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GMFNY Gets Cobble Hill’s Best Eats From Luis Ortiz of “Million Dollar Listing New York”

“I could give you a list of the best restaurants in Cobble Hill,” famed New York realtor and star of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” Luis Ortiz told me over wine, cheese and crazy delicious butternut squash last night.

“And you couldn’t get through it in a 100 years.”

And as the only food blogger at the exclusive media event held at Frankies Spuntino‘s beautiful outdoor space, I wasn’t going to leave without getting that list — and I’d spend 100 years eating, if I had to!

The Media Event

Luis, a helluva salesman if there ever was one, had invited a handful of media people to tell us about his newest million dollar listing (multi-million, to be more accurate) in the charming Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill. An old-timey townhouse with every modern luxury, the listing will be the last in a row of townhouses to perfectly complement Cobble Hill’s timeless aesthetic. But seeing as I can’t exactly afford one of Luis Ortiz’s million dollar listings, all I cared about was what kind of food was I going to find when I came back to admire the townhouse. So, I asked — and by the time we were done talking, I knew I’d be back this weekend — townhouse or not.

Cobble Hill’s Best Eats

“Go to Smith Street,” said Luis, who admitted his all-time favorite Cobble Hill eatery was Frankie’s Spuntino, where he said I could get a KILLER pasta plate. (If the food is as delicious as the venue was beautiful, I believe it.) While Smith Street is often called Brooklyn’s “Restaurant Row,” I wanted to know about the places that weren’t getting as much coverage. And that’s when we started talking. With a little help from his well known boss, lifelong Brooklynite Gerard Longo of Madison Estates, here are the best restaurants in Cobble Hill — maybe all of New York City.

  1. Lucali Pizza. Old-fashioned, handmade, thin-crust pizza owned by longtime pizzaiolo Marc Iacono. NY Mag says this is a place that has “become woven into the neighborhood fabric.” Check out this place’s Yelp! reviews, and you’ll see why.
  2. Caputo’s Bakery. 5th generation bakers creating “fine Italian pastries, cookies, and cakes, using only authentic and fresh ingredients?” Say no more — check.
  3. Buttermilk Channel. American bistro  with a Southern touch AND a special vegetarian menu. Just get out right now…and let’s go eat.
  4. Ted & Honey. Let’s just say that when a place offers a pre-fixe brunch with an appetizer, entree, and bottomless tea or coffee for $18, you don’t need to convince me too much more. Add the magic words: bottomless mimosas/micheladas for $22, and I’m there in a heartbeat.
  5. Fernando’s Focacceria. And because you can never have too much amazing authentic Italian food, this highly raved about family-style lunch and dinner spot rounds off a list that will definitely have me eating for a while.

One thing is for sure: If you appreciate timeless New York food, something that just tastes like pure LOVE, then Cobble Hill has more than one eatery that’s just calling your name. It’s definitely calling mine, so thanks Luis! This girl will definitely be meeting her share of food in charming Cobble Hill very soon.

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Foram Mehta

Editor of Girl Meets Food NYC, Foram is a journalist by day and photographer/foodie/bookworm by night. She's a die-hard Texan with a love for saying "y'all" and making good guac — go figure. When Foram isn't enjoying scrumptious weekend brunches and weeknight dinner excursions around Curry Hill, she's hunting down the next best veggie meat product. Mock duck, beefless ground beef, fakin' bacon? Yes, please!