WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 BEST DISHES AT BROOKLYN RESTAURANTS?
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.
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
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
269 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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)
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.
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)
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
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)
stewed prunes frankie's 457
mushroom and gorgonzola pie at roberta's
chard stems at al di la
polenta with mushrooms and poached egg al di la brunch
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
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.
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
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
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) 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.
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
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)
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.
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...
ANYONE WHO MENTIONS "THE MOZZ" AT THE QUEEN......DEF. KNOWS THEIR FOOD. AND YOU ARE SPOT ON WITH THE DUMONT BURGER(NOT TO MENTION THEIR MAC AND CHEESE). ONE EXCEPTION.......LUGER'S IS OVER RATED. IF YOU WANT A GREAT TASTING PIECE OF BEEF.......NOODLE PUDDING'S GRILLED RIB EYE......FOR ABOUT $23.
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!)
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.
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.
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-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!)
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. 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
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.