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brickscoli Sep 3, 2007 08:25 PM

Is there anything available after 12:00 am in bay ridge that's worth a rat's ass? Thanx.

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    KateC. Nov 6, 2007 07:24 PM

    I was thinking of moving to Bay Ridge (from Jackson Heights). Will I starve to death? Don't have to eat late. 7 to 9 pm is fine.

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    1. re: KateC.
      The Engineer Nov 7, 2007 08:09 AM

      Kate, you won't starve, but you won't find anywhere near as much ethnic variety. BR isn't all diners, pubs, Italian, and steakhouses, but its close. Theres Polonica, and an Indian (just one that I can think of!?!?) place, some middle eastern joints, a couple of "fancy" Chinese/sushi spots- and of course lotsa chinese takeout.

      How many places in the world can compare to JH for variety though? Hong Kong?

      1. re: The Engineer
        PAL Nov 7, 2007 08:29 AM

        I have to disagree here. True, there's nothing else like Jackson Heights in NYC. But Bay Ridge is a much more interesting ethnic neighborhood then locals sometimes give it credit for, and besides, it's got "food culture." Up and down the avenues, you'll find Moroccan, Lebanese, Greek, Turkish, Uzbek, Tanoreen (in a class by itself), a pretty decent Vietnamese place (at 86th and 4th)...there's even a Scandinavian deli. The Brooklyn Asian community is moving into the neighborhood, too--there's a Chinese bakery on Bay Ridge Avenue (Parkway? I get them confused--I live a bit "uptown".) and the largest Asian supermarket I've seen in the city (on Fort Hamilton Parkway). There's also some upscale Italian and French food--none of which you'll find in Jackson Heights.

        Sunset Park is the northern border of Bay Ridge, and in it you'll find Brooklyn Chinatown and a wide selection of Mexican eating places. You can do a lot worse, foodwise, then this area. Transit-wise...not so sure.

        1. re: PAL
          citygrrl2000 Nov 7, 2007 09:08 AM

          There is also the Fort Hamilton diner on 95th and 4th Avenue across from the library. I would go there before the Bridgeview. I hate the Bridgeview Diner, rude and slow. The best diner in the neighborhood in my opinion is Pegasus on 3rd between 86th and 87th but not open late. Tiffany's had great sentiment attached to it. Our Senior Day was there and in the 70's the disco people and the rockers eating there in the wee hours on a Saturday night was also fun to observe. Oh and please stop saying nice things about Bay Ridge, my rent will go up. LOL!

          1. re: PAL
            Kitchop Nov 7, 2007 01:29 PM

            I agree about Tanoreen. It's definitely not just one of several "middle eastern joints" in Bay Ridge. Zagat just named it the best middle eastern restaurant in all of NYC. Debate that if you wish, but I'm very happy to have Tanoreen in my neighborhood. It's not open late though. I've been meaning to start exploring Mexican food in nearby Sunset Park. Riding by them on Fifth Avenue, a lot of the Mexican restaurants in Sunset Park seem to be open late. Any suggestions?

            1. re: Kitchop
              PAL Nov 8, 2007 07:56 PM

              I had a great cemitas al pastor sandwich at Tacos Matamoros really late one night. It had a chipotle on it, some avocado, and some of that wonderful fresh stringy white cheese.

            2. re: PAL
              KateC. Nov 8, 2007 07:01 PM

              Thanks, all, this is really informative. Sounds like I won't starve! I love Mexican and real Chinese. I've been meaning to try Tanoreen. We do have variety like the United Nations in Jackson Heights and I love it but sometimes you want something high quality and there are only a handful of those (most in Woodside). But I suppose that's true everywhere. Of course, as you say, Pal, there's also the transit issue...:)

        2. PAnhandler Nov 6, 2007 12:43 PM

          Emphasis on 68th and 4th is open 24 hours and has decent club sandwiches and breakfast items. It may not be gourmet but it's open.

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            arabxesque Oct 24, 2007 03:51 PM

            folks left out a slew of places I know:

            Cebu on 87th and 3rd closes at 3 AM daily - GREAT food, but starts around $15 or $16 a plate). The Chipotle Chicken is amazing.

            Ammonia on 76th and 3rd (or thereabout) - open pretty late it seems, has ok food... try it out

            As previously mentioned, Bridgeview isn't too bad - on 92nd or so and 3rd.

