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Joe's Of Avenue U

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287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223-3820
+1 718-449-9285
11:00 - 20:30
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I grew up in Gravesend and have been going to Joe's since junior high back in the 70's. I go back a couple of times a year or whenever I am back in Brooklyn. Joe's is not fancy and it has not been spruced up in years. They still display the food behind a glass counter in a steam table.... More 

Thank Lisa L
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153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

This place has been around for years. It has changed owners. The recent owners have been there for a long time now. This is a Sicilian cuisine cafeteria style eatery. They are famous for their panelle, pasta con sardi, and Pulpo salad. So it not the way it was years ago but it is still good. I truly miss those... More 

Thank Albert F
Vancouver, Canada
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

It's been some time since I have been at Joe's but I had memories of eating until I could not move with friends in their plastic covered booth, drinking gritty wine. I took my wife there. It took us an hour through the traffic over from Manhattan to Avenue U in Brookly to drive there. The first thing that always... More 

Thank ccriderYVR
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

The food is authentic Sicilian home cooked and delicious. Rice balls are the best. I've been eating them over 40 yrs. The tripe is amazing. Panelle sandwich is good too. Try the octopus salad-excellent!!

Thank joannnacal
Massapequa, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

This is a place you go to eat. The decor is like any other pizza parlor in the city ( a little messy and not fancy) and the display cases look like a large variety of Italian dishes you might find in a specialty deli. We were 2 couples and we ordered panelles, vastede, escarole, broccoli rabe, calamari, and potato... More 

Thank KCB5122
Glen Head
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148 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

excellent place food is terrific fresh and great quality all great Italian food and specialties. Great rice balls etc.

Thank Michael M
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

Go. Try the adventurous stuff (Panelle, Pasta con Sarde, Squid Ink, Bacala), try some wine, and appreciate that a place like this exists in America.

Thank iamnyc
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

The food was terrific and the same as if you were in Palermo. I would have preferred a better décor to give that Sicilian look

Thank Rajah G
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306 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2014 via mobile

A colleague has been bringing food from Joe's to work for years. Friends and I had to go to Gravesend, so we made a pit stop. These are probably the best rice balls I've ever had. We tried the rice ball special, but prefer the plain. The special, to us, had too much sauce and cheese. I ordered the chicken... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2014

We left Brooklyn 10 years ago for Long Island and boy do I miss this place. We try to go to Joe's for lunch whenever we are in Brooklyn and whenever the mood strikes us. The rice ball special is delicious, their panelle sandwiches are unbelievable, their potato croquette sandwiches, their pasta of the day.....I could go on and on.... More 

Thank stellina1936

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223-3820
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: +1 718-449-9285

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?