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Apr 4, 2011 05:28 PM

McDonald Ave & Bay Parkway area, Brooklyn, for lunch

I have to be in the neighborhood of McDonald Ave. and Bay Parkway, in Brooklyn, around lunch time. I've never been there and have no idea what kind of area it is, what's around, or even what that part of Brooklyn is called. Are there any decent places to have a somewhat fast lunch (as opposed to sitting for hours)? Thinking Italian, Chinese (but only if REALLY good), bagel place, kosher deli, coffee shop/diner. Also, if it's best to just conduct my business and leave without eating, please let me know.


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  1. You're not going to find much at that's basically in the middle of Washington Cemetery. Going south of 65th Street on Bay Parkway you'll find the usual Chinese and pizza choices...nothing memorable that I can think of. If you've been wanting to check Di Fara you won't be too far...Bay Parkway north to Avenue J and make a right and go about 12 blocks.

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    1. re: Eggsactley

      Montes Deli is the closest bset thing to eat only a few blocks away on Ave O. It is a great deli with a large variety of hot and cold sandwiches and dishes. However there is no seating..

      156 Ave O
      Brooklyn, NY 11204
      Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
      (718) 259-1500

      Monte's Deli & Catering
      156 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204

    2. You're in an interesting intersection. Midwood, Bensonhurst and Dyker heights pretty much converge on Ave J & Bay Parkway. Kashrut (?) to your east, Russian, Chinese and what's left of the Italian, on your west & south. If you head down Bay Parkway for a bit, past 65th Street, you'll see a mix of Chinese and some Russian. Non-Americanized for both. I've never been to any of the restaurants, so I can't give you a recommendation. DiFara's would be great, but only if the lines aren't long. However, there's a bagel place called Kosher Bagel Hole right across the street. They make some great bagels. I forget if they have seating. There's also a few restaurants on Ave. J as well. Mostly kosher. Most of them quick. I'm curious, are you driving, or taking public transportation? If you're driving, and you like Russian, head down to the Kings Hwy Grill, 1926 Kings Highway between Ocean Ave. & E. 19th. Quick, delicious food. I'm a big fan of their whole meat schwarma, eggplant salad and chicken livers.

      Kosher Bagel Hole
      1431 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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      1. re: David11238

        Thanks for the replies. To answer your question, will be driving. So, if that helps with food suggestions....

      2. DJERDAN has bureks (Albanian type - meat, spinach, cheese) and it's real close to where you'll be - 65th Street and 23rd Avenue.

        2283 65th St, Brooklyn, NY 11204

        1. Joe's of Avenue U for Sicilian? It's a bit of a walk, but really not so bad.

          Joe's of Avenue U
          287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

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          1. re: JFores

            Its an odd area indeed. Not much for food, but there are two old bars. They are interesting given the history, but not necessarily great culinary establishments.

            Joe's Bar and Grill is on Ave U and Mcdonald. Its been open since 1932 and does serve pretty good bar food

            Then there is the Old Gallery, open almost fifty years, at Mcdonalds and 18th. It used to have great food prepared by the owner, a retired fireman, but I am not sure it still does.


            For what its worth most old residents consider the area to be called Gravesend. Not sure of why.

            The Old Gallery
            933 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

          2. Especially if you have a car you wont be that far from Spicy Bampa - probably the best Sichuan in Brooklyn, or World Tong, dim sum. on 18th Ave nearby, plus Villabate pastry shopt across the street from Spicy Bampa in an interesting changing neighborhood to boot.

            Spicy Bampa
            6920 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

            Villabate Alba
            7001 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

            World Tong
            6202 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

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            1. re: jen kalb

              Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. More than enough options to keep us happy.

              1. re: IWantFood

                looking forward to hearing about your choice.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  As it turned out, no one wanted to eat, just go home and beat the traffic (which is an exercise in futility, anyway). Too bad, because the menu for Spicy Bamba/Bamboo Pavilion looked good.

              2. re: jen kalb

                Have you been by World Tong recently? It was closed last month during the middle of the week, and I haven't been able to get through on the phone. Would love to hear that the closure was an aberration.

                World Tong
                6202 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204