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lenb Nov 24, 2009 06:17 PM

I just started working near the Jay St Boro Hall A train stop. I have a break from 12-4 and would like to explore. (Mexican food is a favorite as are other highly seasoned cuisines.) I don't know the area at all except for a bit of Atlantic Ave around Sahadi's and I'm not a great fan of middle eastern cuisines so I would love recommendations.

  1. bobjbkln Nov 25, 2009 05:37 AM

    Forget Thai. For Mexican try Fast and Fresh deli on Hoyt St., a short walk. There are also some Jamaican and Jerk places. Perhaps someone else can give you specific recommendations.

    Fast and Fresh Deli
    84 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: bobjbkln
      lambretta76 Nov 25, 2009 05:55 AM

      You may not have to write off Thai entirely. Haven't tried it, but have been following the details on Em Thai's new "spicy" menu:


      We've convinced them to deliver to Dumbo at lunchtime; they may do downtown. (I live on Schermerhorn and have no problems getting delivery there.)

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      chow_gal Nov 25, 2009 07:17 AM

      Try Justin's, a Guyanese-Trini place on Lawrence with really good roti: chicken, goat, oxtail, shrimp. Their peppa (hot sauce) is great. There's 'pie' - actually a macaroni and cheese casserole - and other things on the steam table.

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        squinchy Nov 25, 2009 07:53 AM

        Nicky's vietnamese sandwiches on atlantic are pretty decent.

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        1. re: squinchy
          cazique Nov 25, 2009 07:58 AM

          If you're in the mood for vietnamese sandwiches, I'd walk a couple blocks further to Hanco's (Bergen/Smith), I think theirs are better.

          (Nicky's vs. Hanco's is somewhat of a religious argument... perhaps you should try them both and make your own informed decision...)

          85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          1. re: cazique
            jdf Nov 25, 2009 08:35 AM

            I happen to prefer Hanco's (slightly), But Nicky's also has decent pho.

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          parkslopemama Nov 25, 2009 08:52 AM

          A four-hour lunch break? That's a chowhound dream come true! You could walk straight down Jay Street, which becomes Smith Street. Places that are open for lunch include:
          Bar Tabac - French - 128 Smith, at Dean St.,
          Chance - Chinese/fusion place, 223 Smith, at Butler St.
          and Oaxaca -- tacos, etc., 251 Smith, between Douglass and Degraw.
          (There's also Zaytoons at 283 Smith, but you're not big on Middle Eastern.)

          Of the ones I mentioned, Oaxaca best fits your bill.

          In a different direction (Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights), Lantern Thai is okay.

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          1. re: parkslopemama
            lambretta76 Nov 25, 2009 10:19 AM

            With a 4 hour break you could go to Westchester and back ;)

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            bhill Dec 1, 2009 06:15 AM

            This place just opened up for lunch:


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