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"Cool" Brooklyn place w/ a good burger

  • Joanie Jan 18, 2013 12:18 PM
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Meeting people on a Sun. evening and would like a fun spot, I hate to say hip but yes hip without being annoying, good rock music a plus, good beer and/or cocktail menu, burgers or fried chicken or decent simple food in a comfortable dive or mid scale place. But an easy subway ride from the Wall St. area. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. How about Pork Slope? It's right near the Union Street stop on the R train. If that's full, Bonnie's is basically right across the street.

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    1. re: egit

      I've gotten the impression that Pork Slope would be super crowded and this is what I wrote the one time I went to Bonnie's:

      while I muddled thru a steak and cheese. Half of it was undercooked but the other half was great.

      I liked the place in theory but not sure I want to go back when I spend so little time in NY. We'll see.

      1. re: egit

        We recently went to Pork Slope late on a Saturday night. The food was great BUT the place was crowded and they won't take your name for a table. You have to stand around and dive for a table when you see people leaving. The bar was crowded too but we managed to get two seats and ate at the bar.
        I don't want to knock it because it is basically a bar that serves good food and not a restaurant with a bar crowd.

      2. How about Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace? It might not meet all your specs, but it does match up on some counts:

        - F/G train stop right across the street (depending on what stairs you use to exit)
        - comfortable dive
        - great beer selection (which could even be called hip)
        - really good burgers and more than decent pub grub

        DW might not fit the rock music spec, and I don't know if they're particularly known for their cocktails, although they do have a full bar.

        Price is right, too.

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        1. re: BrookBoy

          DW is one of my "in the rotation" faves...all the above is true, especially burgers, mussels-fries and beer. Sunday there's a Happy Hour, but I think it's afternoon only.

          Spent an hour at "Mother's" burger joint in Williamsburg (L train to Graham Avenue) last night. Serviceable beers at higher price but the burgers are cheap and sweet potato fries were awesome. Coolness, convivial, not over the top.

        2. Diner or Allswell

          1. Dramm shopp bar on 9th st has a great burger, good joint

            1. So I figured I'd quickly write up my burger and other Brooklyn eats here. Went to the Brooklyn Flea mkt on Sat. (that building at One Hanson is beautiful)) and got a tuna taco from the stand (can't remember the name) cuz the short ribs weren't hot enough yet. It was fine, the guy working was super nice. Since Dough had a stand and I wasn't going to get to their main store, I tried a cafe au lait donut but these are too big and fluffy for my taste. I'll happily make the trip back to Peter Pan next time (with a stop to Baker's Dozen for their great egg bagel).

              Met friends on Sun. and took BrookBoy's recommendation for Double Windsor but it was loud and crowded and I didn't want to yell (again) at my last meal in town so while waiting outside, I asked a smoker for burger recs and he seemed to know his stuff. Decided on the 12th Ave Bar & Grill 5 min around the corner. This was a very pleasant restaurant with interesting food and drinks but I stuck with a burger, which besides having too much cheese was great served w/ good fries. Friends enjoyed their butternut squash ravioli, tuna tartar, blood orange cosmo and dark n stormy. We had very nice service and I really liked that neighborhood.

              Thanks for the recs.

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              1. re: Joanie

                Yeah, 12th street tends to fly under a lot of peoples' radar. It's an interesting scenario there. They have a more formal restaurant right on the corner. But if you go into the bar part right up 12th street about 30 yards, it's really just a Bar. The upside is you get access to the full menu from the restaurant. The downside is I think the prices for "bar food" are actually at restaurant levels.

                Despite the fact that I like it there, I only remember it exists about once every 6 months.

                1. re: Joanie

                  Sorry DW didn't work out for you. I agree that when it's crowded past a certain point, it loses its charm entirely. I didn't think that would be the case on a Sunday night, though.

                  But it sounds like you are one resourceful person and you got it right after all. I'm very glad it worked out for you.

                  Thanks for posting the followup...

                  GTL

                  1. re: BrookBoy

                    Thanks for acknowledging my review. Did a long one (too long?) on the Manhattan board and nary a peep.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888460

                    NY is always a case of too much to do in too little time but now I've got the Wall St. digs to fall back on, hopefully I'll get there more than once a year. And will hit a few more Brooklyn things.

                2. too late now but just for general knowlege.

                  I think Five Leaves in Greenpoint fits this bill. It does get Crowded at peak times though and not sure if they take recommendations. Very cool place, not annoyingly so, and good burger.

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                  1. re: Jeffsayyes

                    All restaurants are happy to take "recommendations"!!

                  2. My two favorite burgers are as follows (in order):
                    1) Thistle HIll- we have always sat at the bar but the bartenders always seem super cool, the pours are decent and it's well priced. Plus the fries rock. It's less "hip" but a great place to go with friends.
                    2) Lot 2- the fries suck (well, I think so- they're those steak fries,) but the burger is easily one of the best I've had in the city. More hip and high-end vibe but around the same prices as Thistle hill...maybe $3 more. Off the beaten path down near 22nd st on 6th ave but theres some cool bars on 5th down there which are all very williamsburg "hip." Def a good spot if you want to get some drinks with friends before hand...and the cocktails at Lot 2 are REALLY good.

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