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We all love to dine out in Brooklyn. We all have our favorite best dishes. Join in and give us your List of 5 Best Dishes in Brooklyn.

My all time favorite has to be from TEMPO in Park Slope. It is unusual, yet warmly comforting and exciting at the same time.

1. Bucatini with Sicilian Pistachio Nut Pesto : thick hollow spaghetti with green beans, toasted breadcrumbs and pecorino cheese.

2. Chicken with Pears and Blue Cheese at HENRY'S END, ON HENRY STREET. Their Duck is also the best.

3. Any Pasta dish from CONVIVIUM OR AL DI LA

4. The entire Steak Experience at PETER LUGER : the bacon, the steak, potatoes, creamed spinach and dessert.

5. The Lobster Fra Diavolo at RANDAZZO'S in Sheepshead Bay.

I could go on and on, but am limiting myself to 5.

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  1. I can't believe this didn't get responses! Perhaps people just can't decide? Here are mine:

    1. The polenta with musrooms at TEMPO.

    2. Pizza (plain) at LUCALI.

    3. Pizza (regular slice/regular pie) at DIFARA.

    4. The crispy pancake at CAFE LULUC.

    5. Winter white salad at AL DI LA.

    I know, two pizza. I don't mean to be unimaginative, but they really are fantastic.

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    1. re: Olive123

      Thanks for reminding me! The Polenta with Wild Muchrooms at TEMPO is absolutely divine.

      Hope everyone is aware that TEMPO is participating in BROOKLYN RESTAURANT WEEK.

    2. 1. Risotto nero at Al Di La
      2. Grilled octopus w/chick peas at Al Di La
      3. Square pie at Di Fara
      4. Steak at Peter Luger
      5. Grilled lamb sausage and peppers at Noodle pudding

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      1. re: NYJewboy

        I am beginning to think Noodle Pudding is seriously under rated.

      2. 1. Chicken Soup with Heavily Buttered White Toast at 7th Avenue Donuts (followed by a Boston Creme and Coffee).

        2. Slice or Square with a side dish of Meatballs at DiFara

        3. Kowloon Squid with Soy Sauce, and Fried Duck Tongue appetizer at Pacificana

        4. The Lent dishes at Tomasso

        5. Omakse with a side Japanese Spare Rib app and Renkon app at Taro Sushi

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        1. re: bigmackdaddy

          I'd also like to add:

          Seafood soup at Honduras Maya

          Plain & pork tamales with sour cream at Honduras Maya

        2. 1. Cheeseburger with frites and mayo at Diner
          2. Beet Gnocci at Baci & Abbraci
          3. PIzza at Marlow and Sons
          4. Egg & Cheese on a roll at La Villita
          5. any Ragu at Aurora

          1. 1. Cavatelli with Faiccos hot sausage & sage butter at Frankies 457
            2. Steak and eggs korean style at The Good Fork
            3. Pannelle at Ferdinando's
            4. asopado (whatever the special is- seafood, chicken, etc.) at Palo Santo
            5. slow rendered duck breast at The Grocery

            1. 1. The Fisherman's Breakfast at Farm on Adderley
              2. Cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage at Fiore.
              3. Any pizza or calzone at Lucali's.
              4. Warm Date Cake with toffee sauce & fresh cream at Moto.
              5. DuMont Salad at DuMont.

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              1. re: BrooklynBananafish

                How about an all brunch top 5 (and all Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, 'cause that's where I eat):

                The pancakes at Luluc.
                The smoked salmon scramble at Buttermilk Channel.
                The soppresata and mushroom scramble at Bocca Lupo.
                The hashbrowns at Char 4.
                The lamb burger at Clover Club.

                1. re: BrooklynBananafish

                  So, I'm not the only one around here eating at Fiore, huh? That cavatelli dish is great. So's the shaved artichoke salad.

