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72 hours in Brooklyn

Hi Folks,

A group of us are heading to Brooklyn for the weekend in June. Having never been I wanted know what some of the spots are that we shouldn't miss. I am open for suggestions for breakky, lunch, drinks and dinner... the winery in red hook is already on the list but breweries could be great as well. If you only had 72h in Brooklyn what would you suggest?

Cheers,

GM

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    1. brooklyn is huge-- i think we'd need to know where you're staying, what cuisines you like, what kind of atmosphere you want, how much you're willing to spend, etc. etc. with some of those in mind you could find a lot on this board already.

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      1. re: mellinlikethefruit

        Brooklyn IS huge you are right. We are basing out of Downtown Brooklyn what looks to be about a block from the base fo the bridge. We are ok in any atomsphere and looking to get the most bang for our buck.
        I have booked Peter Luger's already but have gotten mixed review through my research so I have considered cancelling but am still up in the air.

        GM

      2. Start at the northernmost point and work your way south.

        Since you've got the green "G" icon, I'd suggest Greenpoint Avenue on the "G" train for your first dinner stop...walk towards the East River, get your name on Paulie Gee's pizza list and hop back up the block to Brouwerij Lane - where you can taste away from 19 fresh craft taps and a cask. Many obscure, heavy handed IPAs, porters, special stuff.

        You'll thank me...and now I'll let others help work your way down to Coney Island.

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        1. re: Mike R.

          i believe those avatars are for the first letter of your username...

        2. It really depends on where you're staying and what non-food stuff you want to fit in, but here are some "must experience" places in Brooklyn:

          Tacos Nuevo Mexico (in Park Slope; not the one in Sunset Park)
          Di Fara pizzeria
          Peter Luger Steakhouse
          Georgian Bread (Neptune Avenue; for Khachapouri)
          Pirosmani
          Dim sum in the Sunset Park Chinatown (search threads here)
          Spuyten Duyvil (If you like fancy, strange beer)

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          1. re: guanubian

            Why TNM in the Slope? I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone these days, especially not out of all the places in BK, for a 3-day trip.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              If you're implying that it sucks or is no longer great, we'll have to agree to disagree. I recommend it because it's among the best, in my opinion.

              Now I will say that it's been a long time since I've done foot work in the Little Mexico in Sunset Park, and there may be better Mexican places to go there. I'm all ears if you have suggestions.

              1. re: guanubian

                It's good. But it's not top places in Brooklyn good. I'm not saying TNM's changed a lot over the years, but the overall quality of food in BK has risen. I didn't get the idea from the OP's post that they were necessarily looking for this type of chow. I was thinking more Diner, Reynard, Juventino type stuff.

                1. re: Peter Cuce

                  I strongly disagree, though I admit to being a little sentimental about TNM, having lived near it since I "migrated" to Brooklyn and gone there for well over a decade. I would be very interested in your tips about better Mexican food in NYC. Cheers.

                  1. re: guanubian

                    I've lived in the neighborhood since 1997. I like it fine, just wouldn't recommend it to anyone visiting Brooklyn for only 3 days.

            2. re: guanubian

              Guanubian,

              Thanks for the list. We are staying Downtown Brooklyn and have booked Peter Luger's already. I've great things in the past and it looks like quite a experience.

              The Spuyten is a place I'd like to look a bit more into.

              GM

              1. re: GinMill

                They have very good whiskeys and good cocktails.

                1. re: Pan

                  Hold it, I was confusing this place with another, entirely unrelated place.

                  Spuyten Duyvil is the bar next to the place with really huge, very good steak and lamb (whose name I'm momentarily forgetting), isn't it, so that if you go there, you have access to the same drinks? They have very good wine and mead, in addition to all the beers.

                  1. re: Pan

                    St. Anselm. Same owners. Also Fette Sau across the street.

                    1. re: Steve R

                      Yes, exactly. And try finding that name via a search if you forget it.

                      1. re: Steve R

                        Does St Anselm do lunch or just din?

