I was riding down Columbia Street and saw a few places I did not recognize. They're not necessarily new, I just haven’t been down this way for a while. Besides Alma, which IMO has a great view - mediocre food, are there any places people recommend?
Sadly, no. The Japanese place, Kotobuki, is ok, but nothing to write home about. Mazzat is always empty, has really uneven food and uses store-bought pitas. That BBQ place next to Alma is greasy and bland.
Haven't tried the dub pies place. Also haven't tried the Latin American place up the street (near Kane), but early reviews on this board were very negative.
B61 remains a great place for a beer though. Nearby, Petite Crevette has very good seafood, terrible service and a BYOB policy. Here are some recent reviews. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396909
208 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
192 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
189 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
144 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
We've never eaten inside, but order out frequently from Teeda, on the west side of Columbia bet. Union and Sackett (I think). It's Thai -- a lot less greasy than Joya, w/ v. generous and fresh-tasting use of veggies (not just in veggie dishes but in meat ones, too) and w/ v. quick delivery.
I've got to stand up for Columbia Street. The pies from Dub Pies are delicious, decadent and addictive. Margaret Palca's right next door makes great sandwiches, baked goods and coffee drinks. Kotobuki has never let me down -- try the fried softshell crab and greens salad with carrot dressing. Mazzat's pitas are bad, true, but everything else is good, especially the transcendent falafel. Don't stay away because it's not crowded, that's ridiculous! The place is new! Step up and try to help it survive. Also worth nothing is that the fast food Chinese place, Red Apple, is the best of its kind in the Cobble/Carroll area.
Now, if only someone would open a decent, cheap taqueria, we'd have everything we need on Columbia.
I haven't tried the dub pies, but I do keep hearing good things about them -- will give them a shot, but I have to disagree about Mazzat. I found everything there blah, disappointing and carelessly prepared, and I'm not surprised that it's always empty.
I'm curious about Red Apple -- when you say it's "the best of its kind" in the area, do you mean it's actually good, or just that it's not as god awful as the rest? I haven't tried the food there, but I'm always looking out for a good local chinese place.
I liked the dub pies as well, but had them as take out (essentially frozen, heated at home). The seafood at Petite Crevete is very good. Had some great fried soft shells there a couple of months ago. It is BYOB, but there is a corkage charge ($5/glass?)
Bouillabaisse 126 is just off Columbia on Union and is almost as good as its first incarnation on Atlantic Ave. Also on that block is Ferdinando's for old fashioned Sicilian fare, open for lunch (food fresher) and early dinner (8 PM? close)
Yes, by "of its kind," what I meant was that in the category of greasy, fluorescent-lit storefront Chinese takeout/delivery joints, of which there are many in this neighborhood, Red Apple is the least bad and the most consistently tasty. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but sometimes you need that stuff -- and when you do, it's cool that the best (least bad) one in a 15-block radius is within pickup distance.