Prospect Heights recommendations
Family from Chapel Hill, NC coming to Brooklyn for a wedding. We are staying 2 blocks from the Grand Army Plaza for the weekend. ("We" are a very pregnant wife, a 4 year old boy and me. we don't have a car.) Hoping to get recs within a reasonable distance. Kinda more interested in family owned Italian, ethnic, great cafes/bakeries. Thanks in advance for suggestions. Kiddo does really well even in fancy places. Price not as important.
Also, anybody know about pick-up soccer in the park?
re: Bob Martinez
I agree re Aliseo - the quirky owner from the Marche is still doing a good job creating a relaxed atmosphere and the cooking and the wines are still very tasty.
Amorina, with the same owner is also good for individual pizzas, pasta dishes and salad, on the other side of the street. Food tastes very good, the price is right, and it is a great family place.
Both have a typically italian, as opposed to italian american flavor.
Joyce's Bakery has very good, tho pricy pastries and coffee and the Milk Bar also has very good coffee and some light dishes I have not sampled.
All of the above are on Vanderbilt and are popular with families and young folks in the area, including from the International school nearby.
646 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
624 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
620 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Other pleces in your orbit -
Geido, nice family friendly Japanese, Flatbush Ave between Park Pl and Prospect, Pros Hts side
Christies Jamaican Patties (with other Jamaican food) - flatbush near Sterling Place, Pros Hts side - patties, jamaican breads and cooked dishes
Little Miss Muffins (????) - a lower end bake shop on Park Pl. just off Carlton (some CH have recommended, Ive never tried)
Franny's - flatbush between Prospect and St. Marks - Stylish high end Pizza/locavore place seriously good food at higher price/smaller portions
There is a Guadeloupe/French place on 6th Ave thats been written up here - havent tried
James at Carlton and St. Marks Ave - upscale modern ingredient driven cuisine, can be quiet or buzzy depending on when you hit it - I see familes in there
then there's Park Slope...
farther down the Vanderbilt hill, near Bergen Dean are an Italian place Cafarros and a crepe shop - I havent tried the first and the second didnt thrill me.
331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
the crepe place on Vanderbilt is Le Gamin - it has a nice shady garden but is fairly generic.
Here is the website for the Guadeloupe restaurant I mentioned Kaz An Nou http://kazannou.com/aboutus.html.
there is also a cheerful, tasty and fairly priced Cuban place at Sixth Ave and St. Marks Ave.
556 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Kaz An Nou
53 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
re: jen kalb
Are you serious about the Cuban place... Cubana Café? Because I've been to the restaurant of the same name on Smith St. and it's awful & not even Cuban. I want to believe there is actual Cuban food in my neighborhood but I'm highly skeptical about this place.
272 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The place on 6th offers quite a good Cuban sandwich - ample in size. the pork is juicy and well seasoned and the sandwich has the ingredients it should have. My adult kids have enjoyed some of their salads and other offerings. Am I prepared to say it is a "real" cuban restaurant - no., thats rare on the ground these days in NY. I wouldnt suggest someone yearning for the real thing rush over here. But it is tasty fresh food and good value in the neighborhood.
There's tons of pick-up soccer in the park on nice weekends. just wander around the long meadow until you find a game that appeals.
Great suggestions here already--Jen is very well-informed.
also, for your 4 year-old (and maybe pregnant wife) there's blue marble, an ice cream parlor on underhill. very good artisanal ice cream.
In the more ethnic/cheaper vein, there's also Mitchell's, a soul food throwback that's been around for a while. They used to have great fried chicken, potato salad, and a corn and okra dish, but haven't been there in a while. That's take-out only. However, considering where you're from, you probably don't need soul food. It's not as good as Mama Dips or Allen and Sons.
For caribbean sit-down, there's The Islands on washington ave, which i've never been to but comes highly recc'd on this board.
Agree that Le Gamin is nothing special; however, if you're coming from a place where french creperies are in short supply (I'm from the triangle area but it's been 20 years or so and i know it's way more sophisitcated now than it was when i was growing up there, so maybe now you have creperies), that might also be a winner for your child.
Nearer the creperie, on Vanderbilt, are The Vanderbilt and Beast--both hipper, small plates type joints. They get very mixed reviews on this board, but might be worth checking out.
For real, old-school, family-owned italian, you would have to leave that neighborhood, as that neighborhood is not an old italian one. However, you can hop on the B71 bus to carroll gardens, which is an old italian neighborhood. Here you'll find a pork store, several bakeries, and quite a few places that make their own mozz--tho the quality varies. There's great rice balls at joe's perette on smith street and a nice little park with playgrounds for the kid. Would be a nice day outing. Do a seach on the board for more carroll gardens recs.
I realize that is probably more info than you need.
Enjoy your visit!
If you just feel like reading, here's a previous thread on the area from just a few months ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6602....
Aliseo seems to be a common theme, but I'll add The Islands for heaping plate fulls of Jamaican comfort food and Chavella's for Mexican -- although that one might be a bit of a walk with your situation.
665 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
732 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238