Littleneck looks like a spot you’d find in a town on Cape Cod where locals in wool sweaters casually use terms like “squall” and “windward.” It may sound gimmicky for a place in Gowanus to have buoys and rope knots hanging on the walls, but the seafood here is good enough that you won’t see it that way. They have a raw bar and a solid lobster roll, but our favorite thing is a bowl of clams and shredded lamb with Middle Eastern spices. Just keep in mind that this place is cash-only.
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My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
Fletcher's Brooklyn BBQ
Fletcher's serves up some great pulled pork, and is a solid local BBQ stop if you're around Gowanus. We just wouldn't travel for it.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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Untitled at The Whitney
Dinner in an art museum, from Danny Meyer and Michael Anthony. Untitled at The Whitney is anything but boring.
Barney Greengrass is the definition of a Classic NYC Establishment. What’s not to love about a 100-year-old tradition of sturgeon scrambled eggs and a H&H bagel with lox, cream cheese and tomato?
15 Fox Place
15 Fox Place serves a $95 set menu of filling Italian-American food inside a private house in Jersey City.
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Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
Threes Brewing is one of the better places for a laid-back big group hang in Brooklyn.
The original Seamore's is in Nolita, and the Chelsea location is pretty much the same. Stop by for some casual seafood, maybe in your gym clothes.
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