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ziggystardust Sep 4, 2011 09:58 AM

Hi guys; I'll be spending a week in your city next month and I wanted to do my homework for eating recs. I'll be staying at the Day's Inn on 39th street in Sunset Park. I haven't been to NYC in about twenty years so I'll be moving around a lot, mostly in Manhattan. I'm going to post on the Manhattan board as well so what I'm looking for here are recs for the Sunset Park area as well as elsewhere in Brooklyn.
As you can see from my choice of lodgings, money is an object so I'm not looking for the poshest place in town, as well I'm travelling, dining and drinking solo so the place needn't be romantic. I've done a lot of backpacker type travel in Asia and the Middle East so I'm not scared of going to rougher places as long as the victuals are tasty. Let's say maximum price for a meal including drinks around $60.
I come from a city (Toronto) with a lot of Asian food, and I live in Chinatown so I'm not interested in that. What I am looking for, if it still exists, is an old school Italian-American place; red sauce, meatballs, checked tablecloth kind of thing. You may groan at that but here in Toronto, in spite of a very large Italian community, those places have all but disappeared and been replaced by a much higher end, haute cuisine version. New York Pizza! Got to have it, cold beer and a pizza in a place that doesn't offer sundried tomatoes or goat cheese or Thai sauce on their pizza.
Another thing I'd like is American food. What's American food? I'm not quite sure myself but if you know of any non-ethnic places that serve good, honest American food I'd like to know about them. If I can have a great sandwich/burger in one hand, a beer in the other and be seated around locals, I'll be a happy guy.
Good deli/Jewish food. Again, something Toronto once had when I was a kid but have now all given way to more Israeli -style falafel and the like places. I know Katz's in Manhattan is the go to place but it seems a bit touristy. Anywhere else?
Good Latin/Mexican food; these are woefully underrepresented in my part of the world and always a treat to look forward to when I travel to the US.
Polish or other Eastern European food, I've read that there's great Polish food to be had in Brooklyn.
Also, places to drink. I'm neither a wine drinker nor a fancy cocktails guy. Beer and Jim Beam keep me happy. I favour rock and metal music. The place can be sketchy but not so much so that a wayward traveller is likely to get his butt kicked for looking the wrong way.

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    AubWah RE: ziggystardust Sep 4, 2011 07:55 PM

    i have walked past that hotel many times, sounds like you are on a stringent budget. having been to toronto one thing the city is missing is mexicans. your hotel is steps from some of the best mexican food in nyc. you are so close to pueblo mini mart, you have to stop in for a torta. for tacos go to tacos matamoros and try the tripa and cabeza tacos. 3 "pequenos" of each is a pretty huge meal for 9 bucks. you asked for jewish and it sounds like you have not been to barney greengrass. they are nyc legends, located on the upper west side. sturgeon is their specialty. for polish get on the G to Greenpoint. dine at a neighborhood stallwart

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    Tacos Matamoros
    4508 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

    Puebla Mini Market
    3908 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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      ziggystardust RE: AubWah Sep 5, 2011 08:35 AM

      Thanks for that info. It's good to know about those two Mexican places, I haven't had decent Mexican since I was in San Francisco a couple of years ago. And it does indeed look like Pueblo Mini Mart is just steps from my hotel. I've never heard of Barney Greengrass but I'll look into it.

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        deabot RE: ziggystardust Sep 5, 2011 09:18 AM

        Tacos El Bronco is also in your area. They have a food truck at 43rd and 5th and a sitdown location on 43rd and 4th.

        For old school, red sauce you may want to consult this thread.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559371
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735223
        Sam's restaurant in Cobble Hill would also fit your bill. They do pizza too.

        For Polish food, I like Lomzynianka. Cheaper than my old standby of Cafe Polonez in Toronto. http://www.lomzynianka.com/

        Luigi's in Windsor Terrace has cheap, tasty unpretentious slices.

        Burger and beer-the Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace has a great burger and a good beer selection.

        Happy eating!

