I've been living in Brooklyn Heights for three months now, and I've put together my thoughts on eating in the neighborhood. Not because I feel like an expert, but because I'd love to know what I missed and what I should try.
Pizza: Grimaldi's, natch, but I tend to save that for when i have out-of-town guests. Fascati's is the staple, although Nick & Joe's will work in a pinch. I'd love to know if I've missed anyplace worth trying.
Chinese: Litchee Nut seems to have the best Chinese take-out, although i have to wonder about a place that will throw in stale-to-the-point-of inedible fortune cookies. Andy's is okay too, but I've had some rude service.
Montague Street: I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in a street. When I first moved to the neighborhood, I marveled at how many restaraunts there were. Now i marvel at how many of them are mediocre to bad. Both sushi joints are horrible. The diners are gross. Centro's is pretty good for weekend breakfast, and the bagel shop by Key Foods is solid. That's about it. Am I missing anything?
Fine Dining: I haven't been to Henry's End yet. Noodle Pudding is solid.
Bar Food: Pete's Waterfront wins for me, while my girlfriend prefers the Henry Street Ale House. I also enjoy getting my grease on at the Chip Shop.
But, more often: I find it's worth the walk to head south on Court or Smith to a few real food districts. Taku, Bar Tabac, Apartment 138, Joya ... all places I have enjoyed. Also, there's a little hole-in-the-wall Italian place on Court called, i think, Sam's, that doesn't serve high-quality food but makes up for it in atmosphere.
What do longer-term residents think?