A, C, F, R at Jay St.-MetroTech; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Borough Hall
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Archives, in the Brooklyn Marriott, manages to undermine the hotel-restaurant stereotype enough to challenge but not scare away in-house diners. Its name comes in part from the front hallway exhibit of early-20th Century relics, courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society: original steel cable from the Brooklyn Bridge, yellowed photographs of workers in the Navy Yard, and memorabilia from the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. The dining room itself is spacious and lush, with soft light from modernist fixtures, and comfortable banquettes. Though the furniture has a certain mass-produced quality, it's no less comfortable or homey for it. The hearty American cuisine centers on steaks, chops, and seafood, but several Latin and Asian dishes nod to the multi-ethnic nature of Brooklyn itself. Spread carefully across the plate and seasoned perfectly, even simple dishes like fish and chips are elevated from their humble beginnings. They also have are a surprisingly large number of selections, marked "fit for you," that are low in calories and fat—perhaps for travelers who have spent too much time scarfing down fast food while waiting for connecting flights.