                2. The first two were already mentioned, but I very passionately second them!!

                  1. Pannelle at Ferdinando's

                  2. The Fisherman's Breakfast at Farm on Adderley

                  3. Migas at Lobo

                  4. Roasted Eggplant, Goat Cheese, Tomato Marmellatta Panini at Paninoteca 275

                  5. Sicilian Pizza at Spumoni Gardens

                  1. Oysters and Prosecco at Blue Ribbon.
                    A slice from Ganni's.
                    Any dish with the marinated chicken at Helio's.
                    Pulled Pork Sandwich at the Smoke Joint.
                    Tortas at Chavella's.

                    1. Malfatti at Al di La
                      Beet Ravioli with poppy seeds at Al di La
                      Salt-crusted baked fish at Al di La (Anna doesn't make this anymore, but I sure wish she would)

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                      1. re: famdoc

                        Veal Morel at Henry's End
                        Steak at Lugers
                        Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla at Lobo
                        Lamb Pastrami Appetizer at Char No. 4
                        Scallops with Chorizo at Stone Park

                      2. In no particular order...

                        cold noodles @ Yunan Flavor Snack
                        weekend omakase @ Taro
                        moricilla @ La Mancha
                        pork belly @ Fette Sau
                        roast lamb @ Yemeni Restaurant

                        Honorable Mention:
                        pepperoni pie @ Totonno's

                        1. 1-Pizza at Di Fara
                          2-Appetizer of Polenta made three ways with octopus, chick peas and magic at Al Di La
                          3-Taco carnitas from Tacos Nuevos Mexico
                          4-Osso Buco from Heche en Dumbo, only if the marrow is sucked out
                          5-Pork torta from Tacos Nuevos Mexico (I know, I know, but it's the end of the day, my memory is gone and I want a pork torta!)

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                          1. re: Rebecca F.

                            Not in any particular order:

                            Lasagna at al di la
                            Any braised meat at al di la
                            Cataplana at Convivium
                            Pizza at Di Fara
                            Bahn Mi (Classic) at Hanco

                            1. re: micki

                              yes, the lasagna at al di la has been particularly good lately.

                          2. 1: DiFara's Round Pie with Broccoli Rabe
                            2: DiFara's square slice
                            3: Porterhouse for 2 at Peter Luger's
                            4, 4.5: (not restaurants, but) Prosciutto Balls at Joe's Perette and Banh Mi at Ba Xuyen
                            5: Braised rabbit with olives, capers, and prosciutto with polenta crostini at Convivium Osteria

                            1. Since I listed only three in my prior post, I'm entitled to two more. Here's one (and I'd like to know if anyone else agrees):

                              crab prepared three ways at Pacificana in Sunet Park.

                              1. Brooklyn dining is exciting these days! These are our favorites:

                                Hamburger - Peter Luger
                                Hamburger - Bar Tabac
                                Magret de Canard - Grocery
                                Scallops - Sauls
                                Pork Chop - Venegar Hill

                                Bon Appetit!

                                1. Not necessarily in order:

                                  Malfatti at Al di la
                                  Hanger steak with arugula at Al di la
                                  Pizza with artichoke and portobellos at Lucali--or any pizza there!
                                  Burger at Stone Park
                                  Cavatelli with sausage at Frankie's 457

                                  1. In no particular order of preference:

                                    1. Baby artichoke pizza at DiFara's.
                                    2. "Pride of Lucky Eight" at Lucky Eight.
                                    3. Porterhouse (medium rare) at Peter Luger's.
                                    4. Casunzei (beet and ricotta-filled ravioli with melted butter and poppy seeds) at al di la.
                                    5. #1 Classic banh mi at Ba Xuyen.

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                                    1. re: motl

                                      This was harder than I thought:
                                      1. The roast beef sandwich with mozzarella and fried eggplant (and, of course, the secret sauce) at Defonte in Red Hook
                                      2. The Banh Mi at Ba Xuyen in Sunset Park
                                      3. Custard-filled steam buns at Pacificana in Sunset Park
                                      4. The Whoope Pies at Baked in Red Hook
                                      5. Porterhouse at Peter Luger in Wiliamsburg. I know, it's been said. And it's not cheap. But it sure is memorable.

                                    2. Duck leg with grilled peaches and potatoes – al di la
                                      Corn tortelli with truffle butter– al di la
                                      Grilled octopus salad - Convivium
                                      Sunday chicken dinner for 2 – Tempo (why did they take this off the menu?)
                                      Blood orange and olive salad at Franny’s (plus a pizza! plus fava bean bruschetta!)

