On the surface, Lady’s looks a little like another generic spot serving pizza, pasta, fluke crudo, and steak tartare. And it sort of is. They serve those things - but at least they do them pretty well. This isn’t really a place you should travel across the city for, but it’s great to know about if you need to get a last-minute meal near the Barclays Center. It’s large, the vibes are perfect for date night, and you should be able to walk in a get a table without much trouble. Order some pizza or pasta, and everyone should be happy.
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Five Leaves has been a Brooklyn hipster staple since 2008. We don't love it as much as other people seem to, but brunch is good, they do a solid burger, and the scene is always entertaining.
Tom’s is a Brooklyn classic for breakfast and lunch since 1936. You know what’s kept them in business for so long? Free stuff. That, and really good sausage.
La Isla Cuchifritos
We love La Isla Cuchifritos for the fact that a) it’s cheap and delicious, and b) it sort of feels like you’re grubbing in tropical Puerto Rico rather than not-so-tropical Brooklyn.
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Frankies (570) Spuntino
While this isn’t a must visit, Frankies 570 is a reliable option that will be consistently packed with carb seeking humanity who might just appreciate the fact that Grateful Dead’s American Beauty is playing in full.
Is it a restaurant? Is it a wine bar? Nobody may ever know. But there is one thing we do know - it's too pricey, whatever it is.
An alpha-dog hot spot that most people around town will passionately defend as the best of it’s kind, even though the service is cold and the food heavy handed and extravagant.
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James is a great Prospect Heights restaurant with a somewhat predictable New American menu, but it’s Perfect For a date or a meal before a Nets game.
Roman’s is a neighborhood restaurant in Fort Greene where you can get a nice plate of pasta and some seasonal vegetables.
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