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ISO Brooklyn Seafood, willing to travel

my extended family and I are looking to celebrate an occasion with a delicious seafood dinner but have no idea where to go. Can anyone recommend a place, maybe in Bay Ridge? Sheepshead Bay? We're not looking for upscale haute cuisine, just tasty fresh fish, though preferably not a place that just fries everything.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Try Limon, Turkish, with many fresh fish choices. Emmons Ave. on Sheepshead Bay. Sometimes noisy, but good Brooklyn atmosphere, with many Russian families.

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    1. re: gpcohen

      We tried Limon for lunch. The appetizers were very good: humus, two eggplant dishes, and a Turkish salad. The fish soup was very disappointing: a bowl of bland cabbage soup with a very small piece of salmon for $10. Not at all what I expected.

    2. To be completely honest, I'm not too fond of any of the Sheepshead Bay eateries. I'm still in search of a good restaurant for fresh seafood in Brooklyn myself.

      I like this menu seen here. I've never been there, and can't vouch for the quality, but I wanted to make mention of it. http://www.conoandsons.com/

      1. Perhaps you might be better off finding a good restaurant that serves quality food in general and fish dishes in particular. Chianti on the corner of 3rd and 86th St in Bay Ridge, serves family style platters of well prepared, food. We've had delicious seafood platters served ove linguini . If your party consists of a significant number of guests, I would think wIth a small, neighborhood place you can ask for a seafood heavy menu.
        Remember: on any given day, Chefs like to buy what they perceive as the best fish available at the best price. You might even be able to pre order platters you prefer but of course, you'll pay accordingly. It's just a really nice feeling when dining with close friends/family, to be served family style... Somehow it makes for a better shared experience.

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          1. re: Cheese Boy

            I'm pretty sure you already know but just in case: This restaurant, like Carmine's, is one of those places where the more people you have in your group, the better the dining experience. I have always found their generous portions to serve more than the recc number of diners. per dish. We have gone and ordered one each of app/pasta/main, and that has fed 4 hungry adults very well. In order to increase the variety, we will usually order an additional dish "for the table" I cannot recall a time when we did not take food home. I like to think of that as my reward for having to walk a few miles to get back to the car, :-)
            Seriously, if anyone is driving, unless you get very, very lucky, and you catch a meter on 3rd,Ave, I recc you allow 45-60 min to hunt down a parking space.
            After 6pm, it's almost impossible. On weekends, my friends who live in Bay Ridge walk or take car service rather than give up their parking spaces.

            1. re: Tay

              Heh, this is one of those occasions where knowing the neighborhood helps. Parking on 3rd Ave would indeed be fairly hopeless, but Ridge, Colonial, or Shore (avenues closer to the water) north of 86th St. should always have some parking. So, 5 minutes to park, 10 minutes to walk.

              Here's a map.

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              Chianti
              8530 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209

              1. re: scooter

                Scoot, I love your optimistic view of Bay Ridge parking :-}.
                I agree that there should be some parking, but basically, there isn't.
                Unless you are extremely lucky to be there at the moment a space becomes available, neither Ridge, Colonial or Narrows have parking available . Shore Rd is only slightly better and you're talking about an uphill walk. in a dark, residential area. Bay Ridge is still a great neighborhood, but it's still Brooklyn. If you hit it right, you are better able to get a meter on 3rd I advise all my friends to leave an hour for parking. If you get lucky and park sooner, 3rd Ave is a fun place to window shop.

                1. re: Tay

                  I shoot pool at Status Q (have been for half a dozen years now) and always drove there to play. Sometimes, parking is insanely hard, driving around for 15 minutes for a spot somewhere not so convenient. But more often than not, 83rd/84th betw 3rd & Ridge have two or three spots open and that's not too far from Chianti.

                  1. re: bluishgnome

                    15 minutes would be a breeze. I'm going to check out this block the next time I venture to Bay Ridge... Thanks for the tip! :-}

                  2. re: Tay

                    Well, of course I would always encourage public transport, but I have to agree about the availability of spaces as Scooter described. I live on one of those streets and since we all have garages on my block, its a snap to find a space. Given that not one of my neighbors is in town for the summer, its even easier. Come on down! And with the size of the portions at most of the local restaurants, you will appreciate the chance to walk a few blocks.

                    1. re: carfreeinla

                      OK... I'm intriegued. I'd love to dine in Bay Ridge more frequently but the lack of parking has always been a factor. Please let us know the specific block where parking is a snap?

                      1. re: Tay

                        85th between 3rd and Ridge is underpopulated.Pretty well the same between ridge and colonial. Just look for a block without an apt building.

          2. If you are willing to go more far afield, perhaps it's worth considering Mary's Fish Camp in Park Slope. It's going to be a tad pricey, but they specialize in fish.
            I'd second the recommendation of Tay. Chianti is good. And I'd bet they will do something special if you ask ahead.

