Depends on how ish nearish is in your book. There are plenty of things on Vanderbilt--Amorina has good and interesting pizza and Beast has some tasty not-typical pub grub. Definitely the best, and mostly locally sourced, food in that area(ish) is Franny's (maybe jump on the subway one stop to GAP?). I also LOVE the French-Guadeloupian food at Kaz an Nou (but that's another stop to Bergen St).
I haven't been there, but does Basil Pizzeria, patronised by the full array of Crown Heights-dwelling hipsters, Hasidic people, Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, count as weird?
295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
624 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
638 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Kaz An Nou
53 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
I'll be spending a fair amount of time at the Gardens over the next year so I love the recommendations! By weird I meant someplace you wouldn't find any where else - perhaps I should have said unique?
Thanks so much for all the recs! I can't wait to try them out! Keep them coming!