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        Lomzynianka
        646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

        Luigi's Pizza
        686 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Sam's
        238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        The Double Windsor
        210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Tacos El Bronco
        4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        Tacos El Bronco
        5th Ave 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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          ziggystardust RE: deabot Sep 5, 2011 09:41 AM

          Deabot, thanks for the tips. I'm a big fan of Cafe Polonez too so I'll definitely check out Lomzynianka.

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            deabot RE: ziggystardust Sep 5, 2011 04:08 PM

            Ziggystardust-a few more thoughts.

            Tulcingo Deli in Sunset Park has delicious tacos arabes.

            Just thought of Korzo as well in the South Slope, they have eastern european fare and you can get some nice cold beer in a casual bar. They also have a sister restaurant in the east village called Korzo Haus and it offers deep fried burgers and beer as their specialty. Might be worth checking out as well.

            A pertinent thread for your Jewish deli fix.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768221

            Lomzynianka is a comforting standby but you'll have no shortage of spots on Greenpoint/Manhattan ave. Just like Roncesvalles!

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            Lomzynianka
            646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

            Korzo
            667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Tulcingo
            5520 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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              ziggystardust RE: deabot Sep 6, 2011 05:55 PM

              Deep fried burgers? My god, that must be worth a try. Is South Slope near Sunset Park? I've never been to Brooklyn so I have no idea how difficult it is to find your way around.

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      Bookistan RE: ziggystardust Sep 6, 2011 03:16 PM

      Just had a casual dinner at Tacos El Bronco and I think they surpass just about every other Sunset Park Mexican I've been to for tacos. They are large, absolutely delicious, and beautifully presented, especially for the price. It's very casual but clean and friendly. Very close to your hotel so definitely check it out - you'll want to go again!

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      Tacos El Bronco
      4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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        ziggystardust RE: Bookistan Sep 6, 2011 05:50 PM

        Thanks Bookistan, I will definitely check it out. I have a soft spot for well done, inexpensive ethnic food.

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          AubWah RE: Bookistan Sep 7, 2011 04:58 PM

          what kind of tacos did you have? they have great buche

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            Bookistan RE: AubWah Sep 8, 2011 06:58 PM

            Lengua and carnitas (the low-cal stuff!). Yummy yummy yummy.

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            Tacos El Bronco
            4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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              tex.s.toast RE: AubWah Sep 9, 2011 01:38 AM

              The al pastor is also first rate, though of late we've been patronizing their truck and not the storefront - the truck is an amazing operation, for those who havent seen it. Its a converted airporter van/bus thing which on busy nights is literally rocking - they usually have 4 guys working inside, two guys taking orders (including over a land line phone, the logistics of which perplex me) and 4-6 guys delivering orders and or ferrying supplies from one of the adjacent cargo vans. The food is terrific, the value is unbeatable, and we're clearly not the only people who think so! (to-go cups that i could fill myself with their delicious - and really spicy - salsas would be just about the only improvement i could think of, other than relocating to directly in front of my apartment).

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              Tacos El Bronco
              5th Ave 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

          2. Polecat RE: ziggystardust Sep 6, 2011 08:01 PM

            "I know Katz's in Manhattan is the go to place but it seems a bit touristy"
            So what? It's still good. If you've never been, give it a go.
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              ziggystardust RE: Polecat Sep 7, 2011 06:04 PM

              Good point. If I pass it and it's not too crowded I'll give it a try.

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                tex.s.toast RE: ziggystardust Sep 8, 2011 06:18 AM

                it will be crowded - though i cant guess what your own measure of "too crowded" is. There is a highly idiosyncratic ordering system in place: you have two choices, you can sit at one of the tables along the wall and get "service" from a waiter (this is not traditional and really only something i do with a big group or people who are too put off by the other way of ordering) OR you can wait in line in front of the counter and order from the cutters behind the counter. in either case you take a ticket - either the counterman or your waiter will write the price of your items on it and you present it to the cashier on departure for payment. If you go to the counter pick ANY line, there are usually 2x more people in the first line and at least 75% of them will be tourists who dont understand the system. push right past them and find one of the lines further down the counter. Also, ive stopped ordering pastrami on rye because i find their bread to be totally worthless and im of the opinion that tradition is only worthwhile where it means something - you can order your sandwich on "club bread" which is just a sandwich roll for a better (IMO) experience. oh, dont stand in line twice, the same guy who cuts your sandwich will yell down the line to get whatever else you want (beer, hot dog, knish etc) brought to him and passed over the counter to you.

