After years of having regular access to Little Italy, Chinatown and Tribeca, I am now in downtown Brooklyn on Hoyt/Smith Street and State Street. From what I have been able to tell this is a vast wasteland when it comes to good food at low prices. I am accustomed to stepping out of my door and having a plethora of interesting and good choices that will let me walk away satisfied for less than $9 including tax and tip. Actually, I was spoile - I used to eating lunch for $6.50 nearly every day. $9 was a splurge. It almost made no sense to bring in my own. Let’s not even talk about the 5 dumplings for $1 across the park from my building.
When I came here to Brooklyn and said there was nothing to eat, I was told I was nuts – there are tons of places to eat. And they are all excellent. They beat anything I could find in lower Manhattan! When I asked for specifics I was only given locations that would require me to take a long lunch break due to the time it takes to travel to that destination. I should not have to take a bus or train to eat a quick, good, inexpensive lunch.
So, here I am with all the fast food and fried chickpeas I could ever want, overpriced mediocre grub and not even a decent neighborhood after-work watering hole. HELP! I’m going into foodie withdrawal. Please guide me. Thanks.