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Moving to Sunset Park. . .

theroman_empire Mar 3, 2008 07:50 PM

We are moving to Sunset Park next week and looking for some suggestions about where to eat. It will take at least a couple of weeks for us to set up our new kitchen so we will be eating out a lot and doing a lot of takeout, so the more recommendations the better. Thanks!

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    carfreeinla RE: theroman_empire Mar 4, 2008 02:10 AM

    Eclipse on 4th between 43rd and 44th.
    Los Pollitos on 5th and 59th,

    1. Bob Martinez RE: theroman_empire Mar 4, 2008 03:10 AM

      A recent discussion - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/489139

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        raedog RE: theroman_empire Mar 5, 2008 02:08 PM

        I've lived in Sunset Park for a year now, and the places I regularly go or order from are Tacos Matamoros on 5th Avenue around 45th Street (cheese enchiladas with green sauce are a particular favorite of mine, while my husband prefers the tacos (cheap, cheap, cheap!) and Johnny's Pizza for the grandma pie. They're incredibly friendly there, and the pizza is good (not Totonno's or Di Fara or the like, but solid). We got iced coffee from Ba Xuyen, the banh mi place people recommend--and the sandwiches are great too, though it closes early (at 6, I think). It's on 8th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd). Don't discount the delicious dumplings that are four for a dollar at the place on 48th and 8th (I can't remember the name, but it's around the corner and sorta grimy). We regularly go there for a cheap and filling lunch. The wonton soup there is a wonder. I mean it. One of the best things about living in Sunset Park is the number of cheap and tasty places to eat. In case you haven't checked it out, read people's comments on the brooklynian site, where Sunset Park is lumped in with Greenwood Heights.

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          squid kun RE: raedog Mar 8, 2008 06:12 PM

          Sounds like Kai Feng Fu. Nice dumplings. I'll have to try that soup.

          Kai Feng Fu
          4801 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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            psnative RE: squid kun Mar 9, 2008 10:08 AM

            I second Eclipse. Ate their the other night. Great food, better prices. 2 entrees, 1 appetizer - 4 drinks = $40.00 with tip. I don't know. that may have been a mistake on their part but my husband told me about it when we were on the train. He didn't realize it.

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              carfreeinla RE: psnative Mar 9, 2008 11:57 AM

              I dunno- the Huaraches are only $4.50

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            brooklynbrownie RE: raedog Mar 9, 2008 12:16 PM

            I would move to Sunset Park just for the sandwiches from Ba Xuyen. :) They are hands down the best bahn mi I've had. My favorite is the grilled pork and the iced coffee is great, too. Whenever my in-laws come into the city from PA, they insisted on driving out to Ba Xuyen to get sandwiches for the trip back.

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              ethnicbreadz RE: raedog Jul 2, 2008 09:54 AM

              Do most banh mi places seem to be making their own bread on-site? Or does it seem like there is one whole sale bakery producing the bread for all of them?

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              bladerobbins RE: theroman_empire Mar 10, 2008 12:28 PM

              second tacos matamoros. also taco ricos on (i think) 51st off 5th. had it for the first time this weekend. great tortas and the cecina taco was heavenly.

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                lentillady RE: theroman_empire Mar 10, 2008 02:43 PM

                I haven't lived there in 6 years, but I'll never forget the coffee and breakfast at the International Restaurant on 5th Ave and 45th St. The sandwiches at the deli on 4th and 42nd (?) are good. Oh, and you can't miss the Savoy Bakery on 4th and 45th -- Korean pastries (the coconut roll is deadly) and dangerous coffee with half and half, be specific about the sugar unless you want an instant cavity.

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                  bot11220 RE: theroman_empire May 13, 2008 04:56 PM

                  I agree with everyone about Eclipse (4th ave between 43rd and 44th). It's inexpensive and good. They play good music and there's outdoor seating in the back. Not to mention there's a separate vegetarian menu. This place is one of my favorites.
                  I also went to MaiThai on 8th Ave (around 47th I think) for the first time last week. Yummy.
                  These are our repeat restaurants.
                  I've heard good things from my neighbor about International Restaurant (5th and 44th or 45th?) and Gan Eden on 5th is good too.

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                    garbonzo RE: theroman_empire May 14, 2008 09:37 AM

                    My all-time favorite quick meal takeout in Sunset Park is Super Pollo Latino on 41st Street and 5th Ave. You can smell the intoxicating rotisserie chicken walking up the block from 4th Ave. I am literally addicted to their chicken, often chased down with a side of maduros (fried sweet bananas). I've also tried their tripe dish, cao cao, and it was good. If you live in Sunset Park, you have to try this place out.

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                      Peter Cuce RE: garbonzo May 14, 2008 10:47 AM

                      That place is the best! I don't know how they make the chicken taste that good.

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