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Brooklyn suggestions for non fancy eaters

Hi Hounds! I'm coming to Brooklyn next week to visit family. Looking for some nice but not overly adventurous places to eat out. Everyone here on Chowhound seems to like Pardes, but that looks a bit...well...strange to me. No need to spend that kind of money when it would be wasted on me and my gang. Preferably Flatbush because it's one subway ride.

We all loved My Most Favorite in Manhattan, but we won't get there this trip. We always have at least one lunch at some pizza place in Flatbush (J2?) that serves sort of cafeteria style.

My kids loved Kosher Delight, but it's gone I understand, and anyway my son is on his way to Israel and Burgers Bar.

I will not have a car.

Thanks gang and good Shabbos!

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  1. Kosher Delight on Ave J is still open, the ones in Manhattan and Boro Park closed. That being said, I happen to like Chap-a-nosh on Ave M (and 1/2 a block from the subway) more.
    On Ave J is also Garden of Eat-in. It would work out well for non fancy foodies, its the type of place everyone can find something they like.
    More upscale would be Brooklyn Steak Co. or Wolf and Lamb also on Ave M.

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    1. re: EllieS

      Thanks! Sounds perfect! I think we were at Garden of Eatin once. (Who thinks of these names?)

    2. I'd check out Shnitzi too. Shnitzel on baguettes with different sauce/topping options. Locations in Coney Island and Boro Park.

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      1. re: avitrek

        Sounds like Schnitzli in LA. I've never been but my kids love it. I see it's on Coney Island Ave, not in Coney Island. Far as i know there is no longer anything kosher in Coney Island or Brighton Beach.

      2. MMF is kind of fancy and expensive. For reasonably priced kid friendly food, I'd suggest Chap a Nosh, Carlos and Gabbys (J and CI Avenue, across from Essen Deli), KD on J and East 13th, Olympic Pita for Israeli style food (K and CI Avenue), Estihana for Chinese (J and East 13th), etc. Off the Avenue M stop, there's not much fleshig, other than Chap a Nosh, although there are plenty of pizza places over that way (Benny's, Posh Tomato, JII, Chadash, etc.) For fleshig, get off by Avenue J and you'll have quite a few options, none of which are fancy.

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        1. re: tractarian

          Thanks! Actually the "kids" are my m-i-l and me. We both hate to cook and we just prefer less adventuous food. Hope I can still get those yummy eggrolls at KD!

        2. For Israeli-type food, rather than Olympic, I recommend Pita Off the Corner, one block from the Ave P stop on the F train.

          1. Aside from some of the other suggestions, I would check out Benny's on Ave. J between e. 15th & 16th. I particularly recommend their veggie pizzas, which are the best I've eaten anywhere.

            1. I love Kosher Delight - especially the fried chicken - and the one on Avenue J is still open. You can try Yunkee or Chap-A-Nosh on Avenue M - there's also a steakhouse on Avenue M, on East 13th or East 14th (it used to be Jerusalem Steakhouse). There's a Jerusalem Steakhouse on Avenue J. Moshi Moshi is on Coney Island Avenue between O and P or Kings Highway and P. Renaissance Café is a milchig place on Kings Highway, and Café Venezia is a milchig place on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue J. Carlos and Gabby's serve Mexican(ish) food on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue J.

              1. Thanks everyone! We ended up going to:
                Cafe Jerusalem in NYC (a reincarnation of J2? I say that fondly)
                Garden of Eatin (at least one person in our group liked everything except the cappuccino)
                Hunan (not great)
                Some amazing takeout place next door to Garden of Eatin
                Ostrofsky Bakery (everything was awful!)
                In addition, my son went for pizza near YU but he didn't remember the name

                I appreciate the help.

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                1. re: SoCal Mother

                  I love Garden of Eatin - the chocolate chip pancakes never disappoint! I'm sorry that you didn't like Ostrovitsky's - I've always been happy there.

                  1. re: ahuva

                    It was actually my second time there and I had forgotten that I disliked it. We bought a variety of pastries, rum balls, black and white cookies, napoleons, and I disliked them all. The rye bread was good, the challah not so. But they were extremely nice people.

                    No one in our group at Garden of Eatin ordered pancakes. We mostly went for pasta dishes or fish. Dinner was quite reasonably priced especially given the size of our group and that we all ordered beverages. The portions were huge NY size, something I forgot when i ordered, but my dinner made a nice lunch too.

                    1. re: SoCal Mother

                      Ever since my move from the 5 Towns to Flatbush I find myself drawn to Garden of Eatin, especially for their breakfast special. I like a bagel here and there but mostly like with my eggs and hash browns two nice buttered toasted slices of rye bread. I also like that they allow multiple coffee refills.