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Essential BoCoCa?

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Hi
We will soon be moving to Cobble Hill, BK. We are excited for the move but need an insider's opinion on what is the best of the best in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Boerum Hill. Below is a list of places we like so far. Please help us to expand our list of "musts." Thanks for info!
Bill

Cafe Pedlar
Char #4
Frankies 457
Watty & Megs
Lunetta

(that's about all we've tried - what else???)

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Frankies 457 Spuntino
457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Lunetta
116 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Watty & Meg
248 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Char No. 4
196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cafe Pedlar
210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  1. Prime Meats is delicious for burgers. You must buy your mozzarella at Caputo's. And please do not call the neighborhood BoCoCa. Cringeworthy.

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    Caputo's Fine Foods
    460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Prime Meats
    465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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    1. re: eeee

      What's this, no love for Bar Tabac? Personally I think it's the best French Bistro in the area. Also try the newcomer Rucola on Dean and Bond.

      Fish Tales for seafood, though it's a little pricey. D'Amico's for coffee. Oaxaca for mexican delivery. I'll put in my vote for Paisanos over Staubitz, but that's only because they're closer. Corner bodega for produce: I'm partial to the one on Court and Pacific. Brooklyn Wine Exchange for wine.

      Lot's of good places in the area. Enjoy exploring!

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      Bar Tabac
      128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Fish Tales
      191 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Brooklyn Wine Exchange
      138 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Rucola
      190 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    2. Some places to add to your list

      Hibino is the best Japanese in the area by far. Only place I think that is owned and operated by a Japanese staff. All the other sushi around is pffft.

      Colonie is great for innovative American.

      The Chip Shop when you want fried fish (though they have other things) and a good beer folowed with that fried twinkie.

      Catania for great take out Italian,

      Queen for old school Italian in a Hilton hotel lobby setting.

      For French, there's Sue Perette, Bacchus and Quercy.

      Passable Thai at Joya and Ghang Thai.

      Fried Chicken at Buttermilk Channel or Seersucker.

      Bahn Mi at Hanco and Nicky's

      Mexican at Alma's or Calexico - very different places - need to try both

      Go to Staubitz for your butcher.

      Saul's for a fancy night out

      No decent Chinese in the area.

      And as eeee said, don't call it BoCoCa. That's caca. You tell people you live in Cobble Hill.

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      Hibino
      333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Atlantic Chip Shop
      129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Staubitz Market
      222 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Hanco's
      85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Joya
      215 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Saul
      140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Alma
      187 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
      311 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Queen
      84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Bacchus
      409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      Quercy
      242 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Calexico
      122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Buttermilk Channel
      524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Ghang
      229 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Sue Perette
      270 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Seersucker
      329 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Colonie
      127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Catania
      193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. im partial to mile end and van horn for smoked meat/poutine and fried chicken sandwiches respectively. id definitely weight even more if those places were right around the corner (bad enough that they are only a few stops away)

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        Mile End
        97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Van Horn Sandwich Shop
        231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        1. i'd second a lot of what's already here and also add the following:

          the grocery for a celebration dinner.

          strong place for $1 happy hour oysters.

          brucie for good, slightly inventive italian food.

          henry public for well-made cocktails and a great turkey leg sandwich.

          lucali for excellent pizza (with a long wait); south brooklyn pizza for great pizza delivery.

          los paisanos and g. esposito & sons - both excellent butchers (personally, i like los paisanos better than staubitz, it's cheaper and has more of a selection).

          also shelky's for smoked fish, stinky for great cheese, mazzola for excellent bread, and farmacy for an awesome root beer float.

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          Stinky Brooklyn
          215 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Lucali
          575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Staubitz Market
          222 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Paisanos Meat Market
          162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
          357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Mazzola Bakery
          192 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          The Grocery
          288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Henry Public
          329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Brooklyn Farmacy
          513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Strong Place
          270 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Brucie
          234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Shelsky's Smoked Fish
          251 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          1. There are a couple of old-school joints right across the street from each other, on Union Street between Hicks and Columbia:

            House of Pizza and Calzone: Get the fried calzone - blows away any baked calzone, AFAIC - and the grandma, upside-down and bruschetta slices. I still believe it's the best slice joint in the neigborhood.

            Ferdinando's Foccaceria: I usually swing by this Sicilian restaurant to grab a panelle special - chickpea fritters smothered in ricotta and parmesan on a fresh-baked roll - but I recently had a very good dinner there with my parents. The arancini (rice ball) special is a thing of beauty, and anything with eggplant is a good choice - and I'm not even the biggest eggplant fan. Try the pork chop pizzaola as well - it's an off-menu item, just ask for it.

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

            House of Pizza and Calzone
            132 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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            1. re: kdgchow

              Everyone on this thread has done a very nice job summing up the choices.

              Regarding House of Pizza and Calzone, I'd suggest sticking to the calzone, I've found the pizza to be decent at best, I much prefer slices from My Little Pizzeria, or getting pies delivered from Fascati.

              Hibino is absolutely the best Japanese in the area, we tried all others in the neighborhood and this is the only place we eat at now.

              We used to be in love with Brucie, but be warned that it is very heavy (many dishes are made with cream sauces) and salty. If you order right, it's fantastic, but I'd stick to the lighter options.

              If you're looking for casual with outdoor space (better get there soon), we really like Two8Two on Atlantic, mostly burgers and fries, nice selection on tap.

              No one mentioned any Middle Eastern places. I've had positive and negative experiences at nearly each one. My advice is, if you like ME food, to try each one and see what suits your fancy.

              And as eeee stated, pretty please do not call the area BoCoCa, it was a very failed attempt to brand the area by real estate brokers.

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              Hibino
              333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              My Little Pizzeria
              114 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Fascati
              80 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Brucie
              234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Two8Two
              282 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              1. re: fishermb

                I have no recs to add. I only scanned the thread because I had no idea what BoCoCa was. And now I know it's not essential.

            2. My apologies, I will never use that lame realtor-invented term again. Thanks for all the great reccomendations. Can't wait to get the food adventures started!