Baked – best cupcakes in Brooklyn
Di Fara Pizza – Dominick DeMarco makes/bakes each pie by hand with the freshest ingredients, one at the time. The wait is long, but worth it for taste and watching Dom’s attention to detail, including the finale – fresh cut Basil sprinkled on each pie.
Blue Bottle Coffee – the best in the West has now opened in Brooklyn. Best Gibraltors in the country. They also serve delicious inexpensive house made baked goods and offer free cuppings on Tuesdays.
Mile End Deli – best smoked meat in the US!
Pacificana – My favorite dim sum in Brooklyn. Great variety (where else can you get Durian cakes?) good prices, super clean, English speaking staff.
Paulie Gee’s – Bacon Marmalade pizza! All of his pizzas are outstanding and Paulie is a super cool conversational guy who knows his pies!
Peter Pan Donuts – Old school bakery centered in a Polish neighborhood. The Red Velvet Donut is magnificent; I have yet to find this anywhere else. 727 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn 11222 (718) 389-3676. (No website)
Peter Lugers – All roads lead to Lugers for the priciest but best steak in America. If you like burgers, go during lunch. Lugers serves a perfect inexpensive burger that will leave you wanting more.
Tortilleria Taqueria Tres Hermanos – Cheap authentic Mexican street food in a warehouse setting with huge portions. Order the Cecina Taco.
Absolute Bagels – Fresh hand-rolled bagels daily; my favorite in Manhattan. 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (212) 932-2052 (no website)
Congee Village – Family style Chinese, small dim sum style dishes, very affordable and open late. 2 locations – I prefer Allen Street over Bowery.
Eataly – a massive food lovers paradise where you can buy just about anything; not just food but cookbooks, cookware, wine… There are a variety of places to eat; sandwiches, gelato, espresso, pizza, and a high end restaurant, smack in the middle of it all.
Hill Country Chicken – come here for traditional or “Mama Els delicious fried chicken, along with your traditional side dishes, buttermilk biscuits and a never ending variety of delicious house made pies.
Jing Fong – Best Dim Sum in Manhattan; quality and price.
Joseph Leonard – My favorite grown up dinner spot. Order the Pork Hock and try to sit @ the Chef’s table if you are a party of two. During the Winter months, they serve a Sunday Cochon menu that’s a must-have.
Momofuku Milk Bar – Great post dinner spot for their signature soft serves (rotating flavors monthly), decadent cakes, their signature “Crack Pie,” cookies and Stumptown Coffee. You can also order the delicious Momofuku Pork Belly buns here.
Patsy’s – The original Patsy’s in East Harlem – best deal for a tasty thin slice @ $1.75.
Prosperity Dumpling – Plump, juicy and delicious pan fried chive and pork dumplings… 5 for $1. Need I say more? 46 Eldridge, New York, NY 10002 (212) 343-0683 (no website)
Russ and Daughters – Best smoked fish in New York, tasty bagels (at only .80 a pop), cream cheese variations, along with a plethora of high end caviar, dried fruits, nuts, Rugelach, and imported canned food goods.
Shake Shack – Burgers, Fries, Frozen Custard… delicious and well presented. Madison Square Park location is the original and by far the best.
Stumptown Coffee – Portland’s finest comes to NY at the Ace Hotel. Order a Macchiato or Short Cappuccino and buy some “Hair Bender” beans.