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Oy Vey! GQ Declares Brooklyn “The Coolest City on the Planet”

October 21, 2011

Cripes, where do we begin with this one?

GQ Magazine has declared Brooklyn “The Coolest City on the Planet.” This, apparently is due mostly to our culinary offerings. Yeah, with places like Spumoni Gardens, La Bagel Delight and Junior’s this is a slam dunk, no?

No. We’re talking places like the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare a place you gotta reserve a seat at SIX WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

Well, maybe we’re being too hard on the joint. What’s GQ’s fancy food writer Alan Richman have to say about it:

The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is, in Michelin’s words, “worth a detour.” In luxury, intimacy, and decadence, it is nearly unsurpassed. Sure, you’ll sit on unpadded bar chairs, but that’s Brooklyn, now so confident of its dining appeal it offers a destination restaurant that isn’t easy on the ass. The food is almost entirely seafood, the expensive kind, like madai, Japanese snapper from the Tsukiji fish market. Le Bernardin, I’ll bet, has taken notice. There’s a sommelier—a sommelier!—from Per Se. Chef César Ramirez stands before you, sending out as many as thirty small courses, all exquisite. That makes him the only celebrated New York chef not in the sushi business who personally prepares every dish for every guest. Ramirez lives in Brooklyn. His business partner runs a grocery down the block. The restaurant is all Brooklyn, with limitations—you wouldn’t want him trolling for seafood in the Gowanus Canal.

Ooooofah! That didn’t help much. But their roundup of Brooklyn’s other great eateries makes things a little better. If only for the mention of Lucali’s:

The longest five days in recent Brooklyn history? When Lucali shut down after owner Mark Iacono got stabbed in the gut by a reputed mobster. He was soon back at the oven, turning out the blistered-crust pies that led GQ’s Alan Richman to name Lucali’s the second-best pizza in America.

Mob beef? Great pizza? Whew! That’s our Brooklyn!

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Open Thread: Kings of Pizza – Beyond Brooklyn’s Best

June 7, 2011

By now you’re totally up to speed on last week’s “Pizza Summit” between TV personality/real estate developer/Obama’s punchline Donald Trump and  1/2 term Alaska governor/TV personality/not a presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  After eating at a La Famiglia chain pizzeria, Palin commented that it was “real New York pizza.”

Anyone who is even remotely from New York knows that’s as far from the truth as you can get.  The statement sent pizza aficionados into a tizzy – most notably  The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.   The comic also noted that Trump had double stacked his slices and ate with a fork — something the Trumpster defended  to pizza blog Slice as a weight loss tactic.

In Stewart’s rant he mentions several of NYC’s best pizzerias including many in Brooklyn.

We all know the obvious go-to pizza places here:

  • Grimaldi’s Pizza DUMBO (Fulton Ferry Landing District for you sticklers)
  • Di Fara Pizza Midwood
  • L&B Spumoni Gardens Bensonhurst
  • Totonno’s Pizza  Coney Island
  • Lucali’s Carroll Gardens

But aside from these “Joe DiMaggio/Mickey Mantles” of abeetz we’re pretty sure there are some unsung heroes in Brooklyn.  For us, it’s My Little Pizzeria on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights or Sal’s Pizzeria in Cobble Hill.  Neither are the coal oven Nirvana that some of Brooklyn’s superstars are but they are solid above average go-to places.

What pizzerias would you put on an “undiscovered” list?  Comment away!

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