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To eat in Brooklyn--it's anything you want it to be...

You Got Ya Two Kinds of Italian Places--
The old ones and the new ones. With a few exceptions, the new ones come out on top. The exceptions? Ferdinando's (Map 8) for killer Sicilian, no pun intended, Queen (Map 5) for classic white-linen Italian, and Joe's of Avenue U (Eastern Brooklyn) for buffet-style. But for 21st-century Italian, almost every nabe in BK has it goin' on--so check out Acqua Santa (Map 2) in Williamsburg, Locanda Vini & Olii (Map 6) in Clinton Hill, Al Di La (Map 9) in Park Slope, Frankie's 457 (Map 8) in Carroll Gardens, The Good Fork (Map 8) in Red Hook, Bocca Lupo (Map 8) in Cobble Hill, Scopello (Map 6) in Fort Greene, and Tuscany Grill (Map 14) in Bay Ridge. Trust us--any one of these “new” joints will take you back to the old country.

Wait, What About Pizza?! Relax, Pizza Gets Its Own Category:
The champions include Grimaldi's (Map 5) in Brooklyn Heights, always top-rated by Zagat, the utterly fresh and brilliant Franny's (Map 9) on the Prospect Heights border, Totonno on Coney Island, the thinnest thin-crust of them all, Di Fara (Map 16) in Midwood, see Dominic DeMarco take the pizzas out of the oven with his bare hands, Lucali (Map 8) in Carroll Gardens, worth the considerable wait, and the furthest out there of them all, L&B Spumoni Gardens (Eastern Brooklyn) in Bensonhurst, get the Sicilian. Other favorites include hip Roberta's (Map 3) on the Bushwick border and Grandma Rose's (Map 1) under the BQE just shy of Greenpoint.

Globally, We're Just Getting Started
They say Queens is the most diverse of the five boroughs, but let's not forget, Brooklyn has impressive variety. We love the Mexican at Alma (Map 8) and Tacos Matamoros (Map 11), but we're already in the Americas, we can get more far-flung than that. Try the simple and unpretentious Middle Eastern at Bedouin Tent (Map 8), Michelin-starred Ki Sushi (Map 8), South African at Madiba (Map 6), Polish at Lomzynianka (Map 1), Georgian at Tbilisi (Map 16), Portuguese at Convivium Osteria (Map 9), Malaysian at Nyonya (Map 11), banquet-style Chinese dim sum at Pacificana (Map 11), and more than Australian meat pies at Sheep Station (Map 8).

Hip, Chic, Nouvelle Cuisine
Consult this section when your Manhattan friends, who are paralyzed with fear of the Z train, deign to visit Brooklyn. In Williamsburg, find the camouflaged door for Zenkichi (Map 2) or try Diner (Map 2). In Bushwick, Northeast Kingdom (Map 4). In Vinegar Hill, the Vinegar Hill House (Map 5). In Brooklyn Heights, Jack the Horse Tavern (Map 5). In BoCoCa, Char No. 4 (Map 7) and Buttermilk Channel (Map 7). In Fort Greene, The General Greene (Map 6) and No. 7 (Map 6). In Clinton Hill, Locanda Vini & Olii (Map 6). And in Park Slope, Flatbush Farm (Map 9) and our perennial favorite Blue Ribbon (Map 9). Or don't take your Manhattan friends, let them have their flavorless, over-priced UWS brunches.

Real, Affordable Comfort Food
The antidote to hip, in the form of burgers at Bonnie's Grill (Map 9), pierogis at Christina's (Map 1), breakfast at The Usual (Map 9), decent BBQ at Mable's (Map 2) or The Smoke Joint (Map 6), and tacos at Tortilleria Los Hermanos (Map 4) or Mexico 2000 (Map 2).

Where Everyone Knows Your Name
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are just cool, friendly places to go to. The Hope & Anchor (Map 8) is close to the top of the list, followed by Tom's (Map 9) in Prospect Heights, The Richardson (Map 2) for small plates in East Williamsburg by the BQE, and Northeast Kingdom (Map 4) in Bushwick. Insert your own here:________.

