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770 - Headquarters of Chabad Lubavitch.
770 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/770_Eastern_Parkway

770 to Ohel Bus - Every weekday at 10:30 there is a bus that goes direct from 770 to the Ohel, and returns about an hour later. $10. Often arrives to Ohel around 11 am and leaves around 12 noon.
770 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohel_(Chabad-Lubavitch)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Beautiful gardens, with plants from all over the world. Free entry for Children 11 and under. Free entry every day in the winter months of December, January & February. Free entry on Friday morning, otherwise $15..
990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 623-7200 ~ http://www.bbg.org/

Brooklyn Children's Museum - The first museum in America to be dedicated specifically for children. Free entry on Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm.
145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 735-4400 ~ http://www.brooklynkids.org/

Brooklyn Museum - NYC's second largest art museum. Large collection of Egyptology. Admission is how ever much you want to give.
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238 ~ (718) 638-5000 ~ http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/home.php

Brooklyn Public Library - The main central branch of the BPL. It contains over a million books, magazine and materials.
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238 ~ (718) 230-2100 ~ http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/central

Chabad Library - Many books and manuscripts kept here from generations ago. Beautiful place to visit.
766 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Agudas_Chassidei_Chabad

Jewish Children's Museum - The largest Jewish themed museum in America. An amazing experience for all ages. $13 per person 2 and older.
792 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 467-0600 ~ http://www.jcm.museum/default.asp

Jewish Hassidic Walking Tours - Excellent tour of CH, geared more towards the less observant to learn. $39 per person.
305 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 953-5244 ~ https://jewishtours.com/

Prospect Park & Lake - Huge park with open playing fields, running & bicycle paths, horseback riding, ice skating (seasonal), and boating (seasonal).
Brooklyn, NY ~ (718) 965-8951 ~ http://www.prospectpark.org/visit

Prospect Park Zoo - Nice place to visit, many exhibits and animals. $6.95 Child and $9.95 Adult.
450 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 399-7339 ~ http://www.prospectparkzoo.com/

Airport Public Transportation Options
EWR - Option 1: Take the NJT train to 34th street, connect to the 3 train. Cost $15.75 - Travel Time 1h15m.
EWR - Option 2: Take public bus #62 or shuttle bus to downtown Newark, connect to Path to NYC, and from there to the subway. Cost $7.10 - Travel Time 1h45m.
EWR - Option 3: Take the Midtown bus to Grand Central ($15 1W $28 2W), connect to 4 train ($2.75) to Franklin Ave, take 3 train to Kingston Ave. Cost $17.75 - Travel Time 1h30m.
JFK - Get on the B15 bus, connect at new lots avenue to the 3 train. Cost $2.75 with free Metro Card transfer - Travel Time 50m.
LGA - Take the M60 bus to Harlem 125th street and connect there to the 4 train. Cost $2.75 with free Metro Card transfer - Travel Time 1h45m.

Groceries and Takeout
Albany Bakery - Recently moved to a new large location next door to former place. Large grocery section too. They have takeout sandwiches.
339 Albany Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 778-1733 ~ https://www.instagram.com/albanybakerych/?hl=en

Dovid Malka - Shabbos food take-out only. The best chulent in town and kugel too.
1552 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 773-2335

Empire Kosher - Full bakery inside this large supermarket, great muffins and cakes. Good Challah too. Free parking.
529 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 221-2144 ~ https://www.instagram.com/empirekoshersupermarket/?hl=en

Gombo Bake Shop - The best kokosh cake with crumb topping. And good hot chocolate and coffee.
328 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (347) 529-0589 ~ https://www.instagram.com/gombosbakery/?hl=en

Kahan's Superette - Large supermarket on the corner of Union, full Pesach store too in-season.
317 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 756-2999 ~ http://www.kahanssuperette.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/kahans_superette/?hl=en

Klein's Grocery - Closest grocery store to Beis Rivka girls school, lots of them there getting snacks.
504 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 493-9045 ~ https://www.yelp.com/biz/kleins-grocery-brooklyn

Kol Tuv Grocery - Large supermarket on the corner of Montgomery - usually open till midnight.
409 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 953-4440 ~ https://www.yelp.com/biz/kol-tuv-supermarket-brooklyn

