundings you are in for a treat.

            Queen has a one page menu. On one side are the daily specials and on the other are the standard dishes. You really won't go wrong ordering from either side, but most would agree that the daily specials are always a real treat. Queen makes almost everything in-house, including the bread, the pastas, the sausages, the sauces.

            My wife and I (live in Park Slope, work in Manhattan) have been regulars at Queen for years. It's one of the few restaurants that we are willing to go out of our way regularly to visit.

            Some personal favorites: the fresh mozzarella (not to be missed); any appetizer that looks good on the menu; linguini with garlic and oil; linguini with white clam sauce; shrimp fra diavolo. Actually, the best guide is to read the descriptions of the daily specials and select the ones that grab your attention most.

            Queen isn't really inexpensive, but it is one of the really excellent Italian restaurants in New York City. It just happens to be in Brooklyn.

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            1. re: BrookBoy

              I agree. Unfortunately having a Popeye's and a MickeyD's w/in spitting distance will deter some from eating here. But once you’re inside Queen’s interior is pleasing and their service is very good, very professional and old school. It’s obvious why they’ve been in business for over 50 years.