                        GM

                        1. re: GinMill

                          just dinner, except on the weekends. i think they open at 5 or 5:30.

                  2. re: GinMill

                    I think you can't go wrong with Luger's, even if the service is "gruff".

                    If you are on or near Atlantic Avenue, walking into one of the Arab joints near Sahadis (or Sahadis) is worth doing. But Peter is right; I think I've missed the nuance of what you were asking for. Too bad Beer Table of Park Slope has temporarily shuttered. Al Di La might be worth looking into. It's a pain to get in, especially with a large crowd, but their champagne bar softens the wait.

                    1. re: guanubian

                      I like Yemen Cafe, though it seems like it's been perhaps up to a year since I was last there.

                      1. re: Pan

                        I can't remember the name of the place I keep falling into when I'm in that area, hungry, but it is Yemeni. Probably the one you mention. Very good -- and more interesting than standard "Middle Eastern" fare.

                        1. re: guanubian

                          Yemen Cafe is up a set of outdoor stairs.

                      2. re: guanubian

                        Guan,

                        Thanks for the heads on the Arab places. I'm moving to Qatar in August so I will not be short of Arabic food shortly.

                        What I was hoping for was to get an open ended conversation going on what the people who know Brooklyn well thought shouldn't be missed. So far it has been amazing! We are a group of 6, some what budgeted but are looking for that sweet spot of value for money spent.

                        GM

                    2. re: guanubian

                      Have you noticed a change in Tacos Nuevo Mexico over the past year or so? Since they changed their menu, it seems that their food is more bland. I don't know if they're catering more to the changing demographic of the hood, but it doesn't seem the same time to me.

                      To the OP: Guiseppina in South Slope for pizza and calzones. From the same folks as Lucali but no wait. I went in for brunch recently and we were the only people in there. I'd like for them to keep opening during lunchtime on weekends. So I hope it gets busier.

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        Hey, MN. I hadn't noticed. I'm not sure I even noticed a change in the menu, besides the layout and the rotating specials. The next time I'll go, I'll order one of my basics -- chalupas with salsa verde or queso enchiladas with mole sauce -- and see if I feel like it's not the same. I do know the margaritas and micheladas haven't fallen off. :)

                    3. Definitely do not cancel Luger. It is by far the best steakhouse. A lot of people complain about the service, but it has never been an issue with me. I find the service great. And as for the steaks the porterhouse is great.

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                      1. re: irvingk

                        Irving,

                        Thanks for the assurance. It sounds like a place that must be experienced once at least. I stumbled onto another post discussing the value of Steak for 2 vs. for 3 vs. for 4.
                        Currently I work at a steak joint in Toronto so if Luger's is one of the best in Brooklyn then I am interested.

                        GM

                      2. st. anselm (the place being discussed below, next door to spuyten duyvil) is one of the best, and most underrated (although still has a very long wait) restaurants in brooklyn. also love traif and xixa (both are owned by the same couple, although one is more mexican-influenced and the drinks center around mezcal and tequila).

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                        1. Hey I stayed in Brooklyn a while back and took and bunch of photos and wrote about my eating journey there.

                          A few of the highlights were:

                          Diner - 85 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

                          Five Leaves - 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

                          Fatty 'Cue - 91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn

                          Mile End Delicatessen - 97a Hoyt Street, Brooklyn

                          Roberta's - 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn

                          Roebling Tea Room - 138 Roebling Street, Brooklyn

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                          1. re: thecitylane

                            this is a good list! just add st. anselm and traif, and you'll be golden.

                            1. re: thecitylane

                              Fatty 'cue is a place that really interested me. How do you feel about the late night vs regular menu? It looked to me like a great spot to hit late.

                              GM

                            2. I know I will get flack for this. Luger is not one of the best in Brooklyn, it is the best and the best in NYC. My opinion only.

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                              1. re: irvingk

                                Irving,

                                That is good to know! I will keep the reservation.

                                GM