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Any & All: Eat-in bakeries, Great beers, Inexpensive & atmospheric - Brooklyn

abco Nov 12, 2010 06:00 AM

I'm going to be staying in Brooklyn Heights for a couple weeks and having been there before I know it can be a little chi chi. I'd really love to explore the area (and I don't mind long walks into other neighbourhoods!) and find some local spots featuring:

* A charming eat-in bakery
* Real hot chocolate (no powdered stuff)
* Unique and delicious beers
* Small, inexpensive restaurants for lunch or dinner (i.e. entrees under $25)
* Fun bars for mid-20 year olds
* To-die for brunch

Some places I'm thinking I'll like (and I know most of these are in Manhattan): the Counting Room bar, Lil Frankie's in East Village/LES, Kuma Inn, Back Forty, Good Enough to Eat, Yonah Schimmel's, New Leaf restaurant, L'Ecole (the French Culinary institute), Little Branch bar, Death + Company.

Any suggestions of some places you really like in the Brooklyn Heights vicinity would be really helpful!

  1. Mandymac Nov 20, 2010 12:14 PM

    Based on what you like in Manhattan...

    Mixology joints: try Clover Club and Brooklyn Social (both on Smith), Fort Defiance in Red Hook. Quarter, if you find yourself in Sunset Park (20th and 5th Ave), is something of a dark horse in this category. Char No. 4 is cool if you like whiskey.

    There are great beer bars within walking distance of BH: Brazen Head on Atlantic and Bar Great Harry on Smith, and if you are willing to go a little further, 4th Ave Pub, Pacific Standard or Mission Dolores on 4th Ave. Definitely hit Bierkraft while you are here--in addition to being able to pick up a growler of unusual beer, you can now have a cheap pint right there. IMO, all of these are as good as Double Windsor but closer to where you are located.

    For brunch, I've never been that impressed with Good Fork. My absolute faves are: Stone Park (in Park Slope), Fonda (South Slope, great Mexican and nice change of pace from the ubiquitous eggs benedict and pancakes), Buttermilk Channel (in Carroll Gardens), Fort Defiance (but only if you get the fried chicken dish and the bourbon milk punch, in Red Hook), and James (Prospect Heights). Heard good things about brunch at Char No. 4.

    To round out your stay, I'd definitely send you to Mile End for under $25 (but barely) good eats.

    Stone Park Cafe
    324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    The Good Fork
    391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    The Brazen Head
    228 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Clover Club
    210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Char No. 4
    196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Buttermilk Channel
    524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Bar Great Harry
    280 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Fort Defiance
    365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Brooklyn Social
    335 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    The Double Windsor
    210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Mile End
    97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Mission Dolores
    249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      FoodLovesBeer Nov 19, 2010 12:54 PM

      I would recommend ReBar in DUMBO for unique beers and tapas in a great atmosphere- perfect for mid-20 year olds. They have amazing and unusual beers on tap, and a phenomenal selection of bottles. I also agree with the recommendation of Pete's Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Ave, not just for their beer selection but for their food as well. Good luck.

      Waterfront Ale House
      155 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. t
        tex.s.toast Nov 13, 2010 07:39 AM

        Id suggest taking the F train from york to 15th st/prospect park west to the Double Windsor, a great beer bar with a good "scene" (can be a bit loud on weekends, but its never that packed, good music, no tvs, nice lighting) and very good food - im partial to their burgers.

        its right across from the intersection of prospect park west and ppsw, half a block from the park, so if you wanted to make a weekend excursion you could combine it with some walking or other park-centric activity.

        Its not really "brooklyn heights vicinity" but its not far (if the F is running, unlike this weeknd) but its worth checking out, in my estimation - i really like that they offer flights of 4 4oz pours so you can decide on what you want (their beer selection rotates regularly, always annoys me when i find a beer i love and they change all the taps the next week).

        The Double Windsor
        210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: tex.s.toast
          abco Nov 14, 2010 04:34 PM

          Thanks tex.s.toast. My boyfriend would definitely appreciate a beer bar, and it'll be nice to walk around the park.

          Still looking for brunch suggestions among others. And is The Good Fork still good?

          Not much going on in the Heights area I'm guessing?

          The Good Fork
          391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          1. re: abco
            Bkeats Nov 15, 2010 11:27 AM

            No real sit down bakeries in BH - but if you head down Court into Cobble Hill, you will see them. I like Margaret Palca.

            Second Jacques Torres in Dumbo on the chocolate.

            Unique delicious beers? As I observed on another thread, no mico breweries so I don't think there is anything unique but Pete's Ale House on Atlantic has a great selection of beers. If you like english ales, try the Chip Shop also on Atlantic.

            If I take your $25 limit on entrees at face value - not worrying about apps or drinks which will push the check up rapidly, you've got Henry's End for game, Noodle Pudding for credible Italian, Jack the Horse for what I'll call modern american, the aforementioned Chip Shop for fish and chips and fried twinkies which everyone should try at least once and Hibino for Japanese - check the daily specials.

            Since I'm past my mid-20s, this is not my area of expertise but I've been told Floyds is a good spot again on Atlantic.

            Finally a to die for brunch in BH? I don't think there is one ever since Leaf & Bean closed, but Teresa's on Montague has a good selection that's well prepared and cheap.

            333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Jacques Torres
            66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Noodle Pudding
            38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Leaf & Bean
            83 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            Henry's End
            44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        2. a
          abco Nov 12, 2010 01:50 PM

          Thanks for the replies so far! I really like the business+outing tips! I definitely want to take hot chocolate to the park, and do a little pub crawl.

          Any more would be greatly appreciated!

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            MrsT Nov 12, 2010 10:59 AM

            It may not be around Brooklyn Heights, but it's a 15 minute train ride. round December, I would say head over to Mona Lisa Bakery then walk it off looking at the lights in Dyker Heights. After that head down to the various bars in Bay Ridge--Salty Dog, Kettle Black, Wicked Monk. Start in the 90's and then work your way down. You won't be able to hit all the bars in 2 months, let alone 1 night.

            Mona Lisa Bakery
            7717 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

            Kettle Black
            8622 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

            Wicked Monk
            8415 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

            1. Puppimus Nov 12, 2010 07:43 AM

              Hot chocolate = Jacques Torres Chocolate on Water Street in Dumbo. There are 2 options, classic and a version with a hint of chili -- I love the latter, try it at least once!

              My suggestion is to go in the early evening, after sundown. After you buy your chocolate, continue down Water Street to Washington, make a left and go into the park there under the Manhattan Bridge. Head out to the edge of the park and sit by the water at the steps they've built facing the Brooklyn Bridge. The view of the bridges and the city lit up at night is gorgeous.

              Jacques Torres
              66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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