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Where to Eat Near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

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. More

TGI Fry-Day: Cod Fritter Falafel at Mile End

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. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Dale Talde's Downtown Brooklyn (and Surrounding Area)

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. More

Mexican Eats: Fast & Fresh Burrito Deli

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. More

A Sandwich a Day: Breakfast Torta at Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli

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. More

A Sandwich a Day: Leg of Lamb at Bedouin Tent

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. More

The Brunch Dish: Rucola in Boerum Hill

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). More

Bien Cuit Bakery Opens on Smith Street: Fantastic Tarts, Pastries, and Sandwiches

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). More

The Brunch Dish: Burger and Bloody Mary Deal at Apartment 138

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. More

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