Eater’s quarterly list included 12 Brooklyn spots this summer among 38 best across the city. They included some old favorites, as well as new neighborhood standouts. This quarter two Brooklyn spots are among the six new additions on the list.
Those two include Park Slope fast-classic Haenyeo, which has wowed critics and locals alike with its innovative and delicious Korean foods. The mackerel here reminded us why we love mackerel, and we haven’t had as much fun as we had pulling the cheese from the rice cake fundido in a while.
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It’s been an incredible week for us at Haenyeo! A 2⭐️ review in the @nytimes by none other than @pete_wells A 2 ⭐️ review from @eater’s @thebaddeal (Ryan Sutton) And today we are #1 on @nymag’s @grubstreet’s Restaurant Power Ranking We are so humbled and honored! ?: @caitochs for @nytimes #haenyeobk #parkslope #brooklyn #koreanhomecooking #eaterny #nytimes #grubstreet #freshkoreanhomecooking
Prospect Heights’ MeMe’s Diner was also welcomed to the list, serving fun takes on classics like chicken fingers served with chipotle peach bbq, mushroom scotch eggs, and savory funnel cakes.
Peter Luger Steak House made the list, by no surprise, as they continue to wow crowds even after becoming a tourist destination. We agree with Eater that he porterhouse here is the way to go- but we can’t leave without bacon, creamed spinach, and tomato and onions.
Billy Durney’s Hometown Barbecue remained on this quarter’s list, with the opening of his latest, Red Hook Tavern, already drawing buzz on social media. We feel like we speak for everyone when we say we’re excited to see what this latest venture is like.
Our number one cheap eats spot, Peppa’s, also was included in the summer round-up and rightfully so. In the summer, the lines out the door of the PLG jerk chicken spot only grow longer, and we only crave that sauce more.
Eater is right to say that Gowanus has a rare gem in Claro, writing that “Oaxacan food has yet to become ubiquitous in NYC”. We agree, but we’re also excited about new Park Slope Oaxacan spot Casa Azul, and hope that the brilliance of Claro continues to spread.
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someone once told us that our lu rou fan tastes better than their mom’s. we’ll always take it home-cooked or in a restaurant in Taiwan, but ours features sliced heritage pork braised in rock sugar caramel, taiwanese soy sauce and rice wine with a fat sachet of star anise, cinnamon and orange peels. we serve the stewed pork over rice with jie lan that’s smoked over coals, chopped and pickled + a soy egg with a dash of chili vinaigrette to cut through the rich fat. ? @laurashoots
To make room, Brooklyn European restaurant Chez Ma Tante left the list, but couldn’t possibly leave our hearts.
You can read Eater’s full list here.