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Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens

Bombay dream 257 Smith Street, 237-6490 Indian-Bangladeshi cuisine, tues. & thurs. dinner special $13.95, sunday brunch noon-3pm $9.95, outdoor dining, open 7 days noon-10:30pm, major credit cards.

Chestnut 271 Smith Street, 243-0049 www.chestnutonsmith.com Fabulous New American cuisine served tues. thru sun. from 5:30-11pm, $25 prix fix 3-course dinner tues & wed., chef tastings; call for info, sun. brunch 11:30-3pm.

Hana Cafe of Cobble Hill 235 Smith St., 643-1963 Brooklyns finest sushi, all-you-can-eat sushi daily $20.95, open 7 days, lunch and dinner.

Rosemary room 250 Smith Street, 797-2939 Grand Opening, continental cuisine, $9.95 sun. brunch 11am to 4pm, private and corporate catering.

union smith cafe 305 Smith Street, 643-3293, Executive chef Richard Krause invites all to the Grand Opening of his American Bistro in Carroll Gardens, open seven days for brunch and dinner, mon. thru sat. 10am-11pm, sun. 10am-10pm, delivery available.

by the verrazano

Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights

Austins Steakhouse 5th Avenue, bet. 89th & 90th St., 439-5000 Upscale Manhattan dining and ambiance just one minute from the Verrrazano Bridge, exceptional wine celler, valet parking, reservations recommended, live entertainment fri. & sat., open for lunch mon. thru sat. 11:30-4pm featuring Brooklyns best burger for $8.95, open for dinner mon. thru thurs. 5-10pm, fri., sat. 5-11pm, bar open 4pm-1am 7 days.

Canedos 7316 Third Avenue, 748-1908 Fine Northern Italian cuisine, extensive imported and domestic champagne and wine list, catering on premises, private parties for up to 70, open for lunch mon. thru fri., dinner mon. thru sun., valet parking thurs. thru sat. & holidays, all major credit cards, takeout orders welcome.

Henry grattans 8814 Third Avenue, 833-6466 Irish American/Continental cuisine, all entrees & desserts freshly prepared by gourmet chef Martin Bradley, open 7 days for lunch, dinner and sunday brunch, live entertainment sun. evenings, daily senior menu $9.95, daily three-course early bird dinner $19, dining room for private parties, citysearch rated.

Hunters 9404 Fourth Avenue, 238-8899 Steak and Ale house with American/Continental cuisine specializing in bachelor dinners, on premise OTB wagering, sun. brunch noon-3pm, open 7 days, valet parking, entertainment every fri. & sat.

nouvelle 8716 Third Avenue, 238-8250 A new dining concept in Bay Ridge with a 5-star menu by 5-Star Executive Chef Andy Yang, formerly of Nobu and now at Nouvelle serving his signature specialties like Rack of Lamb ($19), sushi bar, outdoor garden dining, fri. & sat. late night dining, DJ in the Lounge every fri. & sat., open 7 days for lunch & dinner.

pearl room 8201 Third Avenue, 833-6666 Brooklyns hidden jewel, offering new American and Continental cuisine, specializing in seafood, proprietor and Executive Chef Anthony Rinaldi will dazzle you with his eclectic and gourmet style including dishes like Oven Roasted Persian Red Snapper over Smashed Yukon Gold Potatos and Baby Vegetables, and Fresh Maryland Crab in Truffles Cream Sauce, oyster bar, outdoor garden, fireside dining, valet parking, 7 days.

Saint Germain French Bistro 8303 Third Avenue, 745-8899 Featuring the Brigette Bardot cocktail, every wed., thur. for couples only enjoy one entree get one free (equal of lesser value), 2-course lunch special $11.95, 3-course dinner special $21.95, sat. & sun. brunch special, 10am-4pm $14.95, tues., wed., thurs. $9.95 crepes, buy one crepe get one free.

T.J. Bentleys 7110 Third Avenue, 745-0748 Private parties are our specialty with lunch starting at $18 and dinner starting at $25 per person, sunday brunch with unlimited champagne $18.95, D.J. entertainment every fri. and sat. night.

