A special guest post by @TravelingAnna.
New York City is a paradise to many travelers, and business visitors alike. With a myriad of attractions, theatres, museums and hotels in New York, visitors are spoilt for choice. But growing up in NYC can make you a little jaded; after all, with a new restaurant open every week, the best theatre in the US just up the block, and celebrities in your local GAP, it’s easy to feel like you’ve seen it all. But that’s why I send every single traveling friend to Brooklyn.
Growing up in Brooklyn in the ‘80’s was not the Brooklyn hipsters cross the country to see today. The ever-constant pace of this city has changed the borough for the better, and with it, some absolutely amazing choices for food lovers. Here are 3 of my favorites:
A deli at heart, this Williamsburg eatery is as known for it’s fresh cuts as it is for it’s rad clientele. No stuck-up suits here. Enjoy people watching over a crowd of Brooklyn’s finest artists through a short-but-sweet menu of plates like Chicken Liver Pate and Swordfish.
514 2nd Street
Kids and Park Slope go hand in hand, which is why this Manhattan based Cajun/Italian pizzeria hybrid adapted quick. If you’ve got little ones, they can spy on chefs or take in the colorful scenery while waiting for Bowtie Pasta or Mac n’ Cheese with Trees. Mom, Dad, and non-family types can swig the finest Hurricane this side of New Orleans and munch authentic Jambalaya, Zydeco Meatloaf, and Blackened Catfish.
In the sea of Bensonhurst Italian restaurants, this cozy café has made its mark, but so far only with those in-the-know. Come in on a Sunday morning and start off a Brooklyn brunch with biscuits and jam while perusing a menu full of home cooked favorites like Bacon-wrapped Mushrooms & Figs, Handmade Gnocchi, and Grilled Salmon. The Tuscan-Provence-style interior will almost make you forget you’re in a borough.
About this week’s guest writer
Annemarie Dooling is a travel writer based in New York. “I grew up in New York City, finding my way around Union Square before most kids could order their own meals. My family came over on a boat from Italy, and although being raised by a single mother and non-English speaking grandparents was hard, I loved having backyard vegetable gardens, fresh wine, and playing bocce with my grandfather.” Visit Annemarie’s blog: Frill Seeker Diary or follow her on Twitter.