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Brooklyn Botanical Garden nerd seeking good food

chowgarden Jun 1, 2011 10:01 PM

I know Brooklyn has some really good food! Where is the food near (ish) the Brooklyn Botanical Garden? Love to have some locally sourced or just plain weird place to check out!

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    JFores RE: chowgarden Jun 1, 2011 11:29 PM

    I generally go to The Islands when I'm over there. Excellent curry goat, salad, lemonade and more. Really lovely owners too.

    The Islands
    803 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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      chowgarden RE: JFores Jun 2, 2011 09:30 AM

      Thanks! Sounds great!

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        UnitedNationsOfFood RE: JFores Jun 2, 2011 03:21 PM

        Wholehearted agreement... The Islands is amazing. I don't think you can go wrong with anything there, but I'm a fan of the stew peas and sorrel.

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        Barry Strugatz RE: chowgarden Jun 2, 2011 06:26 AM

        Try Mitchell's on Vanderbilt. Excellent soul food.

        Mitchell's Soul Food
        617 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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          chowgarden RE: Barry Strugatz Jun 2, 2011 09:31 AM

          I love soul food - I'll definitely try it!

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          chowbie RE: chowgarden Jun 2, 2011 01:11 PM

          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

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            chowgarden RE: chowbie Jun 2, 2011 10:25 PM

            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!

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              gort RE: chowgarden Jun 3, 2011 11:33 AM

              I would add Tom's on Washington to the list for breakfast or lunch. The food is basic (albeit well done) diner fare, but the atmosphere is great.

              782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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                chowgarden RE: gort Jun 7, 2011 07:38 PM

                Basic is good if well done, like you say! Thanks for the rec!

          2. buttertart RE: chowgarden Jun 3, 2011 10:58 AM

            There are a number of threads on this subject you might want to look at - usually phrased "where to eat near the Brooklyn Museum". Search "Brooklyn Museum" for scads and oodles of info.

            Signed, A Former Resident of Prospect Heights Who Misses It.

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              chowgarden RE: buttertart Jun 7, 2011 07:39 PM


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              phuh3 RE: chowgarden Jun 8, 2011 01:33 PM

              You can also try Cheryl's on underhill for interesting 'global' food and Farm for locally sourced ingredients.

              Cheryl's Global Soul
              236 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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                chowgarden RE: phuh3 Jun 8, 2011 02:57 PM

                Sounds right up my alley - thanks!

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