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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

Every week in New York, there are a slew of great local restaurants that are forced to close due to rising rents, changes in the food world, etc. With all these unfortunate changes, it’s sometimes a relief to stop and think about the ones that are succeeding and growing.

The Gumbo Bros. started a few years back as an idea between two friends who went to school in New Orleans and started a modest stand at the pop-up markets around the city. I met them at the Vendy Awards and was very excited to see them committed to bringing authentic Cajun food to the city. Many of the businesses at those markets seem to come and go, but the Gumbo Bros. actually got to open their own restaurant on busy Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

This permanent space isn’t terribly bigger than their market stall but there are seats and beer and a larger menu.

When I found the time to stop by, I wanted to try more of their namesake – I’ll have to get the po’ boys another time. I remember their gumbos being good at the Vendy Awards but not quite this good.

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

 

I love when local neighborhood businesses work together. It’s the story of the Brownstone Brooklyn tour that I lead in the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill. On the tour we visit cheese shops, coffee roasters, and bakeries. And they sell each other’s products. It’s a food eco-system and I love it!

Tekoå definitely practices that ethic. Last year, the bright all-day café moved into the former home of neighborhood favorite Ted & Honey. The latter closed for personal reasons but their neighbor, Alex Raij (who owns the adjacent La Vara) picked up where they left off.

The pastries and sandwiches are a bit more experimental than you would think. Chef Raij is inspired by ingredients from all over the world. And more immediately, from her neighbors.

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

SHELSKY'S OF BROOKLYN, 141 Court Street (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Peter Shelsky and I are kindred spirits in the fact that we are both terrible Jews, but we love the nostalgic food of our ancestors. Bagels, lox, cream cheese, pastrami. This is what being Jewish is all about.

Peter took his love for this food one step further. He opened up Shelsky’s, an appetizing store that has sprouted a deli counter. Normally in the kosher tradition you would never find deli meat and cream cheese in the same store. That’s called traif and it’s very unkosher.

But here there’s a treasure trove of traditional (yet not kosher) Jewish specialities in his little shop which moved a few years ago from its original location on Smith Street to Court Street. You can find pickles, chopped liver, and all sorts of smoked salmon and preserved fish. And while you won’t find any bacon, you will find the next best thing: salmon bacon. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

BIEN CUIT, 120 Smith Street (between Dean and Pacific Street), Cobble Hill, BrooklynI always wished there were more than 8 nights to Hanukkah. By the eighth crazy night of receiving presents, displaying plastic menorahs in the window, and feasting on latkes, you’ve gotten into a routine. You’ve grown accustomed to this celebratory Jewish festival. And then it all ends and you’re back where you started. With a few more pairs of socks.

And while last night might have been the official finale of Jewish gift giving, at least potato latkes never fully go out of season. I tasted an extraordinary version of this Hanukkah speciality at Bien Cuit over the weekend and am exicted to hear they will be offering it at least for another few days.

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

While an occupation as a fisherman is not in my future, I owe much of my enjoyment to those hard workers. I’ll devour seafood in just about any form – raw, poached, smoked, fried, etc. The variety of flavors and textures from the ocean is immense and these five fish dishes just skims the surface.

NUMBER 75: SMOKED TROUT & WILD MUSHROOM SALAD at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP

Smoked Trout & Wild Mushroom Salad at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOPWho’d have guessed that a Brooklyn restaurant known for their fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches would make a healthy and flavorful salad? Amidst frisée and red cress lettuce are chunks of smoky, salty trout and warm marinated wild mushrooms. Some toasted hazelnuts are added for texture and a sweet ginger molasses dressing tops things off. This is the pescatarian’s version of surf and turf and it’s every bit as meaty and umami-loaded as one would hope. Price: $11

VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP
231 Court Street (between Baltic and Warren Street),
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 596-9707
vanhornbrooklyn.com

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My search for the best falafel in New York continues….

DARNA FALAFEL, 200 Court Street (between Warren and Wyckoff Street), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

The neighborhood of Cobble Hill really brings the new and the old together. Some residents (mostly of Italian and Syrian descent) have been in the neighborhood for more than 50 years. More recently, new families from other parts of the world (many are French or from Middle America) have moved in. And amazingly, both worlds tend to live in harmony. This is New York, after all.

Not the Typical Sandwiches

Darna Falafel feels like it’s been there for at least a few decades blending in with the old school Middle Eastern shops and restaurants a few blocks away on Atlantic Avenue. But the truth is, this place is one of the newer ones. It was opened in 2011 by a young generation of falafel makers, which is evident from the uncommon pita sandwiches on the menu, like skirt steak and turkey bacon.

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