Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:25 PM
Okay, if we could amend the title to include Bushwick, here goes.
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Roberta's is the most popular option for casual pizza or more sophisticated plates from the kitchen. Good salume, a reasonably priced wine-list, but expect long waits for a table at peak dinner times or brunch.
Northeast Kingdom is a neighborhood bistro which promotes local-sourcing, foraging, and gardening. No reservations here also, but easier to get seated than Roberta's.
Tandem is a saloon with a short comfort-food menu (mac n cheese, a burger, sandwiches, kale) served at the bar or tables.
There's a branch of Manna's soul food buffet on Broadway, not quite as good as its Harlem siblings because of slower turnover. Momo Sushi Shack has inexpensive, but not very good, Japanese small plates.
Blanca, the new project by Roberta's, may be the only restaurant in Bushwick which takes reservations.
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Burgeritup is an independent burger joint with a few tables and take-out (the Chimi, their version of a Dominican street food burger, is recommended).
Of the many empanada stands along Flushing, and Broadway between Flushing and Myrtle, the one on the corner of Myrtle and Broadway (outside Mr Kiwi's) is probably the best. Cholulita Bella Deli on Broadway for tortas and cemitas or sit-down Mexican plates in the back.
The Narrows is really the best option for cocktails (outside of Roberta's). Tandem has cocktails too, and specializes in "local" liquors. King's County is a tiny but pleasant bar with loud music; nearby Pine Box Rock Shop is the same, only bigger, and has bar snacks. Broomie's is a hipster bar with nightly music or games. Cain's and Lone Wolf Bar are okay, but don't have tap beer.
Many corner stores and delis, and the big supermarket by the Myrtle/Broadway J,M,Z stop, have deep selections of Mexican foods, including spices, canned foods and breads. Mr Kiwi's and Brooklyn's Natural are the fancy food stores, the latter very expensive.
Roberta's delivers in the neighborhood.