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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.

            1. Noodle Pudding
              Henry's End
              Petite Marche
              Queen

              And if it's a nice night and you want to stretch your legs, Bocca Lupo in Cobble Hill has been impressing me quite a bit lately -- especially their baby lamb chops. Some of the best I've ever had.

              Peter
              http://www.FlashlightWorthyBooks.com
              Books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime. ;)

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              1. re: Peter

                If you want Italian, Noodle Pudding or Queen are both pretty sure bets, you'll find little criticism of either on the boards. Don't bother with anything Montague Street.

                Henry's End and Petite Marche are good but there always seem to be occasional bad nights when I read about them on here.

                Iron Chef is the best sushi in the 'hood but that's not saying a whole lot. If you really want sushi, walk 5-10 minutes down either Court or Smith for much better options (Osaka, Kyoto, Cube 63, Ki).

                1. re: fishermb

                  All good sushi recs. I would add Hibino on Henry and Pacific to the list.

                2. re: Peter

                  That's funny that you posted this link, because I was just looking for a new book to catch my attention. I just finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but nothing ever grabs me like Count of monte Cristo.

                  Good choices too for restys, we love outdoors so maybe I'll take a stab at Lupo.