Cafe Boulud's sommelier shares his favorite neighborhood spots in Downtown Brooklyn and beyond.
'Downtown Brooklyn' on Serious Eats
With snappy noodles and smartly made broths and toppings, Ganso is a welcome addition to Brooklyn's ramen scene.
The namesake Souvlaki Pita ($5) is exactly what you think it is and exactly what you want it to be: peppery tender pork with a bit of bite, sliced tomato, loads of iceberg lettuce, and a heavy helping of white sauce that's mostly mayonnaise. The pita's actually a lot lighter than you think thanks to all that iceberg crunch.
Behind the nondescript storefront on Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn is the Radha Govinda Mandir Hare Krishna Temple. Why does that matter to Serious Eaters? Because on weekdays, from 11:30 AM until 3 PM, they serve up homemade vegetarian Indian food on the lower level of the temple. There are large steam tables of food from which you can order à la carte, but for $10 you can get the full meal, a little bit of everything. That $10 you gets a lot of food, and the menu changes daily.
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.
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.
Of the 20 or so sandwiches on the chalkboard menu, the Roast Beef Luger ($5.99 on a roll, $6.99 on the hero) was our favorite. They cut slices off their big slab of roast beef, add a slice of cheddar, bacon, and—this is where the Luger part comes in—smother it with Peter Luger's signature steak sauce.
Brooklyn Fare opens officially on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at 200 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn. Last night, they invited family and friends to check out the not-too-big, but big enough space. Beaming with neighborhood energy, the market...
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