Bensonhurst/Bay Ridge weekday lunch
I hate writing these kinds of posts but I need some recs.
My sister and I, both over 60, are native Brooklynites who grew up in Sunset Park but have not lived in the borough for decades.
Any time I come back to visit her in NJ, we do a one day way-back-when food run to Brooklyn. We drive to Faicco, Savarese, 5th Ave Middle Eastern, etc., those kind of places.
What I'm looking for is a casual, sit down, clean, old Brooklynish style resto for lunch in Bensonhurst or Bay Ridge.
No diners, Asian, French, Kosher, Mexican or yuppster 3rd Ave places please.
We would really enjoy a seafood place but Italian, American, Greek or Middle Eastern would be also good.
Would Tommaso's be a good choice?
If Randazzo's wasn't so far, we'd go there.
Actually, we now have an authentic hipster "farm to table comfort food" spot called the Brooklyn Beet Company. We've only made it there once so far, but we thought it was fantastic.
Brooklyn Beet Company
7205 3rd Ave
Wax up your moustache, grab your conspicuous-consumption cash, and go.
Try Rocco's, on Fort Hamilton Parkway, near 65th street. Excellent, casual Italian food, good prices. Every single thing I have ever had there has been delicious...if you like Randazzo's, you'll love the fried calamari here.
IL Colosseo in Bensonhurst 18th Ave and 77th St. I've not tried them for lunch but I can vouch for their dinners. Not red sauce, great seafood, tasty pizzas for starters too.