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                  ziggystardust RE: tex.s.toast Sep 9, 2011 08:05 PM

                  That's as helpful information as I could've possibly hoped for. Thanks for taking the time to write that. If I do end up there, I'll be ready for it.

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                    prunefeet RE: ziggystardust Oct 1, 2011 11:38 AM

                    Be sure to tip the counter guy a buck - he'll make a huge sandwich even more massive for you. You will not be able to get your jaws around it.

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              gort RE: ziggystardust Sep 8, 2011 07:23 AM

              In addition to the many great taquerias in the neighborhood, you should also consider El Tesoro on 5th Avenue and 40th Street for Ecuadorian food. I recommend the hornado (roast pork), ceviche or rice with black clams (concha) and the shrimp chupe. Cheap beer, too.

              As far as bars go, I'm not too sure about the immediate area. There are a couple of Irish dive bars quite near to your hotel, and granted I've only walked by them and not gone in, but they give off a pretty heavy locals-only vibe. If you go much further down 4th Avenue, you'll find a couple of good pub-type places: Cherry Tree and 4th Avenue Pub (I prefer the latter). Both are around 4th Ave and St. Marks Place. Around 4th and Carroll, you've got Mission Dolores and the Rock Shop.

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              El Tesoro Ecuatoriano
              4015 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

              Cherry Tree
              65 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              Fourth Avenue Pub
              76 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              Mission Dolores
              249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Rock Shop
              249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                ziggystardust RE: gort Sep 9, 2011 08:11 PM

                About those Irish dive bars; I'm of Irish descent and look like it, I'm a blue-eyed redhead. I wonder if that earn me some cachet with the patrons and thus allow me a taste of something really New York.

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                  prunefeet RE: gort Oct 1, 2011 11:42 AM

                  One block from Mission Dolores and the Rock shop is the Canal Bar - a friendly neighborhood joint with a back yard - Third Ave between Union and President - if you're in the neighborhood! Gort is right, some of those irish bars do have a forbidding vibe - I'm also of irish descent, but my husband and I got frozen out of one of those places. Still, they are always worth a try, you might find a gem.

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                  Canal Bar
                  270 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                  nychas RE: ziggystardust Sep 8, 2011 10:18 AM

                  You're not far from Toby's Public House at 6th Ave and 21st St. They do great brick oven pizzas and good craft beer. You will be very comfortable eating at the bar there. Pacific Standard is another bar that completes the "triangle" of Cherry Tree and 4th Ave Pub and is a very easy R train ride for you.

                  Speaking of the R Train, it will also take you close to Colandrea New Corner Restaurant at 8th Ave and 72nd Street in Bay Ridge. They are old school Italian.

                  Speaking of Bay Ridge you might enjoy a trip there also; it is the next neighborhood up from Sunset Park on the R train. 5th and 3rd Avenues there offer many bars and places to eat.

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                  Pacific Standard
                  82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                  Colandrea New Corner
                  7201 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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

                  Cherry Tree
                  65 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                    ziggystardust RE: nychas Sep 10, 2011 09:30 AM

                    Thanks nychas. The information about the bars is helpful, as is the information about the R train and Bay Ridge. I'll be moving around by public transit and since you mentioned it, I've found that the R train meets most of my travel needs. When you talk about 5th and 3rd Avenues, do you mean the ones (I know there must be only one but just to clarify..) that run parallel to the R line? I'm looking at a NYC transit map and these streets seem to run through Park Slope and Bay Ridge as well as Sunset Park at least. The "action" (restaurants and bars)on 5th and 3rd is better in Bay Ridge than the other places?

