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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.
My search for the best falafel in New York continues….
If this was 1992, the year that Rainbow Falafel opened, I’d be jumping up and down because I just discovered a secret little, under-the-radar falafel joint housed in the back of a tiny little bodega. But it’s 2014 and Rainbow Falafel has certainly been discovered with lines out the door every lunch shift.
But it still feels like it could be a secret little spot. The tiny kiosk displays their drinks and coolers up front, has no seating, and the food counter with a set-back menu is against the wall. If you didn’t know it was here, you could easily miss it.
Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.
NUMBER 25: BABA GHANOUSH from DAMASCUS BAKERY
New York is loaded with great restaurants and cafés, but that’s hardly the end of the food resources in this city. In addition to ongoing food markets like Smorgasburg and the New Amsterdam Market, there are plenty of speciality shops that sell local food products that are so much more exciting than anything you could possibly find at your national grocery store.
Damascus Bakery is noted for introducing pita bread to this country in 1920. While the business is now mostly wholesale (they bake most of the pita bread sold in the U.S.), they still run an iconic storefront in Brooklyn Heights where you can purchase their Middle Eastern breads and pastries. The containers of baba ghanoush don’t get nearly as much attention, but the rich, smoky eggplant dip is full of complex flavors and spices and is the perfect accompaniment to those classic Syrian bread. Price: $3.50/$7
|195 Atlantic Avenue (between Court and Clinton Street),
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn