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There are a number of factors that compel the steadfast Brooklynite to plunk down inconceivable sums on pint-sized apartments—and for us, it’s always been our unparalleled access to unique, independently-run restaurants. But crushing rent hikes, unworkable regulations and an easily distracted audience (the number of permits issued to new eateries rose by 26 percent in 2014) has proved an ever-ringing death knell to businesses not owned by hospitality groups and corporations, from Smith Street...
When The Elm finally admitted it was closing, we were certainly surprised, but not all that broken up about it (while it had style to spare, the haughty hotel-based eatery had very little heart). Pacifico’s Fine Foods, on the other hand, was essentially all heart, and consistently made some of the most memorable food we’ve had in the last year, with both the restaurant and its chef, Shanna Pacifico, topping every single one of...
Shanna Pacifico may actually live in Williamsburg, but she’s long been a fixture of Manhattan’s dining scene. That’s because she’s spent the better part of her career working for greenmarket guru, Peter Hoffman, landing her first job out of culinary school at his seminal, farm-to-table restaurant, Savoy, and eventually emerging as head chef (and accomplished, on-site butcher) for his intimate, locavore bistros, Back Forty and Back Forty West. So it came as a bit of...

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