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                      tex.s.toast RE: ziggystardust Sep 10, 2011 10:35 AM

                      first, yeah by 5th and 3rd avenues nychas is referring to the avenues that parallel the R train (which runs underneath 4th ave).

                      As for where the action is, it depends on the neighborhood - up here in park slope most of the commercial action (restaurants and stores) are on 5th and 7th avenues (though near the end of 4th ave at atlantic there has been a relatively recent emergence of a pretty cool bar scene on 4th - see the rec's for pacific standard, rock shop, mission dolores, etc).

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                      Pacific Standard
                      82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                      Mission Dolores
                      249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                      Rock Shop
                      249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  2. David11238 RE: ziggystardust Sep 10, 2011 10:21 AM

                    Third David's Brisket House. However, on very, very rare occasions the meats have been dry. So ask for a sample slice/s before you commit. You may want to check out Tommaso in Dyker Heights for Italian. It's not red sauce per se, but it's certainly not high end. You still see old schoolers in their windbreakers and giant pearls with the beehives dining. And the food is pretty good, too. I wonder if Two Toms is still open? They should be red sauce as well. I haven't been to any Polish restaurants, unless you want to count Veselka (?), which I think is horrid. So maybe you want to hit Jubilat, on 5th Avenue between Prospect Avenue & 17th Street in Brooklyn. It's more of a provision store. But you're not going to get better kielbasas, sausage, ham and cooked food at any other Polish goods place. And stay away from Eagle Provisions. Over-hyped and over priced nonsense. For an American breakfast or lunch, or a very late night meal, you may want to try 7th Avenue Donuts on 7th Ave & 9th Street in Park Slope. It's a gussied up dive that doesn't serve beer, however, they serve a great bacon & eggs with grits, their donuts are awesome, they can make fantastic soup staples like chicken rice and navy bean, and they're very inexpensive. Smiling Pizzeria across the street can be a hit or miss. Most of all, don't forget Gray's Papaya, on W8th Street and Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, for grilled Sabrette hot dogs and way too sugary papaya juice. Cheap and good.

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                    Two Toms
                    255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                    Tommaso
                    1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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

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                      ziggystardust RE: David11238 Sep 13, 2011 07:13 PM

                      Appreciate the rec about David's but it seems to be in Bed-Stuy, an area which various internet postings warn is quite dangerous. It's ok to wander in there?

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                        bobjbkln RE: ziggystardust Sep 13, 2011 08:08 PM

                        Are those internet postings from 20 years ago? Yes it's OK to wander there.

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                          ChiefHDB RE: bobjbkln Sep 13, 2011 10:25 PM

                          Completely fine to wander. That part of Nostrand is a pretty bustling area too, so no worries.

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                          Bob Martinez RE: ziggystardust Sep 13, 2011 11:23 PM

                          David's is only open in the daytime, another factor that might increase your comfort level.

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                          prunefeet RE: David11238 Oct 1, 2011 11:44 AM

                          Two Toms is still open when they want to be.

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                          Two Toms
                          255 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                          Geo8rge RE: ziggystardust Sep 11, 2011 07:34 AM

                          Good deli/Jewish food. - Take the B or Q train to Avenue J. Near the station is the infamous DiFara Pizza. Walk to Coney Island Ave to find a collection of Orthodox Jewish food businesses. Please note they are closed Fri sundown to Sat Sundown and do not appreciate immodestly dressed women in their stores (Katz on the other hand does not care how you dress).

                          Good deli/Jewish food. - 13th ave between New Utrecht and 36th street. B train to New Utrecht or F/G to Church ave. 13ave is the "high street" of the very orthodox Jewish Boro park.

                          Polish or other Eastern European food,- Greenpoint and Manhattan, G train Greenpoint, is the center of Gravity. Noteworthy is Brighton beach near coney island, look up posts.

