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Aug 14, 2010 05:41 PM

Clinton Hill food recommendations please!

Hi, I'm getting ready to move to Clinton Hill, and am so excited! I would love suggestions as to where to go for...well, everything: cheap eats, fancy restaurants, eateries, grocery stores, markets, street vendors, you name it, I'm interested. Thanks so much!

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  1. Try Pilar on Classon Ave, really good cuban sandwiches and soups.

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    1. re: deabot

      i actually read a review of this place in the NYT a little while back...looks great and can't wait to try it!

    2. Umi Nom on Dekalb Ave. for moderately priced small plates with a strong Philippine accent. BYOB, there is a grocery next door with tolerable beers.

      1. Le Grand Dakar on Grand Ave.
        Speakeasy on Waverly and Greene (I recommend this place for brunch, but was informed over the wknd that they aren't serving brunch for the summer.... which i don't quite understand)
        3 Luigis - good NY slice
        Rustik on Dekalb - great wings and standard pub food; my regular watering hole for Monday Night Football
        Umi Nom - really enjoy this place

        There are also lots of good places that are within 10-15 min walk but technically not in CH. One of my favorites is Saraghina, an Italian wood-oven pizza spot that changes its selection of very good small plates daily. The grilled octopus salad here is among my favorites, as is their various preparations on fresh prawns. The Vanderbilt and James are in Prospect Heights and are also within walking distance or a short drive away.

        Good luck with your move to CH and welcome to the neighborhood.

        Le Grand Dakar
        285 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

        435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

        Umi Nom
        433 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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        1. re: chewbie

          hey everyone, i've now started a food blog where i intend to document and write about my experiences going to local restaurants and other food-related places in and around Clinton Hill. very excited, and would love feedback!

          1. re: jhfinxy

            hope you come back here to talk about it, too!

        2. Locanda Vini e Olii can be amazing at times.. We went this weekend and had a great meal.. They made an eggplant pasta.. Somehow incorporated eggplant into the dough.. Had a great little grilled chicken.. nice bottle of wine.. staff is always nice

          Locanda Vini e Olii
          129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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          1. re: Daniel76

            pilar is awesome. Their Saturday night beef dish is one of my fave foods on the planet. We love Nicoise Pizza on Franklin, especially good for a semi-late night slice with a glass of good wine. Choice is great for a sandwich or a cheddar scallion scone (good lord those are good!) And, Maggie Brown's has a good lunch. As a southerner I get annoyed with all of these faux-southern places, but their biscuits are good and the raspberry butter is awesome. Other dishes have been good but not great. Also an excellent bloody Mary.

            Maggie Brown
            455 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

          2. Clinton Hill Pickles:

            The last owner/operators of the legendary Guss' LES pickle shop have moved to Clinton Hill, bringing Guss' original recipes with them.

            411 Dekalb Av. on Classon Ave. 212-334-3616
            11am-7pm "most days" CALL AHEAD.