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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.

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  1. First, there are no yuppster places in Bay Ridge. Chadwicks is a good place for what you are looking for on 89th and 3rd. Beebo is seafood on 3rd between 86th and 85th Streets. For off the beaten path Spartan on 8th Avenue and 68th Street is really nice for lunch with Greek food.

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    1. re: psnative

      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.

      1. re: scooter

        I never heard of it. Guess I'm moving in the nick of time ;)

      2. re: psnative

        Beebo's looks good but the lunch menu is limited.

        We've been to Chadwick's before, once after my father's funeral.

        What's your thoughts on Gino's on 5th Ave?

        1. re: Sluggo1407

          I change my picks. I'd go all in with Sluggo for New Corner. I always forget about it.

          1. re: Sluggo1407

            what about Rocco's Calamari on Ft. Ham Pkway?

            1. re: jen kalb

              I've always wondered about this place.

              Very reasonably priced menu.

            2. re: Sluggo1407

              New Corner makes a good fried calamari (if that's something you like).

              1. re: Sluggo1407

                We've been to New Corner many times over the years.

                HUGE menu and a good bar.

                I'm also thinking about La Sorrentina on 11th Ave, a clean, neighborhood place.

                1. re: Scagnetti

                  I had delivery from La Sorrentina a few weeks ago (Chicken Saltimbocca). Sautéed chicken with prosciutto and mozzarella over a bed of spinach with a light white wine sauce. Delicious!

              2. Don't know about old school, but I like Elia in Bay Ridge

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                1. re: Ziggy41

                  It's not old school at all - just really really good.

                2. 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.

                  1. 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.

                    1. Does anyone else like La Mama Rao's in Dyker Heights? I happened to have lunch there a couple of weeks ago, and it was very good, in an old-school way.

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                      1. re: parkslopemama

                        I went to an event there last year. It was good from what I remember. The penne a la vodka was a little bland, but not bad. After several glasses of wine, the veal scallopini was quite tasty. Not that it wouldn't be if I was stone-cold sober, but I can't say that was an objective tasting. I do remember that the servers for the event were exceptionally attentive (hence the many glasses of wine).

                      2. Gino's on 5th ave & bay ridge parkway is delicious. For middle eastern, try Tanoreen on 3rd ave, Hazar Turkish Kebab on 5th, or Bab Al Yemen (I hear it may be closed, but that would be sacreligious). I really love Anapoli's on 3rd, it's a BR establishment, but not everyone does.