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most interesting places to eat in Brooklyn

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  • MarkG May 19, 2011 04:55 PM
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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.

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    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    Roberta's
    261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Motorino
    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

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      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.

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        Traif
        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

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

        Tanoreen
        7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

        Marlow & Sons
        81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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

        Zenkichi
        77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        Roberta's
        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.

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          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

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

            Traif
            229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            1. I'll throw in Tommaso's and Two Toms for good Italian and red sauce respectively. Add the wiseguy factor and you do have a strictly Brooklyn flavor.

              I'll second David's Brisket House on Nostrand Avenue bet. Herkimer & Atlantic Ave. You'll also find quite a bunch of West Indian places as you walk down Nostrand.

              Tommaso
              1464 86th St. ( cross street: Bay 8th St. ) Brooklyn, NY 11228 ph# 718-236-9883.

              Two Toms
              255 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215-1009 - (718) 875-8689

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              Two Toms
              255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Tommaso
              1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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

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              1. re: David11238

                Purple Yam (upscale filipino / SE asian) and the russian and georgian places in Brighton Beach could be of interest. for the latter, do a search for recent threads.

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                Purple Yam
                1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

                1. re: David11238

                  I agree with your choices, David (Tommaso & Two Toms), but for the wise guy factor, Embers is definitely the spot and the steak is not bad either. Makes for a very interesting Brooklyn experience.

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                  Two Toms
                  255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  Embers
                  9519 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                2. 1or 8
                  Rye
                  Walter Foods
                  Il Paiolo
                  Anella
                  Traif
                  Cantina Royale
                  Sweetwater
                  Five Leaves

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                  Sweetwater
                  105 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  Walter Foods
                  253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  Five Leaves
                  18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                  Rye
                  247 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  Anella
                  222 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                  Traif
                  229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  Il Paiolo
                  106 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  Cantina Royal
                  58 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211