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Feb 26, 2012 04:59 AM


We are hosting a youth soccer tournament next weekend at Parade Grounds. We need help with nearby restaurant Cheap nutritious, excellent Brooklyn Food! Walking distance is best, but driving if its worth it...

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  1. Piccoli for outstanding Italian, particularly risottos.
    Coney Island Ave. for Indo-Pak and various ex-Soviet.
    Ditmas Park for various nice places, Mimi's Hummus being my favorite.
    DiFara Pizzeria, but be prepared to wait.

    Further searching on this board will reveal a wealth of prior comments on each of the above.

    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    Mimi's Hummus
    1209 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

    Piccoli Trattoria
    522 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    5 Replies
    1. re: famdoc

      Thanks so much, big help! I'm so excited that it's close to DiFara's!

      1. re: upperwestchowmom

        Neither of these places is within walking distance of the parade grounds. DiFara's is about a 15-20 minute drive, depending on traffic. Piccoli is in Park Slope and is closer but is still about a 10-minute drive. Piccoli is great - I ate dinner there Friday night and loved my homemade pappardelle with braised short ribs ragu - but it may not be the best place for a bunch of kids. I'm not sure they're even open for lunch.

        There's not much within walking distance. There is a pizza place on Prospect Park Southwest that you could walk to. And there may be some places within walking distance on Church Avenue.

        If you end up driving your options are pretty much unlimited.

        1. re: angelhair

          she did say "driving if its worth it.."
          i say it's worth it.

          1. re: famdoc

            Taking a group of hungry kids to DiFara after a soccer tournament is possibly the worst idea in the entire world. You could wait hours--no exaggeration. (And I love DiFara.) If you want pizza, there is San Remo on Cortelyou (maybe a 15 minute walk) and also place on the corner of Coney Island Avenue and Church. If Thai is of any interest, there is a newly-opened branch of Am Thai on Church Ave., close to the soccer fields. (Not sure about their hours.)

            Di Fara Pizza
            1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

            San Remo Pizzeria
            1408 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

            1. re: gnosh

              See link below for the pizza place on Prospect Park Southwest. At most it's a 10-15 minute walk from the Parade Grounds. Haven't been in several years but recall it being standard, decent NYC pizza. They'd probably deliver to the Parade Grounds.


              There is also an Uncle Louie G's next door if the kids want ice cream/icies.

              There is a snack bar at the Parade Grounds, not sure it will be opened this time of year and its pretty lackluster, but fine for a hot dog and gatorade.

              Bene Pizzeria
              157 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218

    2. Shaynas is close to the parade grounds and has good roti (great roti skins!) but there is not enough space for a group to sit down inside. If you want a group to be able to sit down inside, the closest good spot is probably the new AM Thai Bistro on Church, but I'm not sure if it's open for lunch. Madina on CIA and I think Beverley Rd is also reasonably close and has ample seating. It is pakistani and pretty authentic (in other words, might be too spicy for some kids and too greasy for some parents, but I'm sure all would at least love a mango lassi). For pizza, San Remo on Cortelyou is decent and has lots of space. Ask for your pies "well done" and they are a lot better. There is also a pizza place on Church Ave, I have heard rumors that the grandma pie there is decent, but I have never tried it. Search the ditmas park blog archives for more info. Finally you could consider Cafe Tibet on Cortelyou Rd. Again, kind of small, but I'm sure everyone would love it and it is something different. Get the momos, the sha baklap, and the square noodle soup.

      563 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

      907 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

      Cafe Tibet
      1510 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

      San Remo Pizzeria
      1408 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

      Am Thai Bistro
      1003 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218