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mch Jan 28, 2010 10:01 AM

I'm making the trip to Brooklyn on Saturday to go to Ikea. I'm driving from Manhattan to Brooklyn with the bf so I thought some food in the area would be a nice surprise for him--he is coming to Ikea with me : ) We will probably be dining between 3-5pm. Late lunch or early dinner, depends on how the day flows. We will be coming from Bridgeview Raquet Club at 9000 Bay Parkway if this helps.

Please do not suggest eating at Ikea. We love to eat so I want something delicious. It doesn't need to be fancy just good food at good price. Max $100, less is better. I would even go to a take out place if it was worth it.

Thanks for your help CH!!

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    boccalupo Jan 28, 2010 10:16 AM

    The Red Hook area has a few very good restaurants and bars. I have been to O'Barone and Good Fork, both of which are quite good. Fort Defiance is an excellent cocktail bar with a small but good selection of small plates and entrees.

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      okaygo Jan 28, 2010 10:37 AM

      The Good Fork doesn't open until 5:30, and O'Barone opens at 5...

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        boccalupo Jan 28, 2010 11:00 AM

        Good catch. Thanks. I missed the late lunch/early dinner part. Fort Defiance is open for lunch though as is Hope and Anchor. A bit further away you could hit Frankie's Spuntino which serves lunch 'til 4pm.

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          jdf Jan 28, 2010 11:44 AM

          I enjoyed Fort Defiance for cocktails one evening, but found the brunch to be overpriced, portions small with lackadaisical service.

          For 3-5 p.m. in Red Hook:
          No real place to sit, but great sandwiches at Defonte's (roast beef, mozzarella and fried eggplant). Also, pub food and fresh Six Point beer at Rocky Sullivan's. Also, have heard good things about Kevin's, but have not been.

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            jen kalb Jan 28, 2010 05:46 PM

            Da Fonte's is great, but better check their closing time before heading there - it might be a better place to eat before, rather than after hitting IKEAs, especially if you are expecting to park a car full of visible stuff on the street. Might also drop by Baked for for that matter Steve's Key Lime Pie for some sweet treats after.

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              StheJ Jan 28, 2010 06:09 PM

              DeFonte's closes at 4pm and is not open on Sunday.

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              Wanda_Gorgonzola Jan 31, 2010 02:39 PM

              I agree on your estimation of the service jdf, but my brunch was actually too big to finish: 2 biscuits (with very good gravy), nice (seemed like two) scrambled eggs and a large pc. of fried chicken breast.... My friend ate the chicken, with her bacon and eggs....w/ one coffee and one hot chocolate - $26 seemed reasonable to me, considering the quality of the food.

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        squinchy Jan 28, 2010 10:37 AM

        It's not in red hook, but whenever I drive to Ikea I stop by Ba Xuyen for the best Banh Mi in the 5 boroughs. On a nice day, you can eat it outside somewhere in red hook (fairway cafe ?), or greedily gobble up those suckers in your car.
        Delicious, and cheap.

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        Ba Xuyen
        4222 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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          chorosch Jan 28, 2010 11:00 AM

          That's a tough time frame, as the nicer places will be closed between brunch and dinner service. Hope & Anchor will probably be open, for a decent enough brunch or burger. If you can wait until 5:00, head over to Buttermilk Channel. Not technically in Red Hook but just on the other side of the tunnel entrance.

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            mch Jan 28, 2010 11:23 AM

            i hear buttermilk channel and fort defiance are both good. i was thinking of maybe going to motorinos or di fara's. i've been to grimaldi's. hmm...

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              chorosch Jan 28, 2010 11:32 AM

              oh, but neither one of those places is remotely near IKEA... I thought you wanted something near the store?

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                mch Jan 28, 2010 12:18 PM

                i have a car so it doesn't need to be super close. i'm trying to think of what is bk that i can get to easily while at ikea.

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                  boccalupo Jan 28, 2010 12:58 PM

                  I have no idea what places are easy to get to by car. But if you are looking for interesting places in Brooklyn that serve food all day on Saturday and are known for their pizza, you might consider Roberta's and Franny's (as well as Motorino which you mentioned).

                  DiFara makes fine pizza, but is not a pleasant dining experience. It can be fun if you are in the right frame of mind. A serious hassle if you are not.

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                chowbie Jan 28, 2010 02:01 PM

                Di Fara's isn't really a sit-down. Motorino is in Williamsburgh & not near the store at all. Good Fork is very good and Ft Defiance gets good press. But to take advantage of your car and the time you are looking at, I'd advise Buttermilk Channel--it gets PACKED every night and this way you can slide in just as it opens. Time Out readers rated it best new Brooklyn resto last year. Try the duck meatloaf and the kale salad.

            2. malibu Jan 28, 2010 11:23 AM

              If you can wait until 530, you should definitely try to go to the Good Fork. Really good. It's a real treat. Best in Red Hook IMO. The 3-5pm timeframe, as others pointed out, is the downtime usually before dinner service.

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                StheJ Jan 28, 2010 03:57 PM

                Coming from Bay Ridge, you could definitely stop in sunset park on the way and have some latin/asian food (tacos matamoros or pacificana for dim sum) or go down 5th avenue or smith street for brunch at one of the many places you can find searching the outer boroughs board...

                1. bigmackdaddy Jan 28, 2010 05:10 PM

                  I recently sat down at a place called Diego's. It's a small Dominican place on 116 Sullivan Street of Van Brunt. They seem to tone down the food in terms of richness (as in no lard) but not the seasoning. I thought the food was good.

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                    lazylghtng Jan 28, 2010 05:43 PM

                    Try the Red Hook Lobster Pound -- look them up...loads of press. Fresh from Maine. Def take-out, but could be fun (although I think Fairway's lobster salad is superior, fwiw). Second Defonte's. You are also near Eton and Eton Too for dumplings that people rave about (I've never been) and also close to Henry Public which apparently makes a mean turkey leg sandwich. You're even closer to South Brooklyn Pizza on Court which I think kicks major ass but doesn't get buzzed about much over here. Look up Frankie's 457 and Prime Meats, too -- you'll be glad you did.

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                      Pookipichu Jan 28, 2010 09:12 PM

                      Good Fork is exemplary, the best restaurant in Red Hook. Everything I've had there has been top notch and it is reasonably priced.

                      I would recommend you go to Baked first, my favorite bakery in Brooklyn. Get their Sweet & Salty or Red Hook rvc, sit at a booth and enjoy life, then at 5:15, take a leisurely stroll to Good Fork (two blocks down) as they do open their door before 5:30.

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                        Widmark Jan 28, 2010 09:51 PM

                        Calexico just up the street in the nebulous "cobble hill west" sometimes called Red Hook area on Union st.

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