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Top 5 restaurants to try in Brooklyn (or 10)

In response to a similar thread in this vein for Queens, I'd be curious to get folks lists for Brooklyn. Here are my top ten, in rough order (doing 5 was difficult):

1 Al di La

2 Grand Sichuan House of Bay Ridge

3 Bab al Yemen

4 Kashkar Cafe

5 Tanoreen

6 Pirosmani

7 Cafe Glechik

8 Saratoga Country Kitchen

9 DiFara

10 Yun Nan Flavour Snack

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

Cafe Kashkar
1141 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Tanoreen
7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cafe Glechik
3159 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Pirosmani
2222 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229

Grand Sichuan House
8701 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

The Country Kitchen
1991 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Bab al Yemen
413 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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  1. I haven't been to many high end restaurants in Brooklyn.. Here are some of the places that I can eat at every night of the week

    1)Franny's
    2)Joe's of Avenue U
    3)Saraghina
    4)Locanda Vini y Oli
    5)Mitchells Soul Food
    6)Toby's Public House
    7)Ferdinando's Focceria
    8)Tottonos
    9)Toro Sushi
    10)David's Brisket

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    Joe's of Avenue U
    287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

    Ferdinando's Focacceria
    151 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Franny's
    295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
    1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

    Taro Sushi
    244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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

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

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

    Toby's Public House
    686 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Saraghina
    435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

    1. I guessing everyone's list will vary based on what their favored cusines are, but my list would include Lugers for steak, 1 or 8 for sushi, Saul as the haute example and Henry's End for game in the fall.

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      Saul
      140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Peter Luger Steak House
      178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      Henry's End
      44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

      1. Definitely Govinda's at the Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn!
        Fantastic food, affordable price, friendly staff.
        http://radhagovinda.net/govinda.html
        305 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY

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        Radha Govinda Mandir
        305 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        1. At the midrange-to-high end:

          Henry's End

          Convivium Osteria

          Roberta's

          Rose Water

          Applewood

          Vinegar Hill House

          Fatty 'Cue

          The Grocery

          Frankies 457 Spuntino

          River Cafe (overpriced, yeah, but that VIEW... jeez...)

          Hon. Mention: Dressler, Chestnut, Saul, DuMont, Noodle Pudding, Peaches HotHouse, Peter Luger, Prime Meats... could be here for days....

          Cheap(-er) eats:

          Tacos Matamoros

          Tacos Xochimilco

          Cafe Glechik

          Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano

          Mesa Coyoacan

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          Convivium Osteria
          68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          Chestnut
          271 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Frankies 457 Spuntino
          457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          River Cafe
          1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Saul
          140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Noodle Pudding
          38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Dressler
          149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Applewood
          501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Peter Luger Steak House
          178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Henry's End
          44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Cafe Glechik
          3159 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

          DuMont
          432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          The Grocery
          288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
          1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

          Tacos Matamoros
          4508 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

          Roberta's
          261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

          Vinegar Hill House
          72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Prime Meats
          465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Mesa Coyoacan
          372 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Rose Water
          787 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Fatty 'Cue
          91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Tacos Matamoros
          5717 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

          Tacos Xochimilco
          4501 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

          Peaches HotHouse
          415 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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          1. re: sgordon

            Convivium Osteria. That is the best Italian restaurant I've eaten at, in Brooklyn. Al Di La is good, but CO is more refined.
            The Rabbit is awesome, the Gnudo amazing. Places like Frankies are Ok if you want meatballs or stuffed peppers.
            I went to CO for the first time last night, I was pleasantly amazed.
            Bamonte's is good for "old time" atmosphere and old school dishes.
            River Cafe of course is excellent but closed since Sandy.
            Henry's End was interesting when they first opened, with all their exotic meat dishes but nothing drew me back there.
            Rose Water is good for the choices in Park Slope, but compared to better Manhattan restaurants it's not quite good enough.
            Luger's of course is great.
            Rucola I find to be a nice place to eat, good , friendly service. The food is nothing special but very acceptable.
            Fernando's for the panelle, they have the best.
            Tanoreen people seem to like, i think the food is overpriced and mediocre at best.
            Brooklyn Fare is fantastic, my only issues there is the price and the fact that they got 3 Michelin stars, Which doesn't make sense for counter dining.
            Pok Pok has good Thai food , better than others I've tried in Bklyn.
            Pines almost went there but the menu seemed too "unspecial" and the fact that they sell you bread is absurd.
            1 or 8 has the best sushi and japanese cooked in Brooklyn. IMHO
            Teresa for just home made simple Polish food.
            MOIM for modern korean food in Park Slope is really good.
            Talde I didn't like much, but it had potential. I went ,when they first opened. I plan on trying it again.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Hmmmm, i should have realized that Convivium Osteria was not strictly Italian, when I saw Amejoas and chorizo on the menu, and not vongole, I;'ve had that dish in Portugal. Also they had Spanish wine. I guess that should have tipped me off. The waiter appeared to be italian. The dishes I had were all Italian. Some dishes I didn't have like a pasta with beef ragu seemed italian.. Oh well, It's a great Mediterranean restaurant

