This small cafe does a wonderful brunch that's worth waking up early to beat the crowds.
Earlier this year, pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, who has worked in some of New York's finest kitchens and has made several appearances on food TV, opened Buttermilk Bake Shop in Park Slope. The space is small, but she packs in a huge variety of items from macarons and cupcakes to whoopee pies and housemade ice cream.
John Seymour, one of the co-owners of Sweet Chick, grew up and lived in Manhattan until moving to Williamsburg about 12 years ago—long before the Brooklyn neighborhood became filled with popular restaurants. Now that they're there, he doesn't go far for food. Here are his favorite spots in the neighborhood.
On a quaint corner of Fort Greene Park sits the friendly neighborhood frrestaurantiendly Walter's. The sister restaurant to Williamburg's Walter Foods, Walter's serves similar seasonal fare that made the original so beloved. Chef Josh Goldstein doesn't disappoint with brunch, offering tasty alternatives to the usual eggy brunch dishes.
Now 15 years old, The Grocery on Smith Street shows some of its age, but the kitchen's precision and the staff's genial service never get old.
Though the menu is uneven, La Goulette has some great vegetarian dishes.
Williamsburg's Caprices By Sophie's is worth a visit for their signature product, the Belgian Merveilleux, but also for their range of choux pastries.
Here's moist, dense chocolate-banana bread taken to its logical conclusion: a beautiful, not-too-sweet slice of bread pudding.
Il Colosseo has been at the heart of Bensonhurst's Italian neighborhood on 18th Avenue, aka Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard, for 23 years. The classics-driven menu has remained largely unchanged for most of them, and the food wears its age well.
If you don't want to endure the infamous wait to get a seat for dinner at St. Anselm, go during brunch hours, when you can often just walk right in and still have a good meal.
Greenpoint's Ovenly takes a typical sandy, buttery shortbread cookie and ups the bitterness with ground coffee beans and nuggets of burnt sugar.
Well-crisped tater tots, gloriously yellow cheese sauce, and a sweet tomato-y chili make for a great snack with your hot dogs.
Hometown Barbecue feels like a well-loved, terribly-kept secret, serving some excellent smoked meat in a massive space on the Red Hook waterfront.
Clinton Hill's Marietta aspires to more than down-home Southern cooking. We stepped into the kitchen to see what they're up to lately.
Martha is a nice addition to Dekalb Avenue, serving well-made food in a pretty little jewel box of a space.
Chef Mike Price grew up along the Chesapeake Bay, so it was no surprise when he landed in DUMBO not far from the East River. It also turns out that he is only a few subway stops away from downtown, where he's made a name for himself.
Brooklyn ice cream shop, bakery, specialty goods store, and general emporium of twee L'Albero dei Gelati makes pricey but delicious ice cream and sorbet. So it shouldn't come as too great a surprise that their vegan-friendly dairy-free gelato is some of the best New York has to offer.
Empty kitchen space is the chef's bane. The owners of Ditmas Park's Farm on Adderley rented a space on nearby Church Avenue to use as commissary for their role as food purveyors for the Propect Park Celebrate Brooklyn! events. However, that only lasted three months of the year. What to do with the space for the other nine months? Open a bakery!
With a menu that's equally suited to cheap, casual meals and big celebratory experiences, Talde's kept a crowd of regulars and newcomers lining up at the door since it opened two years ago. Should you arrive only to find a two hour wait for a table, Park Slope has you covered.