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Where in Bklyn can I have a nice weekday lunch?

elskin Oct 24, 2013 07:11 AM

Hi hounders,

Where in Bklyn can I have a nice weekday lunch? It seems like most of the nice places do not even serve lunch.

I prefer american or italian. If there are no nice american or italian places open that serve lunch then I will consider a nice sushi place. This is a special lunch so any type of fastfood is out. As a last resort, I will also consider other cuisines if it's a nice place to have lunch.

Williamsburg is out on this particular day (too far from where we need to be).

Thank you so much in advance!

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    Bkeats RE: elskin Oct 24, 2013 07:25 AM

    Can you be more specific about where? Brooklyn is a big place. There is a current thread where someone asked the same thing.


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    1. re: Bkeats
      elskin RE: Bkeats Oct 24, 2013 07:39 AM

      Park slope, Carroll Gardens, Prospect Heights, Boerum Hill, Dumbo, bk heights...

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        Bkeats RE: elskin Oct 24, 2013 08:19 AM

        Frankie's 457 is a favorite of mine for Italian in Carroll Gardens. Next door is Prime Meat for steak.

    2. jen kalb RE: elskin Oct 24, 2013 07:27 AM

      Al di La and Frannys, both in the Park Slope area and serving Italian food are open for lunch and very good.

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        pitu RE: jen kalb Oct 24, 2013 10:16 AM

        I had lunch yesterday at Al Di La, it was spectacular and lulled my out of town foodie visitors into a happy happy place. Sauteed dandelion greens on fava puree was a (somewhat unexpected) standout, faro salad, funghi on polenta, pasta carbonara, fabulous apple frangipani tart and a decent espresso. After all these years, Al Di La still brings it! And it's a huge bonus that their wait staff hiring practices break the racial/ethnic line that usually stratifies NYC restaurants.

        If you'd rather Court St, the Frankie's/Prime Meats are delicious too.

      2. jonkyo RE: elskin Oct 24, 2013 12:50 PM

        "I prefer american or italian."

        I am trying this out, it might fit. They have a lunch, and a brunch!

        I recommend Bacchus, a French owned establishment, just south and east of the corner of Bond and Atlantic on north side. It is just beyond the Orthodox Belarusian Church, on the corner, amongst other quaint small shops, that are contained older sectioned row store fronts.

        The coffee is delicious.

        It is French. You may find, as I did , their cheese items with home style not standard French bread, quite good. That was with gruyere.

        The waitress was Mexican, but was very sincere in the presentation and explanation of the food. I am lost when French language appears on the menu, so this was good.

        Many baked goods.

        That is downtown. If you are other places, it gets very very interesting, and delicious. Nostrum and Fulton ? East New York? Broadway and Marcy? Greenpoint? The different stretch sections of 18th Ave. The various congestions of Chinese people, congestions of West Indians. White Euro-descended areas?

        It is a task that becomes a joy to do, discovering "a nice weekday lunch" in Brooklyn.

        If downtown check out Bacchus.

        The Greek God Bacchus, or Dionysos, revered by Fredrick Nietzsche, comes in its French manifestation, to the joys of your tongue and belly.

        Great atmosphere for laptop or book and long drawn out coffee sessions. Very nice ambience.

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          JonL RE: jonkyo Oct 25, 2013 07:00 AM

          "The waitress was Mexican, but....."

          Shaking my head.

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            jonkyo RE: JonL Oct 29, 2013 04:10 PM

            Well, it is a French owned establishement.

            When I go to Mexican places in Brooklyn or anywhere, I might encounter a Dominican waitress, or someone from South America, but seldom if ever a French waitress.

            At Japanese places I have encountered Thai waitresses, etc.

            Of course in London, I have encountered Eastern Europeans in most if not all the restaurants, be they Mediterranean or Lebanon....but wait, Edgware.....they had a continuity that was a tread running from the language on the menus, to the cooks, to the food, to the waitstaff. That is due to it being a community there, of Middle East.

            Not a big deal. Besides, the Mexican waitress was quite an attractive women.

            Of course there are those places where they hire people from the same location as the food and perhaps owner origniated from. Such as.....many examples......Serbain places, etc.

            Very many manifestations are presented in the restaurant market.

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              foodiemom10583 RE: jonkyo Oct 29, 2013 04:36 PM

              JonL, it's okay that she's Mexican because she's cute.

              One wonders why her ethnicity was mentioned at all when it may have been a little less offensive to say "the hot waitress at Bacchus."

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                Bkeats RE: jonkyo Oct 30, 2013 06:05 AM

                If you happened to look in the kitchen, you will see that the cooks are mexican too, or perhaps I am making an incorrect assumption, they are spanish speaking. I've never heard a french chef in there in all the years we have been going. But that's pretty common phenomenon in NYC. It was interesting to read over the weekend in the NYT magazine that the chef de cuisine at Balthazar doesn't spend much time in the kitchen there as all the cooks are speaking spanish and he doesn't. So if the waitress happened to be mexican (and how did you determine that?), what of it?

