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Oct 26, 2010 01:06 PM

Best Thai, Chinese, Mexican in Cobble Hill area?

These are the cuisines in the Cobble Hill area that I've been routinely disappointed in: Thai, Chinese, and Mexican. Found some halfway decent takeout 'go-to' places for these types of food and then service went downhill, food went downhill, or the place goes under... So, tell me your favorite Thai, Chinese, and Mexican restaurants in the nabe!

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  1. There is no "best" of any of these 3 in the area, only the "somewhat better".

    Em Thai's spicy menu is somewhat better than the other choices.

    Chance's dim sum menu is tasty and not greasy, somewhat better than the others in the hood.

    And I'm sorry I don't have an answer, but I honestly don't think any Mexican restaurant in the vicinity is even decent and I have tried them all.

    Instead of settling for 'decent' options, we stick with the Middle Eastern places on Atlantic, or Italian places like Frankies, Fragole, Brucie and Queen, which are all consistently very good.

    Word is that a Mexican place is coming into the old Union Smith Cafe, hopefully it's not another waste of time like the other places in the hood.

    1. I suggest doing a search. Here are my notes:

      Chinese - Saki, fka Szechuan Garden, is still the best in the area for my money. It took a detour into Asian Fusion for awhile, but the Szechuan favorites (Chengdu spicy wontons, Dan Dan noodles, etc) are back on the menu. Worth a try.

      Mexican - Lobo is fine if you like over-Americanized Tex-Mex where all the dishes sort of taste the same. Obviously that sounds like a horrible review, and it's not the greatest, but it is what it is. Not a bad spot at all for a couple of margaritas, chips and salsa at the bar and watching the game. NB their wings are fantastic, my favorite in the area. The California Taqueria on Bergen and Smith is, sadly, positively horrible.

      Thai... tons of options but nothing in CH that gets uniformly good reviews. Em' and Ghang on Smith generally seem to get favorable talk here. Joya is fast and cheap and just fine for me, but not gourmet or particularly authentic by any means. Their fried rice is one of my all time favorites.

      VIP @Thai
      278 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      204 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      218 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      229 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      176 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. I can't really offer anything on Chinese. We used to order from a place in Park Slope (Hunan Delight) which now seems to be another awful Mr. Wonton. We get Asian-y stuff from Chance and are generally happy with it. For Thai, our new preferred spot is Ghang Thai (I order from the one on Smith). I LURVE that duck salad (with the vegetarian duck). It is deliciously spicy. For Mexican, I guess Alta, but there really isn't anything fab for Mexican that I have come across. If you find something special, please post! Also - I read a frightening Eater post suggesting that Union Smith may become a Dos Caminos location. I would be very unhappy.

        Union Smith Cafe
        305 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        204 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Mr. Wonton
        44-11 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

        1. We've been ordering Chinese food delivery from Michael & Pings, on 3rd Ave. It's about as good as it gets around here.

          For Mexican, we go the Cal-Mex route and routinely visit Calexico Carne Asada on Union St. Oaxaca on Smith works in a pinch.

          Em Thai is our main Thai restaurant. It's not going to win any awards, but it's ok.

          VIP @Thai
          278 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Michael & Ping's
          437 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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          1. re: sadotter

            Thanks all for your 2 cents. As for the suggestion to "do a search" as I noted in my original post, a lot of new places have opened recently and old ones closed so older threads on these types of cuisine in the area are outdated - hence my reviving the question. I have heard good things about Five Burros on Columbia St. for Mexican, but have not tried them yet. Their takeout menu seems ridiculously pricey for Mexican. Could not find any reviews for them on Chowhound.

            Five Burro Cafe
            127 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11375

            1. re: brooklynbee

              I keep meaning to try 5 Burros. I would be surprised if it is worse than the other offerings in the area, but sure would be nice if it is better!

              1. re: Olive123

                Just tried Ghang for the first time for takeout. I have to say it was SO MUCH BETTER than the other Thai takeouts I have tried in the area - the menu had a decent selection, the service was good (they actually pick up their phone, no order screw-ups and prompt delivery), the prices were reasonable, portions generous, and most importantly the food was not bland! They asked me how spicy I wanted my food, I said "medium" and was pleased that the food had quite a kick to it. From now on they are going to be my go-to Thai takeout place! I am so glad a few people recommended Ghang. Now to find decent Indian and Mexican... ;)

                204 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201