                                      1. 1. Difara's pizza
                                        2. Pollo a La Brasa - Coco Roco
                                        3. Haleem from Gourmet on Coney Island Avenue
                                        4. Steamed Mussel's with garlic from Randazzo's
                                        5. Fried Liver Cubes from Taci Bayti

                                        I'll save dessert for later

                                        1. 1) Duck Meatloaf at Buttermilk Channel.
                                          2) Tacos at Hecho en Dumbo
                                          3) Burger at Diner
                                          4) Steak at Lugars
                                          5) Shepherd salad at Sahara

                                          1. 1. Pasta fagioli, fried calamari at Rocco's Calamari
                                            2. Anselmo's pizza (red hook)
                                            3. Achat , Asam Laksa at Nyonya
                                            4. Rice Noodles with Sesame Sauce at Ocean Port/ World Tong on 18th Ave
                                            5. Tamales at Isabella's on 4th Ave

                                            1. 5. The Lobster Fra Diavolo at RANDAZZO'S in Sheepshead Bay.

                                              Please search and read chowhound for randazzo's before going. They may have improved but in the past they got universally bad comments.

                                              I would add Roti at Image Restaurant, but there are others just as good.

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                                              1. re: Geo8rge

                                                1. rabbit tacos at Palo Santo
                                                2. anticuchos at Palo Santo
                                                3. the beet ravioli in butter sage sauce at Al Di LA (here's the recipe: http://www.weareneverfull.com/how-swe... )
                                                4. all the sushi rolls at blue ribbon sushi
                                                5. pizza at lucali

                                              2. Good topic...

                                                In no particular order (or rather the order would depend on my mood at a given time):

                                                1. The mozzarella at Queen.

                                                2. The octopus salad at Stone Park cafe.

                                                3. Cheeseburgers at Dumont Burger.

                                                4. Whole grilled fish at Blue Ribbon.

                                                5. Steak dinner at Luger's.

                                                Honorable mention: salt cod brandade at Chestnut, pretty much any pasta at Al Di La, pretty much any appetizer at Applewood, fish and chips at Chip Shoppe...

                                                ...and on and on...

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                                                1. re: BrookBoy


                                                  1. re: LUVDAFOOD

                                                    I don't agree with some of your comments, but I have to say that your post brought a smile to this wizened old face.

                                                    Thank you for your reply...

                                                    1. re: LUVDAFOOD

                                                      I agree! I think Noodle Pudding, although packed, has some of the best food in Brooklyn. The steak is awesome and the fresh fish of the day is the best we have had almost anywhere.
                                                      The gnocci, the parpadelle....all delicious!

                                                      Noodle Pudding
                                                      38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                                                  2. in no particular order:

                                                    Veggie Fried Rice at Red Hot
                                                    Matzoh Ball Soup at Adelmen's Deli
                                                    Pizza at DiFara
                                                    Roast Beef Sandwich at Brennan and Carr
                                                    Duck at Nana's

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                                                    1. re: CherryBomb22

                                                      Oh, and Tandoori Chicken at India Passage

                                                    2. The Cioppino at Kevin's in Red Hook. Perfect fish. Richly flavored broth. A winner. I love that beet ravioli with butter sage sauce at Al Di La too.

                                                      1. In no particular order (and not including DiFara's or Lugers because i only get 5 picks and including them is less fun)...

                                                        1. Cheese Tamale at Speedy's (Sunset Park)
                                                        2. Breast of Duck at Tempo (Park Slope)
                                                        3. Arepas at Luz Restaurant (Ft. Greene)
                                                        4. Curry Goat at Caribbean Smoke (Crown Heights)
                                                        5. Pride of #8 at Lucky No. 8 (Sunset Park)

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                                                        1. re: demigodh

                                                          what is Pride of #8 at Lucky #8 and to you have other reccs for this place?