                          American food? Look up BBQ. Michell's Fish and Chips or is it Michell's Soul food on Vanderbilt near the botanical garden and Brooklyn Museum.

                          There is also Caribbean and South Asian if that is what you want. Plus some Chinese. You can do South American and Chinese in Sunset park as the ethnic areas are close to each other.

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                          Di Fara Pizza
                          1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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

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                            ziggystardust RE: Geo8rge Sep 13, 2011 07:21 PM

                            13th Avenue is something I may want to check out, an orthodox "high street" is intriguing. Appreciated. Michell's Soul food also catches my eye and falls under my desire for American food. It's a funny thing but I began planning this as a trip to Manhatten (I've been twice before) but as I do more research, Brooklyn is becoming more and more the focus. I really do appreciate all the help I've gotten from fellow hounds.

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                              David11238 RE: ziggystardust Sep 14, 2011 02:48 AM

                              Mitchel's is mediocre at best. Maybe it's changed the last time I ate there, but I find their food leaning towards the under seasoned and on the dry side. It’s like they decided to cater to the “new foodies” rather than the old schoolers who moved out a while back. You will find a dedicated fan base who swear by the place. There is a great place on Atlantic Avenue called Saratoga Country Kitchen (Atlantic Ave & Saratoga Ave.) that has really great greasy fried chicken and smothered fried pork chops. Their mac N’ cheese is also top notch. Made with a plethora of processed cheese and pork grease(I believe), you can’t beat it. There are also two fried fish places: Git N' Git on Ralph Ave., between Bergen and St. Marks, and Fish N' Wings, between Ashford & Warwick. Git N' Git makes plain, but very tasty fried whiting, shrimp and chicken, along with in store cut, fresh french fries. There is no room to sit down and eat. Get N' Git is very, very small. Fish and Wings, leans towards very seasoned fried chicken and fish. They also cook (IMO) the best mac N' cheese in the five boroughs. If you’re into desserts Fish and Wings supposedly makes a very delicious red velvet cake (which I haven’t yet tried). If you decide to try Fish and Wings, call before hand and see if they're open. They kind of make their own hours. All three places while in dicey areas, are fine during the day.

                              Get It 'N' Git
                              444 Ralph Ave
                              (between Bergen St & St Marks Ave)
                              Brooklyn, NY 11233
                              (718) 467-2353

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

                              Fish and Wings
                              2928 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207

                              The Country Kitchen
                              1991 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

                              Get It 'N' Git
                              444 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

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                                Barry Strugatz RE: David11238 Oct 4, 2011 07:35 AM

                                Beg to differ. I think Mitchell's is top notch. Been going here for years, way before they took down the bullet-proof glass. I prefer it to the Country Kitchen. Dishes I especially like are the short ribs, turkey wings, pig feet, greens, cabbage. I'll have to try the Git mac and cheese.

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

                                The Country Kitchen
                                1991 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

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                                  ziggystardust RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 4, 2011 08:09 PM

                                  Soul food is something that's pretty much non-existent in Canada so it's on my eating list while I'm there. I was thinking of going to Harlem for that (though I'll probably go anyway). Is Mitchell's good enough to avoid an eating trip to Harlem or are there places in Harlem that are that much better if I'm going anyway?

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                                hhhippo RE: ziggystardust Sep 23, 2011 05:24 PM

                                Just so you know, you're not actually going to find very much in the way of classic "Jewish deli" places in either of the aforementioned heavily Orthodox neighborhoods. They're mostly Glatt kosher establishments, especially in Borough Park (13th Ave. area). It's interesting sociologically, but I wouldn't go looking for pastrami around there.

                                David's Brisket mentioned elsewhere in this thread really is delicious (although it's no longer actually a Jewish establishment). A couple of more far-flung Brooklyn Jewish delis that have a little more of the classic atmosphere and good sandwiches, matzoh-ball soup, etc. are Adelman's on King's Highway and Jay and Lloyd's on Ave. U. All three of these places are kind of a hike from where you're staying, but if Brooklyn is becoming more your focus, each area will provide plenty of authentic, local color for you to see.

