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Sep 27, 2009 06:22 AM

Borough Park

I will be in Borough Park for a few days working. I won't have much time to travel for dinner. Are there any restaurants in the area that people could recommend for great dinners?

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  1. Where in Borough Park? BP is known for a large religious Jewish population that shuts down all their businesses for sabbath and other Jewish Holidays(So don't wonder what happened Fri night-Sat Night). 13th avenue has many Jewish delis and restaurants. Just walk down the avenue look at the display cases, order a few small size portions and eat, go to the next place (I especially like the many variants of kugel). If the place is not especially busy the staff can spend time explaining what is what. Bakeries are known for Rye Bread. Sorry I forget exactly where they bagel place I like is. Some foods like meat are very expensive due to Kosher rules.

    non Jewish.
    Salvadorian, order pupusas.

    13th ave and 38th st I think there is a Polish restaurant that I are at years ago and liked.

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    1. re: Geo8rge

      Thanks for those suggestions. I'll be staying at the Avenue Plaza around 13th Ave. and 45th St., I think.

      1. re: Moonsammy

        Just saw this thread. I like Vostok on 13th Ave. right near 55th. Get the soup and the skewers of meat. Dumplings too.

    2. There are very few sit-down restaurants per se, almost everything is take-out, or counter service. The bagel place is a hole-in-the wall almost directly across the street, off 46 th st, I think. And it goes without saying, every place is Kosher, even the pizza places.

      1. Do you have time to walk to 8th ave? 5 blocks between aves can't be more than 10 mins.

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        1. re: noisejoke

          Those are long blocks between 13th and 5th aves, more than a 10 minute walk, especially at the end of the day. Considering the OP's request for dinner, and the fact that it gets dark early now, I would recommend taking a cab or bus, definitely not walking.

          1. re: rednails

            They are not walking to 5th Avenue but to 8th Avenue (five-avenue length blocks. That's a nice enough walk at the end of the day in the crisp air.

            Walk over and you'll have hit Sunset Park's Chinatown. Yum.

            1. re: funniduck

              Sorry, typo. Still, at this time of year, getting dark early, I wouldn't do it. But agreed, much better chow than 13th ave.

              1. re: rednails

                It seems to me there are some Russian or maybe Uzbek places on New Utrecht in that general area - probably the 50s. might be worth a look - Im not sure Ive seen much reporting on these. Im sort of shaky on the trains in that area, but surely OP could get on one of those that run over NU and get to a different area for dinners

                1. re: jen kalb

                  The only train in the area is the D line that goes on New Utrecht Ave (station on Ft. Hamilton Parkway/45th Street), then turns/goes down 86 st thru Bensonhurst and ends up at Coney Island (Stillwell Ave station). In the opposite direction the D line goes into Manhattan, starting at Grand Street. That's at least 20-30 minutes, depending on the time of day/rush hour of course, but at least at that point there are many options for chow.

                  I don't think there is too much chow-wise on New Utrecht Ave itself but I'm sure there are lots of options on 86th street or nearby. There is a great diner on 86th around 16th Ave, called Vegas. It's a classic, with the typical huge menu, and revolving glass case of desserts, but I tell ya, the food really has been really good the times I've gone there.

            2. re: rednails

              The blocks from 13 Ave to 8 Ave are long, but not unsafe. You can take a city bus down to 8th on 49 & back to 13 on 50 street. Most of the restaurants on 8th Ave discussed here are between 48 Street and 60 Street. Search sunset park and you'll find plenty to eat.

              1. re: jaq121897

                Thanx jaq, I wanted to mention the bus, which btw, can delivery you right to Yunnan Flavor Snack!

                I certainly couldn't tell a woman how to gauge her own sense of safety, but all those streets seem quite populated and busy most times of day and night. Anywhere near Maimonedes is pretty busy too.

                1. re: noisejoke

                  this is a safe area generally I would not hesitate walking it.

                  1. re: noisejoke

                    While I recognize this thread will hopefully benefit more than just me, I am male and feel quite comfortable walking around Brooklyn in the dark. Any reason why I shouldn't?

                    1. re: Moonsammy

                      I have no idea why anyone thinks otherwise. I think its perfectly safe. I also really think its worth walking to 8th avenue. Here's some to start you off.

                      1. re: funniduck

                        wouldn't he also be close (perhaps closer) to Kensington. Not as full of good eats as Sunset Park, but another option. There's south asian--jfores recommends Jhinuk on Macdonald ave. otherwise, check out this link:


                        478 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

                        1. re: missmasala

                          with the D connection, OP can take a quick hop for dinner up to Park Slope or South to a different neighborhood altogether , lets say maybe L&B Spumoni Garden (or connect to N to get to 18th Ave - for World tong, bamboo Pavillion etc)

            3. OP, keep in mind as well that it is now the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The holiday began on October 3rd and will run through October 11. This year, it will work out that the weekdays (Monday through Friday) are also the "intermediate" days of the holiday, so businesses will not be affected too much. During the holiday, though, the same "shutdown" that usually occurs on Saturday will also be noticeable on both Sundays. Notwithstanding, since the main observance of this holiday is eating in the "Sukka," (a small hut built on a balcony or the side of a house), some eat-in restaurants may be affected, since they will either need to offer "sukka" seating areas or might limit themselves to take-out offerings because most patrons will only eat in a sukka, and would thus only buy for take-out if the restaurant doesn't have one.

              If you go out of the neighborhood, I see no one has yet mentioned the option of heading toward 18th Avenue, along the stretch from about 62nd to 67th Street, where you will find World Tong (notable dim sum) and Bamboo Pavilion (Sichuan), among some other Asian restaurants, and Asian and Italian bakeries.

              I'm female, grew up in Boro Park, and moved back here some years ago to care for my parents, and would have no hesitation walking around this neighborhood, or from here to Bay Ridge or to Sunset Park, in the evening hours.

              1. Don't leave without some outstanding old-fashioned bagels from the place on 14th Avenue near 43rd Street...same side as the public school, and next to a medical office.