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Feb 5, 2012 05:58 PM

Great new restaurants in Brooklyn?

I moved from Brooklyn 18 mths ago and will be back for a couple of days next week. Are there any new restaurants that have opened in the past 18 mths which you think I should definitely try? Anywhere but Williamsburg as I will be staying in Carroll Gdns.


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  1. The one notable new opening over the past 18 months is Colonie on Atlantic which isn't too far from CG. Lots of discussion about it. Some think its overpriced and too precious but I like it a lot and been back many times. Search for the threads. Catania which does mostly take out is also on Atlantic. There is a new Italian/Pizza place on Smith. I don't recall exactly when Van Horn opened but that might also be new in the past 18 months.

    127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

    193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. I haven't been there yet myself, but Battersby on Smith is getting a lot of good press. It's on my to-do list. I'm not sure which pizza place Bkeats is referring to, but there's Sottocasa on Atlantic just east of Smith which is a very good Neapolitan pizza place (wood burning, full pies only, etc.)

      255 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Sottocasa Pizzeria
      298 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. Would be helpful to know what sorts of places you liked and/or are looking for, but I'll agree with the above posters, Colonie and Battersby are the best meals I've had in the neighborhood recently. Also, Brucie.

        234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        255 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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        1. re: cazique

          Right. Brucie is nice, if sometimes inconsistent. I forgot about them. Another great addition is Rucola, on the corner of Bond and Dean.

          234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          190 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          1. re: egit

            Thanks for the suggestions. To give you some more context....

            When I lived in Park Slope I liked the following: Lucali, DiFara, Franny's, The Farm on Adderley, The Grocery, Frankies 457, The Vanderbilt, La Villa, Al di La, Song.....are all some of the places we used to eat in regularly. I'm a trained chef, mid-thirties and love all cuisines and happy to go to a dive or Michelin starred place.....the food is more important to me than the ambiance on this trip.

            Is there a pizza that rivals Lucali? I'm a pizza fanatic so if there is anything close I would definitely give it a try.

            Colonie and Battersby sound like great options. It's hard to decide between going back to an old favorite or trying somewhere new...

            575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Frankies 457 Spuntino
            457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            La Villa
            261 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Di Fara Pizza
            1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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

            295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            The Grocery
            288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            The Farm on Adderley
            1108 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

            295 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            The Vanderbilt
            570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            1. re: foodiefavorite

              I am admittedly not a pizza fanatic but I had the truffle, egg and pancetta pizza at Monte's on Carroll Street between 3rd and Nevins Street this weekend and was tempted to go back the next day to get it again. Really really delicious and made in a wood burning oven. They had a number of other pizza selections. I will be going back very soon.

              451 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        2. There are a few new and noteworthy places that have opened up in the Clinton Hill / Bed Stuy area.

          Do or Dine: Very good food in a casual, hip environment. I hesitate to classify it as high quality stoner food but that's basically the influence. The chef / owner came up in reputable establishments in NYC and decided to open a place with his own spin. Great addition to the neighborhood and recently has gotten lots of positive press.

          Speedy Romeo: new place on corner of Greene and Classon. Wood fired oven puts out very good pizzas and steaks / chops. Reasonable prices and good wine list.

          Celestino: seafood-focused offshoot of Saraghina (my go-to pizza spot)

          Saraghina: my go-to pizza spot. On an emerging corner in Bed Stuy and transports you to a rustic little Italian resto with excellent pizzas and a menu that changes daily based on ingredients.

          435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

          Do or Dine
          1108 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

          562 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

          Speedy Romeo
          376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

          1. For pizza GIuseppinas in far south slope is fantastic, owner is brothers with the owner of Lucali and worked there.

            Talde on 7th ave in Park Slope is also excellent-a sort of asian fusion but done really well and excellent bar

            691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            1. re: jeeg

              Giuseppinas is a great suggestion, I've been waiting for it to open for a while now! Do you know if it is as difficult to get a Table as it is at Lucali's?