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Downtown Brooklyn Eats

Just switched to a new job and I'll be in Downtown Brooklyn fairly often. I'm looking for some good lunch options beyond Mile End (smoked turkey is so much better than the smoked meat imho). On my walks over there, I've passed a Mexican grocery serving tacos/tortas/cemitas, so I'll probably check that out at some point, but I would really like something beyond the nasty chains closer to Borough Hall.


Mile End
97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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  1. One thing I used to do when I worked there was head over to Sahadi's. I'd get a small container of hummus and some pita and my lunch was under $3. You could also splurge on grape leaves or something and lunch still wouldn't hit $6.

    187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: ndukka562

      Thanks a lot, that sounds up my alley.

    2. The Mexican grocery you refer to is Fast and Fresh Deli. Definitely a good option. If you are heading to Sahadi's, Damascus (almost next door) also makes good falafel sandwiches and Waterfalls (one block down) is a good, cheap Middle Eastern sit down restaurant, unlike Sahadi's and Damascus, which are stores.

      187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

      1. Souvlaki House on Lawrence just off Fulton street has good gyros for lunch

        Souvlaki House
        158 Lawrence St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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        1. re: salmonskin

          Their gyros are better than good and cheap too. I used to buy one for lunch at least once a week when I worked over there.

        2. If you have occasion to eat a bit upscale Queen on Court St. is open for lunch and has excellent Italian food, both standard and more contemporary dishes.

          84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          1. When the weather's nice, it's lovely to eat outside on the Promenade. Lassen & Henning's Deli on Montague is a good place to pick up a sandwich on the way.

            1. Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches makes a passable Banh Mi-- It's on Atlantic near Boerum Place. There's also Bedouin Tent on Atlantic and Bond, if you're willing to walk that far east. Really great pita there. Frank Bruni just mentioned them in an article I read yesterday (Bedouin Tent, not Nicky's).

              Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
              311 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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              1. re: egit

                Yea Nicky's never really did it for me. $6 Banh Mi's just seem ridiculous. Their bread was mediocre too.

              2. I love, I mean, LOVE Justin's Trini-Guyanese - Fulton Mall area - for roti. It is at 144 Lawrence between Willoughby and Fulton I think. I get goat curry with channa. OR some days they have duck too! Ask for the peppa.


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                1. re: chow_gal

                  When I walked by a few weeks ago Justin's closed. Had the look like it wasn't re-opening, but can't say for sure.

                  1. re: jdf

                    Thanks for the great recs everyone. I had 5 minutes for lunch today so couldn't make it further than an incredibly shitty deli... how I wish I could have checked back on the thread for a quick bite at Souvlaki House. Soon enough though.

                    Souvlaki House
                    158 Lawrence St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                    1. re: jdf

                      Justin's is definitely closed.

                      I would also add Downtown Atlantic to this list.

                      Downtown Atlantic
                      364 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                  2. Make an effort to try the vegetarian lunch spread downstairs at the Krishna Temple @ 305 Schermerhorn Street. I'm not a vegetarian or a Krishna and always look forward to going there. Lots of office (non-krisha) traffic. Can even call for Daily menu: 718 855-6714

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                    1. re: agentmule

                      Great oatmeal-based cookies there, too. Perhaps some of the best I've had, in weird combinations. (Think mango/cranberry and blueberry/ginger/white chocolate.)

                      The food is solid - nothing amazing, nothing nasty - but cheap. Great samosas, too, although they're a tad pricey at $2 a pop and aren't included in the regular meal prices.

                      Brooklyn Fare has great soups and salads, although the availability is hit or miss, mostly miss. (They make one of the best clam chowders I've had in the city, although the quality is highly-variable.)

                      And Jessie's on Atlantic and Bond is one of the best delis in the city, although you'll never pay the same price twice for a sandwich, even if you have the same fillings over and over. (Youc an pay as little as $4.50 or as much as $6.50 for the same sandwich, depending on who's working the counter.)

                      And Patty Plus on Livingston makes decent Jamaican patties - they're better than Golden Krust, but not as good as Christie's or Little Miss Muffin.

                      Brooklyn Fare
                      200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                    2. Hey, there! I live in this area; I love Hanco's for the classic banh mi, & I love the cecina taco @ that deli on Hoyt & Atlantic. Folks are right about sahadi's; their hummus is famous, especially with a bit more lemon & olive oil, and the spanakopita is very good. Sometimes they have a potato flatbread that's delicious, and the baguettes are often hot. The Loading Dock has good fish tacos, though they're pricey-- PBR-battered. Tazza, on Henry & Atlantic, has some decent options, but I'm pretty sure they use (blech!) domestic prosciutto. They have Baked's chocolate cloud cookies & excellent mini-cakes, and the white-haired woman at Heights Chateau around the corner totally knows her stuff. Lastly, you can typically order a half order of "loaded" nachos at Lobo in Cobble Hill for $4-- it's a good deal.

                      If you're stuck & hungry & you *have* to hit Chipotle you can get a single carnitas taco for $2.50. They source their meats pretty smartly.

                      85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                      Heights Chateau
                      123 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                      The Loading Dock
                      170 Tillary St, Brooklyn, NY 11201