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                  jonkyo RE: Bkeats Oct 30, 2013 12:02 PM

                  Nothing of it.

                  no judgement.

                  Just a note that she was adept at the french language on the menu, for I am lost with such on the menu. it was helpful, and nice.

                  No biggy as they say.

                  It is something else to find servers in a restaurant that share the same origin with the cuisine. Not a requirement, just something other.

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              foodiemom10583 RE: jonkyo Oct 25, 2013 08:50 AM

              For those of us who haven't been there, could you be more specific about the food? Was it more of a bistro or a fine-dining restaurant? What type of baked goods were available?

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                Bkeats RE: foodiemom10583 Oct 28, 2013 06:37 AM

                Bacchus is a casual bistro type place. We go regularly. Steak frites, moules and the like. Not at all a fancy place. Very reasonably priced. Good wine list. If you're interested in more of a fine dining atmosphere for French food, try Atrium in Dumbo, though they are not open for weekday lunch if that's what you want. I don't recall much in the way of baked goods. Sure there are desserts, but its not a bakery so I have no idea what jonkyo is referring to.

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                  foodiemom10583 RE: Bkeats Oct 28, 2013 11:50 AM

                  Thank you Bkeats, that's great info. Are the moules consistently good?

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                    Bkeats RE: foodiemom10583 Oct 29, 2013 04:40 AM

                    Moules are fine. Nothing fancy at Bacchus. Basic bistro fare that's well executed. Nice atmosphere too.

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                  jonkyo RE: foodiemom10583 Oct 29, 2013 09:43 PM

                  "Great atmosphere for laptop or book and long drawn out coffee sessions. Very nice ambience."

                  It is bistro style. Though in the back and out doors space, may offer a finer atmosphere.

                  The baked goods, well, that question should be put to the chow hound community. If I happen there soon, I will take note, I will let you know. I am not one to catalogue baked goods to memory. Sorry.

                  Pastry, cookies, breads. Its French.

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                    foodiemom10583 RE: jonkyo Oct 30, 2013 06:43 AM

                    I'm surprised you suggested a place for someone to have lunch but have little or no memory of the food that was served, save for the fact that you had cheese and bread. Oh, and noted the ethnicity and level of attractiveness of the server.

                    Bkeats was able to give some specifics so I am grateful for that. It does indeed sound like a nice place for lunch.

                    1. re: foodiemom10583
                      jonkyo RE: foodiemom10583 Oct 30, 2013 11:40 AM

                      Simplicity does the trick.

                      Bread, and cheese, and some egg.

                      Heavenly. Puts a brunch anywhere in Downtown Brooklyn to shame.

                      Oh, and this simple dish was made in the fashion of a French plate (the food I ingested was prepared in the French fashion).

                      I just wish Luis Bunuel or Louis Malle were accompanying my dining experience that day.

                      What more? Textures of the table top, or the egg whites? Both exceeded expectations.

                      Oh, how malleable the bread was? I did not bring any implement to test that out.

                      The interior is delightfully cozy, and bright, though not cozy in the American sense. Tidy might be an English way of commenting on the interior. Or they might say Spank. The Chinese, since I speak it, might say :不错 (bù​cuò), without flaw literally, but meaning quite good.

                      My belly does not fit so much, and I veer away from baked good.

                      One more thing. i detected no coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup. If I did, it would not have mattered, for the coffee had a good taste. I appreciated the cups that they served the coffee in. They were porcelain, but heavy, and well rounded, not too high of a rim.

                      (High rims keep the coffee too hot for extended periods of time, and are not as comfortable in the hand and for sipping)

                      I will head there again soon, next time I find myself wandering in the vicinity of this nice neighborhood. I tend to keep to the north of Atlantic (when in Boerum that is). Some other venues on that spread section near the Belarusian Church, may be prime for visits.

              2. jen kalb RE: elskin Oct 25, 2013 11:37 AM

                I forgot to mention that Surfish Bistro on 5th Ave in Park Slope is open at lunch and serves very good food with a peruvian tilt. Good fish dishes including some ceviche but also meat. When you say you want "American" food its hard to know what that means these days. Id say the flavor profile of Surfish's food is consistent with a lot of the exotic flavors one sees in upscale American places these days - though its not traditional american style it is stylish and tasty food.

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                  parkslopemama RE: elskin Nov 3, 2013 05:52 PM

                  To the original poster: Don't let the big tangent on Bacchus distract you! If you want a good Italian restaurant in one of those "brownstone Brooklyn" neighborhoods you mentioned, then try Frankie's or Al Di La (as some other posters mentioned). Both reliably fantastic, both open for lunch.

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                    jonkyo RE: parkslopemama Dec 4, 2013 04:40 PM

                    The Bacchus branch the extends from the main query, did much I feel to get the news of that place further out, and it also gives fodder for dialogues regarding other places, such as Al Di La.

                    I will certainly be looking those over. There are a few I always walk by that have been on Court since the opening episode of Lost in Space, but I never get to remembering their names or going. All Italian though.

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