Appetizer: Fresh summer rolls, which consisted of mint leaf, tofu, noodles and bean sprouts, with a tamarind dipping sauce. Not as special as they could be. One out of four stars
The Main Event: Massamun curry, with shrimp and tofu. This is one of the best curries I have ever had. Very simple, as massamun should be, with no more than potato, onion slices and peanuts. The curry was thick, fairly rich and held together in a way few take-out curries do...the oil had separated before delivery but a quick shake of the take-out container re-constituted the curry and it remained intact throughout the meal. The shrimp were a little over cooked, again a symptom of most delivered curries as the shrimp continues to cook in the hot container, but the tofu was stellar: fried and tender, very, very fresh, I would guess homemade on the premises. It was delicate and fell apart on the fork - and this was not a problem! Four out of four stars
I'll be back...
204 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
I just realized I never gave my own top 5. Here goes:
Savoia - meat lasagna and diavalo pizza
Jessie's Brooklyn Kitchen - wild salmon, organic burgers, roast chicken, steak
ghang thai - pad thai with squid and pumpkin curry
zaytoons - zaatar bread, mujadarra and lamb kebab platter
caserta vecchia - margherita pizza and spaghetti with cherry tomatoes
(These two are pickup only, but they're fantastic):
Po--papardelle with rabbit ragu
Lucali's pizza with basil, garlic and mushrooms
The situation is bad, with very few bright spots.
While not as enthusiastic as "Nitsu", I agree that Zaytoons is a good card to play. If you're closer to Atlantic, Waterfalls and Fountain may actually be better Middle Eastern options. But further South the overall picture dims.
You might try Fragole (Court St) for pasta delivery--not bad. And believe it or not, the fresh tacos from--is it Buddy's Burritos across from the movie theater?-- are good. Get them with cilantro. That's all I got, and I've tried a lot.
"Nuevo" gets a B on its best day. Avoid the steak, and the plantains. And don't get me started on Chicory--the little restaurant that couldn't (or didn't want to). I will also not eat ANYTHING from Nine-D except the Pad Kee Mow, and that only when things are desperate (and they often are).
Thank you Max for reccommending House of Pizza and Calzone--I had forgotten about them.
Nuevo Portal- Chuleta Frita, yellow rice, red beans
Chicory- Cheeseburger and Fries, Mac and Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Windy City Hot Dog
Ghang Thai- Pad Thai, Duck with Chili Sauce
House of Pizza and Calzone- Calzone and pizza with fresh mozzarella
Fatoosh- Falafel sandwich with Mujadarra
Dhaka is horrendous, as unfortunately is any India delivery in the area. Zaytoons is great for Middle Eastern, Joya fine for Thai (although no weekend delivery), Savoila for Pizza, Chicory is decent, Jakes BBQ, Chance for Chinese (best of a bad bunch, otherwise Faan)...I'm sure there are others I can't think of.
Nothing wrong at all with Chance, I think you're selling it way too short. They have very good dim sum choices (which we usually eat there at the bar)...shu mai, beef with pine nuts, lobster with spinach, etc. Very tasty stuff. All the other dishes I've had there (I usually stick to dim sum and some fried rice and side veg dishes) are always very fresh and of good quality. We're not talking hardcore authentic chinese but very solid food nevertheless. And it has nothing to do with the sort of thing you get at Faan. Which is horrible by the way. Inedibly so the times I tried it when I first moved to the area. It's long been one we've avoided.
For more 'american chinese' corner joint fare, its rough around here. I used to have Empire Kitchen as my standby but they went out of business a few months back. Me and My Egg Roll has very tasty wonton soup but the entrees are hit or miss and very heavy on the sauce.
I too thought Dhaka was horrendous when I first tried them. There was a complete lack of flavor to the food, and it didn't taste fresh. However, desperate for something different, my wife convinced me to retry them (based on the fact that they haven't yet gone out of business and seem to have people inside when we walk by), and I was pleasantly surprised. The food wasn't bad. At least it was fresh and flavorful. It may have been a fluke, but I would definitely say it was better than Amin or Raga. Obviously, one good experience hasn't entirely changed my opinion, but I'd try them again if I were feeling brave.
My top delivery places are (not in any particular order):
Dhaka -Indian food on Atlantic. Both times I've ordered from them recently the food was tasty.
Nine D -Thai on Court. Basil chicken or shrimp is pretty good
Kotobuki Bistro -Japanese/sushi on Columbia. Sushi is average/fine and hot japanese dishes are decent.
Mazzat -Middle-eastern on Columbia -the basic shish kebabs are good and the side plates are also pretty good.
I also have a soft spot for SuSu YumYum, which operates out of the Jake's Barbecue kitchen (not sure how that works...) The chinese food seems fresher and a small step above the average chinese delivery joint in the nabe. Chicken with black bean sauce and the hot&sour soup (with meat) are my two stand-by's.
I'd like to hear about other people's fave's because while I order from all these on a semi-regular basis, I'd like to find out about new places too.