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Italian comfort food from the 60's please? NYC

I'm looking for just plain good (red gravy) Italian comfort food - no fancy Tuscan truffle feast for me. I'll be in Brooklyn for a few days soon, and will gladly travel for the right meal.

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  1. Two Toms on Third Ave. and Union. It aint pretty but it fits the bill.

    Queen on Court just south of Atlantic I have been told by several foodies is also a good, old fashioned, red sauce place.

    It is amazing how hard this is to find in Brooklyn.

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    Two Toms
    255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Queen
    84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. In B'klyn, my 'Red sauce itch' is usually scratched by a visit to New Corner Restaurant in Dyker Hts, Garguillio's in Coney Island,, Thomaso's in Bensonhurst or Gino's in Bay Ridge.
      With the population changing in B'klyn, Staten Island is the Borough to look to for Mom and Pop red sauce dining..

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      Gargiulo's
      2911 W 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224

      Gino's Restaurant
      7414 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

      Colandrea New Corner
      7201 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

      Tommaso
      1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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      1. re: Tay

        Bamonte's in Williamsburg fits the bill.
        Regards,
        JK

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        Bamonte's
        32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        1. re: johnk

          Indeed. This place is the real deal.

      2. You have red rose on smith street. they have been there for years and are very old school and very nice. casa rosa on court street and queen (expensive) on court street.

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        Red Rose
        315 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        1. Last I heard two toms was closed?

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          1. re: bruce a

            Monte's closed.

            Are you confusing the two or am I about to get a little teary?

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            Monte's
            451 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. re: hambone

              Awww!! We used to go there when we lived in Bklyn! Jackie Mason's friend would sing opera through the karaoke machine. It was weird and wonderful

              (Don't confuse Monte's with Bamonte's, two different places)

          2. Also La Polina on 6th strret and ave o and Ortobellos on 65th street

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            Ortobello
            6401 Bay Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11204

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            1. re: bruce a

              make that La Palina

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              La Palina
              159 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204

              1. re: bruce a

                Wow! That place has been there half past forever!

                1. re: Tay

                  From what I understand Two toms is closed and they dont plan to reopen. I hope they change their mind.

                2. re: bruce a

                  I'll second La Palina. One of the last of the old school places, and the best tomato sauce I've ever had!

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                  La Palina
                  159 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204

              2. It's not mo and pop, Frankies Sputino 457 on Court has a pretty straight up red-sauce Italian menu. Kind of a nice representation of new Brooklyn. Old school Italian served up by Hipsters.

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                Frankies 457 Spuntino
                457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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                1. re: SpiceJunkies

                  Stay away from Two Toms--it's a peculiar place and certainly not comforting, and the pasta is awful. Monte's is closed. Tommaso, New Corner, Gargiulo, maybe Queen, all fit the bill. Have not been to Red Rose for a while and it was underwhelming. Bamonte's is fading but a time capsule treat nonetheless. Parkway in Corona is a high powered red sauce place with good quality and colorful patrons.

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                  Park Side
                  107-01 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368

                  1. re: bob96

                    I second Parkway. No yuppie crap. Old school all the way. Ital-American.

                2. It's been a while since I've done red sauce dining out, but I remember that the best in Brooklyn that is still around is Frost on Frost St. in Williamsburgh.

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                  Frost
                  193 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                  1. re: bobjbkln

                    Haven't been able to get back to Frost in quite a while but I have to say it was one of the best red sauce places I ever ate at.

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                    Frost
                    193 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  2. I agree with all except Two Toms I do not know if it is closed but if it is not I will put the padlock on the door... New Corners,Queen,Frost,LA Villa,Michaels,Tomasso. Are all good choices..

                    Ciao-

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                    Two Toms
                    255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                    1. re: bklynsausage

                      Two Toms was closed for about a week for renovations to the kitchen. They have not closed down. IMO, you don't go to Two Toms for pasta dishes, you go for the meat dishes.

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                      Two Toms
                      255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                      1. re: psnative

                        Yeah I just drove by the lights were on and the door was open. They are more known for the pork chops

                    2. Tonio's on 7th Ave between 7th & 8th Street is my personal fave!!! Tonio is an Italian blast from the past, and I love the food!!

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                      Tonio's
                      306 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                      1. re: MAW

                        I forgot about them! I like it there too.