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Sunset Park/Brooklyn

ziggystardust | Sep 4, 201109:58 AM

Hi guys; I'll be spending a week in your city next month and I wanted to do my homework for eating recs. I'll be staying at the Day's Inn on 39th street in Sunset Park. I haven't been to NYC in about twenty years so I'll be moving around a lot, mostly in Manhattan. I'm going to post on the Manhattan board as well so what I'm looking for here are recs for the Sunset Park area as well as elsewhere in Brooklyn.
As you can see from my choice of lodgings, money is an object so I'm not looking for the poshest place in town, as well I'm travelling, dining and drinking solo so the place needn't be romantic. I've done a lot of backpacker type travel in Asia and the Middle East so I'm not scared of going to rougher places as long as the victuals are tasty. Let's say maximum price for a meal including drinks around $60.
I come from a city (Toronto) with a lot of Asian food, and I live in Chinatown so I'm not interested in that. What I am looking for, if it still exists, is an old school Italian-American place; red sauce, meatballs, checked tablecloth kind of thing. You may groan at that but here in Toronto, in spite of a very large Italian community, those places have all but disappeared and been replaced by a much higher end, haute cuisine version. New York Pizza! Got to have it, cold beer and a pizza in a place that doesn't offer sundried tomatoes or goat cheese or Thai sauce on their pizza.
Another thing I'd like is American food. What's American food? I'm not quite sure myself but if you know of any non-ethnic places that serve good, honest American food I'd like to know about them. If I can have a great sandwich/burger in one hand, a beer in the other and be seated around locals, I'll be a happy guy.
Good deli/Jewish food. Again, something Toronto once had when I was a kid but have now all given way to more Israeli -style falafel and the like places. I know Katz's in Manhattan is the go to place but it seems a bit touristy. Anywhere else?
Good Latin/Mexican food; these are woefully underrepresented in my part of the world and always a treat to look forward to when I travel to the US.
Polish or other Eastern European food, I've read that there's great Polish food to be had in Brooklyn.
Also, places to drink. I'm neither a wine drinker nor a fancy cocktails guy. Beer and Jim Beam keep me happy. I favour rock and metal music. The place can be sketchy but not so much so that a wayward traveller is likely to get his butt kicked for looking the wrong way.

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