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I Have to Agree With GQ

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GQ recently named Brooklyn as the Coolest City on the Planet (for 2011).  I have to agree with them, especially since 80% of the places in the Eaters Guide are a hop, skip and jump from our new condo (the girl eating the Dough doughnut below is KILLING ME!)
Brooklyn is the Coolest City on the Planet: An Eater’s Guide
November 2011
Don’t take that as a knock on Manhattan, which is doing just fine. But for the first time since, well, ever, you can spend every New York minute of your trip on the far side of the East River and never feel like you’re missing out. Here’s how to explore the place where everything’s happening before it’s happening 

The Scuttlebutt at Saltie is stuffed with feta, hard-boiled egg, and pickled vegetables.

If you want an egg-white omelet with soy cheese, you’re in the wrong place. The best Brooklyn joints are the ones that reverse-engineer morning staples—the egg-and-cheese sandwich, meat hash, the Bloody Mary—and rebuild them as hunger-crushing masterpieces.

Mile End
Boerum Hill
This Montreal-style deli is where we take our Canada-sized hangovers. The cure? Smoked-meat hash with two sunny-side-up eggs, potatoes, and perfectly burnt nuggets from Mile End’s famous brisket.

Seriously, it’s called Egg, and should your “breakfast” be postponed to the early afternoon, you can still get an omelet, scrambles, or, if you want our advice, the Eggs Rothko: an over-easy egg in brioche, topped with Grafton Cheddar.

Char No. 4
Carroll Gardens
Southern-style comfort food has no business being this good this far north. And while every main dish is delicious, the sides seal the deal: creamy grits, a biscuit with bacon gravy (bacon gravy!), and a bourbon Bloody Mary.

You’re here for the Ship’s Biscuit—scrambled eggs and fresh ricotta on cloud-fluffy focaccia.


To understand how seriously Brooklyn takes java, watch the baristas at Gimme! Coffee in Williamsburg pour a cappuccino. That delicate foam rosette means the milk was folded into the locally roasted espresso so you taste both in every sip. And you can get a straightforward cup of excellent brew at Café Grumpy (Park Slope or Greenpoint).But true coffee geeks have to stop by Williamsburg’s Blue Bottle (pictured), where the Japanese slow drippers look like lab equipment and take over twelve hours to brew your twelve ounces of Kyoto iced coffee. The $4 price tag seems like a bargain.—Oliver Strand




Go big with the turkey-leg sandwich at Henry Public, in Cobble Hill, which makes you wonder why you ever bothered with white meat. If you’re in Williamsburg, tuck into a burger from legendary Peter Luger Steakhouse (est. 1887)—a blend of prime chuck and trimmings from the world-famous dry-aged porterhouse—or try some haute street food at Smorgasburg if the weather’s nice. 

Dinner here isn’t about celeb chefs, starched napkins, or calling months ahead to get a table. You’re more likely to find reclaimed wood and a paper menu that changes nightly. It’s about the food, not the flash.

A feast at Fatty ‘Cue

Fatty ‘Cue
At first it seems heretical to blend straight-up barbecue with Southeast Asian flavors. Then you eat the brisket with chili jam packed into bao buns and realize it’s deliciously blasphemous.

Want a microbrew and one of New York’s finest pizzas? This joint way out in postindustrial “East Williamsburg” is your place. It also does a tasting menu worthy of a Michelin star, and a pulpo that’ll make your Spanish grandmother weep.

La Superior
The tiny tacos—try the tender lengua (that’s beef tongue) and the fierce, garlicky shrimp—offer the most flavor per square inch of any dish in any borough. And they’re dwarfed by supersize $10 margaritas.

The rabbity garganelli at Five Leaves

Five Leaves
When Heath Ledger died, he left plans for an unfinished restaurant. So his estate helped build this laid-back spot that serves all day and does no wrong. It’s where you’d eat a perfect burger and act normal if you were incredibly handsome and famous.

Carroll Gardens
The longest five days in recent Brooklyn history? When Lucali shut down after owner Mark Iacono got stabbed in the gut by a reputed mobster. He was soon back at the oven, turning out the blistered-crust pies that led GQ‘s Alan Richman to name Lucali’s the second-best pizza in America.

Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill
You’ll think this place has spent decades tucked away on its quiet cobblestone backstreet, but that’s just the cooking—elevated farmhouse fare like a Red Wattle pork chop that tastes best in the House’s backyard.

Carroll Gardens
Chef Robert Newton, native of Arkansas, has planted the flag of the South (thankfully not the Confederate one) in Carroll Gardens. He dishes out sophisticated takes on below-Mason-Dixon classics (your bourbon-brined ham, your shrimp and grits) made with Michael Pollan-friendly ingredients. He also serves house-fried potato chips and house-picked vegetables with local Six Point beer, making Seersucker the perfect place for your NASCAR appetite to meet your NPR lifestyle. 

“If you’re in Brooklyn, you gotta go by my cousin, Cake Man Raven. You can’t fake a good red velvet cake, you know? It’s a family recipe that was passed down from our grandmother, and Cake executes it just like she did back then. He started out baking in his house, and the next thing you know, Spike Lee and Bill Cosby are asking for the cake. You gotta take breaks from it, it’s so rich.”


Written by bevanddara

October 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

Posted in Food

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