Al Di La
Anna Klinger’s really great northern Italian in Park Slope
Pok Pok Ny
Andy Ricker is boss. Those chicken wings are no joke and his entire menu is astounding. Get a beer slushie in the summer. And try Pok Pok Phat Thai on the Lower East Side for a quick dose of some of the best noodles in all of New York.
The original in Carroll Gardens is still our favorite. Get a strong drink and a caesar and meatballs and those red wine prunes with marscarpone.
You would never think to go to Bushwick for sushi but you should. This place serves seriously good Japanese in an unadorned space close to the L.
Practically an institution by this point, Roberta’s has made a name for itself by making exceptional pizzas in their wood-fired oven with unexpected toppings. The rest of their menu, slightly more sophisticated, is delicious as well. Go for the whole experience. And Tiki Disco in the summer!
Situated on Smith Street, Seersucker serves comfort food with a Southern bent. Their breakfast/brunch is great and the fried chicken is some of the best we’ve had.
Run by the Frankies, love this place, especially for the homemade pretzels.
The best pizza in the world. End of story. Done.
Jay-Z and Beyonce’s favorite pizza in Carroll Gardens. What else do we have to say? Don’t be dissuaded by the long lines, the pies are worth it.
Adore Diner, not just for its signature burger, but for its ever-changing menu, rad staff and funny, slightly-falling apart feeling.
Marlow and Sons
Super popular for good reason—it’s special here. Early in the day for a quiet breakfast (those scones!) or late at night with a platter of oysters and a glass of something bubbly.
The best breakfast in Brooklyn. Especially love the Eggs Rothko—an egg in a hole with a slice of cheddar, all shades of yellow in a square. Totally perfect.
Amazing sandwiches!!! “The future of food,” as Cleo’s mom puts it. And their olive oil cake is great too.
We went on a food pilgrimage to this Turkish kebab house in Sheepshead Bay. Totally worth it for the delicious food and authentic experience.
More delicious pizza. Interesting wine list too. Get the clam pizza.
From the same people as Franny’s, go here for excellently sourced provisions and ready-made food and sandwiches.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Amazing pies, just incredible. Salted caramel apple say what?? Salty honey? Yes please.
Okay, we know it’s become a bit commercial, but there’s still something pretty great about the sawdust on the floor and the tomato salad and German fried potatoes and, of course, the schlag.
Awesome Mexican in South Williamsburg.
Cozy place with yummy food in Greenpoint.
Run by a great guy named Michael, this is the place to go for beautiful teas, so beautifully packaged.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Some of the best coffee by way of San Francisco. Their parmesan shortbread with fennel and sea salt is pretty great too for a little nosh.
Vinegar Hill House
A truly wonderful restaurant on a quiet, rambling street. We love it anytime, for brunch (red snappers! sourdough pancake!) and dinner too (that pork chop!) and the room downstairs is great to rent out for a small group for a birthday or something.
From the same people who brought us Diner and Marlow & Sons, Reynards is the new kid on the block in the Wythe Hotel. But the chef at Reynards knows exactly what he’s doing. We found our recent meal there to be exceptional. We’re still thinking about the oyster stew and pork chop.
Lulu & Po
This new, tiny Fort Greene restaurant serves seriously awesome food. The octopus served with a cilantro, jalapeño sauce was perfectly cooked. Other standouts included: the bone marrow tacos, burnt-scallion fish and the lamb with harrissa and yogurt. So so good.
Ramen is the ultimate comfort food and they go one step further here by adding unexpected ingredients like matzo balls. The combinations totally work and their buns are not to be missed either.
Mile End Deli
Old-fashioned Jewish food made with fresh, young energy and high-quality ingredients. All of the homemade smoked meats find their way into crave-worthy sandwiches and the matzo ball soup is off the hook.