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Brooklyn Side of Brooklyn Bridge

I have only been to Brooklyn 2x in 50+ years and profess my ignorance. We are planning to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and I would like to know what to expect on the other side. What would you Brooklynites suggest within walking distance of the Bridge? It would be for a weekend late lunch or early supper. I eat anything except liver.

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  1. Grimaldi's - pizza, somewhat touristy, long line to get in. Plus, here's three places for treats. Do a seach on "dumbo"

    85 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Jacques Torres
    66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
    2 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Pete's Downtown
    2 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. I would add Henry's End or Noodle Pudding to the list.

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      1. re: jdf

        noodle pudding on a nice summer evening is a great time. excellent, excellent italian.

        i also like almondine from scooter's post...and five front has a nice back garden to split a bottle of prosecco if thats yr thing.

        superfine is a fun place for drinks but i dont like their food at all.

        1. re: sam1

          That's surprising. Superfine is by far the best restaurant in dumbo. Almondine has great sandwiches and soup. I would avoid Rice like the plague.

      2. Le Petit Marche on Henry St is a good option for an early dinner too. Great French bistro-type food.

        1. If your weekend late lunch happens to be before 3 pm (and after 11 am) on a Sunday, you might consider Jack the Horse Tavern on the corner of Hicks and Cranberry in Brooklyn Heights. It's a very decent brunch and just a short walk from the bridge. Also second the Henry's End and Noodle Pudding recs if it ends up being dinner instead of lunch (both are dinner only).

          1. Henry's End is pricey for what it is.

            Noodle Pudding is a nice choice but be aware that it doesn't take reservations and fills up fast. Not open for lunch. Dinner hours are 5:30 - 11:00.

            Get there when it opens.


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            1. re: Bob Martinez

              I have to disagree about Henry's End being too pricey. All the entrees are 18.95-25.95 on the regular menu, with most being on the lower end. Certyainly cheaper than its neighbor Le Petit Marche, which serves standard bistro fare.

            2. If you want a great homestyle Mediterranean BYOB, check out King Tut Cafe on Hick st. http://www.yelp.com/biz/tutt-cafe-bro...
              Very delicious, cheap, and even some simple outdoor dining out front.

              JTH - Jack The Horse tavern on Hick street, also a hidden gem! A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for and then some, in terms of taste and quality.

              1. I would also recommend Five Front Street (www.fivefrontrestaurant.com). Expect well prepared comfort food (think crab cakes, PEI mussels, goat cheese gnocchi) in a lovely setting. Open for dinner on weekdays (closed Tuesdays, however) and brunch on the weekends. Enjoy!

                1. Noodle Pudding is to me the most over-rated restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. Pasta and nothing special, except the high prices. Plus, with what they charge, I think they can afford to use their air conditioner instead of opening their windows on a hot night. I don't need the fumes of Henry Street while I eat. Superfine is good, and I have to agree about Tutt Cafe, declicious nad reasonablypriced food. Grimaldi's is not as good as it used to be, but what is? Go to Clark's for it's breakfast. The WAter St. Restaruant in Dumbo isn't bad. I think Bubby's is closed, but I never liked it. If it isn't it should be.
                  And Henry's End is excellent, and very well priced for what they give you.

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                  1. re: nsue

                    "Noodle Pudding is to me the most over-rated restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. Pasta and nothing special, except the high prices."

                    You may not like the food but the prices certainly aren't high. With pasta prices running $9 to $13 and entrees starting at $12 and topping out at $22 (for filet mignon) it's one of the more inexpensive restaurants in Brooklyn.

                    Menu link here:

                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      Inexpensive for Brooklyn Heights, yes..Brooklyn, not at all. Oneof the biggest problems I find with people who live in the Heights is that they are pigeon-holed. They rarely venture out into the real part of the the outer boroughs. Go to Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, and this food is nothing special. We here in the Heights really do not have good neighborhood family restaurants, and that is a big problem. Just my opinion

                      1. re: nsue

                        If you can point me to the website of a Brooklyn Italian restaurant that is cheaper than Noodle Pudding I'd be grateful.

                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                          I respectfully disagree. Noodle Pudding is not expensive. Nor over-rated.

                          INMHO JTH get's my award for most over-rated in the heights.

                          Don't forget Henry's End, by far the best restaurant in the area.

                  2. I'm going to go a different route than the other posters and suggest you keep walking up the street from the brooklyn bridge til you hit Atlantic Avenue. At that point you can either go right and hit lots of excellent middle eastern fare (Sahadi's, Waterfalls Cafe, Damascus) or you can go left and then right on Smith Street and spend hours wandering restaurants, shops, and bars. Good meal choices at that end of Smith Street include Lunetta for Italian or Ki for sushi. Or Bar Tabac for casual French food, sitting outside.

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                    1. re: Nehna

                      Who needs to walk when you have Henry's End. Try it and you'll see....

                      1. re: heightsfamily

                        I had one decent meal at Henry's End...nothing that made me clamor to go back, but it was solid. There are various places on or near smith st that I prefer.

                    2. Noodle Pudding is a classic! Definitely not overpriced. Overcrowded, maybe, but not overpriced.
                      I'm surprised that no one's recommended Hecho en Dumbo. It's close to the bridge, the food is good, and the atmosphere is nice and laidback. I love the $17 sampler platter -- It's big enough to share. Margaritas are tasty, too.
                      I don't think the hike to Atlantic Avenue is worth it when there are so many closer options.