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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...
The first Polish restaurants to open in north Brooklyn were known as jadłodajnie, cafeteria-style establishments that served a wide selection of Polish dinners, soups, and salads. "There were no waiters. You would order your food, get it yourself, and bring it back to the tables," says Antek Wołowicz, 61, a long-time Greenpoint resident. "There was no alcohol, just soda and water." He remembers that there was a jadłodajnia on the corner of North 7th...
We’ve spent the better part of our lives shamelessly ping-ponging from one decadent meal to the next, and if that’s meant we’ve had to contend with an increasingly zaftig figure, well then, so be it. Because honestly, who wants to spend the time toggling up Weight Watcher’s points when the rest of your dinner party is throwing back wood-fired pizza and beer? But even we can admit that it’s entirely possible to enjoy yourself...