By the bay

Sheepshead Bay

Il fornetto 2902 Emmons Avenue, 332-8494 Sumptuous waterside dining in Sheepshead Bays only restaurant with a majestic view of the bay, spectacular waterfront view in The Pavilion, private banquet room in The Veranda, thoroughbred wagering in The Saratoga Room.

New CAts cafe 2027 Emmons Avenue, 332.4850 www.newcatscafe.com Extraordinary cuisine prepared with a French Flair, extensive fine wine menu, spectacular Bay view, live entertainment, open 7 days for lunch and dinner, 11am-5am.

Yiasou Estiatorio 2003 Emmons Avenue, 332-6064 Grand Opening, grilled whole fish, steaks, chops, chicken, extensive Greek wine list, full bar, 7 days for lunch & dinner.

North of the park

Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook

aroma Bagel & CAfe 520 Henry Street, 596-5555, All baking done on premises, breakfast, lunch, dinner, catering for all occasions, corporate accounts welcome, free delivery (minimum varies), open 6am to 9pm.

Casa Rosa 384 Court Street, 625-8874 Serving authentic southern Italian cuisine tues. thru sun., daily specials, party room available for catering.

cocoa bar 228 Seventh Avenue, 499-4080, www.cocoabarnyc.com By day, Cocoa Bar is the perfect place to read a book, peruse the Internet with free wireless access, munch on chocolate goodies, and sip Cocoa Bars signature chocolattes. During the evening, cocoa bar transforms into a dessert and wine bar/lounge, featuring monthly art exhibits and multi-talent night with readings and live music, private parties and catering.

Elora's Restaurant 272 Prospect Park West, 788-6190 The best margarita in town, Spanish/Mexican cuisine, open 7 days lunch and dinner, free delivery ($10 minimum).

Liberty Heights Tap Room 34 Van Dyke Street (corner of Dwight & Van Dyke), 246-8050/246-1793 Red Hook's premier "Family and Kids" friendly brick oven pizza restaurant featuring thin crust pizzas, pub style burgers & fries, salads and appetizers, open thurs. & fri. @ 4pm, sat. & sun. @ 1pm, closed mon., tues., wed., free Sixpoint Brewery tours and tasting every sat. @ 1pm, 5 Sixpoint draft microbrews on tap, private party room, free sat. afternoon kids talent shows, (call for dates and info), ample street parking.

Mule cafe 67 Fourth Avenue, 398-6700, Fourth Avenues answer to coffee and comfort, housed in a restored turn-of-the-centruy storefront, the cafe is a bright, rustic refuge for the neighborhood, featuring baked goods from Ceci Cela, Two Little Red Hens and Sullivan Street Bakery, hot sandwiches including prosciutto and fontina, soups including chicken vegetable with lime and salads including sicilian tuna and mesclun greens, all served daily, eat in or take out 7 days, mon. thru fri. 7am-7pm, sat. and sun. 8am-7pm.

royals downtown 215 Union Street, 923-9866 Fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere, CIA trained chef has created a menu that combines fresh green market food with Italian and Spanish influence, working fireplace, Tuscan red walls and crystal lighting reminesscent of European elegance, wide selection of unique mixed drinks, one of the finest wine lists in Brooklyn, duplex event space offers perfect setting for weddings, corporate events or private parties, open mon. thru sat. from 5pm, reservations suggested.

Brooklyn Legends

Featured in 24sevens Brooklyn Legends Special Edition

Montes Since 1906, 451 Carroll Street, 624-8984 Adorned with beautiful murals, Montes is noted for their Shrimp a la Monte and homemade Italian cheesecake.

Marias Since 1932, 3073 Emmons Avenue, 646-6665 The finest Italian cuisine since 1932, outdoor dining with a view of Sheepshead Bay, extensive imported and domestic wine list , open 7 days for lunch & dinner.

new Corner, Since 1936, 7201 Eighth Avenue, 833-0800 Specializing in Italian cuisine, lunch specials starting at $11.50, weekday dinner special $20.50, pasta for $9.50, cocktail lounge, catering, take out, open seven days.

michaels Since 1964, 2929 Avenue R, 998-7851 Specializing in Italian-Continental cuisine, piano music nightly, free valet parking, private room for up to 200, pastry shop on premises, reservations suggested on weekends, closed Mondays.

di Fara Since 1964, 1424 Avenue J, 258-1367 Di Faras pizza has been rated by New York Times, Zagat, Village Voice, Forbes and Time Out New York as one of the best in the city.