            1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think we're going to go with Liman, in Sheepshead Bay. The guests of honor for this dinner are my grandmother (who will be 86) and my aunt, both lifetime Brooklynites who wax nostalgia about the old Lundy's and other "fish restaurants" that are no longer. Chianti sounds like it could be close in atmosphere, but I know that the rest of the family will balk at Italian (carbophobes. Don't get me started).
              I've actually been to Liman once and thought the food was rather good, and I know they could handle a group of 10 fairly easily, but was hoping for some hidden alternatives. Seems I'm not the only one searching!
              Thanks again for your replies.

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              1. re: Budino

                my parents grew up in sheepshead bay and they always talk about the old Lundy's and Randazzo's. while the old Lundy's is no more, I still make my way down to Randazzo's every once in a while for the scungili with spicy marinara sauce.

                1. re: Budino

                  Lundy's was a unique restaurant. Unfortunately, there is nothing like it in Brooklyn, or perhaps, anywhere else. While Carb counting depends on the diner 's choices and less on the listed menu, I totally agree, Chianti is not for carbophobes!
                  I hope you have a wonderful dining experience at Limon with your family.
                  Some day, when you want to treat your Grandmother to a walk down memory lane, (I'm reasonably sure she's not the carb counter, :-} ) you might want to try New Corner on 7th and about 72nd St in Bay Ridge/Dyker Hts. They have been in business since....Forever. Stepping into that place will take her back 40-50 yrs.
                  Bonus for you: There is actually street parking!

                  1. re: Tay

                    Thanks Tay! Is it Italian?
                    We actually almost took an apt on 74th between 5th and 6th last summer (but we moved to Ditmas Park instead of Bay Ridge) so I'm extra curious to see what throwback place was almost within walking distance...:)

                    1. re: Budino

                      Yes... New Corner is very traditional Italian. Please see my comments to Cheese Boy It's also only a couple of blocks from the Spartan Cafe, which serves fresh Greek food. Their Spartan Chicken on Pita's and Tomato and Feta salads are delicious.
                      Here's the New Corner link:

                      http://www.newcornerrestaurant.com/

                    2. re: Tay

                      Tay, might be better for me too. Tell us a tad more about New Corner.
                      I hope Chianti isn't loud like Carmine's, is it ? Sounds like it can be.

                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                        Cheese Boy, You're looking for quiet??? This is Brooklyn, not Padukah, lol! Just joking.. Noise levels are a major consideration for me as well. I have had both loud, and muted audio experiences at Chianti. It's one of those hit or miss things. When I call them, I usually ask if any large parties are booked for the evening. as it tends to be noiser when there are large groups. I never go there on weekends.
                        I think in general, the patrons at Carmine's tend to be louder.
                        As for New Corner.. It's one of those old style, Brooklyn institutions.located on the ground floor of a house. If you weren't looking for it, you'd miss it.
                        You might miss it anyway. It's located at the juncture where 7th and 8th Aves split. The street configuration has created extra places to park.
                        Their site says they were est.in 1936 Warning: If you're a Park Slopian, you need to know it's not a bit trendy and carbs rule. More like what I imagine 50's restaurants were like. I keep looking around for Tony, Carmela and the kids, :-} . The waiters are really nice old school types. Aside from a very large menu, they also have a daily blackboard menu posted in the front of each dining room. As far as I know they don't carry it to your table, so either go up and peruse it or bring a notepad and jot down the specials. I also think they may offer a senior citizen oriented Sunset Dinner special until 7pm weekdays, but I'm not sure .
                        . If you can tolerate fried foods, I highly recc a table platter of Frito Misto (sp?) They make the best fried zucchini, ever! The last time I was there, I chose a blackboard special of Salmon Alfredo over fettucine. It was a huge amount of food and it was delicious. It's a wonderful place to dine at a leisurely pace. If you're in a hurry I would suggest you let them know.
                        If it helps, here's a link: I was amused to see that even their web page looks old fashioned. If you go, please post your experience

                        http://www.newcornerrestaurant.com/

                        1. re: Tay

                          Tay, this might be a pleasant surprise -- I'm hoping so. I'll be sure to post about my experience if and when I get out there.
                          Thank you!

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            Over time I've gottten so much great information from my fellow 'Chow Hounders. I'm delighted to share both my good and uhhhh... less than good, experiences....
                            I hope you have an opportunity to try New Corner and that the experience is favorable.:-}
                            Happy Chowing!

                  2. If your dining companions don't mind getting messy, you might try Clemente's Crab House in Sheepshead Bay. There's deck seating overlooking the marina, and their blue crabs are really delicious. I went with a couple friends yesterday, and we sat there almost all day, cracking open crabs (the ones seasoned with Old Bay are best). I can't speak for the rest of the menu, but it's a fun place to check out.