Koshertown Supermarket and Takeout - Large supermarket on the corner of Empire.
469 Albany Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 778-6171 ~ http://www.koshertowncafe.com ~ https://www.instagram.com/koshertown/?hl=en/

Natural Treats in Sunshine - Smoothie shop on Kingston, customize your smoothie the way you like it. Also small selection of bites.
401 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (347) 413-7075 ~ https://www.instagram.com/naturaltreatsnyc/?hl=en

The Marketplace - The newest full kosher supermarket in CH, with a full bakery and a great deli take-out counter. Free parking (across the street).
589 E New York Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 363-1300 ~ https://kosherfamily.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/thechmarketplace/?hl=en

Restaurants & Cafes
ALENbi - New Israeli cuisine spot opened in October, 2017.
887 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (347) 221-3258 ~ http://alenbikitchen.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/alenbikitchen/?hl=en

Baguette Express II - A new place that just opened April, 2017 in former location of Kingston Falafel.
250 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718)-484-7814 ~ https://www.instagram.com/baguetteexpress2/?hl=en

Bakerie - New bakery opened in July, 2017. Same owner as Basil.
252 Albany Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 693-8248 ~ http://www.bakerieny.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/bakerieny/?hl=en

Basil Pizza & Wine Bar - Maturo Borgo Real (Red), Baron Herzog Late Harvest White Riesling (White); Food: wild mushroom pizza, basil fries, and sour cream cheese cake with basil ice cream for dessert. The basil ice cream is a must have!
270 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 285-8777 ~ http://basilny.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/basil_nyc/?hl=en

Benny's Brick Oven Pizza (Pomodori) - Newish Pizza shop. I really enjoyed their Pomodori slice and garlic pizza, both top notch!
419 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 484-4817 ~ http://www.bennysbrickoven.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/bennys419/?hl=en

Boeuf & Bun - A new artisanal burger lab restaurant that recently opened in CH, right across the street from Basil.
271 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11213 ~ (718) 221-8900 ~ http://www.boeufbun.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/boeufbun/?hl=en

Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse - new bakery offering up breads, sandwiches and pizza. Does not code as 3x for CSR
529 E NY Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203 ~ (347) 292-1382 ~ http://www.brooklynab.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/brooklynartisanbakehouse/?hl=en

Brooklyn Museum Cafe - kosher salads & wraps in their Lobby Cafe, prepared and provided by Wolf & Lamb Brooklyn under OK.
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238 ~ (718) 638-5000 ~ https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/hours_admission/dining

Bunch o Bagels - Probably the best bagels in CH. They have a good yogurt in the fridge by the register. For the most part just a typical bagel shop from what I've had. Now also serving a lot more main dishes with fish pasta and salads all on the menu. Does not code as 3x for CSR
361 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 604-0634 ~ http://www.bunchobagels.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/bunchobagels/?hl=en

Calabria - A new dairy restaurant in Crown Heights is named "Calabria" and will be serving kosher Roman-style pizza and beer.
266 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ https://www.calabria.pizza/menu/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/calabria.pizza/?hl=en

Chocolatte Cafe - Newish coffee shop, that serves also wraps, pasta and salads. They are open 24 hours and they have free WiFi.
792 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 773-3770 ~ https://www.choco-latte.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/chocolatteny/?hl=en

Dean Street Cafe - https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170109/crown-heights/cafe-with-crown-heights-roasted-coffee-opening-on-utica-avenue
87 Utica Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ https://www.facebook.com/Deanstreetcafe/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/deanstcoffeeshop/?hl=en

Empire Grill - The Lemon (off the menu), sesame, and sweet and sour Chinese chicken are all very decent and large portions, The 770 burger and spicy fries is my go to meal for a cheap and good fleishig food. Remember they deliver for free till very late usually 1am or later.
597 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 221-8597 ~ http://empiregrillbrooklyn.com/7379

Ess & Bentch -
313 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ https://www.essandbentch.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/ess_and_bentch/?hl=en

Holesome Bagels - I love their personal pies that are just $7 I always ask for the russian sauce for dipping. This is my go to for cheap milchig meal. Also $6 breakfast special, bagel with eggs, potatos, israeli salad, and coffee. Don't miss their Arele special, a.k.a the Potato bagel.
333 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (347) 955-5300 ~ https://holesomebagels.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/holesome_bagels/?hl=en