                                                          1. re: jen kalb

                                                            pride of # 8 is a veggie stir fry with various types of seafood like squid and abalone. like everything at Lucky #8, it is super fresh and not the least bit greasy (I believe the NYT $25 and under review called it the best stir fry in the city)
                                                            we just went last week and had the vinegar spare ribs (a must), shredded beef with udon and veggie stir fry with lotus root, all excellent.
                                                            if you're taking out, make sure you ask for the eat in menu (a laminated notebook with many more options than the paper take out menu)
                                                            love this place.

                                                            1. re: jimmyjazz

                                                              agree with everything jimmyjazz said. other dishes i would recommend are the giant prawns and the jellyfish.

                                                          2. re: demigodh

                                                            Demigodh...where 'Caribbean Smoke' at?

                                                          3. nonononononono you want lobster fra diavolo you have to go to Don Pepes.. hands down the best - Randazzos used to be good, but then all their family drama got in the way and the food changed for the worse.

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                                                            1. re: rei309

                                                              Trying to think of some standouts that haven't been mentioned....

                                                              1- ham & gruyere bread pudding at General greene
                                                              2- meatballs at Frankies
                                                              3- surf & turf at Blue ribbon
                                                              4- cast iron chicken at Vinegar Hill House
                                                              5- brussels sprout w/pancetta at Tempo

                                                              1. re: lizabeth

                                                                not necessarily in order of preference and not including my local pizza and chinese takeout, which i get to enjoy far more often:

                                                                1. skate and spinach salad at james (and i LOVE voyeuring the james burger that my dining companions appear to enjoy more than any other and that makes me wish i ate beef). -- prospect heights
                                                                2. scallops at beast. consistently divine for years. -- prospect heights
                                                                3. blue ribbon sushi miso butter lobster -- park slope
                                                                4. grilled octopus at areo, though it's been a long time and i have difficulty with the rest of the sensorium. -- bayridge
                                                                5. the mussels in gingery buttery broth at tatianas -- brighton beach boardwalk

                                                            2. 1) clam pizza @ Franny's
                                                              2) briased rabbit with black olives and polenta @ al di la
                                                              3) goat curry @ Islands (803 Washington Ave) - this place is such a gem: their jerk is great too
                                                              4) fried chicken @ Egg in Williamsburg
                                                              5) pride of lucky 8 @ Lucky 8, Sunset Park - also, their water spinach is to-die
                                                              brooklyn is so yummy.

                                                              1. I'm going to leave out Lugers/DiFara/Ba Xuyen of my list....here goes, in no particular order.

                                                                1. Foie gras terrine from Quercy
                                                                2. Ankimo from Taro
                                                                3. Bone marrow from Blue Ribbon
                                                                4. House made sausage from Al Di La
                                                                5. Lamb pastrami from Char No. 4

                                                                Gotta give a shout out to Palo Santo for the tasting menu as well, I know it's not one dish, but it's the best collection of dishes in Brooklyn if that makes sense.

                                                                Also, the Brunswick Stew at Egg would get honorable mention but they took it off the menu. Epic fail.

                                                                1. 1. Osso bucco at Noodle Pudding
                                                                  2. Lobster broth at Applewood
                                                                  3. Buffalo chicken wings at Bonnie's
                                                                  4. Pizza with garlic and pepporni -- Sam's on Court
                                                                  5. (I'm reserving this space for the ten other things I can't seem to decide between.)

                                                                  1. stewed prunes frankie's 457
                                                                    mushroom and gorgonzola pie at roberta's
                                                                    lasagne tomasso's
                                                                    chard stems at al di la
                                                                    polenta with mushrooms and poached egg al di la brunch

                                                                    honorable mention:
                                                                    tofu hijiki burger geido
                                                                    chicken liver pate little d (with apple jelly)
                                                                    eggplant with sweet miso paste blue ribbon sushi

                                                                    would be in top 5 if not listed everywhere already difara's and luger's

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                                                                    1. re: hellobuddy

                                                                      1. Steak at Peter Lugers - just by the number of times it has been mentioned, it must be the best dish in Brooklyn.
                                                                      2. Shrimp Francese - The Queen
                                                                      3. Lasagna (Tuscan style) - Fragoli (Court Street)
                                                                      4. Harvest Pancakes - Tom's Restaurant (Even without Gus the pancakes are great)
                                                                      5. Mussels in white wine - Bar Tabac

                                                                      I only had the pork chop at Vinegar Hill House once and it was delicious, but I'd have to be just as pleased one more time before putting it in my top five.

