With snappy noodles and smartly made broths and toppings, Ganso is a welcome addition to Brooklyn's ramen scene.
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Saul Bolton opened Red Gravy with the desire to pay homage to the Italian-American experience. The menu is inspired by recipes and traditions that immigrants brought from the shores of Southern Italy to the blocks of Southern Brooklyn; changes were made only to reflect the different ingredients available in their new homes.
In 1985, LA mayor Tom Bradley declared December 19th as Burrito Day, a city-wide holiday that made inhaling bean and cheese burritos became not just lunchtime, but civic duty. We think it's high time to start in NYC, and here are three burritos worth celebrating.
I've spent the last few years imagining the day when the hotly anticipated, much-maligned, years of legal battles and untold millions of dollars in the making Barclays Center would open in my corner of Brooklyn. And while I'm plenty concerned about its impact on the neighborhood, I'm happy that a lot of my favorite restaurants will get a little more love. Here's where to eat if you're out at Barclays.
The Little Sweet Cafe in Brooklyn, though known for crepes, has started serving sandwiches, including this Italian-ish prosciutto-tomato-arugula version with Muenster.
Great Middle Eastern food can be a challenge to find, even in this city of immigrants. Bedouin Tent on Atlantic Avenue may not transport you to the streets of Tel Aviv or Cairo, but it's pretty darn good.
Why isn't asparagus the star of more sandwiches? Roasted stalks are lined up on thick slices of Bien Cuit's Campagne bread (which means "country bread," and this is a gorgeously rustic loaf). "That bread just came out of the oven this morning," said the lady behind the counter. It's always a good sign when a sandwich begins this way.
The chicken sandwich ($10.50) is a solid lunch that's just as filing as it is healthy (minus the side of salty, delicious hand cut fries). Grilled chicken basted with basil pesto is layered with roasted peppers, romaine hearts, and roasted garlic.
Mile End's dinner menu is not for the faint of heart. A compromise among these hard-hitting carnivorous entrées and, well, a romaine salad, is the cod fritter falafel ($11), which gives traditional falafel a run for its money. Shaped like falafel, these cod fritters have a light, crisp crust (no grease!) with a flaky fish interior. You'll wish for plenty more in your order.
The vegetarian alternative to the house burger at Apartment 138 is one of the tastiest and most creative non-meat burgers I've encountered.
You've already seen our New York editors' neighborhood guides, in which the SE staff—Ed, Carey, Erin, and more—chat about their favorite places to eat in their own neighborhoods. But we're branching out to other food personalities. We've heard Tom Colicchio on the West Village; Eric Ripert on Midtown West; now here's Top Chef contestant and chef-owner Dale Talde on downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill.
Fast & Fresh Burrito Deli is a five-year old Mexican restaurant in Boerum Hill run by a family from Tlaxcala, Mexico. Though most of the business here is take-out and delivery, there's a slim counter to perch at, and a large backyard for languorous taco-eating for when the weather is nice. When your friends want Mile End but there's nowhere sit, cross the street and show them real satisfaction. A craving for pastrami can be easily assuaged by salted beef cecina.
I always keep a pack Nunu's Hot Chocolate Shavings ($15) in my pantry because: 1) they satisfy a good winter hot chocolate craving; you never know when the snow and wind will hit in this crazy weather, and 2) the chocolate shavings are just as addictive when devoured plain, spooned up straight from the bag.
Boerum Hill's standby for Mexican standards, Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli is not quite in the same league as the taquerias of Sunset Park, but it's nothing to scoff at if you need a serviceable torta or a pair of tacos in a pinch. The deli's breakfast tortas ($3.50 each, $4 after 11:00 a.m.) make for an particularly good meal on the go, offering a few options for mixing and matching.
Bedouin Tent's leg of lamb sandwich ($8) rolls just-baked pita around green letttuce, tomato, onion, and (of course) slices of roasted leg of lamb. The well-done lamb meat is powerfully seasoned, particularly heavy on black pepper and roasted garlic and nudged to a higher level of flavor by the house's tasty lemon-mint mayonaise.
Editor's note: We write about restaurants all over the city. But sometimes, you don't want to travel for food; you want the best eats right in your neighborhood. So we're having the Serious Eats staff share where they eat around their own 'hoods. Today? Serious Eats Main editor Erin Zimmer!
Come for the poached eggs and speck on toast, stay for the Beatles. Rucola was playing them all Sunday morning during our visit. The cozy corner spot on Bond and Dean in Boerum Hill quietly opened back in April, but has quickly become a neighborhood hang for northern Italian food made with local ingredients and fine cocktails mixed on the worn marble bar. The vibe is somewhere between trademark Brooklyn (mason jar chandelier? check) and Italian farmhouse (weathered benches for seating).
Walking into Bien Cuit Bakery, which just opened a couple weeks ago on Smith Street in Boerum Hill, you get that overstimulated-in-a-bakery feeling. Rustic bread loaves the size of Jeep tires in baskets next to long baguettes. Dainty tarts piled with plump cherries and wet, juicy peaches behind the glass case. You're also a little intoxicated by the warm, yeasty baking aroma from the ovens (and want to bottle it up for later).
It's easy to stroll right by this Boerum Hill all-day-open restaurant without realizing they have an awesome $12 brunch deal, which includes both an entrée and drink. Now, you can easily fail at the equation. A tea and open-faced scrambled eggs sandwich, for example, wouldn't give you the best bang. There's nothing wrong with either, but the duo you want at Apartment 138 is the burger and bloody Mary.