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Feb 22, 2014 02:16 PM

Where does one find good food in Brooklyn Heights??

I live in the northern part of Brooklyn Heights and many of the dining options are...abysmal. Which seems weird given the affluency of the neighborhood.
I have only found 2 restaurants that I actually like. (Sushi Gallery and Siggy's.) Where do I find good food around here?

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    1. You are out of luck cowboy. Noodle Pudding and Henry's end is the best you will do.

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      1. re: NYJewboy

        I would add Jack the Horse to the list, but that's pretty much it for the north Heights. If you cross Fulton to the north, Julianna's has good pizza and there is the River Cafe.

        Heading south, you have more options.

        1. re: NYJewboy

          I'd add Queen to that list but I agree. The pickings are really thin.

        2. I worked in BK heights for years. It's a wasteland. Sorry, friend :(

          1. I recall reading a thread a while ago that tried to explore the reasons for the paucity of good dining options in the area.

            The short version of one theory is that BH is a bedroom suburb community for Manhattan and so its very convenient to get to from Manhattan. So if people eat out, its very likely to be in Manhattan. Go to a nice restaurant in Tribeca, jump in a cab when you're done and you will be home in 10 minutes. When they get home, they're not as likely to be eating out. They're home and they are staying put and using those very expensive kitchens that went in when the brownstone was gutted and renovated. Bedroom communities often lack good dining choices.

            The area has changed and there are more options but not in the center of BH. Better stuff at the edges. I like Colonie and Chez Moi on Atlantic. Dellarocca on Hicks is pretty good. Atrium in Dumbo is very nice. But then you get crap that shows up like the tapas place on Montague. I don't think anyone associated with that place has ever seen real tapas. How something like that opened in such a prime space is a puzzle to me. Maybe BH folks are ok with mediocre food. Or maybe its the Court St/Boro Hall crowd.

            But my general rule in the area is that if its open for lunch, avoid it for dinner. Most of the better places don't open for weekday lunches. Not sure why, but it's pretty common.

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            1. re: Bkeats

              That sounds pretty accurate. Still, the complete absence of decent take out delivery to the bedrooms in question remains a mystery.

              1. re: Bkeats

                BH is by far the most Upper East Side like part of Brooklyn. Its been stable and upscale for the longest time with little space for ethnic outposts or culinary experimentation except on the fringes. Rents are high. Not really sure whether the "eat in Manhattan" mentality covers it, although I can remember some of my Park Slope Wall Street friends who were not fundamentally very interested in food dismissing our neighborhood options for many years. Anyways, I dont think the population mix or economics of the Heights is a recipe for an interesting dining scene.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  We used to head over to PS for dinner but find ourselves much more likely to head into Tribeca or further down Court St these days. I would have thought that extra 15-20 minutes to PS from BH would have made PSers more likely to stay in the area which would have created more local demand for options. I think there is very high demand in the BH area for better food options and its probably getting stronger with all the new development going on though technically most of the growth is in downtown Bklyn. I think high rents have something to do with it but then I can't figure out how something like Taperia happens. I'm waiting to see what happens with the Heights Cafe space. Anyone know what's going on there?

                  1. re: Bkeats

                    The Heights Cafe has same owners as Dellarocco's Pizza next door &, according to folks there, it really is just a renovation & the Hts Cafe will re-open in 2-3 weeks. I'm not sure what happened (or is happening)… I guess we'll see soon enough.

                    As an aside, I think that Montegue St is (& always has been) more a part of daytime commercial traffic than evening residential commerce & what's there are business that make their money during the day & real estate owners who charge accordingly. With the new residential buildings on (or just off) Montegue, there's more chance of this changing, but I wouldn't bet on it. Rental costs are still too prohibitive for anyone to consider opening a serious dinner place on that strip & restaurants have to set up shop to cater to lunchtime folks who are in & out in an hour. Folks who live around Montegue St. and want to eat dinner in the neighborhood can now go to the edges of the neighborhood, since Henry St & Atlantic Ave have more and more places opening.

                    I'd just as soon the immediate neighborhood stay quiet in the evening (I guess its already too late for that, with the park, the new buildings & soon the Bossert Hotel). Oh well.

                2. re: Bkeats

                  Yeah, that theory still holds, even though the density of the Heights has increased dramatically over the past 2-3 years and we now also get a lot more foot traffic around dinner time from the new park areas. More places are opening… not necessarily good ones (what the hell is with the Taperia???). We mostly go to Henry's End, Chez Moi, River Deli and Noodle Pudding when we eat in the neighborhood, but Waterfront Ale House is still good enough and I like Luzzo's. Queen's fine but not consistent. My wife likes Colony more than I do. Not so much Red Gravy. A recent meal at River Cafe proved to be an eye opener &, if you can afford it, I'd get there while they're on the upswing. Magical.

                3. There is a new Hill Country BBQ and Hill Country Chicken on Boerum Place. I haven't seen any reviews here (and we haven't gone), but the Manhattan location has been highly praised. There's also a branch of Shake Shack if you like that kind of thing. Both are open for lunch.