SF hound seeks advice
A few questions please:
1) where to eat in Williamsburg besides Peter Luger?
2) Great burger in Brooklyn..is it Peter Luger? (We are serious Shake Shack fans)
3) We cannot get particularly great Italian food here on the West Coast(IMHO-I grew up in 'Jersey). How is Ai di La? If not there where?
Where in the Bronx on Arthur Avenue or surrounds to go for an early dinner or late lunch after the Botanical Garden?
And now for the SUPREME question..Do we make the trek to DiFara''s or where for pizza(we already did the Grimaldi's thing)
1. Dressler in Williamsburg
2. Best burger in NYC is Lugers
3. Al Di La is amazing, but bank on an early bird special if you want to go (i.e. open the place up, or hit a Monday or Weds night), otherwise hard to get in. My wife and I sometimes go to Po, on Smith; we enjoy it; but it's a Manhattan restaurant transplanted to Brooklyn.
4. I usually go to Dominicks after Botanic Garden; but I left the Bronx in 96, and don't know the area well any more. We do enjoy Dominicks, however, when we go.
5. DiFara's is worth the trip, imo.
Re: al di la
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TIME SHIFT!
OP is on West Coast time . . . al di la crush doesn't last all night you know. I live close by and haven't had a problem getting in around 9:30 - 10pm.
Lunch service is Weds - Sunday there, and for dinner they are open Monday and closed Tuesday
al di la is great and they are definitely open for lunch though they are closed a couple of days so you should check. http://cherrypatter.com/2009/02/worth-the-trek-across-the-bridge/ if you can go during the week and get there sometime before 1 you shouldn't have to wait. definitely delicious and fresh. another option is frankies 457 which is pretty good up on court street and people have already mentioned franny's which i also love. and while you may get all the good mexican food you need in san francisco, i just went to la superior in brooklyn on berry street and that was excellent! i highly recommend that place, and also the red hook ball fields will be opening up this weekend. they are a bit of a trek but once you're there lots of excellent latin american street food, and red hook itself is very fun to check out (don't miss the bakery baked http://cherrypatter.com/2009/04/baked...
For a great burger, definitely DuMont and I also like Waterfront Ale House which also has a very good beer list. If you want an Outer Borough Shake Shake fix, head to the new Shea stadium - aka Citi Field :)
If you really want to try Al Di La but don't want to deal with the waits, I think you can still eat their full menu at their wine bar around the corner. I admit that it's not the atmosphere of the main dining room, but it is an option. And I think they are offering lunch now but I'm not 100% sure. If you end up in Carroll Gardens, there is also Fragole, Frankies or Po.
I'm sure others will chime in about Arthur Avenue - only been to the market there once for lunch after going to the Botanical Garden and it was okay.
1. Dressler, Marlow & Sons, Zenkichi, DuMont, Fette Sau, Diner, Aurora
2 Peter Luger burger for lunch is a must (they don't have them for dinner). Diner burger is #2
3. Al Di La is awesome, but they don't take reservations so be prepared to wait. Aurora is one of my faves (takes reservations) and Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights is another favorite (also doesn't take res', but not as crazy as Al Di La)
4. DiFara's is way better than Grimaldi's IMO. Go for lunch on a weekday if you can to avoid the chaos.