Edible Travel: What We Recommend in Brooklyn
“Brooklyn may have become the epicenter of cool over the past 15 years but it was a dining destination well before. The size of Paris in both geography and population, you could spend an entire trip just eating through the city's largest borough. It's worth tasting what all the hype is about in Williamsburg and Bushwick, but if you want to dig deeper, consider the following.” -- Ariel Lauren Wilson, Editor of Edible Brooklyn
“That one of the venerated virtuousos in American beer toils right under our noses at North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue—the Williamsburg corner that belongs to Brooklyn Brewery—might be a surprise even to drinkers who follow small-batch, better-tasting, artisanally made craft brews. But if you only think of Brooklyn Brewery as the maker of a decent six-pack of lager, or a fratted-out Friday night hangout for plastic cups of good suds and a pizza party, a place where you can buy a “B”-logoed ballcap or thong, then you need to meet Garrett Oliver. Oliver—the company’s brewmaster since 1994—might be surprisingly unsung in our borough, but across the country and around the world, he’s nothing less than a suds superstar.” -- Rachel Wharton.
“Crown Heights has long been a mecca for West Indian food, a treasure trove of interrelated cuisines that combine South Asian spices with new-world ingredients in unexpected ways. At the unexceptional-looking takeout joints along Nostrand Avenue, the neighborhood’s largely unchanged commercial hub, you’ll find everything from long-stewed oxtail and goat to buttery fruit-studded pastries to some of the best vegan food anywhere.” -- Dan Nosowitz.
“The original home of Brooklyn’s famous blackout cake was Ebinger Baking Company at Flatbush and Cortelyou Avenues, which opened in 1898, spawned several outposts and closed in 1972. Since then, the legendary dark chocolate layer cake with chocolate pudding both inside and slathered on the outside, finished with chocolate crumbs—the original recipe of which has thus far been lost to history—has become a hit the world over, with variations available far and wide. But how to determine which blackout cakes are worth the trip? Everyone has an opinion, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the stand-outs.” – Heather Chin.
“Commonly referred to as ‘Brooklyn’s Chinatown,’ Sunset Park is gaining attention for its cheap real estate and cheaper international fare. Bereft of deal-whispering peddlers, the neighborhood is still relatively untouched by retail chains (the Wall Street Journal recently reported Sunset Park is the only Chinatown in New York City without a Starbucks). In place of facsimile shops though, Sunset Park has dumpling haunts — and enough amazing ones that we decided it warranted a full-blown tour de dumplings.” – Elana Carlson
“In ye olde days of the 1990s, the bulbs shined bright and ‘local cheese’ meant plastic-wrapped squares from the bodega. Andrew Tarlow changed all that. His rule-breaking restaurants redefined the BK food scene many times over—first with Williamsburg icon Diner, then its adjacent outpost Marlow & Sons, then the groundbreaking ingredient boutique Marlow & Daughters, then Fort Greene’s Italian destination Roman’s, last year’s uber-chic Reynard in the Wythe Hotel and, just this spring, a cocktail bar called Achilles Heel on the Greenpoint waterfront.” – Gabrielle Langholtz and Raquel Pelzel