Hungry Travelers, Ask Yourselves: "Where's Brooklyn At?"

Emily Saladino

By , Local Expert, New York
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There was a time in the not so distant past that, to many, Manhattan was New York City. Those who lived there were loathe to leave, and those who didn’t dreamed of moving across state lines, international borders or maybe even just 15 blocks south so they could claim the city streets as their own.

How things have changed. Queens is home to some of the hottest (literally) Thai, Indian and Szechuan kitchens in the city, Harlem’s nightlife is a force to be reckoned with, and, of course, there’s Brooklyn. This one-time outer borough is now a global powerhouse. Parisian storefronts adopt Brooklyn-style décor, London cocktail bars...  Read more »

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    Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

    A fine dining scene grows in Brooklyn, with this 18-seat chef's table that just so happens to be the borough's only three-Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "Your best bet for a reservation at one of the two or three nightly seatings at Chef's Table is to call at exactly 10:30 am, six weeks before your desired dinner date. Good night and luck, gourmet traveler. "

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    Chef Carlo Mirarchi's culinary complex exceeds the hipster hype, and gives gourmands everywhere a reason to ride the G train.

    Local Expert Tip: "Roberta's doesn't take reservations and is molto popular, so be prepared to wait. Possibly for hours. Fortunately, Roberta's has you covered. Head through the dining rooms into the glorified rec room to the side, where bearded bartenders pull draughts and pour excellent cocktails while you wait. And wait. And wait..."

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    Buttermilk Channel

    Get a taste of Southern hospitality, Brooklyn-style, at this inviting Carroll Gardens restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "Wallet-conscious travelers should stop by on Monday nights to take advantage of the incredible prix fixe dinner special, which serves up three courses for a mere $28."

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    Fusion has never been fresher than at Dale Talde's hip, hoppin' Asian-American joint in Brooklyn's Park Slope.

    Local Expert Tip: "In 2013, Talde introduced brunch service. Enthusiastic Slopers come early and often for Talde's take on the quintessential New York weekend meal, serving favorites like crispy avocado buns and sausage, egg and cheese fried rice."

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    Grand, grown-up fare exceeds expectations in this undersized, understated space on the budding retail and...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "As with many of Nouveau Brooklyn's fine-ish dining establishments, reservations are accepted only for the tasting menus, which start at $65 and $85. "

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    Pok Pok Ny

    Taste northern Thailand by way of Portland, OR at the newest, hottest Thai ticket in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Whiskey Soda Lounge is a bar Ricker opened a few doors down from Pok Pok in August 2013. Conceived as a combination watering hole and holding pen for those completing the endless wait for their table, it serves cocktails made with Som drinking vinegar, Thai bia wun, and Pok Pok's signature wings."

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    Al Di La

    The traditional Venetian menu and convivial atmosphere make Park Slope's Al Di La a perennial crowd-pleaser.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're hungry for dinner but starved for time, the full menu is also served at the adjoining wine bar, Al Di La Vino."

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    The Elm

    Two-Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt elevates trendy Williamsburg with his creative, clever French fare.

    Local Expert Tip: "Little Elm, Liebrandt's eight-seat chef's counter, is now taking reservations for its launch on December 6, 2013."

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    Peter Luger Steakhouse

    A time-honored tradition, Peter Luger's is an old-fashioned institution.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't bother to ask for a menu; only tourists do that. We recommend an order of the sliced tomatoes with house-made steak sauce, a slice of the riotously popular thick-cut bacon, creamed spinach and a two-person porterhouse cooked no more than medium rare. Save room for an ice cream sundae for dessert. You can thank us later."

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    Fette Sau

    New York has gone hog-wild for barbecue, and this protein-packed Williamsburg space is a smokin' good time.

    Local Expert Tip: "As at many barbecue joints, prices are based on weight, so all those well-sauced ribs can add up. Don't forget to save stomach and your wallet space for excellent sides and extensive list of craft, local and imported beers on tap."



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