New American Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, United States
Co-chefs and co-owners Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek run this teeny neighborhood restaurant, where they turn out that scruffy, generous, Brooklyn-style fare you think you're familiar with, but with real attention to detail and delightful bursts of creativity. Call ahead to book the $65 tasting menu if you want to get a real taste of their style (and avoid waiting for a table).
Robert Newton, whose restaurant Seersucker reminded us there's more to Southern cooking than fried chicken and grits, has a casual cafe just down the street with inexpensive options like $4 hot dogs with kraut and organic condiments, and $7 grilled pimento cheese with cured ham. Baked goods are sunny and surprising, like the chewy sunflower-seed cookies sandwiched with strawberry jam
This tiny Italian bakery pulls hot bread from its ovens throughout the day, and there's almost always a handful of regulars waiting. The long loaves of peppery, salami-studded lard bread, with a thin, shattering crust, are great eaten right away out of the bag while they're still warm
Food and Drink Shop in Brooklyn, NY, United States
This wonderful grocery store sources exciting regional food products and puts together fantastic sandwiches throughout the day. The simple grilled cheese marries cheddar and apple butter--between two slices of Sullivan Street Pullman, it's bliss. Court Street Grocers also hosts BYOB dinners which you can reserve in advance, three courses for $35 (at the moment they're doing a series of summery clam bakes).
Peter Entner, a vet of No. 7 Sub and the chef behind bizarro Crown Heights pizzeria Pete Zaaz (which is currently preparing for its comeback) recently opened this sandwich shop on Atlantic Avenue. The sandwiches here are the kind of riffs on classics that one would expect from someone with Entner's resume. There's a falafel sandwich with red pepper sauce and lemon gelee, a cheesesteak with pickled jalapenos, pineapple, and hot Cheetos, and a chili con carne sub topped with "Frito gremolata."
Brothers Gasper and Vincent Zerilli own this charming Italian pastry shop, popular for its crispy cream-filled lobster tails and old-fashioned cookies. Monster cannoli shells are dark and crispy, with a filling that's as smooth as cake frosting, but during the summer it's nice to head back to the freezer for a steep cone of lemon-flavored Italian ice, which eats like a lemonade slushy.