Manhattan, residence to Per Se, Momofuku, Balthazar, Babbo, etcetera, etcetera. Insanely recognizable restaurants that transform visitors into aggressive addicts in need of a pork bun fix.
Brooklyn might not carry the infamous Thomas Kellers and Mario Batalis of the culinary game, but parallel to Manhattan, diners still carry a cruel appetite. Visitors to Brooklyn indulge in such a food high, that for a moment they forget about the restaurants over the Williamsburg Bridge entirely.
The Brooklyn food scene is a tight-knit community of culinary pushers. The euphoric bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants have unintentionally become dealers producing goods so addictive they have been known to leave patrons in a state of withdrawal. Here’s a list of the best suppliers in the borough.
Blue Bottle Coffee – Beakers, glass tubes, measuring cups, filters, drippers – the Blue Bottle team are honorary scientists when it comes to coffee. A strive for perfection with each brew. 160 Berry St, Brooklyn.
Mast Brothers Chocolate – Hard to miss seeing Mast Brothers’ chocolate bars throughout Brooklyn but make sure to go to the source. Pick up some bars at their factory and retail shop. 105 North 3rd St, Brooklyn.
Saltie – Best lunch pick. Every element in their sandwiches is extremely thought out. Zatar, pickled vegetables and raita to name a few. 378 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn.
Milk Bar Momofuku – You can still get your crack pies in Brooklyn at 382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn.
Fatty Cue – The Fatty Cue’ team put it best. The restaurant “brings to Brooklyn a little Southeast Asian fermented funkiness and a whole helluva a lot of smoke.” Fusion never tasted so good. 91 South 6th St Brooklyn.
Other notable mentions for Williamsburg
Marlow and Sons – A local comfort spot for Brooklynites who know where to go for a down to earth meal. 81 Broadway, Brooklyn.
Fette Sau – For sloppy Texas-style barbecue. 354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn.
Egg – Best brunch and biscuits. 135 North 5th St, Brooklyn.
Oasis – Best falafel/quick eat in Brooklyn. 161 N 7th St, Brooklyn.
Bozu – Great Japanese cuisine. 296 Grand St, Brooklyn.
Bedford Cheese Shop – Beautiful artisanal shop. 229 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn.
Boulevard Café – Easy spot to get a typical New York Breakfast – bagel and coffee. 253 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn.
MOMO Sushi Shack – Freshest fish in all the land. 43 Bogart St, Brooklyn.
Roberta’s – Don’t let the outside fool you. The unassuming dingy exterior is entrance to a wicked restaurant and lush vegetable garden. A true staple in Brooklyn. 261 Moore St Brooklyn.
New Mexico Place – Cheap ($5.50 above) and authentic. Why go anywhere else for Mexican? 189 Graham Ave, Brooklyn.
Other notable mentions for Bushwick
Arepera Guacuco – Venezuelan Arepas (cornmeal cakes) stuffed with the fillings of a sandwich. 44 Irving Ave, Brooklyn.
Circos Pastry Shop – One of Brooklyn’s finest Italian Bakeries. 312 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn.
Arancini Bros. – Masters of the late night snack. 940 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn.