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Feb 26, 2009 08:18 PM

Must eats in Cobble Hill?

We will be staying in Cobble Hill for 9 days. Anything worth a try on a student's budget ? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, Indian, Australian, spicy, sweet, ... anything goes!

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  1. a few places for you to try: Zaytoons (great Middle Eastern restaurant) Chestnut (go on Tuesday or Wednesday and get the $25 dinner special!) Char No. 4 (amazing bacon and whisky), Chocolate Room (for dessert), Clover Club (for chi-chi cocktails.) If you like lamb, check out Yemen Cafe on Atlantic.

    DO NOT go to Lobo - I know it looks cute, but it's awful!

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    1. re: eeee

      Chestnut's dinner special has gone up to $30 i think

      1. re: jhouster

        Yes, it changed to $30 a number of months ago. Still a deal!

    2. Don't miss Lucali's for pizza. Also Fatoosh is good for middle eastern, but I'm not sure it counts as a "must eat." There are also some good options on Smith st.: Bar Tabac, Cafe Luluc, etc.

      1. Fragole and Frankie's both offer great Italian, and are very affordable (3 huge meatballs at Frankie's are like $9 or something like that). I think both are great in their own right but right now I'm dreaming of the pappardelle with short ribs that I had at Fragole last night.

        For a great pub, head to Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic - I think they have the greatest burger and their beer list is terrific.

        I'm also a big fan of Clover Club, Chestnut and Cafe Luluc which were mentioned above. If you want to stock some beer for where you're staying, head to American Beer Distributors which is kind of diagonally across from the movie theater on Court. Lots of great choices there.

        1. Thanks everyone!
          Definitely gonna try all of those.

          Is Grimaldi's worth a visit?

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          1. re: eurekabru

            For pizza, Lucalli's is both miles closer and miles better. Grimaldi's is pretty much strictly for tourists these days.

            1. re: eurekabru

              Haven't been to Grimaldi's in years. The pizza used to be decent but not worth the wait.

              Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill offers a great number of fine pizza places. Usually only Lucali is difficult to get a table at.

              My personal list:

              1) Lucali - great pizza, nice atmosphere, byob a plus too.
              2) Luna Rossa - authentic Naples style individual pizzas, great crust. Simple pizzas are best here, margherita is great and good value. Full menu.
              3) Sam's - Old Brooklyn style, "take it or leave it" service/atmosphere, excellent old NY style pizza.
              4) Marco Polo To Go - Naples style pizzas, indiv. or family size, crust less good than Luna Rossa but toppings better if you go for them. Not much atmosphere if you eat in though.
              5) South Brooklyn Pizza - Coal oven, plain pie is OK if usually a bit charred. Clam pie is an interesting change of pace.

              1. re: boccalupo

                Many (20?) years ago before we discovered DiFara's (and cholesterol<g>) our goto often Pizza place in CH/CG was Nino's on Henry & Union. Has anyone tried its replacement, Fransisco's?

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  It's adequate but nothing special. My preference for a neighborhood slice joint (as opposed to a place where you order by the pie) is House of Pizza and Calzone on Union. They have great grandma slices. I haven't worked up the intenstinal courage to go for one of their deep fried calzones though.

                  1. re: Thissteaks4you

                    Agreed. I prefer House of PIzza for slices. I find Francesco's a bit cheese heavy (some may find this a plus). Not crazy about the deep fried calzones at House of Pizza. Maybe I've been spoiled by Lucali's calzone (best I've ever tried).

              2. re: eurekabru

                Lucali is the best for pizza. Recently went to DiFara's expecting it to bump Lucali off the top of my list, but no. Lucali.

              3. dont know where you are visiting from - depending on what you can get at home, you should consider visiting the middle eastern strip on Atlantic Ave e. of Court Street - Sahadi for great shopping and prepared foods, Damascus bakery for pastries and breads, Waterfalls and the two Yemeni restaurants (incl the one on Court). Second, the old italian neighborhood in Carroll Gardens for bakeries (my fave is the one at Union and Clinton, for lard bread and country loaves), fresh still warm mozzarella cheese, sausages, etc. Lucali's for pizza and Ferdinando's Foccaceria for a rice ball or panelle (fried chickpea patties) will give you a taste you cant find at home, most likely. A walk from where you are but DaFontes in Red Hook for fantastic italian sandwiches (for example hot tender beefy roast beef with juice, and mozzarella on good bread) One of those will last you a couple of meals.
                Check out Trader Joes (AtLantic and Court) if you dont have one of those where you come from.

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                1. re: jen kalb

                  A strong second on DeFonte's, weather pending. Good walk, better sandwich. While you're there, pick yourself up a bottle or two of Brooklyn's own Manhattan Special, an expresso soda drink that's not all that easy to come by these days.

                  1. re: Polecat

                    Caputo's on Court (bet 3rd & 4th) Masteleone's (Court & Degraw) and G. Esposito's & Sons on Court St. (bet President & Union Sts) also make very good sandwiches as well. For a meal they’re relatively inexpensive, but just a bit pricey for sandwiches IMO. However, they are not small and use better ingredients then you would find in your average deli. Even though they're all in CG they're a 5 - 10 walk from the edge of Cobble HIll.