            Cappuccino Cafe/Greenhouse Cafe seems to be open pretty late, although I'm not sure if past 12 AM

            Karam on 86th and 4th is Arabic food and not too bad for a quick takeout or brief sit down (open til like 3 or 4 AM daily I think?)

            Cafe Cafe is usually open pretty late on 84th and 3rd, probably past midnight on weekdays although not positive and I believe they serve sandwiches.

            Chinese place btwn 85th and 86th on 3rd is open til 12:30 or 1 I think, although not exactly the greatest...

            Hopefully that's enough to get you started...

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            1. re: arabxesque
              Tay Oct 25, 2007 03:59 AM

              Sorry to say but the Bridgeview Diner is dreadful. Possibly the worst Diner I have ever been to. If Tiffany Diner is still in business, it would be a much better choice

              1. re: Tay
                carfreeinla Oct 25, 2007 06:57 PM

                tiffany Diner is the latest casualty of the bank craze of Bay Ridge. Rumor has it that Key Food is next.

                1. re: carfreeinla
                  Tay Oct 25, 2007 08:30 PM

                  That's a shame. Tiffany was a Bay Ridge landmark and the place to go for 3am steak and eggs.

                  1. re: carfreeinla
                    Kitchop Oct 25, 2007 09:07 PM

                    Where did you hear that the Key Food on 3rd/95 is closing? It's not a great supermarket, but I still hope it's not true. We do not need another bank or chain drug store in Bay Ridge.

                    I miss the Tiffany Diner, not so much for the average food, but for the friendly staff and comfy 24-hour diner that it was. And for sentimental reasons. I really felt a sense of loss when the Tiffany closed. I'll never use that Commerce Bank.

                    1. re: Kitchop
                      Tay Oct 25, 2007 09:12 PM

                      I thought it would be around forever. When did it close?

                      1. re: Tay
                        Kitchop Nov 6, 2007 05:54 PM

                        The Tiffany has been closed for a while now. I think it closed in February or March 2007. :-(((((((((((

                2. re: arabxesque
                  Kitchop Oct 25, 2007 09:11 PM

                  There's also Uno Chicago Grill on 4th Ave & 92nd St. Alright food, nothing great. But open and serving food latish, although not until 4AM or 24/7. And cheap. Has its uses. Also, I think the Troy Grill (?) a tiny Turkish restaurant across from Staples on Fifth Ave between 94th & 93rd is open late and the food is decent. I hope this thread builds. I would love to learn more.

                  Uno Hours:
                  Sun: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
                  Mon: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
                  Tue: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
                  Wed: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
                  Thu: 11:00 AM - 01:00 AM
                  Fri: 11:00 AM - 02:00 AM
                  Sat: 11:00 AM - 02:00 AM

                  1. re: Kitchop
                    The Engineer Nov 6, 2007 08:03 AM

                    I'll second Ammonia for late night coffee/ dessert. Terrible name for a restaurant though.

                    But in Bay Ridge, there's really only one place to go late night, that's the Salty Puppy- for tipsy teens who need a friend!

                    1. re: The Engineer
                      Kitchop Nov 6, 2007 03:43 PM

                      Actually, it's the Omonia Cafe. There is a famous Omonia Square in Athens. I've been to Athens but I'm not Greek myself so somebody correct me if I'm wrong here. So, Omonia Cafe, which is a Greek cafe, is named after that square in Athens. A quick Google search told me that "Omonia" means "concorde" or "agreement". Now erase all thoughts of bleach and ammonia fumes from your head and think of "agreement" over coffee there. It is open late most nights -- until 2am, maybe even 4am. Tel: 718-491-1435.

                      1. re: Kitchop
                        The Engineer Nov 7, 2007 07:59 AM

                        Thanks for the etymology! In that light, the name is actually quite agreeable.

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                  carfreeinla Sep 6, 2007 05:22 PM

                  It depends on how drunk you are. Ambience is special at the Bridgeview...

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                  1. re: carfreeinla
                    Tay Sep 6, 2007 10:34 PM

                    Lololol!... Tooo funny!

                    1. re: Tay
                      nyebaby37 Sep 7, 2007 05:35 AM

                      outside of bayridge, richard yee's on avenue u... hahahaha.

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