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Nov 19, 2008 05:55 AM

Brooklyn Borough Hall Area

I am staying for another 4 days at the Marriott Hotel near the Borough Hall station, on Adams Street. I think the area is called "Downtown Brooklyn".

The hotel restaurant, "The Archives", is actually very good! My wife had the Crabcake appetizer and the Parsnip Gnocchi. They were $17 and $20, so $37 for dinner plus the $5.25 for my Guinness while I was waiting for it. (I had to eat at the conference buffet provided by the hotel, which was acceptable but nothing to write home, or to chowhound, about.)

I'm looking for other places near by, good places at prices not more than The Archives. Some cheap takeout places would be great. There was a Halal meat stand (chicken, donairs and the like) in front of the hotel, but it didn't appeal. I got slices of pizza at the corner of Willoughby and Adam, it was a Brooklyn Moment with the interaction between customers and staff. The pizza wasn't really that good, but it was the right choice for the time.

Anyway, there will be days when we want to go out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And there will be more days when my wife will want takeout because I am at the conference lunch or dinner. So takeout close (not necessarily cheap, but close) is a real priority, but moderately priced stuff at a more moderate distance would also be nice. Or things just a stop or two away on the subway.

PS there's a Morton's steak house nearby, but it doesn't open until Friday, and anyways I really shy away from chains, especially expensive ones.

Thanks everyone, it's been a great trip so far for food!

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  1. Here are a few suggestions for dinners in Archives price range: Cross Adams Street and go two more blocks to Henry St. and turn right. Between Cranberry and Middagh Streets there are three very good Restaurants: Henry's End--American comfort food and game (the game menu is a little above your price range), Noodle Pudding--wonderful northern Italian food (be warned, cash only), and Le Petite
    Marché--French Bistro. If you go one block past Henry to Hicks you'll find Jack the Horse, a gastropub that has gotten some good reviews here (I've not been there). Or instead, make a left on Cadmen Plaza West (one block before Henry). It becomes Court Street. A few block down you will reach Queen which has very good Italian (a selection of both red sauce and more contemporary dishes). All of these should please and be much more Brooklyn than Archives. Enjoy.

    Le Petit Marche
    46 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Noodle Pudding
    38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Henry's End
    44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Jack the Horse Tavern
    64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: bobjbkln

      All of your recommendations are terrific. We go to all of them on a somewhat regular basis.

      The prices for dinner for two people at all of those mentioned is about $100 with tax and tip.

    2. There have been a few posts like this before so, if you want to do a search on this board for "Marriot," you probably find a lot of other recommendations. Have fun!

      1. Just replied to "Brooklyn Heights: Breakfast and Lunch" which is almost the same question, and I'm guessing you two are attending the same conference at the Marriott. If you have more specific questions, feel free to ask here too though.

        1. I got some good suggestions when I was doing jury duty across from the Marriott but don't remember the name of the reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurant on the corner of Montague and Henry (I think). The Pho was a tasty, satisfying lunch for around $10. So do a search for "Brooklyn jury duty" too and you should be set.

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          1. re: efdee

            The Vietnamese placed closed a few months back.

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