Lella is a casual Italian spot near the Lorimer L stop that’s popular with locals, and if you stop by on a nice day, you’ll probably see some people outside hanging with their dogs. And once you get past all these dogs, you’ll find a nice, homey space filled with vintage toys, old pots and pans, and a yellow rotary telephone. The employees wear bright red beanies like Jacques Cousteau (or Steve Zissou), and they’ll make you a good cheesy flatbread sandwich or a bowl of vegetables with a poached egg and a chunk of burrata. Grab a table, hang out for a while, and try to become a regular.
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Giuseppina’s is a wood-fired pizza spot in South Slope from some of the people behind Lucali.
Chinantla is a restaurant in the back of a bodega in Bed-Stuy where you can get some solid, affordable Mexican food.
Fancy Nancy is a fun place to grab dinner with friends in Bed-Stuy. They make good cocktails, and you can get some tater tots covered in cheese here.
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Sugarcane is a giant restaurant next to Brooklyn Bridge Park where it instantly becomes 10pm in Miami as soon as you step inside.
These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
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The Commodore is bad. Bad because merely looking at the food here will jack up your cholesterol thirty points, and worse because everything is so good that you’ll crave it all the time.
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