Moving to Brooklyn Heights
Just moved to Brooklyn Heights from Manhattan. I know there are a ton of restaurants on Smith and Court Street in Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill, but what about Brooklyn Heights proper?
Anything good in Brooklyn Heights proper? Menupages and Zagat yeilds limited results.
I dont know why Iron Chef is always busy...perhaps because there's no other Japanese option in North Heights, but I've got to say it's quite bad. I've either ate there or took out about 8 times, each time trying different dishes both cooked and sushi and have not been remotely satisfied once. I really want to like this place because it's literally right down the block, but I've completely given up. Stick with Hibino for cooked dishes, or for sushi stick with one of the Cobble Hill stand-bys, either Kyoto, Cube 63, Ki or Osaka.
There is also a new replacement for the old Greens veggie chinese (transiently a Vietnamese place) called Vegetarian Ginger on the corner of Henry and Montague upstairs. It's really excellent. I've eaten there several times - alone and with guests- and no one was ever disappointed. In particular the chinese eggplant with green beans is gorgeous and very tasty. A real find for vegetarians and in my opinion better than Greens which had an uneven menu.
I can also add to this list:
Siggy's on Henry for healthy organic fare, more of a lunch place than for dinner.
Lantern, a nice looking Thai place on Montague; good and inexpensive lunch specials
The falafel place on Henry is cheap and they do a good job. I also like their side dishes.
Perelandra, especially for some of their lunch specials (organic market).
(All this from the point of view from someone who works in the area. I'm most familiar with the lunch places, but I'll definitely go to Jack the Horse Tavern for dinner whenever I have the opportunity.
At the lower end, Henry Street Ale House (Orange/Cranberry) has a nice variety of bar food. It's reliable, well-priced, and the specials can be especially good -- look for the pork chops in particular.
Teresa's is also noteworthy for the pierogis (several varieties) and potato pancakes. Broadly speaking, the Polish food is more interesting than the American food.
You don't have to read between the lines too closely to note that Montague Street restaurants aren't terribly well regarded.
I think the above notes are mostly on, with the exception of Heights Cafe, which I don't especially like.
Probably a bit closer to you than the Smith St. places are Hibino (Japanese) and Bocca Lupo (Italian/wine bar) on Henry Street. Both excellent. Technically Cobble Hill, but pretty close to the Heights.
Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic has above-average American bar food as well (burgers, ribs, etc.).
Ditto on Le Petit Marche . The French home style cooking is delicious, and the setting is charming.
For more reasonable prices. TERESAS on Mointague Street has some delicious Soups, and some of the dishes are very good. HEIGHTS CAFE IS PRETTY GOOD AS WELL. The Burgers and Fries are delicious.
FASCATI for Pizza... excellent.
Note to OP. The Game Festival at HENRY'S END is over. They are now serving a special Prix Fixe Menu Mon thru Thursday in place of their regular Menu. The regular Menu features great Steaks. Lamb, Fish, and Chicken dishes. The SoftShell Crab season is almost upon us, and the SSC at HE is outstanding.
The best within Brooklyn Heights proper to me are the following:
Jack the Horse Tavern (Gastropub)
Henry's End (American w/ focus on Game)
Noodle Pudding (Italian)
Fatoosh (Middle Eastern)
Atlantic Chip Shop (British)
Atlantic Chip Shop
129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
330 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Jack the Horse Tavern
64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
I have to disagree about Atlantic Chipshop. As a Brit, sometimes the craving for fish and chips overwhelmes me and I give in to the temptation to order in from here. I am always disappointed. They manage to overcook their fish to the point it is almost burned on the outside and dried up inside, and they're chips are not that good either.
Not a patch on the top chippies back home!
I don't have the dry problem with the fish--I have the mush problem. Big issue for me is that fish and chips doesn't deliver well--unless you go there and eat it in-store, it's going to be a soggy mass by the time it gets delivered, and I tend not to spend the increasingly infrequent occasions when I can actually eat out at restaurants from which I often order in. That said, I have great luck with ordering the shepherd's pie and the rhubarb crumble with custard. Generally delicious (caveat--I have a special method with the shepherd's pie where I decant it into a bowl and mix in the peas and a generous amount of HP sauce before serving).