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Convivium is fantastic, a real neighborhood gem that deserves more notice - I used to live on that block and was there quite often years ago. The menu has always been kind of Pan-Mediterranean, though earlier it leaned more heavily Portuguese, with a couple of smaller pasta dishes offered as mid-courses. Haven't been in some time (probably a couple years, sadly, but this thread is making me want to go back...) but it's possible they've moved things in a more Italian direction if that's the stuff that was selling better.

                1. re: sgordon

                  It does seem more italian, but I do love Portuguese food. They had a gnocchi-like dish called gnudo ( not made from potato). The gnudo was stuffed with spinach and ricotta, and was delicious. I never hear of gnudo before but strangely a few days later at Recette they served gnudi ( i guess plural for gnudo), it was good also.
                  Convivium is my favorite Park Slope restaurant now.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    Gnudi are a fairly common dish - the name means "nude" (as you can imagine) and it basically measn the filling of a ravioli without the wrapper, bound with a little egg into dumplings. Traditionally it's made with spinach and ricotta and dressed with brown butter and sage. Iacopo Falai made the best in town, hands down, but sadly both his places seem to be closed for good. Don't know if he'll be re-emerging with a new place or if they'll be on the menu... April Bloomfield's at The Spotted Pig are justifiably loved - she crusts hers in a little semolina, giving them another texture. Had some at Rouge Tomate as well, really good.

                    1. re: sgordon

                      Thanks for the explanation. I did enjoy the gnudi at Convivium. I had been to Falai a few times but don't remember if I had these. I will check out the ones at Spotted Pig, that is convenient for me. I am unfamiliar with Rouge Tomate.

                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                        funny, I thought the gnudi were a little too firm the last time I tried but maybe it was an aberration. They werent bad, mind you.

                        Last time I went to convivium I ordered badly - the octopus and the rabbit both had basically the same treatment (olives - potatoes etc) which I had rather od'd on any way on a recent visit to Liguria so the meal was a bit boring and the rabbit not as interesting as I recalled. Also the waiter was nasty to us. Will have to get back quickly and redeem the experience.

                        1. re: jen kalb

                          Interestingly enough (or not), we haven't been back to Convivium in probably five years or more. I remember the food fondly and the space is/was charming. But you bring me back to the reason we stopped going and that was the unevenness of the service experience. At least 2 out of the 10 or so times we went, we had poor to rude service from waitstaff and even from the owners. Not outright nastiness, but just the kind of "we can care less whether you're liking this or not" type of attitude thing that ruins an otherwise good time. And that offset, at least for us, the 5 or so times that everything was just fine & the remaining 3 or so times where they were all actually very friendly and solicitous. And here you are saying "...the waiter was nasty to us. Will have to get back quickly and redeem the experience". Really? Is it worth it? Should we return? I guess it's time. The food I remember is better than most of the places we go & probably worth another shot.

                          1. re: jen kalb

                            Check it out again and report back. I was thrilled with this place. Especially since I have found it difficult to find good food in Park Slope. Maybe with the exception of Al Dila.

                            1. re: jen kalb

                              Never had a nasty experience, but the last time I was there with my husband (a few months ago), we had this older Italian (?) waiter who ignored me the entire time. When I asked questions about the menu he would answer to DH, not me. When he presented the food he would only address DH. I even asked for the check and paid the bill and I was still ignored! I wasn't upset but merely amused by the waiter's bizarre behavior. I don't know if it's a cultural or generational thing but it was quite odd.

                  2. re: foodwhisperer

                    I had the tasting menu at Rose Water on Saturday and thought it was outstanding. It was the second time I've done it, and the second time I've been wowed.

                2. Applewood
                  DiFara
                  Grocery
                  Sue Perette
                  Franny's
                  Lucali
                  Locanda Vini e olii
                  Peter Luger
                  Frankie's 457
                  Ferdinando's Focceria

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                  Lucali
                  575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                  Applewood
                  501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  Peter Luger Steak House
                  178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  Sue Perette
                  270 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231