HOME > Chowhound > Outer Boroughs >
What are you cooking today? Tell us about it
TELL US

Essential BoCoCa?

b
billyeats Sep 19, 2011 11:21 AM

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???)

-----
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

  1. b
    billyeats Sep 25, 2011 06:17 PM

    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!

    1. k
      kdgchow Sep 20, 2011 07:40 AM

      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.

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

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

      2 Replies
      1. re: kdgchow
        f
        fishermb Sep 20, 2011 01:55 PM

        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.

        -----
        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
          el jefe Sep 20, 2011 03:53 PM

          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. jon Sep 20, 2011 06:55 AM

        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.

        -----
        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. t
          tex.s.toast Sep 19, 2011 03:25 PM

          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)

          -----
          Mile End
          97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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

          1. b
            Bkeats Sep 19, 2011 02:28 PM

            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.

            -----
            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. e
              eeee Sep 19, 2011 12:43 PM

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

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

              Prime Meats
              465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              1 Reply
              1. re: eeee
                egit Sep 20, 2011 07:53 AM

                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!

                -----
                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

              Show Hidden Posts