Brooklyn Restaurant Guide

by Leslie on June 21, 2012

I’ve always loved a really good meal, but food has become even more important while being pregnant since going out to eat is the main and only event of most Saturday nights for us. New York has some really amazing food, but I’m happy to report a lot of the best, in my opinion, is right by us in Brooklyn. Here’s the list of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants and my recommendations at each. Whether you live in New York or are in town on vacation, they are all worth a visit.

POK POK NY – (Columbia Street Waterfront District) 2011 James Beard Award winning chef, Andy Ricker, has brought his popular Portland Thai restaurant, Pok Pok, to Brooklyn. It’s not the easiest place to get to if you don’t live nearby, but that hasn’t stopped anyone. Last time we went we had a 2 hour wait. Come early and be prepared to walk down the street to Alma for drinks until your table is ready. It’s 100% worth the wait. Hands down, the best wings I’ve ever tasted.
HENRY PUBLIC – (Cobble Hill) This old-fashioned saloon is a hipster haven. The drinks are great and everything on their small menu of food is delicious, but the turkey leg sandwich really stands out. I just read an interview where Girls creator and actress, Lena Dunham, named the sandwich one of her favorite foods, supporting all my statements above.
RUCOLA – (Boerum Hill) Located on a quiet brownstone-lined block, this small Northern Italian restaurant serving delicious farm to table food has a really good vibe. Dinnertime can get crowded, so I recommend stopping by for breakfast or lunch when it’s always quiet and peaceful. Added bonus, I sat next Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard for lunch the other day.
COLONIE – (Brooklyn Heights) This restaurant is probably where we go most often, mainly because it’s the closest to our apartment, but it also has some really outstanding food. It’ll be the first place I go after I deliver this baby for a big glass of rose wine and platter of raw oysters with cucumber migonette. Their menu has a lot of great small plates that are fun to share and allow you to save room for dessert, which is what they do best. The sticky date cake with salted creme fraiche ice cream (which I made a version of) is my favorite, while Jolian prefers the fresh doughnuts with salty caramel custard.
CHUKO – (Prospect Heights) This isn’t the first time I’ve raved about this ramen joint, which I’m willing to say rivals Momofuku. I recreated their delicious kale salad a couple months ago. All of their ramens are good, but I love their kimchi pork ramen the most. It isn’t on their permanent menu, but has been offered as a special every time I’ve been there. I sometimes dream about this meal.
PRIME MEATS – (Carroll Gardens) From the same Franks behind Frankies Sputino, Prime Meats is a warm and cozy restaurant serving a delicious German-inspired menu. This is where we go for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. The oysters are great, the roasted bone marrow is amazing, but the steak is where it’s at.

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