Help me plan an afternoon and an evening in Brooklyn
I am not familiar with the Brooklyn dining scene, although I lived in New York years ago (Manhattan).
I've already lined up enough of the likes of WD-50 during my visit (in a couple of weeks) and I will be tired of those and will want something more soulful. Something hard/impossible to get in San Francisco, something unique to Brooklyn, perhaps.
One consideration - no car. Meeting friends for lunch in Brooklyn Heights. (Don't know where - but I'll let them decide.)
Afternoon schedule will depend on where I decide to go for dinner.
Interesting restaurant choices I gleaned from other threads to give you some idea of what I am looking for. Some are taken from older posts. Some may not be convenient - I haven't looked up their locations yet.
Istanbul Turkish Seafood Restaurant
Cheskel's Shwarma King
anything Arabic on fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge
Jay & Lloyds Deli
Mill Basin Deli
A few extra points for being in the Heights/South Brooklyn/Park Slope area, but as long as it's a convenient subway ride away, it will be fine, although it'd be nice if I don't spend too much time getting back to Manhattan after dinner.
A million points for food impossible to get in San Francisco.
Based on your geography preference I would recommend Yemen Cafe on Atlantic Ave. (dividing line btw. Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill). Also on Atlantic is Sahadi's, a favorite store of many in search of middle eastern ingredients. From there you can walk down Court St. and/or Smith St. both have a lot of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. From Smith you can jump on the F train to Park Slope (only a few stops away) and explore 5th Avenue which has a mecca of restaurants. Not sure if any place will qualify for a million points, but it's a starting point for your explorations.
Although you can definitely get pizza in San Fran, I would think about checking out Lucali's for dinner. It is Henry Street in Carroll Gardens (near the heights) and is some of the best pizza around. Also, the vibe is very Italian neighborhood Brooklyn.
to kick off a great brooklyn day, meet your friends on the manhattan side of the brooklyn bridge, then walk across to lunch in brooklyn heights.
smith st. and 5th ave. are good post lunch walk-arounds (stop in at cafe regular off 5th for a great cappuccino) a long stroll from one of those nabes to another takes you over the wonderfully weirdly beautiful gowanus canal.
for dinner, i'd say Frankies 457 on court. great food, great atmosphere. maybe there are similar places in SF but, to me, Frankies says "brooklyn"
I'd avoid Mill Basin Deli and Jay and Lloyd's. They're both pretty sub-par Hebrew National places. Lalezar Turkish Restaurant, howver, across the street from Jay & Lloyd's has great veal and lamb meat gyro, Turkish bread, baba ganoush and other Turkish foods. The trip by subway might be a tad long though
There's also M&I Market (Russian) on Brighton Beach Ave. You can take the Q train to the Brighton Beach station, walk a few blocks to M&I and pick up some hot food to bring back or go upstairs and eat in the cafe. Nathan's flagship is about a mile from there. Great clams on the half and awesoume fries. The Q line is one of the better lines that run betwen Brooklyn and Manhattan..
I highly recommend Brighton Beach as a destination. If you go there, you might want to check out some of the Georgian places, Georgian Bread, etc. Do a search for Georgian or Brighton Beach on this Board and you will find them. Brighton is a fun shopping and people-watching area and if its a nice day you can walk the Boardwalk,
Taci's Beyti and nearby Gulloglu (a Turkish bakery with stuff flown in from Istanbul) are are on the same block on coney Island Ave Coney Island Ave - you could take a bus up there from Brighton Beach, continuing on up CIA toward Ave J - into the orthodox Jewish flatbush neighborhood you will come to Olympic Pita, the Orchard, a stupendously good and expensive fancy fruit store where you can taste , and Di Fara's, on Ave. J. (