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Feb 9, 2012 10:29 AM

Lunch near Transit Museum (in Brooklyn)

We are going to the Transit Museum on Saturday, and would like to find a nice but not expensive (max. about $20. pp) place for a late lunch nearby. The museum is on Boerum Pl. & Schermehorn. So it's very near Court St. and not far from the southern part of Brooklyn Heights. We don't want to walk more than about 15 or 20 minutes. American or ethnic food (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, etc.) would be fine. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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  1. Every one of the cuisines you mentioned is within a few blocks though most of the Chinese, Indian and Mexican Options are not great. There's also thai, british, new american, japanese, southern, old school italian, etc. Any preference?

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    1. re: Bkeats

      My husband claims Thai food does not agree with him, and I'm not crazy about Japanese, but otherwise, any of the ones you mentioned would be fine. Which place do you think offers the best food for the price? Also, I would prefer a place that's not far from the museum
      I remember going to a Polish restaurant on Montague years ago; I think it was called Teresa's, and it was pretty good and very reasonable. Do you know if it's still there?
      Please do let me know what you would recommend. Thanks.

      1. re: Lizbet

        Yes, Theresa's is still open and hasn't changed much since you've been there.
        You might also be interested in the Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic for somewhat creative pub food. Also, as Bkeats was alluding to, there is the Chip Shop also on Atlantic for British Fish and Chips.

        80 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Atlantic Chip Shop
        129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Waterfront Ale House
        155 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        1. re: Lizbet

          Teresa's is still on Montague. One of my favorites for a quick cheap lunch is the Chip Shop. Its down Atlantic from Court.

          Atlantic Chip Shop
          129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        2. re: Bkeats

          I don't know how close this restaurant is to the museum but we had a really nice lunch's a pretty restaurant with good food...their creme brulee was one of the best I've ever had!

          409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        3. I'd go south (towards Cobble Hill and Atlantic Ave) rather than into downtown/Heights.
          Your best bets are
          (1) Court Street and Smith Street - plenty of places in the first few blocks including Van Horn sandwich shop, Brucie (may be closed Sat), Strong Place (all on Court) and Bar Tabac, Apartment 138, Char #4 (Smith), among tons of others.

          (2) Atlantic Avenue - Middle Eastern places include Bedouin Tent (left turn from Boerum) or Tripoli (right turn, corner of Clinton/Atlantic). Pete's Ale House is great American/bar food.

          (3) Notwithstanding my above advice, Shake Shack is now at the corner of Fulton and Brooklyn Bridge Blvd and is, y'know, Shake Shack.

          You can also do a search for Marriott on this board, anything recommended to people looking for lunch around the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott will apply fo ryou too.

          Waterfront Ale House
          155 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Bar Tabac
          128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Apartment 138
          138 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Bedouin Tent
          405 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          156 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

          Strong Place
          270 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Shake Shack
          409 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          1. re: cazique

            Thanks so much for all your suggestions. I will definitely follolw up on them. I remember now eating at Tripoli several years ago and liking it. Shake Shack is a little too informal; I do want a restaurant. I checked and Brucie is open on Saturdays, though not between 3:30 and 5, which could be a problem. It sounds appealing, but do they have proper chairs with backs? I don't like sitting on a stool. We probably will take your advice and look for something around Atlantic or Court St. instead of the Heights. But the Heights is a prettier neighborhood.
            Thanks again!

            1. re: Lizbet

              Actually... hmm... I don't think Brucie has chairs with backs on them. I could be wrong, but I seem to recall the only seating is on back-less stools.

              If you want Pretty Neighborhood, you may want to consider Bocca Lupo or Ted and Honey, both a little further west of Smith/Court, but not too far. Bocca Lupo is a little bit more of a real restaurant, where Ted and Honey is closer to a cafe.

              I'm going to give a strong +1 to Bar Tabac, though. They're food is consistently Good to Very Good, and the vibe in there is hard to quantify. But every time I think of Bar Tabac, I start to smile a little bit.

              Bocca Lupo
              391 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Bar Tabac
              128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Ted & Honey
              264 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              1. re: egit

                Well put, egit - I can't remember the last time I went to Bar Tabac and was disappointed, and the food range is likely to please anyone. The mussels and fries... mmm.

                1. re: egit

                  Bar Tabac sounds very appealing, but I have one question-- based on their name. Do they allow smoking there? I hate cigarette smoke. Please let me know. Thanks.

                  1. re: Lizbet

                    No. There is no smoking in any NYC restaurants. They have that oddly shaped "Tabac" symbol inside the restaurant. I think that's just to evoke a french tabac, but that's where it ends.

                  2. re: egit

                    Bocca Lupo sounds very good to me too, and it got excellent reviews in various places on the web. I like 'ino, and it sounds similar, but with more choices. Do any hounds besides egit have an opinion of it?

                    1. re: Lizbet

                      If you search on this board, you'll find mostly or all positive things to say about Bocca Lupo. Very good, one of our favorites (with kids and without - you didn't mention whether you have kids with you)

                      1. re: Lizbet

                        I like Bocca Lupo a lot. Its small plates that you order to make a meal. Good wine list too. Bar Tabac is a great place too. Very different menu where you order traditional meals instead. No smoking despite the name.

                        1. re: Bkeats

                          BoccaLupo is fantastic. You should give that a shot!

                2. I second the recommendation for the Waterfront Ale House. Really good pub food and first rate burgers.

                  Another option is Mile End for very good smoked meat sandwiches. (Smoked meat is pastrami's Canadian cousin.)

                  Both are easily walkable.



                  Waterfront Ale House
                  155 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                  Mile End
                  97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    I like the Ale House, but it seems to me they serve their ales too cold. At least the last couple times I was there. Not traditional for ales. I had to let it sit in the glass and warm up a bit to release the flavors.

                  2. Catania Cafe is quite close, on the same block of Atlantic as Sahadi (just east of Court, Sicilian.

                    A stop in Sahadi, or in Damascus bakery for mamoul, baklava or other items is always a nice addition to a visit to that neighborhood.

                    Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop
                    195 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                    187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                    193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201