                                                                      1. re: Brooklyn Chef

                                                                        Not necessarily in order:

                                                                        Roast lamb Haneez at Yemen Cafe
                                                                        Stinco (roast pork) at Al di La
                                                                        Tripe at Bamboo Pavillion
                                                                        Plain slice at DiFara
                                                                        Geiro lagman at Cafe Kashkar

                                                                        Honorable mention:
                                                                        Mozzarella from Lioni Latticini
                                                                        Lard bread from Mona Lisa Bakery
                                                                        Grilled porgies at Agnanti
                                                                        Artichokes at Convivium
                                                                        Stewed oxtails from Peppa's (or maybe it was Danny's -- not sure if either still exists)
                                                                        Fried chicken from Soul Spot
                                                                        #1 sandwich at Ba Xuyen
                                                                        Haikanese pork stew at Pacificana

                                                                    2. 1. rib eye for two at convivium osteria
                                                                      2. meatballs at frankie's
                                                                      3. Fish tacos at Pacifico
                                                                      4. Any dessert at James
                                                                      5. penne a la vodka from Vinnie's (comfort food)

                                                                      1. no order at all, but this is all WILLIAMSBURG

                                                                        - lamb ragu papardelle @ baci & abbracci. it just makes me HAPPY.

                                                                        - dumont cheese burger (rare, gruyere, grilled mushrooms)

                                                                        - this amazing alfredo & homemade gnocchi w/ roasted wild maiitake mushrooms @ roebling tea room (it was a one time thing but i swear i can still taste it)

                                                                        1. 1.Peter Luger Steak
                                                                          2.Grocery Duck
                                                                          3.Lucali pizza
                                                                          4.Frankie's mushroom crostini (more of a bite than a dish)
                                                                          5.Bogota Steak chimichurri

                                                                          1. Hmm, let's see:

                                                                            In no particular order, since I'm too tired for that:

                                                                            1. Pastifret at Sue Perettte (mmm and the fried sweetbreads and cassoulet they made us the other night)
                                                                            2. Sweetbread Hash (when its on the menu) at Po
                                                                            3. Any meat dish at Applewood
                                                                            4. Skate or any lamb dish (pref 4 ways on one plate) at Saul
                                                                            5. Soft tacos at Oaxaca

                                                                            1. 1) Short rib sandwich topped with creamed spinach at Stone Park
                                                                              2) Oysters and Fried Chicken at Blue Ribbon
                                                                              3) Di Fara's pie
                                                                              4) Roast beef, mozzarella and eggplant sandwich at Defonte's
                                                                              5) Chicken Parmigiana on a roll at Vinny's on Smith (most underated restaurant in brooklyn - last of the real cheap amazing red sauce italian joints in brownstone brooklyn)

                                                                              1. 1. Mac & Cheese - DuMont
                                                                                2. Cast Iron Chicken - Vinegar Hill House
                                                                                3. Tagliata Sliced Prime Rib - Noodle Pudding
                                                                                4. Cheesecake - Junior's
                                                                                5. Square Pie - DiFara's

                                                                                1. Not in any order
                                                                                  1. Fried Eggplant- Tanoreen
                                                                                  2.Squash Omelet - Applewood
                                                                                  3. Chocolate chip bread pudding - Blue Ribbon
                                                                                  4. Mozzerella+Sundried Tomato+ Basil sandwich - Russo Mozzarella and Pasta
                                                                                  5. Pizza - Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano Coney Island

