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Lunch near Transit Museum (in Brooklyn)

Lizbet Feb 9, 2012 10:29 AM

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!

  1. jen kalb Feb 10, 2012 05:50 PM

    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

    1. Bob Martinez Feb 10, 2012 11:21 AM

      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

      1 Reply
      1. re: Bob Martinez
        comestible Feb 10, 2012 12:48 PM

        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. c
        cazique Feb 9, 2012 11:47 AM

        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
          Lizbet Feb 9, 2012 01:48 PM

          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
            egit Feb 9, 2012 03:16 PM

            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
              cazique Feb 10, 2012 06:31 AM

              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
                Lizbet Feb 10, 2012 07:18 AM

                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
                  egit Feb 10, 2012 10:43 AM

                  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
                  Lizbet Feb 10, 2012 07:43 AM

                  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
                    cazique Feb 10, 2012 07:49 AM

                    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
                      Bkeats Feb 10, 2012 08:12 AM

                      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
                        billyeats Feb 10, 2012 05:17 PM

                        BoccaLupo is fantastic. You should give that a shot!

              2. b
                Bkeats Feb 9, 2012 11:40 AM

                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?

                4 Replies
                1. re: Bkeats
                  Lizbet Feb 9, 2012 11:47 AM

                  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
                    bobjbkln Feb 9, 2012 12:02 PM

                    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
                      Bkeats Feb 9, 2012 01:01 PM

                      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
                      Monica Feb 10, 2012 07:24 AM

                      I don't know how close this restaurant is to the museum but we had a really nice lunch here..it'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

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