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Some thoughts on a culinary exploration of Brooklyn

wingman | Mar 26, 201208:08 PM

My gf and I made the decision to move back to NYC after a couple years in San Francisco and wow did I miss the culinary delights of my favorite city! After a weekend exploring Brooklyn my chow senses are on high alert and I can't wait to start scouring the boards for advice again. On Thursday and Saturday we went on a walking tour of Williamsburg/ Greenpoint and Park Slope/ Cobble Hill respectively. Highlights by neighborhood included (drinks & food):

Williamsburg -
Rosarito Fish Shack - wasn't expecting much as we waited to grab a glass of wine at DOC, had a couple beers some decent oysters and a quesadilla that was one of the best I had. The cheese and mushrooms were fantastic and while it probably received bonus points from how hungry we were, I would no doubt go back.

DOC Wine Bar - the food looked fantastic and the wine list was pretty good, although the bottle list was far superior than the glass list. We both thought the glass list had a bit too much of a focus on biodynamic/ organic wines rather than featuring wines that highlight the flavor profiles of Italian wines.

Post Office - our last stop for the night (after pizza) but the drinks were excellent and the setting was much more relaxed than some of the cocktail spots in Manhattan. Really diverse drink menu and the grilled cheese with bacon was a perfect way to ease the pain we felt the next morning!

Greenpoint -
Paulie Gees - very excited to have some NY pizza again after a year of finding passable coal/ wood oven pizzas at A16 and Zero Zero in San Francisco. Paulie Gees did not disappoint! A great selection of Six Point beers on draft and the In Ricotta Di Vita was tasty. I prefer slightly more salt in my crust, but the crust was super airy and the ingredients were top notch, also the space was super cool with an unfinished wood interior and logs for the fire stack all around the restaurant.

Park Slope -
Dizzy's - Had wanted to hit Applewood for brunch but was closing at 2pm. So we headed over to Dizzy's for some traditionalesque dinner fare. All around a good brunch spot for a decent price. For a tasty omelet at an ok price it's a great spot to hit up, but nothing outstanding.

Cobble Hill -
Clover Club - My gf enjoyed the drink list more than I did. I went off menu and ordered a variation of an old fashioned with chocolate bitters, was an ok drink but I've had far better variations of that cocktail at other drinking dens. However, the duck fat potato chips were phenomenal! Place was open and comfortable but for me was just a miss. The cheese plate which featured Stinky cheeses was pretty solid however.

Brooklyn Social - Loved the interior of this place, very kitschy but reminded me of an upstate NY Italian American club, like the one I went to a ton of sweet 16s back in the day. A limited special cocktail menu but I was really happy with my drink which featured egg whites. The gf enjoyed her old fashioned as well. I could totally see this as a frequent stop if we move to the neighborhood.

Jakewalk - Simply put this was a wine bar/ small bites restaurant that seems to get it right. The wine list was pretty varied both in types of wine and price of wine. We were also really happy to see a 1996 Corrison on their menu (a winery we liked to visit up in Napa). We shared their special soup of the day and a spicy cucumber salad - both were EXCELLENT and like many places on Smith they featured a cheese plate from Stinky Cheeses.

Buschenschank - After a day of drinking we were ready for some food that might make our walk back to our hotel slightly easier so finding a German beer hall was like a gift from heaven. We walked in and were greeted by communal tables and a nice sized bar that stretched around the entrance way of the restaurant. The pretzle and beer mustard was excellent as was their sausage platter. The beer menu went from traditional pilsners to darker and wheat beers and had more to choose from than similar restaurants I've been to in the past. All in I was impressed with this spot, thought the atmosphere was great and would be happy to go back.

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