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May 19, 2011 04:55 PM

most interesting places to eat in Brooklyn

any cuisine or price.

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  1. What makes things interesting to you? It looks like you live in Minneapolis/St Paul based on your posting history - I moved to brooklyn from StP, so I can tell you that you are unlikely to find better vietnamese/se asian than you can in the twin cities, along with (probably) mexican and regional american (god i miss Saigon for sandwiches, Los Ocampo, and Alma a whole lot).

    brooklyn is a very big borough - where are you staying/coming from, how are you planning on traveling, and how much time are you looking to spend getting to wherever you end up and what day of the week/time are you thinking of?

    Pizza is definitely a brooklyn strong suit - theres plenty of posts on this board about favorites like DiFara (not close to much, or a quick stop, or scenic, or a "comfortable" eating experience but it is iconic and something that wont be around forever because once Dominic stops making his pizza, there wont be any more) Motorino, Roberta's.

    I'd also throw Mile End Deli out there - theres no decent deli/jewish food in the TC's (im lookin at you cecils) let alone a montreal-styled take on the food of my people. The smoked meat is very good imo (its a lot like pastrami) as are pretty much all the other plates. The poutine is awesome.

    With a little more feedback perhaps we can suggest some more choices.

    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Mile End
    97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    1. I'll use my definition of "interesting" (as opposed to best food, best chef...) and say:

      -River Cafe for the overall ambience/experience/magic (and the food's good+)

      -Brooklyn Fare for probably the most upscale chef driven food

      -Roberta's tasting menu

      -DiFaras (already mentioned) for owner watching and excellent pizza

      -someplace in Brighton Beach for the "Russian experience"

      -David's for deli and an ethnic mix not to be missed

      -Coney Island's Nathans because, well it's unique

      -Yemen Cafe... unless you know a more authentic way of experiencing this food/culture

      Yemen Cafe
      176 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      River Cafe
      1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

      David's Brisket House
      533 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

      Nathan's Famous
      1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

      Brooklyn Fare
      200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      1. re: Steve R

        I Just ate at Traif last night for the first time and was wildly impressed. Really good small plates, very innovative and interesting menu, not terribly pricey, and a fun, hip, happening atmosphere. Was saying it might be one of my new top five for the borough.

        229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      2. Yun Nan Flavour Snack in Sunset Park
        Tanoreen in Bay Ridge
        Roberta's in Bushwick
        Zenkichi, Marlow and Sons, Pies n' Thighs in Williamsburg

        Yunnan Flavour Snack Shop
        775 49th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

        Marlow & Sons
        81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        Pies 'n' Thighs
        166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

        1. Locanda Vini and Olli. Avery good Tuscan restaurant in an converted old fashioned pharmacy in the middle of a residential area. An improbable place.

          Locanda Vini e Olii
          129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

          1. I second Traif and would also add in One or Eight for Japanese. The River Cafe may be one of the most romantic restaurants in the area but very, very pricy and I must say while I like the food I don't find it very interesting

            1 or 8
            66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211