Tell Us About The Best Bite You Had In Brooklyn Heights In 2013

There were many notable restaurant openings in Brooklyn Heights in 2013 while others stepped up their game while some faltered…badly.

Last week, Gothamist’s Jen Carlson totally plotzed about Jack the Horse Tavern in the blog’s 2013 round up The 25 Best Things We Ate and Drank in 2013:

Gothamist: Ricotta & Butternut Squash Ravioli at Jack The Horse: I struggled with even mentioning Jack The Horse because it is hands down my favorite place in all of New York City. Everything in this adorable, cozy haven is absolutely terrific—from brunch, to the reasonably-priced large-portioned appetizers, to a full-on multi-course dinner. And I could write an ode to their Aviation cocktail, a sonnet on their Old Fashioned… their bartenders are amongst the best in the five boroughs. But when I first tasted this decadent ravioli dish I was speechless, and maybe a little teary eyed. The perfect pieces of pasta are complimented by a mouthwatering brown butter, along with capers, sage and grana padona cheese—while the portion is not huge, it is worth the $11 (and you can up the size for around $10 to make it a main dish). J.C.

So, within the confines of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, what was the best thing you had to eat and drink in 2013?

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  • Remsen St Strollin

    FWIW I think JTHT is overrated. Not bad, just overrated. Food usually pretty high quality, but service is mediocre at best.

    The buratta dish at river deli prob wins best dish in the heights for me. If shake shack were in the historic district though…

  • Jazz

    Can’t wait for the next troll who says something like “there isn’t anywhere in the Heights so I go to Red Hook” or some crap like that…

  • Heightsman

    …..Shake Shack….talk about overrated. Mediocre on it’s best day.

  • north heights res

    Went to Taperia last week for the first time and thought it was terrific, start to finish.

  • Petunia14

    Avocado sandwich at Iris cafe – the ploughman sandwich and the sticky buns are also favorites of mine.

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  • David on Middagh

    Braeburn apples from the Greenmarket…

  • Jorale-man

    For me, it was a tie between a great dinner I had at Red Gravy and another that I had at River Deli. Both Italian pasta. Red Gravy had a little more unusual offerings; River Deli brings a the neighborhood charm and great value. I look forward to revisiting both many times in the New Year.

  • Arch Stanton

    Five Guys is better than Shake Shack IMHO. The burgers are about equal (though different) but FG’s fries are superior.

  • Petunia14

    I don’t know why colonie hasn’t come up. They have been consistently delicious since they opened 2011. Everything is outstanding.(Brussels sprouts with bacon, cauliflower with capers, sticky date cake w creme fraiche ice cream).
    Siggys is also always delicious (wild salmon entree, thyme chicken, steak over greens). Noodle pudding is also a favorite. There is a decent array of places to eat out.
    )The real defecit is in the take out/delivery dept. Besides Siggys, waterfalls and dellaroca’s, options are extremely limited.

  • Jason Fry

    This was the year we discovered River Deli, and were happy to have Sociale open its doors. Though sometimes nothing’s better than a cheeseburger and a beer or several at Waterfront Ale House. (Just wish they’d bring the old waffle fries back already.)

  • Joe Dudas

    Totally agree on Colonie. And their brunch is priced better than the dinner menu — and just as delicious (maybe more so).

  • Klady

    Cocktails at Jack the Horse, food at Colonie

  • Judy

    The Mac and cheese at custom house was very good!

  • AnnofOrange

    My vote: Henry’s End for any fish dish and Mud Pie for dessert.

  • Boerum Bill

    Last night, ALL 5 Guys in Brooklyn ran out of buns! After stopping at 3 of them, we finally bought the burgers. They put them in alum containers and we bought buns at a deli. PATHETIC! No wonder they’re all closing!

    Brussels sprouts at Hank Public!

  • Still Here

    Henry’s End – We enjoy many of the BH restaurants, but where else you gonna get a duck that good? Then there’s the seasonal game menu, plus they have a tidy but well-thought out wine list. Always consistent food and service.

  • Heightsman

    I think the crazy thing here is that you went to three of them before giving up. I would have quit at one. Some real determined fans!

  • Claude Scales

    Monty Python’s Flying Circus!

  • Alec

    Noodle Pudding – the Prime Rib. Wow – that plus $15 bottles of wine and you can’t lose.

  • Claude Scales

    Since we’re on a limited budget we haven’t been able to eat out very often over the past year. Sometimes we dine at the bar at Jack the Horse, where we can enjoy conversation with Matthew the bartender, Ryan the maitre d’, and sometimes Tim the owner, as well as whoever else may be there. I often make a meal of two appetizers, their wonderful mac and cheese and a salad–they sometimes offer a beet salad that’s especially scrumptious. Once a year we make a point of having soft shell crabs at Henry’s End. I prefer mine with Moroccan butter. I’ve had an excellent cassoulet at the Wine Bar; they also make an authentic Cuban sandwich (something I can say with confidence, having spent my youth in Tampa). My wife scored brunch at Colonie from the Grace Church Fair silent auction. We sat at the counter facing the kitchen and enjoyed watching the line cooks at work and chatting with them (my wife liked that one of them wore a Red Sox cap) and my duck hash was, as Karl would say, DEE-licious. We had Mother’s Day dinner at Noodle Pudding: I had a pasta dish that was very good, but I can’t remember its name. I also liked the malloredus, a Sardinian pasta, at River Deli. Pizza with sausage and mushrooms from Table 87 is great. Last week we went to Gallito’s and made dinner of three tacos each–steak, salmon, and (yes) beet—along with a side of rice and refritos that we shared. Muy bueno!

  • DIBS

    Not in any order, but my favorite dishes are”

    The steak tartare and the skate wing with incredible mashed potatoes at Chez Moi
    The pork loin at Jack The Horse but only when they include the extra pork belly!
    River Deli’s lasagne
    The pork tenderloin and the roasted chicken at Sociale
    Armando’s salmon

  • DIBS

    Regarding Bevacco, I think their pizzas are good but, with the recent menu changes, they took the best things off…the mushroom/veal ravioli which I believe might have been an ongoing special ravioli of the day and the burrata and prosciutto appetizer

  • Heightsman

    Can you explain what Moroccan butter tastes like on the soft shells?

  • DIBS

    Sadly though, they pride themselves in listing all the ingredients but fail to mention they ruin their Bloody marys with the addition of cilantro.

  • DIBS

    Five Guys gets a massive FAIL because they don’t offer a milkshake.

  • Arch Stanton

    Well I don’t ever order shakes, so it works for me.

  • DIBS

    Was that supposed to be some sort of statement of superiority?


  • Arch Stanton

    No, I just hadn’t figured shakes into the equation.

  • DIBS

    I never knew that having a burger had an algebraic element to it.