Background: Long time hound, grew up in Brooklyn (Sunset Park), Mother still lives there, and I go back once a year for a visit which I did about a week ago.
7th Ave at 86th
One of my first stops is always Nathans. Im sorry, they still have better hot dogs than you can get in most parts of the country and the fries are a treat as well.
4th Ave bet 85th & 86th
I got the chicken schwarma plate and it was plentiful and delicious. After I finished eating, I had to ask the guy behind the counter what had I eaten. Other than the chicken, I had garlic sauce and pickles. It all was very good. Question: was I supposed to slather the garlic sauce on the bread and then pile the chicken and pickles on top of it?
4th Ave bet 85th & 86th
I had the falafel sandwich and it was mediocre at best. Are Karam and Mazza owned by the same people?
1424 Avenue J
I did indeed have the classic DiFara experience. I got there around 12:30 on a Sunday and I was the only customer! I walked in and saw a man anointing a pizza with some olive oil. When I saw him pull a pizza out of the oven with his bare hands, I knew it was Dom. We shared a few pleasantries (no kidding, just me and the Oracle) and I ordered a regular slice and two pieces of square. He said, No square, 10 minutes. The regular slice was a little tired and it dawned on me I might not be in for the experience I was expecting. At this point a Greyhound bus mustve broken down outside because about 8 people all pile in at once. Dom eventually pulls the square out of the oven and peers through the crowd at me and says its ready. I walk up to the counter and he is putting fresh sage on the still molten pie. I walk back to my seat and I do not make the rookie mistake of trying to eat it until it has a chance to set. Holy Madonna! What taste! It was the best pizza Ive ever eaten. Im afraid to go back because I dont think I can repeat this experience.
Royal Crown Bakery
6512 or 6308 14th Avenue
I was not particularly impressed with the bread from this place. It was good mind you, but not clearly above anything you might find in any other bakery in this area.
3rd Ave and 77th St
Damn good thin crust pizza. Ive been to this place before when it was under a different name and this place has only gotten better.
86th St bet 5th and 6th Aves
I always take the opportunity to plug this place. Ive been going for years and they always do a good job on standard items like crumb cake, almond horns, chocolate cigars, etc.
Faicco's Pork Store
6511 11th Ave
If I ever have to have my gall bladder out, I should be so lucky to have an operating room as clean as this store. This is a great place for cold cuts and fresh meats. Very old school.