Izzy's Brooklyn Smokehouse - A new place that opened in CH, offers wood smoking BBQ and a seating area for 25+.
397 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ Coming Soon. ~ http://izzyssmokehouse.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/izzysbbq/?hl=en

Jus by Julie - Health-focused outfit featuring blended fruit & vegetable juices.
1090 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ Coming Soon. ~ https://www.jusbyjulie.com/

Kingston Bake Shop & Cafe - Great fresh bakery on the corner of Crown, good knishes too. Has the name of having from the best sushi in CH.
380 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 467-2047 ~ http://kingstonbakeshop.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/kingston_bake_shop_/?hl=en

Kingston Pizza - I would never eat their pizza, if I didn't know they got a new recipe. The new pizza is actually not horrible if someone serves it at a party I suppose I would eat it, and enjoy it, otherwise... Seating inside for 50+ people, has a sukkah on premises.
395 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 773-7154 ~ https://www.yelp.com/biz/kingston-pizza-kosher-brooklyn

Mama's Kitchen - Homestyle Israeli food.
7 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233 ~ (718) 771-3038 ~ https://www.instagram.com/mamakitchenny/?hl=en

Manhattanville Coffee
167 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 ~ (646) 781 9900 ~ http://www.manhattanvillecoffee.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/manhattanvillecoffee/?hl=en

Meat - A new restaurant slated to open very soon, same owner as Basil. Casual southern comfort food style.
115 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ Coming Soon.

Mendy's Deli CH - The 3 meat combo is excelent, I usualy get corned beef, pastrami, and roast beef, with fried onions. They really pack in a lot of meat. Also their baby chicien lafa is good. One of my favorite chicken soups is their chickin gambo soup. They now also have a full service restaurant room.
792 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 907-8877 ~ http://www.mendysdeli.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/mendysjcm/?hl=en

Mermelstein Caterers - My go to place for plane food. They have a pre-wrapped deli sandwich with I think Corned beef, Pastrami, and turkey. Easy to travel with and will stay good for long trips. Otherwise don't plan on eating in there, more of a deli kind of place, inside feels like a soup kitchen.
351 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 778-3100 ~ https://www.yelp.com/biz/mermelsteins-caterers-brooklyn

Mozzarella Restaurant - new dairy place opened October, 2017.
270-272 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (917) 633-6770 ~ https://www.chmozzarella.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/mozzarellacrownheights/?hl=en

Noribar - new Sushi place opened June, 2017.
326 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (347) 913-8888 ~ http://noribar.com/ ~ https://www.instagram.com/noribar/?hl=en

PHO-MEN on Troy - Asian noodle house.
411 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11213 ~ (718) 816-0200 ~ https://www.instagram.com/phomenontroy/?hl=en

Pletzel Pizza - Online only ordering place, personal pies at $6 a pie, additional toppings are $1.
489 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (347) 770-1340 ~ https://www.facebook.com/Pletzel-Pizza-Bar-648062535278583/

Prime Avenue - When they first opened I got a very good portion of schintzel in a spicy schnitzel sandwich and enjoyed it. Since the opening I have went there twice been very unimpressed and let down. Don't plan on ever going there again... They have good lunch and dinner specials now. Prime sandwich merged with Prime wok into 1 central location with both menus.
377 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 576-6665 ~ http://www.primesandwich.com ~ https://www.instagram.com/primeavenue377/?hl=en

Sauce N Cheese - Onlne pizza store, cheap prices. The food comes from Holesome bagels. Great service. Update: They have their own storefront now.
509 Albany Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203 ~ (347) 425-1450 ~ https://saucencheese.com ~ https://www.instagram.com/saucencheese/?hl=en

Sushi Spot II - One of the best rolls I have ever had is the Crunchy Situation, many rolls are good, another one I like very much is the specialty portabella roll.
426 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 ~ (718) 756-4040 ~ http://www.sushispot2.com ~ https://www.instagram.com/sushispot2/?hl=en

