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Mar 7, 2011 01:42 PM

Dumbo lunch?

Looking for lunch this Wednesday in Dumbo. I live in Brooklyn but don't know that hood very well. Any suggestions? Looking to not break the bank but not go for cheap burritos either. Some place with a yummy menu (pardon being vague) and where my cousin can get a glass of wine. We'll be heading there around 2:00. We both *try* to eat healthfully when possible so while we're not aiming for a bowl full of lettuce I think we're also not aiming for just pizza. Thanks for the feedback and ideas! :)

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  1. For a simple lunch type place, I'd suggest the Dumbo General Store.

    ETA. Seems like they are changing their menu to match Hecho en Dumbo the former night restaurant here that moved to Manhattan. Might be a good choice, but it was not what I was recommending.

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    1. re: bobjbkln

      What does ETA mean? Estimated Time of Arrival?? :)

        1. re: bobjbkln

          Gotchya, thank you. So you are or you are not recommending the Dumbo General Store? :) Sorry for my confused state :)

          1. re: rebloonin

            Sorry, I guess I missed your time-frame. Where did you end up?

            I liked the food in Hecho in Dumbo, but I can only assume that this is a new chef, so all bets are off. I thought the former conventional menu at DGS would meet your needs; but I did a little follow -up on the web and saw that things had completely changed.

            1. re: bobjbkln

              Sorry for the late response. We actually wound up eating on Smith Street. Dumbo didn't happen. Thank you for the suggestion though!

    2. For future reference, the General Store is uninspired with spotty service. It's centrally located and a good hang, but the food is just serviceable (and overpriced, imo). The best lunch in the hood can be found at Superfine and reBar (across the street from one another).

      Or walk up to Henry St. in the Heights and head to Siggy's for excellent mediterranean food with a super-healthy twist.

      126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Siggy's Good Food
      76 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      147 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      1. re: lazylghtng

        Agreed. I've enjoyed both Superfine and reBar---SF a number of times and rB once.

        1. re: lazylghtng

          Just an update on this discussion: the Dumbo General Store is gone and the new owners have renamed the space AlMar (a combination of their names). They are both from Noodle Pudding (the floor manager/owner was my favorite bartender at NP & the chef was, well, a chef) and we had an excellent dinner there last night with some Dumbo friends. Decent wines, nice crostini, very good meatballs, salads and assorted other things. Our friends had mains of chicken & swordfish and both were good. We both had pastas and they were excellent (nice meaty version of bolognese, made with spinach fettucine, & a paparadelle with several varieties of fresh mushrooms). It still looks like the place is a work in progress but it's more than worth a visit now and will probably get better as they get their feet wet.

          Noodle Pudding
          38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          111 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        2. Has anyone eaten at Pedro's?

          73 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          1. re: mahler5

            Yes. Once. Service was terribly slow and food was completely bland and not very good.

          2. leave dumbo. there is no good food here.

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            1. re: yaniv

              that's pretty much true....i worked in DUMBO a very long time ago and remember getting great curries at Jimi's - which is a little store that is the neighborhood lunch salad joint. at the time the staff were former sherpas from Tibet and the non-American items were always great and cheap. but i have no idea how it is now.

              i also love Almondine - great soups!