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Feb 3, 2014 09:43 AM

Just moved to Bay Ridge - looking for advice (restaurants, provisions, etc)

Hi! I just moved down to Bay Ridge, and am very excited to do some exploring. I would love recs for anything and everything, from ordering in to nicer meals out to grocery shops, etc. I know this is awfully broad, so let me narrow it down a little bit, and also describe what we've discovered so far:

We've found lots of great sandwiches so far. Paneantico, Zeke's, Zito's chief among them. I also hear good things about Butcher Bar. What are we missing?

Pizza - Peppino's is nearby and I like it quite a bit, and we enjoyed the grandma pie from Nino's. Was not very impressed with Rocco's, though. Any thoughts on other pizza spots to try?

Burgers - we're down the block from Skinflints. I thought the burger was good, but sadly a bit underseasoned. Any other recs? I was not crazy about Kettle Black -they overcooked and underseasoned the burger. Maybe Butcher Bar? Elsewhere?

Chinese - have not tried yet, but hear great things about Grand Sichuan House. Is it still a good pick, and any other spots? Kathy's dumplings? Any Sunset Park spots deliver?

Middle Eastern - have had great take out from the Family Store. Thoughts on places that deliver?

Thai/Vietnamese - is there anything?

Mexican - anything? Any Sunset Park places that will deliver down to 79th Street?

Bagels - tried Bagel Shmagel, which was good but not great. Do people like Bagel Boy? Steve's?

Sweets - aside from Robicelli's, which is fantastic, what do folks like for sweets? Seems like a lot to choose from between french bakeries, middle eastern spots, ice cream places, etc.

I think that covers most of the bases, but would love any suggestions.

Provisions/groceries -
We're really looking for anything and everything. Good butcher, good fish guy, good cheese shop, good beer shop, wine shop, bread bakery, general grocery store, etc. So far ALC seems like a good specialty shop, and the new Brooklyn Market seems like a decent option. But any help finding other places is much appreciated!

Thank you so much, in advance, to anyone who can help! We are thrilled to be in the neighborhood. I'll certainly keep posting as we discover places as well. All the best.

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  1. Good luck in Bay Ridge. I just moved away from there a couple of months ago. My favorite restaurant in BR is Elia (on the same block as ALC). Greek but with a different slant. King Felafel on 3rd and 75th is good for takeout. Most like Tanoreen but I like their appetizers better than their entrees. Burger Bistro is supposed to be great for burgers. O'Sullivan's has a good burger. Leske's for really good old time bakery sweets. If classic rock is your thing there are many places for live music. If not, there's the train. Ask away if you need more specific recommendations. I'd be happy to help.

    1. There is a very decent vietnamese place on 4th Ave between 86th and 87th Sts, we go often for pho and spring rolls.

      1. Grand Sichuan House, 5th Ave and 85th St. Very good indeed.

        David's Brisket House. 77th St. and 5th Ave. Some of the best pastrami you can buy in NYC - including Katz's.

        1. Also a restaurant I never hear mentioned anywhere is Polonica which is on 7214 3rd Avenue. Really delicious Polish food. Perfect fare for this type of weather.

          1. Thanks to all for the replies so far! We will definitely check out Grand Sichuan House and the Vietnamese spot, as well as the others mentioned below. Much appreciated. And I'll be sure to share any places we come across that aren't mentioned here.