Mill Basin Kosher Deli, Since 1967, 5823 Avenue T, 241-4910, www.pastrami.net Luncheon and dinner specials daily, take out special; two hot dogs and a knish $4.99, fine art gallery and museum on premises.

Griswolds Since 1968, 7726 Third Avenue, 745-3340, www.griswoldspub.com Traditional American steakhouse, lunch & dinner, late night dining Fri. & Sat. til 1 am, complete sunday brunch w/comp cocktail $11.95, exquisite wine list, holiday theme shows, live music, DJs, private party pkgs, best burgers in town.

Pippins Since 1969, 9701 Third Avenue, 833-1183 Home of the famous Pippin Burger, 20oz Delmonico for $16.95 every wed., nine flat screens.

tommaso Since 1971, 1464 86th Street, 236-9883 Family owned for 35 years, world reknowned wine list, noon to midnight seven days, live opera wed. thru sun., daily specials, price fixed dinner menu 3 courses $25, valet parking fri. & sat.

Buckleys Since 1972 Family owned, lunch 11:30- 4pm, mon. thru sat., dinner 5-10pm mon.-thurs., fri. and sat. 5-11pm,sun. 3:15-9pm, sun. brunch 11:30- 3pm.

Caraville Since 1972, 1910 Avenue M, 339-2540 Italian, Greek, American specialties, $14.95 dinner special includes soup, salad, relish tray, potatoes or pasta or rice, vegetables, beverage, dessert.

Arch Diner Since 1974, 1866 Ralph Avenue, 531-3718 Specials every day at reasonable prices, pies and cakes baked daily on premises, open 7 days, 24 hours.

La Trattoria Since 1975, 2811 Avenue U, 648-0334 Weekly 4-course dinner specials, catering for all occasions, full bar, free parking, open for lunch and dinner 7 days.

Circles, Since 1976, 310 Bay Ridge Avenue, 748-4611 Healthy, international dishes, 5-course early-bird menu $9.99, sat. & sun. brunch 11am-2pm, catering $7.95pp, private party room.

Lauras Gourmet Kitchen Since 1977, 1235 Prospect Avenue, 436-3715 For more than 25 years Brooklyns best kept secret has been making authentic Italian dishes, featuring family recipes from Genovese and Sicily, $18 dinner special seven days a week.

Sugarhill, Since 1978, 609-615 Dekalb Avenue, 797-1727 Featuring Southern cuisine with a hint of West Indian flavoring and specializing in Southern style hickory smoke BBQ,live music four nights a week, showcasing local talent along with well-known pros.

wheelers Since 1979,1705 Sheepshead Bay Road, 646-9320 Featuring Brooklyns best burgers and hot wings along with the rest of their extensive menu, state-of-the-art draft beer system, pouring out the coldest, freshest Guinness, Bass, Budweiser or Brooklyns own Rheingold.

greenhouse cafe Since 1979, 7717 Third Avenue, 833-8200, www.greenhousecafe.com American/continental cuisine, complete lunch $11.95 mon.-sat., complete 3-course sun. brunch w/unlimited brunch cocktails $25 (tax & tip not included), 4 rooms for private parties, large banquet room, piano room, atrium & cappucino cafe, valet parking weekends.

Casa pepe Since 1980, 114 Bay Ridge Avenue 833-8865 www.casapepe.com Open for lunch and dinner, outdoor garden dining, all you can eat Sunday brunch buffet $14.95, private party menu starting at $14.95 pp, fresh seafood daily, spanish wines & port.

Aunt Suzie Since 1982, 247 Fifth Avenue, 788-Aunt Casual Italian dining in the cooking style of the grand masters; Grandma & Grandpa, generous portions at moderate prices, free delivery 6-10pm, Park Slope only.

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