If it's not in my neighborhood of Cobble Hill, I'm not going. If it's not in my apartment, I barely want to go. But, if you need someone to fly halfway across the world for a birthday dinner on Saturday night, I'm your girl.
Living in such a culinarily vibrant city allows me the opportunity to enjoy any food on a whim; from classic dishes like summer rolls or ham and cheese crepes to new and exciting ones like tomato tarte Tatin, a healthful naan sandwich and a finger-sized anchovy hors d'oeuvre.
"Buka": African slang for a hole-in-the wall joint, a comfort food spot, the place to be. BUKA in Brooklyn, NY is definitely the place to go for some authentic Nigerian comfort food, but "hole-in-the-wall," it is not.
Living in New York, I often take for granted the wealth of international cuisines available to me on a daily basis. Last week, I indulged in offerings from many corners of the globe, from Mexico to France, China to Spain.
Summer is the season for BBQ, and this summer, Texas BBQ is getting a lot of attention in New York. But there's more to Texan cuisine than BBQ, and food-forward Brooklyn is now home to New York's most recent Texan import: the Kolache.
A range of constituencies in Downtown Brooklyn care about local businesses, and about retaining Brooklyn's unique character. These points of commonality could spur a productive conversation at Dekalb Market, a spot that embodies these values.
While the good people of Tuscany are known as "bean-eaters" because of their culinary proclivity towards legumes, the Piemontese locals are known as polentone. Apparently, everyone in Piedmont eats polenta all the time, and have done so before the Roman empire!
With its rich, cultural diversity, Brooklyn has always been a great dining destination, but it seems to be coming of age alongside the recent wave of food-mania, perfectly timing its ascent with a growing national obsession with all things food.