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Jul 6, 2011 06:36 PM

7 nights in Brooklyn

Not sure exactly where I'll be staying yet, but somewhere in the Park Slope / Fort Greene / Prospect Heights / Carroll Gardens / Cobble Hill vicinity... likely a brownstone apt. rental in one of the above mentioned neighborhoods. Staying with another couple; close friends who are on a tighter budget ($45 p/p range) than myself. No matter as we'll treat them to at least one nice meal and with other friends in the city, won't necessarily have to dine together each night. I usually stay in Manhattan and rarely venture off the island into the outer boroughs, so I'm looking forward to a different 'taste' of New York this fall...

Here's what I have on my radar from some quick yelping and chowhound search plugs, and would appreciate feedback as well as specific suggestions for a recommended itinerary for our week-long visit; ie. breakfasts/brunches, lunches, dinners, cocktails, etc:

• Applewood - (Park Slope)

• Juventino - (Park Slope)

• Rose Water Restaurant - (Park Slope)

• Al Di La Trattoria - (Park Slope)

• Jpan - (Park Slope)

• Palo Santo - (Park Slope)

• Thistle Hill Tavern - (Park Slope)

• Slope Cellars - (Park Slope)

• Blue Angel Wines - (Park Slope)

• Beer Table - (Park Slope)

• Cherry Tree - (Park Slope)

• Blue Apron Foods - (Park Slope)

• Tom's Restaurant - (Prospect Heights)

• Stonehome Wine Bar - (Fort Greene)

• abistro Restaurant - (Fort Greene)

• Black Iris - (Fort Greene)

• Caffe e Vino - (Fort Greene)

• Olea Mediterranean Taverna - (Fort Greene)

• Aqualis Grill - (Fort Greene)

• Soigne Restaurant & Wine Bar - (Fort Greene)

• Habana Outpost - (Fort Greene)

• Foster's Restaurant - (Fort Greene)

• Henry Public - (Cobble Hill)

• Buttermilk Channel - (Carroll Gardens)

• Prime Meats - (Carroll Gardens)

• Peter Luger's Steakhouse - (Williamsburg)

• Motorino Pizza - (Williamsburg)

• Amarin Cafe - (Greenpoint)

• Ba Xuyên - (Borough Park)

PS - Only place I've been to is Pete Luger's (no surprise!) -- Other than Coney Island (Totonno's, Nathan's, etc) and Steve's Key Limes by the waterfront... but won't be heading out that way this time around! We're from Montreal btw, NYC is second home to us yet we've only ever crossed over to BK to visit friends. We're all adventurous eaters and budget isn't a big concern. All kinds of cuisine (with preferance towards upscale market-fresh and innovative/interesting) as well as ethnic lunch destinations, gastropubs, wine bars, etc. Not looking to venture into Manhattan at all on this trip!

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  1. Btw, we'll mostly be sticking within our downtown Brooklyn zone, with maybe a couple of trips out to Williamsburg/Greenpoint to visit friends in that area. If you had only 7 nights to spend in town and wanted some great meals and a good feel for the foodie scene in Brooklyn, where would you suggest we definitely put on the destination list?

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    1. re: OliverB

      Roberta's is a can't miss on a Brooklyn trip.

      I'd add Mile End in Cobble Hill for breakfast/lunch one day too. Sam's on Court Street is also an experience.

      261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

      238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Mile End
      97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    2. Interesting challenge. You've got a few of my favorites on that list (Al di La, Applewood). If you've got only 7 nights and some budget considerations, you'll have to narrow it down considerably. I'm sure you'll get quite a few responses, but let me shift your paradigm a bit: rather than specific restaurants, let me suggest you pick neighborhoods (yeah, I read your second post indicating your intention to stick to the Downtown Brooklyn vicinity, but I'll ignore it for a moment).

      Neighborhoods to include: Greenpoint (I'll have to suggest a tag team or Brouwerij Lane, followed by pizza at Paulie Gee's), Sunset Park (maybe tacos on Fifth Ave., followed by Chinatown, perhaps Lucky Eights or Pacificana...or dim sum at Pacificana, followed by tacos), Brighton Beach (several threads on this board list favorite Russian places).

      I just posted my experience with a recent Roberta's trip. Unless you are into a potentially long wait, hipster overload and pies that are not as good as Paulie Gee's, I'd skip it.

      Good luck, and say "bonjour" to Chef Normand Laprise at Toque next time you're in Montreal's financial district.

      813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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

      Lucky Eight
      5204 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

      501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      Brouwerij Lane
      78 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

      Paulie Gee's
      60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

      1. For lunch, try Ferdinando's for authentic Sicilian panelle...I also second Al Di La. Have fun and welcome to BK!

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

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

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        1. re: piattoparla

          Just one suggestion re: Al di La. You must know they have a no reservations policy. If you cannot get seated in the main dining room, go around the corner to their wine bar. Same menu. Less wait. Sample a few wines by the glass. Bartenders usually very well-informed about the unique wine selections.

        2. In Greenpoint, I would drop Amarin from your list. It's not destination-worthy in the least bit. Replace with either Paulie Gee's/ beer stop ( Brouwerij Lane or The Diamond) or check out Lomzynianka, which is a excellent neighborhood Polish restaurant. Greenpoint is the second largest Polish community in the country. Another idea is to visit and shop for sausages and smoked meats at the local Polish meat markets. We've done threads on them.

          In Williamsburg, consider Diner for good local farm-to-table food. They were sort of a pioneer locally in this vain. For ethnic in W'burg, Tabaré for Uruguayan cuisine is getting a lot of good buzz...For general grazing, every Saturday by the East River is Smorgusburg, a local food fair with all kinds of stuff. Overall, the neighborhood is probably better for drinking. We've done threads on destinations, itineraries, etc. recently.

          646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Amarin Cafe
          617 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          The Diamond
          43 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          Brouwerij Lane
          78 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          Paulie Gee's
          60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          27 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          221 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: Silverjay

            I strongly second the suggestion to drop Amarin in favor of Paulie Gee's if you're going to be visiting Greenpoint.

            Amarin Cafe
            617 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

            Paulie Gee's
            60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

            1. re: gort

              And, a few glasses at Brouwerij Lane before you go to Paulie Gee's.

              Brouwerij Lane
              78 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

              Paulie Gee's
              60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

          2. You must go to Franny's, stay the heck away from Habanna Outpost though, grab a beer at Der Shvartz Kolner near by. Never heard of Foster's restaurant and I live close to Fort Greene. I like to gets drinks at Weather Up. If you guys like coffee I really like WTF Coffee..

            Mile End is a nice place for breakfast or lunch during the weekday.. Peter Pan Donuts is a fun place to go for a weekday breakfast.. Sit at the counter, drink scalding hot coffee eat donuts, amazing egg sandwiches on fresh bagels and garlic rolls..

            Egg is really good for breakfast too and it takes you into Williamburg

            Great sandwiches at Saltie...

            295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            135A N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            Peter Pan Donut & Pastry
            727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

            Habana Outpost
            757 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            Weather Up
            589 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            Der Schwarze Kolner
            710 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            378 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            Mile End
            97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            WTF Espresso and Tea
            47 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205