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We will not lie to ourselves, or to you, and claim that Brooklyn is an ideal place to live if you’re easily seduced by the time-honored tradition of cooking meat (and, fine, vegetables) over an open flame. There are designated barbecuing areas in the parks, sure, but that’s always something of an ordeal, and there simply aren’t enough backyards or rooftops to go around. But we all know someone, or someone who knows someone, with...
Summer food is all about simplicity: burgers, sandwiches, and snacks like chips and dips. Such basic fare demands to be complemented by strong flavors like smoky chipotle salsa or ultra-tangy mustard. These five Brooklyn-made condiments are what we reach for when we want to give our food an extra, not-so-subtle flavor boost. 1. Tree’s Knees Spicy Syrup Sweet and fiery, this syrup is suited to savory dishes (try it as a marinade for grilled shrimp) and...
In a borough full of culinary delights, it’s a difficult task to single out only a handful of places as being “the best.” But someone’s got to do it, right? Rather than creating a list where every restaurant is sort of generally designated as being exemplary, we thought we’d celebrate what specifically makes each of our favorite new Brooklyn restaurants the type of places we plan to visit again and again. And again. Best Breakfast: Okonomi  150...
In this paradigmatic age of hyper-local eating and easy access to formerly exotic treats via your corner bodega, it can be difficult to focus on what actually makes certain foods feel season-specific. Because when tomatoes grace supermarket shelves in the depths of winter and lobster rolls can be found at local food trucks stationed far from the Maine coastline, a concept like summer food becomes about more than just the ingredients: It’s about the...

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