Sweet Expressions - While not really a cafe or restaurant. This is a great place to get anything sweet, with the largest candy selection in CH, chocolates, milk shakes, coffee, fresh popcorn, ice cream and a lot more. Small seating area inside.
310 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ~ (718) 613-0188 ~ https://www.instagram.com/sweetexpressionsch/?hl=en


Crown Heights buildings where the number is sufficient to tell the address:

770 - Well, everyone in the world knows that.
749 - Eastern Parkway - dormitory building across from 770.
1414 - President Street - dormitory building on corner of President and Kingston.
706 - Eastern Parkway - Large old residential building.
701 - Empire Blvd - residential building off the corner of Albany Avenue.
675 - Empire Blvd - residential building adjacent to 701.
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Re: Crown Heights master thread
« Reply #1065 on: May 15, 2018, 08:10:39 PM »
PSA: The free entrance time at BBG changed from being free on Tuesday and Saturday morning to Friday mornings 8-12 only. Admission is $15/adult at other times.
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« Reply #1067 on: May 27, 2018, 09:48:55 AM »
I'm just catching up here...
What’s the update with Basil are they kosher now ?
When I was last there (about 4 months ago) they had an OU and I spoke to the Mashgiach who told me they keep to a very high standard.
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What's BBG?

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« Reply #1068 on: May 27, 2018, 09:51:09 AM »
I'm just catching up here...When I was last there (about 4 months ago) they had an OU and I spoke to the Mashgiach who told me they keep to a very high standard.What's BBG?
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« Reply #1069 on: June 07, 2018, 01:09:02 PM »
Any Phomen or Allenbi reviews?
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« Reply #1070 on: June 07, 2018, 02:29:49 PM »
Any Phomen or Allenbi reviews?
All I can say is that I drove past Alenbi a few times and it seemed full.
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« Reply #1071 on: June 07, 2018, 04:02:04 PM »
Any Phomen or Allenbi reviews?
I haven't been to either. What I've heard:

Phomen: like eating tradition soup in a restaurant.
Allenbi: Very good reviews - interesting flavors, but small portions. Others scoff at the small portion complaint saying that Jews always complain about that.
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Phomen: like eating tradition soup in a restaurant.
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« Reply #1073 on: June 07, 2018, 05:19:34 PM »
Allenbi: Very good reviews - interesting flavors, but small portions. Others scoff at the small portion complaint saying that Jews always complain about that.
Large portions is the first criteria to even be considered Kosher Style, let alone something that's really kosher.  ;D
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Re: Crown Heights master thread
« Reply #1074 on: June 07, 2018, 07:36:07 PM »
Any Phomen or Allenbi reviews?
I really liked Phomen, although I have heard very mixed reviews from friends. I happen to love ramen and make it frequently, so am familiar with the Asian flavors. I think the reason people don't like is simply that the food, flavors and concept is very foreign to the kosher restaurant scene. The closest people have come to ramen is, as quoted, a tradition soup! Phomen is very different from your standard "Meat and two veg" restaurants. I highly recommend it, but go with an open mind.
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« Reply #1075 on: June 07, 2018, 07:37:40 PM »
What dishes did you like?
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« Reply #1076 on: June 07, 2018, 07:44:11 PM »
We went during the soft opening and had:

Starter:
Summer Rolls
Green Papaya Salad - (this was the least liked dish we had)
Rice cakes

Main:
2 bowls of the combo Pho
2 bowls of ramen (I don't recall which proteins)
3 Bahn Mi Sandwiches (2 original and 1 ginger)

Everything was seriously delicious.
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« Reply #1077 on: June 07, 2018, 10:34:29 PM »
Pho-men: The food was tasty, but $35 (after tax and tip) for 1 serving of noodle-meat soup is a bit excessive..
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« Reply #1078 on: June 10, 2018, 02:27:27 PM »
Any Phomen or Allenbi reviews?
Phomen: expensive, and the flavors are pretty authentic, so you won't have anything to compare it to outside of tradition soup.

If you go with an open mind, it'll be good.

The staff and chef are pretty good at educating you though.

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Re: Crown Heights master thread
« Reply #1079 on: June 11, 2018, 01:03:38 PM »
Any Phomen or Allenbi reviews?

FWIW, YTK just posted an Instagram review on Phomen.