                                Greenpoint does in fact have good Polish places, but nearer to where you're staying, in Bay Ridge (the neighborhood to the south of Sunset Park), there happens to be a great Polish place called Polonica, on 3rd Ave. (b/t/ 72nd and 73rd). If kielbasa stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon sounds like a good idea rather than a terrifying one, this is your place. Bay Ridge also happens to have a lot of decent Italian and Middle Eastern places.

                                You're staying fairly nearby Giuseppina's at 6th Ave. and 20th St. It's a spinoff of Lucali, the famous pizza place, and their pizzas are supposed to be pretty much as good but without all the fuss and waiting at Lucali.

                                Enjoy your stay! Please make sure to go to Sunset Park (the actual park) just a couple blocks down 5th Ave from where you're staying. Climb the hill for the best view in Brooklyn. It's a great place to take a few tacos to go (I think all the previous recommendations for Mexican places are solid. Tacos El Bronco is probably my favorite, and their truck is right along 5th Ave. at the bottom of the park.)

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                                Lucali
                                575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                Jay & Lloyd's
                                2718 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229

                                Adelman's Kosher Deli
                                1906 Kings Hwy, Brooklyn, NY 11229

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

                                Polonica
                                7214 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                                Giuseppina's
                                691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                Tacos El Bronco
                                4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

                                Tacos El Bronco
                                5th Ave 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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                                  ziggystardust RE: hhhippo Sep 23, 2011 07:49 PM

                                  Thanks hhhippo for this and the other posting about Sunset Park Diner and Donuts. Strangely enough, Brooklyn is becoming more of a focus than Manhattan. And kielbasa stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon doesn't terrify me but does give me pause.

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                              ziggystardust RE: ziggystardust Sep 13, 2011 07:28 PM

                              I've noticed that very near to my hotel is a place called Sunset Park Diner & Donuts. Is it any good?

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                              Sunset Park Diner & Donuts
                              889 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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                                roderickhazardplain RE: ziggystardust Oct 3, 2011 10:50 PM

                                no, it's not good. really, go to puebla mini mart for a torta. also you say you're not into asian food this trip but seriously you owe it to yourself to check out 8th ave. lucky 8 (the one with the red awning -- @ 51st street?) before 3pm will serve you some of the best cantonese style roast pork you'll find. after then, they'll be out, but still, consider their abalone and garlic green stir fry ("pride of lucky 8"). get the pastor from the truck in front of the key foods on 5th and 43rd (bronco). i miss living in sunset park. oh and around 24th and 4th (one R train/ 15 min walk) there is a large mexican grocery store with a killer tacqueria in the back. OH and check out yunan flavor snack for really distinctive regional chinese noodle soups -- the only yunnan spot in the city irrc

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

                                Lucky Eight
                                5204 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

                                Puebla Mini Market
                                3908 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

                                Tacos El Bronco
                                5th Ave 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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                                  Polecat RE: roderickhazardplain Oct 4, 2011 06:32 AM

                                  Strong, strong second on Yunan Flavor Snack. Their hot and sour dumpling soup is, at very least, the equal to anything I've tried at any mall in Flushing.
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                                  Yunnan Flavour Snack Shop
                                  775 49th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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                                    missmasala RE: Polecat Oct 4, 2011 08:12 AM

                                    I'll third the Yunnan Flavor Snack rec—particularly for the hot and sour dumpling soup.

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

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                                    ziggystardust RE: roderickhazardplain Oct 4, 2011 08:03 PM

                                    I appreciate the recs for Chinese food but I live in the heart of Toronto's Chinatown and I lived in Taiwan for eight years, so as much as I love Asian food (and I really do), I'm more inclined to getting things that are harder to come by here. The Mexican recs are great and it's a happy accident that I'm staying in the part of NYC that seems to have the best Mexican food in the city because up here, the state of Mexican food is pretty grim.

