One of the most beautiful aspects about living in New York is that before leaving on a trip to a foreign country, no matter how remote or exotic, I can find the food of that place being prepared in much the same way as I would find it in that country. Before heading to Trinidad and Guyana and having minimal knowledge of the food from either of those countries, I did a google search for Trinidadian or Guyanese Roti shops. Surprisingly, a half dozen popped up within a few miles of my apartment in Brooklyn. Ali’s T&T was the closest, and from what I could tell, one of the most recommended. Roti is a rather strange concept to many when thinking of the food of a Caribbean Island or South American country.
After working at San Francisco vegan restaurant Millennium, Diego Felix brought his passion for organic farming and vegetarian haute cuisine to meat centric Buenos Aires. He opened Casa Felix, a restaurant inside his home in Chacarita, and serves five courses made with indigenous South American ingredients. The concept falls closer to paying to eat at the home of a friend than dining out at a restaurant.
In Montreal everyone has an opinion of their favorite delicatessen. I asked a cab driver late one night about Snowdon and without hesitation she said to go to Schwartz’s. Others I asked said the opposite. Each place smokes an estimated 10,000 pounds of meat per week. The practice of smoking meats dates to ancient times as a way of preserving it. Ashkenazi Jewish communities in Eastern Europe were well known for smoking meat in the 19th century and it has since been generally considered a trait of Jewish communities, particularly in North American delis.
The Latino community in North Brooklyn – Greenpoint and Williamsburg – is mostly Puerto Rican, but in regards to restaurants the fare extends to all corners of Latin America.
Village Voice Food Writer Robert Sietsema wrote about his visit to the unassuming, newish Coney Island Taste in today’s issue of the Village Voice. The Peruvian Bodega, as he calls it, is all the way out on Coney Island Avenue and has pictures on the windows of burgers and omelets to… Read More →
I love tacos. Some might even say I’m obsessed with tacos. You could even go as far as calling me taco loco. I didn’t really even have a real taco until I was in my early 20’s. I grew up with Americanized Mexican food like Taco Bell and Chichi’s in Ohio and a good taco just didn’t exist. When I began a life of travel I began frequenting food stalls whenever I could and it opened my eyes to the vastness of the taco landscape. Now that I’m settled in Brooklyn, I make frequent trips to the taqueria. I’ve eaten a lot of bad tacos in Brooklyn, though the majority are as good as anything I have found in Mexico. Here are my ten favorite tacos in Brooklyn:
If you want to capture some sense of what Brooklyn is or what Brooklyn is becoming, the Brooklyn Flea Market is a good place to start. While antiques and handicrafts are the main focus of the market, the food vendors are equally as enchanting. They’re reason enough to come and hang around and ponder over this weird sponge that Brooklyn has become. I consider the borough the foodiest place in America. There is more going on here than one would expect: organic rooftop farms, farmer’s markets, distilleries, indie bakeshops, Bacon Marmalade, sustainable butchers, Kombucha making classes, and of course Red Hook Soccer Tacos. New gastronomic ideas are being created every day in Brooklyn and the Flea is ground zero.
I have been consistently disappointed with Mexican food since moving to New York. While there are plenty of Mexican restaurants in every neighborhood, the majority are as basic and uninteresting as your basic Chinese take out. Some even serve Chinese food. I know there are a lot of gems out there; I just havenâ€™t found them as of yet. Until now.