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Best restaurant in Brooklyn Heights?

My mom works in Brooklyn Heights so I want to hop on the R and meet her for dinner. I do not know much about the area and I have only really been to the courthouse to see her.

We love all cuisines, but a decent atmosphere would be nice as opposed to a hole in the wall. I am not looking for the best in terms of hype, just in terms of food and ambiance and your opinion! I definitely prefer alcohol and something that is not going to burn a HUGE hole in my pocket, but the money is really neither here nor there. Thanks for the help!

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    1. re: Brklynbobby

      ...although I have to say, i've been disappointed there, of late. Still an excellent wine list, but last week I got two really small soft shell crabs (one missing most of the legs) for $24. The appetizers are relatively uninspired, and the rice/vegetable side that comes with the entree has gotten smaller and smaller. I still like the place and look forward to the wild game menu, but feel they have slipped lately. Anyone else feel that way or is it just me?

      1. re: jdf

        I'm with you, sad to admit.

        Noodle Pudding and Queen get my vote.

    2. I'm a big fan of Henry's End, so that would probably be my first choice. Other good candidates in the same vicinity on Henry St. are Noodle Pudding (very good neighborhood Italian place, weird name notwithstanding) and Petit Marche (French bistro). They are all within a two minute walk of each other on Henry, so you could just check out the menus and make a game time decision.

      1. Of course first choice Noodle Pudding- if you feel like waiting in line.

        I really like Henry's End but I find it really un-relaxing and kind of crazy in there.
        I have been to Jack the Horse on Hicks a few times and although it's nothing groundbreaking- it's nice inside and they have a fun drinks menu and good wine.

        1. Some great choices, much appreciated. I heard great things about Noodle Pudding. The only thing that is ever criticized is the name!
          Anyone know much about Andy's? Is it just take out?

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          1. re: jacquelines

            They have a dining room of sorts, but I always think of it as a takeout place.

          2. We have been to Noodle Pudding and Henry's End very recently, within the last two weeks. Both were excellent..Either would be a great choice. I have never had a bad meal at either one.

            I had a lovely Seared Scallop Salad with Red Grapefruit as an appetizer. My Soft Shell Crabs were huge and luscious. Deliciously fresh and crispy, served with the Moroccan Butter Sauce on the side. My DH had the Salad with Goat Cheese, very delicious, and the Steak au Poivre...really outstanding.