It’s springtime, which means it’s possible you’ve just signed a new lease, made a new cleaning playlist, or established a new corner of your room for dirty laundry. But there’s a good chance you’re still eating at a lot of the same restaurants. For the record, there’s nothing wrong with planning a few more first dates at Saraghina or getting brunch twice a month at Peaches — we’re just suggesting that now might be a great time to branch out a little more. That’s why we made this list of Bed-Stuy’s newest and best restaurants to check out right now. Use it to find a few spots in the area where you haven’t already committed your order to memory.
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If you’d like a slightly more formal place than your stoop to sip orange wine outside, you should check out Winona’s. Starting at 5pm every day, this wine bar pours mostly natural and organic options on its heated sidewalk patio, along with a rotating weekly menu of dishes like fluke crudo, little gem salad, and arancini. Plus, unlike the other neighborhood wine bars you probably already have in rotation, Winona’s does coffee and pastries to-go during the day. And if you stop by on a Sunday or Monday night, there will probably be a pop-up dinner event hosted by Ediciones, Nuestra Mesa Cooperative BK, or some other local chef collaborative you will feel excited to know about.
The difference between this new doughnut shop and whichever mega-chain you grew up getting your glazed sweets from is that you can order one-of-a-kind specialty options like a mashup between long johns and eclairs. Most of the stuff at Fan Faninvolves unusual and inventive flavor combinations you won’t find anywhere else in the city - think guava & cheese, mango lassi, and roasted banana-chocolate topped with caramel popcorn. There’s usually a line out front on weekends and while you’ll probably never find a plain old glazed donut, Fan Fan does offer some simpler options like glazed braids, vanilla bean, and Mexican chocolate.
After taking a bite of the avocado and egg topped memela at For All Things Good, you’ll forget all about the sad, store-bought tortillas of your past. This new Mexican spot serves several different kinds of masa-based Oaxacan dishes that are meant to get you hooked on colorful heirloom corn. For All Things Good happens to be a vegetarian spot, but everything from the crispy breakfast tlayudita to the cheese-stuffed tetelas is good enough to make any meat-lover reconsider their dietary preferences. All of the outdoor seating at this counter-service spot is first come, first served, and we strongly recommend picking up a dozen of their fresh tortillas to bring back to your apartment.
Much like your nephew in Fort Worth who just got rid of all his action figures, Calaca has scaled things back and reinvented itself over the last year. In fact, what was once a tiny, cash-only Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, is now a neighborhood coffee shop. Along with its new name, Cafe Calaca also has a new location just a few steps from the Franklin Avenue–Fulton Street subway stop. Show up on a weekday morning for a conchinita empanada and a cortado, or over the weekend for brunch dishes like avocado egg toast. There isn’t much seating indoors, but Cafe Calaca does have a few sidewalk benches that could work for a low-key coffee meet-up.