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Sweet shrimp sashimi is served at Taro Sushi. (Credit: Johnny Simon)

Sweet shrimp sashimi is served at Taro Sushi. (Feb. 24, 2013)

Dining options near the Barclays Center

The Barclays Center is bringing unprecedented droves to Brooklyn for Nets games and concerts. If you're hungry, there are great concessions at the arena, including Calexico (updated Cal-Mex fare) and Fatty 'Cue (inventive barbecue with Asian flair). But if you want a sit-down meal before or after the event, you'll have to wander father afield. Fortunately, the trendy, food-savvy borough offers several great options, all within walking distance. Here are five favorites.

KAZ AN NOU Hidden away on the "back"
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KAZ AN NOU Hidden away on the "back" side of Barclays, mere steps away, is this charming French-Caribbean spot (the name means "Our House" in the Creole language of Guadeloupe). Entrees include traditional shrimp and dumplings, smoked jerk chicken breast and duck leg confit. (Feb. 24, 2013)

KAZ AN NOU Open until 11 p.m. Tuesday
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KAZ AN NOU Open until 11 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, until 10 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays, 53 Sixth Ave., between Dean and Bergen streets. Average entree $16, 718-938-3235, kazannou.com. (Feb. 24, 2013)

Kaz An Nou's interior is dark and cozy,
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Kaz An Nou's interior is dark and cozy, with small tables and an open kitchen in the back. (Feb. 24, 2013)

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Kaz An Nou serves a Creole version of
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Kaz An Nou serves a Creole version of poulet a la estragon — smoked jerk chicken served with goat cheese and a honey sauce. (Feb. 24, 2013)

TARO SUSHI Chef-owner Yuji Sano has developed a
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TARO SUSHI Chef-owner Yuji Sano has developed a cult following for his pristine, traditional sushi. His menu is largely unmoved by the American preference for elaborate, showy rolls. Instead, compare and contrast five kinds of tuna. (Feb. 24, 2013)

TARO SUSHI Open until 10:30 p.m. Monday to
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TARO SUSHI Open until 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, until 10 p.m. Sunday, 244 Flatbush Ave., at St. Marks Avenue. Average entree $25, 718-398-5240, tarosushibrooklyn.com. (Feb. 24, 2013)

Taro Sushi chefs Peter Huang and Tony You.
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Taro Sushi chefs Peter Huang and Tony You. (Feb. 24, 2013)

Sweet shrimp sashimi is served at Taro Sushi.
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Sweet shrimp sashimi is served at Taro Sushi. (Feb. 24, 2013)

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Baby squid sashimi is served at Taro Sushi.
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Baby squid sashimi is served at Taro Sushi. (Feb. 24, 2013)

THE CHOCOLATE ROOM This Park Slope institution is
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THE CHOCOLATE ROOM This Park Slope institution is devoted to chocolate in all its glory with exquisite homemade cakes, ice cream, beverages, confections, hot chocolate. The chocolate-layer cake is probably better than the concert you just saw. (Feb. 24, 2013)

THE CHOCOLATE ROOM Open until 11 p.m. Sunday
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THE CHOCOLATE ROOM Open until 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, until midnight Friday and Saturday, 86 Fifth Ave., between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place. Most items under $10, 718-783-2900, thechocolateroombrooklyn.com.

The Chocolate Room is the place for chocolate
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The Chocolate Room is the place for chocolate lovers.

The Chocolate Room is the place for chocolate
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The Chocolate Room is the place for chocolate lovers.

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BARK You know you're in Brooklyn when your
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BARK You know you're in Brooklyn when your burger is sourced from a single New York State steer, the crispy pork sandwich is made from a heritage breed, and the artisanal pickles and sauerkraut are made in-house. Who's complaining? (Feb. 24, 2013)

BARK Open until 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday,
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BARK Open until 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until midnight Friday and Saturday, until 10 p.m. Sunday, 474 Bergen St., between Flatbush and Fifth avenues. Hot dog $4.25, burger $6.25, 718-789-1939, barkhotdogs.com. (Feb. 24, 2013)

The focus of Bark cafe in Brooklyn is
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The focus of Bark cafe in Brooklyn is hot dogs, but their menu features a diverse list of classic American comforts like burgers, onion rings, and buffalo wings. (Feb. 24, 2013)

Bark's signature hot dog, served with house-cut fries,
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Bark's signature hot dog, served with house-cut fries, is garnished with sweet pepper relish, mustard and red onions. (Feb. 24, 2013)

EL VIEJO YAYO This neighborhood standby -- with
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EL VIEJO YAYO This neighborhood standby -- with plenty of tables -- serves up Dominican basics such as roast pork (pernil), seafood mofongo, rice and beans and fried plantains. Diner fare, such as burgers and sandwiches, also is available. (Feb. 24, 2013)

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EL VIEJO YAYO Open until 11 p.m. weekdays,
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EL VIEJO YAYO Open until 11 p.m. weekdays, until midnight on weekends, 36 Fifth Ave., between Dean and Bergen streets. Average entree $15, 718-622-8922, elviejoyayo.com. (Feb. 24, 2013)

El Viejo Yayo, located just one block from
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El Viejo Yayo, located just one block from Barclays Center, serves up simple Latin American fare in a large, family-friendly dining room. (Feb. 24, 2013)

El Viejo Yayo's sliced avocado, stuffed with cheese
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El Viejo Yayo's sliced avocado, stuffed with cheese and olives. (Feb. 24, 2013)

El Viejo Yayo's empanadas. (Feb. 24, 2013)
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El Viejo Yayo's empanadas. (Feb. 24, 2013)

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