Sometimes the buzz over Brooklyn gets a little over the top. I've been to a lot of the restaurants you hear people rave about. They're not all that great. But some of them are, in fact really good -- good enough, in fact, to merit the hype.
Conceived originally as a shrine to the perfect country breakfast, Egg may have the best one in New York -- thanks especially to its fabulous biscuits. The dinner is pretty damn good too.
A sprawling, citadel-like space in the farthest reaches of Brooklyn, this bushwick pizzeria has grown into one of the most adventurous and exciting restaurants in New York City.
The epitome of what people want from an urbane, of-the-moment bistro, circa 2012: twee and rustic surroundings featuring local and seasonal food prepared with surgical precision, each leaf tweezered into place with an almost religious respect. The costs are moderate, the service attentive, and the food superb, even by Manhattan standards.
By far the best of the new wave of southern restaurants to hit NYC, this is cooking as precise as it is porky, and with a menu that won't tire out your palate by the second spoonful of greens.
Portland thai-food whiz Andy Ricker brought a big rep with him from out of town, and more than delivered on his promise of big, bold, spicy food that manages to also be balanced and interesting -- something we haven't often seen before.
New York's high priestess of tapas, Alex Raij, may have had her greatest triumph yet with this tribute to the Jewish and Moorish flavors of Spain -- two neglected traditions which here enjoy the full force of her creativity and hard work.
Two gifted young Manhattan line cooks move to Brooklyn, start a tiny, superb restaurant and immediately outshine their former bosses: who could resist that story?
A very find American restaurant found on a desolate stretch of gowanus, The Pines serves creative, surprising food worth the shlep and then some.
Gwynett Street is one of the few Brooklyn restaurants to be both creative and professional; the modern American cooking is homey and local without being hipsterish.
The "New Scandinavian Cooking" was pretty much a bust in New York, with the exception of this very fine restaurant, which is just adventurous enough to be interesting, but not so much so as to freak anybody out. A great date restaurant.