Our Favorite Restaurants
Again, impossible to make a definitive list, but here we go: Applewood (Map 9)--Brooklyn slow food, Blue Ribbon (Map 9)--surely you didn't think we'd forget, Stone Park Café (Map 9)--any place with marrow is a friend of ours, Pates et Traditions (Map 2--easily the finest savory/sweet crepes in the borough on an unassuming corner, Convivium Osteria (Map 9)--one of the best interiors (especially the basement) this side of the Atlantic, Henry's End (Map 5)--Elk Chops + Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale = Bliss, Anella (Map 1)--impeccable seasonal Italian and delicious bread baked in flowerpots, Vinegar Hill House (Map 5)--possibly the best cast-iron chicken on the planet, and last but not least, Peter Luger (Map 2)--this steak will change your life, if you don't die from the unadulterated pleasure.

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Posted By:  Rob Tallia
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Lulu & Po
This is one of my favorite places to send people--lots of fun small plates to share, including such delicacies as bone marrow tacos and chicken liver pate with bread so delicious it’s got to be from Sullivan Street Bakery (actually it's from Il Forno in The Bronx). It’s also a great post-BAM venue, as it’s far enough away that most people won’t know it exists. Only one beer is available at the moment…let’s hope they up their game in that area!

Posted By:  Alisha Miranda
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Brooklyn Beso
Bed-Stuy does it again. This time, it's a kiss from the Caribbean at Lewis Avenue's newest restaurant, Beso. I don't get to eat much of my favorite Spanish dishes so when I heard Beso opened its doors, I wanted to revisit those Latin flavors. To my pleasant surprise, Beso fed me well: arepas with shredded and stewed beef plus a trio of tostadas layered with black beans, queso fresco, and bacalao (cod fish) were our start to the meal. Delicious, familiar, and enough to be a meal on their own. Next up: grilled skirt steak for two - juicy and served medium topped with chimichurri and a side of fried potatoes. For dessert, we kept it simple - chocolate cake. The dinner was familiar and exciting, as I pieced together ingredients and flavors I grew up with and more recently have come to love. And the drinks are NOT to be played with: served to the brim and packed with a punch. Order wisely. Look out for Beso to make its mark in the neighborhood this spring.

Posted By:  Alisha Miranda
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Southern Italian enthusiasts have found a new home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. SUD offers a small, seasonal menu that makes for a perfect date night out as summer heats up. Forget the pretentious plates and attitude, SUD is friendly and its straight-from-Italy owner is passionate about introducing his cuisine to new stomachs. You'll find a versatile group of customers packing the tables--from girlfriends tasting the wine and cheese plates, to whole families sharing main courses--SUD makes everyone here feel like you're having dinner at home. Not to mention the interior decor is stunning and their outdoor patio is rustic with home-grown herbs and veggies. Make room for your next Sunday evening out at SUD, and be sure to impress someone special.

Posted By:  Alisha Miranda
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Umi Nom
For an Asian cuisine newbie like me, Umi Nom looked like a fair introduction to fusion. Tucked under a rusty LAUNDROMAT sign, Umi Nom brings tapas-style Filipino meals to Bed-Stuy. It's a perfect spot to have group dinners as their menu offers a number of yummy plates to share like crispy wings, marinated grilled pork chops, everyone's favorite pad thai, and bbq ribs. Here, you'll need to make extra room for drinks and desserts as well.

Posted By:  Alisha Miranda
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Nothing says an afternoon sugar rush like taking a bite out of one of Dough's donuts. Giving a whole new meaning to sticky fingers, these donuts are about the size of your head and fuel those sweet tooth cravings just by looks alone. I often come here on weekend afternoons to indulge in a selfish summer time snack, so far I've learned that arriving just before closing (4 pm) scores you some free extra donuts and sitting time with the owner. I highly recommend ordering a tasting plate of whichever donuts are that day's special but nothing beats some classic glazed ones and an iced coffee!

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