                                                                                  1. This is really challenging to pick 5 but I'll do my best (in no particular order):

                                                                                    1. Porterhouse at Lugers

                                                                                    2. Barbecue rib special (with chocolate chip bread pudding) at Blue Ribbon (one week only and gone forever)

                                                                                    3. Malfatti at Al Di La

                                                                                    4. Sumac spiced chicken lahmajoun at Tanoreen

                                                                                    5. Lamb ribs at Fette sau

                                                                                    6. Short rib and prime rib duo at Saul

                                                                                    7. Regular with sausage at Di Fara

                                                                                    8. Sausage gravy and biscuits at Egg

                                                                                    9. Lamb burger with tzatziki and oregano fries at Helios

                                                                                    10. Poached lobster at Grocery (or lobster and prime rib special at Blue Ribbon Sushi)

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                                                                                    1. re: Pookipichu

                                                                                      DiFara's square with fresh artichoke
                                                                                      Motorino fried egg brunch pizza
                                                                                      Smoked meat at Mile's End
                                                                                      Franny's clam pie
                                                                                      And the piece du resistance
                                                                                      Strawberry cheesecake at Junior's and all you nay sayers re Junior's, be there or be square

                                                                                      1. re: foodismylife

                                                                                        1. Dumont's burger, Rare, w/Cheddar and a side of Fried Pickles
                                                                                        2. Lucali's calzone filled with anything as long as it includes garlic inside and basil on top.
                                                                                        3. Al Di La's malfatti
                                                                                        4. Fried Chicken Box with buttermilk biscuit and collard greens from Pies & Thies (Fat Camp, here I come again)
                                                                                        5. Eggs Rothko from Egg

                                                                                        Honorable Mentions from not-quite-restaurants:

                                                                                        A) Hand-pressed huarache from the Red Hook vendors
                                                                                        B) Banh Mi from Ba Xuyen
                                                                                        C) Cold Noodles with crispy meat sauce from Yunnan Flavour Snack Shop
                                                                                        D) Slice at DiFara's (eating in rarely strikes me as a viable option there)
                                                                                        E) Ah, what the hell, I'm cheating anyway. Luger porterhouse with bacon side and Dumont's Dumac & Cheese.

                                                                                    2. 1. Chicken at Kaz An Nou
                                                                                      2. Meatloaf Sandwich at Rye
                                                                                      3. Banh Mi at Ba Xuyen
                                                                                      4. Jerk Chicken at Islands
                                                                                      5. Chicken Biscuit at Pies 'n Thighs

                                                                                      Ba Xuyen
                                                                                      4222 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

                                                                                      Kaz An Nou
                                                                                      53 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                                                                      1. In No Order:
                                                                                        1. Clam pie @ Franny's
                                                                                        2. Cast Iron Chicken @ Vinegar Hill
                                                                                        3. Tuna stuffed Piquillo peppers @ Olea
                                                                                        4. Spaghetti con Vongole @ Al Di La (or the Rabbit - it's nearly a toss up for me)
                                                                                        5. Chocolate layer cake @ the Chocolate Room (yes, I can make a meal out of this)

                                                                                        Al Di La
                                                                                        248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                                                                        171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                                                                                        Chocolate Room
                                                                                        269 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                                                                        1. in no particular order
                                                                                          1. seasonal special from rosewood
                                                                                          2. mozzarella sandwich with basil and sun dried tomatoes with roast artichokes on side - russo's
                                                                                          3. fried eggplant- tanoreen
                                                                                          4. fried chicken - mitchell's soul food
                                                                                          5. stuffed corn cakes- la superior

                                                                                          1. This might be difficult..

                                                                                            Roast Beef with Mozz at Johns Deli
                                                                                            L&B Square Pizza (I cannot wait at DiFaras)
                                                                                            Baked Ziti at LaVilla (try It not your everyday ziti)
                                                                                            Roccos Fried Calamari
                                                                                            Fish & Chips at Chip Shop

                                                                                            There maybe more but these are the first 5 that came to mind


                                                                                            1. 1. Pernil from Yomaras on 4th ave

                                                                                              2. Mango muffins from Blue Sky Bakery

                                                                                              3. Pork tamales from the cart outside the church on the corner of 9th street and 5th ave

                                                                                              4. Chicken enchiladas with sunflower seed sauce at Alma in Red Hook

                                                                                              5. Spicy red oil dumplings from Grand Szechuan in Bay Ridge

                                                                                              Blue Sky Bakery
                                                                                              53 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217