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                                  ziggystardust RE: ziggystardust Oct 2, 2011 02:23 PM

                                  Prunefeet; thanks for your tips. I guess I'll have to make the call on the Irish dive bars when I see them and catch the vibe.

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                                    ziggystardust RE: ziggystardust Oct 23, 2011 07:21 PM

                                    I just got back from my trip to your city and thought I'd pass along some of my eating experiences.

                                    Tacos El Bronco (Sunset Park) I had my first meal there and it was as great as everyone said. For $10 I had a beef burrito and a large horchada. The burrito was excellent and the value was superb. The service was very friendly. If I lived in Brooklyn, I'd be a regular. Later in the week I stumbled across the their taco truck on 5th Ave. and had two beef tacos for $3. I was shocked by how such great food can be served at such a reasonable price.

                                    White Castle (Sunset Park) Probably not a food destination for you but for me it was a novelty. I had two sliders with cheese. I concur with the posters who said it's best eaten when drunk, which I wasn't. Really greasy little concoction. Maybe it's better when you're drunk.

                                    Nathan's Famous (Coney Island) I had the standard hot dog with cheese. The weiner was great, very juicy and tasty. My only regret was getting it with the cheese sauce which looked and tasted like the stuff that comes out of the machines in 7-11. Next time, I'd just get it with mustard.

                                    Katz's Deli (Manhattan) I had the famed smoked meat sandwich with the pickle side. The meat seemed to be hand cut. It was really quite good but a little steep in price. But I suppose given their location, clientele and reputation they can get away with it.

                                    Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery (Manhattan) After lunch at Katz's I felt like something sweet rather than savoury so I had an apple knish and black and white egg cream. Both were great though I'm still not entirely sure what exactly an egg cream is. As an added bonus, one of the Jewish ladies working there (who claimed to be an descendant of the original Mr.Schimmel) got into a heated argument with a customer over what exactly constitutes a knish. After the customer stormed out, she continued her side of the argument with the eight or so of us left in the shop.

                                    Shake Shack (Battery Park) I had the cheeseburger, fries and a black and white shake. I never managed to find a black and white cookie on my trip so took them in liquid form instead. The burger was excellent, as good, if not better than In N'Out and the fries were definitely better than In N'Out. The shake was to die for.

                                    Lexington Candy Shop (Upper East Side) I got lost trying to find the Met Museum of Art and stumbled across this place. I had a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich. The sandwich was good but not outstanding in any way. The best part was the atmosphere. A real retro diner complete with countermen in white coats and real soda fountains. I regret not getting a Coke because I've never had real fountain soda.

                                    Luigi's Pizza (Park Slope) Someone here recommended Giuseppina's Pizza nearby and after wandering around on a rain sodden night I found to my dismay that it was a candlelit romantic affair. Being a solo male traveller, I felt a bit weird about going in so I wandered down to 5th Ave. and found this place. Good, solid, old school pizza in (what seemed to me) an authentic Brooklyn pizza joint. I had two deluxe slices for $6. Was it the best pizza I've ever had in my life? No, but if I lived in the area I'd definitely return.

                                    Country Pan Fried Chicken (Harlem) I went for the $11 AYCE buffet. Two trips to the buffet got me two pieces of fried chicken, mac n' cheese, collard greens, corn bread and okra in a tomato sauce as well as a glass of incredibly sweet lemonade. The chicken was outstanding, very tasty, crispy skin and juicy meat. The mac n' cheese was meh, I can do better myself at home. I'd never had collard greens before so I can't say if they were well executed or not but I found them too bitter for my taste. The weird thing that I was literally the only customer in the place and yet the waitress still managed to be surly, although in a charming way

                                    All in all, a great trip to NYC and many thanks to the hounds who took the time to give advice to a hungry traveller.

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                                    Luigi's Pizza
                                    686 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                    Nathan's Famous
                                    1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

                                    Giuseppina's
                                    691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                    Tacos El Bronco
                                    5th Ave 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

                                    White Castle
                                    850 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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