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Mile End crowds?

Considering bring some friends in from out of town to Mile End on Saturday morning - I know we won't get to experience the real deal - but i think they'll enjoy it anyway. What are crowds like then? And for future reference, what about prime times? Thanks.

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Mile End
97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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  1. My husband and I got there around noon on a Saturday a few weeks ago and the place wasn't too packed yet. It's a very small spot so if you're bring a large group, it will be tougher, though they do have several communal dining benches. They also do take out if you can't handle the wait. Not sure what the wait looked like later in the day. When we left around 1:30pm it was actually pretty empty (but US was gearing up to play England in the World Cup- not sure if that had an effect) Enjoy!

    1. You could order take away and eat at one of the parks that are somewhat near.

      1. Checking back on this since I'll be in NY next week visiting cousins.

        Was hoping to go to Mile End for brunch on Sunday, but smoked meats aren't served until noon and I have to be on Broadway for a matinee by 2:30 or so.

        Would you recommend that we a) go for breakfast and make do with the morning offerings or b) see how the crowd is at noon and take out smoked meat and poutine if the line is long? There will only be two of us.

        Or c) suggest somewhere else chow worthy but not overly popular/stressful nearby...Henry Public maybe? Thanks!

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        Mile End
        97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        7 Replies
        1. re: Windy

          I'd go at noon. If you're coming from out west, the only novelty of Mile End is their smoked meat and poutine. It's tiny but if you're only two it shouldn't be too long for table or seats at the bar. Maybe get there a little before noon to hold down a seat and then put your order in once you are seated.

          Another equally chow-worthy option, go to the Brooklyn flea market on Sunday. Mile End serves up their smoked meat sandwiches there along with various other vendors/food artisans.

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          Mile End
          97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          1. re: deabot

            Thanks deabot. Much appreciated.

            Brooklyn Flea isn't an option on this trip because of time constraints--I'm visiting older relatives including one in the hospital and staying in Manhattan. But I will get to the Hester Street Fair Saturday, so no risk of going hungry.

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            Brooklyn Flea
            176 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            1. re: Windy

              Not at all. I hope you enjoy the sandwich and poutine. For what it's worth it doesn't quite compare to what I've enjoyed in Montreal but it holds up well on its own merits and I make regular trips to get my fix. If you like bagel and lox you might also want to try their 'beauty': homemade lox on a montreal bagel. That's rather tasty as well!

              1. re: deabot

                We've had a few flirtations with Montreal bagels in San Francisco but so far none of them has panned out. There's a popup serving pastrami Saturday mornings, but it keeps getting written up in the Times, so you can't get in. (The best pastrami on the west coast is in Portland.)

                Will report back on Mile End. Thanks for your advice.

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                Mile End
                97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                1. re: Windy

                  What I've done before is gone at 1130, ordered bagels and lox, then put in my order for a sandwich at noon.

                  Imo the chicken salad is the best sandwich on the menu.

                  1. re: ChiefHDB

                    That would work too. We could eat breakfast and take lunch to go.

                    (What makes the chicken sandwich great? Secret Quebeçois sauce?)

                    1. re: ChiefHDB

                      Yes, I've been wanting to try that chicken salad sandwich ever since you described it.