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Late Lunch in Brooklyn - Where to go?

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My husband and I will be visting in a few weeks, and we'd like to have a late lunch (where jeans are appropriate) in Brooklyn after our visit to Ellis Island on Wednesday. Any suggestions?

I've thought about going to Grimaldi's, but the reviews are definitely mixed.

So, instead, I thought it might be fun to go to another area of Brooklyn to have lunch and do a little shopping/exploring. Then, head back to DUMBO for a stop at Jacques Torres and the touristy walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Also, approximately how far is DiFara's from Battery Park via the subway? I'm seriously considering checking it out, but trying to avoid a long journey (and the long wait!).

Thanks so much for your help!

PS We'll be back later in the week for dinner at Peter Luger's - can't wait!

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  1. To get to Di Fara you'd take the R train from South Ferry a few stops into Brooklyn, then switch at DeKalb Avenue to the Q train, which you'd take to Avenue J, and Di Fara is only 1/2 block from the station. I'm guessing it's 30-40 minutes on the train.

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    1. Since you want to go to Jacques Torres and walk across the bridge you might want to eat and hang out in DUMBO, especially after a morning at Ellis Island. So, from that perspective, Grimaldi's is not a terrible choice. It's not what it once was, but it's still pretty good. There will be a line to get in regardless of when you go. There are a bunch of other restaurants to choose from in DUMBO. http://www.waterstreetrestaurant.com is a nice bistro just down the street from JT's. Another possibility is to head to the Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill area (F train to Carroll Street) where there are a ton of good places. Two of my favorites are Frankies 457 and Ferdianado's Focacceria. Ferdinando's is my #1, but is a few blocks further from the subway than Frankies 457. Both are extra good! From here it's just a three short subway stops back to DUMBO.

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      1. re: chezfredo

        Terrific! Thank you both for all your help - I really appreciate it!

      2. Ferdinandos on Union Street, right off Hicks. Been in business since 1907, so they've clearly doing something right. This is authentic Bklyn/Sicilian fare, in a true neighborhood location. Highly recommended.