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Jun 26, 2009 09:48 PM

Brooklyn Bridge

My daughter (12) and I will be in NY next week and hope to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. We thought we would take a train to the Brooklyn side, grab a bite to eat and walk the bridge toward Manhattan. We heard Bubby's Pie Company was very good. We just want to experience NY is this a good choice?

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    1. The NY experience should include eating at one of the manhy diners. Take the A or C to High St-Brooklyn Bridge station. Exit using the Cadman Plaza exit and walk over a block to the Park Plaza Restaurant

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      1. re: Jack_

        Are you serious? The Park Plaza has AWFUL food. It's among the worst diners I've ever been to. Everything tastes old, stale and the place is almost always mostly empty.

        I have seen some threads suggesting taking the train to brooklyn and then walking back across the bridge to Manhattan and grabbing a bite to eat in Chinatown. Unless you want to stand in line at Grimaldi's Pizza (where they sell whole pies only), that's probably your best bet.

      2. To answer your general question, walking the bridge is a great choice: as a (not native, but now long-time) New Yorker, walking the Brooklyn Bridge is the one touristy activity I let myself do, because it's definitely worth it.

        That said, Bubby's in DUMBO doesn't have many fans on this board ( If you're going early enough in the day (i.e. can get there before noon), I'd go to Grimaldi's instead. It's no longer thought of as the best pizza in New York, and can be a total zoo if you hit it at peak hours, but it's still very good pizza and it's about as classic a NY experience as you can get, and usually if you're there when it opens at 11:30 or a few minutes after you can just walk in and get a table. My personal opinion is that there are a lot of old-school New York diners in Manhattan, but Grimaldi's is an institution.

        Whatever you do, if you're going to be in DUMBO, save some room for dessert and stop by Jacques Torres on your way out!

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        1. re: cjd260

          Thanks for the info. Your comments were just what I needed. I had heard of Grimaldi's but from the post on chow I was a little hesitant so looked into other options, hence Bubby's, I really appreciate your comments.

          We will definitely save room for Jacques Torres. :)

        2. Bubby's stinks, plain and simple. It is a glorified diner.

          Maybe try Noodle pudding or Henry's End on Henry street, although I am not sure if they are open for lunch.

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          1. re: NYJewboy

            Bubbys is overpriced and lousy food.

            1. re: irvingk

              Neither Henry's End nor Noodle Pudding are open for lunch. Le Petit Marche may be open, and the new Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar serves food. Clark's is a far better diner than Park Plaza.

            2. re: NYJewboy

              Thanks! I love your honesty. I'm sorry to hear the joints you recommended are not open for lunch maybe another time.

              1. re: NYJewboy

                HEIGHTS CAFE serves a great lunch, and the outdoor cafe is delightful on a nice day. Great Burgers and hand cut, freshlky made fries, excellent salads.

                CLARK'S CORNER is an nice choice for Diner food. The omelettes are great, but the prices are npot much less for lunch than HEIGHTS CAFE.

                Of course there is akways TERESAS, with its charming outdoor cafe. Very reasonable prices, and good, fresh, simpole food. The Burger with fries at $5.00 is a bargain, and quite good.

                For dessert in DUMBO , we love ALMONDINE, a deliciously tempting authentic French bakery.

                BROOKLYN ICE CREAN FACTORY has some superior Ice Cream, and the view frim the sitting area is spectacular.

                Neither Noodle pudding nor Henry's End are open for lunch. Please, avoid BUBBY'S at all cost. I agree with the OP, PARK PLAZA is a real dive. The food isn't fresh, it is unappetizing.

                1. re: Fleur

                  For a spot on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge, I absolutely second the rec on Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, both on account of the ice cream and the view from the pier.

                  1. re: Fleur

                    I second Heights Cafe. Good food, and the outdoor seating makes for a great setting. Just beware that they're AMEX and cash only.

                2. Almondine is across the street from Jacque's and worth a try. Walking across the bridge was such a great experience

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                  1. re: LGD

                    Pete's Downtown! Ok food... but tons of ambience and a great view of the city!