The common belief is that Manhattan is where all the action is in NYC, but people in-the-know go to Brooklyn, especially when it comes to food. You’ll be surprised at the variety of gastronomic delight in this part of town. Here’s a list of places you may want to try, courtesy of MyCityWay:
Locals absolutely love this Park Slope trattoria which is almost always packed full of people. The food is Venetian-inspired and awesome. You can’t reserve a table for less than six people so if you must wait in line, try passing the time next door at Al di là vino until your table is ready. 248 5th Ave. 718-783-4565
Perfect for a romantic rendezvous, with lovely views of Manhattan. Founded in 1977 and a favorite ever since, not just for the views but also the superb food. One Water Street, 718-522-5200.
Buttermilk Channel at Carroll Gardens is a very refreshing and child friendly restaurant, with a special menu for kids. They have high chairs for toddlers as well. Treat yourself to the famous fried chicken & cheddar waffles or gorge on their superb duck meatloaf. Don’t stuff yourself too much though, or you won’t have room for the pecan pie sundae! On Mondays try the $25 prix-fixe dinner here. 524 Court Street, 718-852-8490.
Jacques Torres Chocolate it is as good as any you’ll find. Also in DUMBO, they offer what may be the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Add a heavenly hot chocolate then take home lots of treats for your friends and loved ones. 66 Water Street, Phone: 718-875-1269.
Everyone loves Grimaldi’s – one of NYC’s best pizza parlors with line around the corner more often than not. It’s in DUMBO, very close to the Brooklyn Promenade. Try to arrive any weekend just before they open and you might skip the long wait. Lunchtime or evenings on weekdays are alright too. 19 Old Fulton St, 718-858-4300.
Anyone who loves steak loves Peter Luger. It’s been in Williamsburg, since 1887. The porterhouse steak is its claim to fame – a must-have. Equally satisfying and less expensive is one of their burgers (only served during lunchtime). . Add bacon – everything’s better with bacon – and creamed spinach on the side. Check them out at 178 Broadway, 718-387-7400
This Ukrainian food will transport you to Eastern Europe right from Brighton Beach. The portions are sumptuous and easy on your wallet. Do not miss the dumplings here. 3159 Coney Island Avenue, 718-616-0766.
Make yourself at home with some great food at the Chef’s Table. There is limited space (only 18 tables) so reservations are a must and might be challenging – but it is worth the trouble for their 18–to-20 course prix-fixe dinner (small helpings). You can bring your own booze here. 200 Schermerhorn St., 718-243-0050.
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