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I'm soliciting CH suggestions for some place fun and new (to me) in the South part of Brooklyn for after the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating on Monday. The trip down and ensuing gluttony have become 4th of July tradition close to a patriotic duty, right up there with the beer and fireworks. Obviously, not every place will be open the 4th, so we'll have to check for that, but I appreciate any opinions.

Some places we've tried and enjoyed already (in addition to Nathan's itself, obviously) include: Totonno's, Brennan and Carr, Tatiana's boardwalk seating, Gambrinus, Cafe Kashkar, Pirosmani and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

Some thoughts for this trip include: Spumoni Gardens, Cafe Glechik, Roll n' Roaster, 1001 Nights (I like how over the top it looks), or perhaps even some Sichuan in Bensonhurst if the Chinese ringers they brought in for the contest this year pull off an upset and win the mustard yellow belt.

Thanks in advance!

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Pirosmani
2222 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229

1001 Nights
35 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

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  1. My vote would be for Spumoni Gardens. Get a couple of square slices, and the spumoni (though the creamsicle ice cream is amazing). If you want to enjoy the restaurant, they do have their pizza listed on the menu.

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    L&B Spumoni Gardens
    2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

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    1. re: brightside16

      I agree with Spumoni Gardens. You can sit outside and eat. From Coney Island, you can take the D train to 25th Avenue and walk about 4 blocks east.

      1. re: Sluggo1407

        It's just that their food is pretty bad and their pizza is just awful, unless someone craves tomato paste on a thick, doughy crust..

        1. re: Tay

          Tay, you're going to start another pizza war!!! I don't like their pizza either, but a lot of posters here think it's amazing (go figure). Their spumoni and ice cream are terrific though. Brightside16 can maybe order a dish to go from the restaurant and eat it outside.

          1. re: Sluggo1407

            Sluggo...If you're referring to past postings RE: DiFara's being really good but really overpriced and REALLY overhyped, I stand by those posts.

            As for L&B's, you posted, above that you don't like their Pizza, so why on earth would you rec it to the OP? ..... Makes no sense to me.
            I would think it would better to make no suggestion at all rather than one you know is not good

            1. re: Tay

              Many people LOVE their pizza. Just because I don't like it doesn't mean that the OP won't. It's a matter of personal taste. Besides, they have a full menu of Italian food. Mr. Porkchop has many options to choose from (including Italian style pork chops). And, the spumoni and ice cream alone are worth the trip.

              1. re: Sluggo1407

                Yes many people do love their pizza and those that do will (And should) rec it...

                I'd agree that their spumoni/ ice cream is pretty good

    2. I've been to 1001 nights, and while it's interesting (lots of men in Kaszakh and Tajik robes), the food isn't that great. (unlike their hilarious menu) Also, not sure if they are open (or have an interesting scene) during the day.

      You could get some delicious food at Georgian Bread and eat it on the boardwalk.

      Or how about Cafe Your-Mother-In-Law or whatever it's called, the korean uzbek place that Dave Cook reviewed for the times a while back? I haven't been, but it gets good reports.

      Or, if you can go over to sheepshead bay, people seem to really like Liman, the turkish seafood place.

      have also heard the food is great at glechik, but haven't made it there. ditto the sichuan in bensonhurst.

      happy post contest eating!

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      Georgian Bread
      265 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

      Liman
      2710 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

      Cafe At Your Mother-in-Law
      3071 Brighton 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235

      1. Sorry it's so late in coming, but thanks for all the suggestions. As Burns said, "The best laid plans of mice and men..." We showed up at the contest early and drank too heavily too quickly (two 40 oz coors originals before noon is an overly dramatic and unnecessary way to prove your americanness, but fit with the tenor of the event). Tried to get a chow mein sandwich from the Nathan's, but turns out it's been discontinued, so had a breakfast chili dog.

        Post-contest we wandered down to Brighton and got a small bottle of Russian Standard at Tatiana's, and had a delightful Kyrgyz waitress, Roza. We snacked on some pickles and pelmeni. Followed that up with a trip to Gambrinus where things got really hazy, though I distinctly recall through the haze caused by my liter Baltica that the food was delicious. The mountain of potatos and mushrooms, redolent with dill, was awesome. Also recall a platter of garlic butter shrimp that caused me to drunkenly rant about the crime of overcooked shrimp, of which our plate was totally innocent.

        Spumoni might have to wait until next July 4th, but now it's top of the list! Thanks!

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        Tatiana Grill
        3145 Brighton 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235

        Gambrinus
        3100 Ocean Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11235

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        1. re: Mr Porkchop

          NIce day (except for the Coors...though I appreciate the pursuit of nationalism).