Been working on livingston street betwixt cobble-hill and downtown brooklyn/brooklyn heights for a while now and have been doing some lunchtime hamburger recon that I thought may benefit others working in the area (or on jury duty).
There are basically three paths one can take: montague street, smith street, and atlantic avenue. Montague street offers 5 guys burger and fries, which is admittedly a delicious super greasy bomb of a burger but a bit pricey for fast food IMO. There is also grand canyon and the happy days diner on Montague, both of which are decent but nothing to shout about.
Atlantic avenue offers the waterfront ale house, which is my #2 choice, as well as numerous non-burger options (banh mi at Nicky's, middle-eastern offerings at Sahadi's and waterfalls cafe.)
Smith street offers the "New" St. Clair diner which is a better diner burger than that of the Happy days diner on Montague and the New Apollo diner on livingston st, but lo and behold I discovered the best lunchtime burger is at Bar Tabac. Delicious, done to perfection on a light toasted bun with fantastic fries and salad.
I was surprised by this because Bar Tabac always struck me as the kind of faux-french clip joint that would be annoying and have overpriced/bad food, but for this purpose, anyway, it came out #1 in my semi-exhaustive study.
Anyone think of anyplace notable I missed within these boundries?
187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201