Trust us; we know how lucky we are to make a living writing about food. Considering the alternatives — digging ditches, running into burning buildings, expounding on matters of actual consequence for other publications — we’re more than grateful to scrape together any sum in turn for opinions on what we eat. What makes it even sweeter is that Brooklyn happens to be one of the more exciting cities to eat in
(we could be covering a beat in Norman, Oklahoma after all), so here are five things we’re particularly thankful about when it comes to the local dining scene.
We incorporate a world of flavor into 96.90 square miles of space
While most towns are grateful to have “that Chinese place,” or the “kebab spot,” we get to choose whether to sup on Lebanese, Syrian, Turkish or Afghani food, Burmese, Siamese, Sichuan or Thai.
There’s decent food to be found in the most unlikely of places
While there’s very little positivity to glean from a family members recent stay at Lutheran hospital, the not entirely awful Le Coffeeshop in the lobby saved us from subsisting entirely on vending machine Cheez-Its and jello cups filched from the nurses station. And
their lamb gyro is world famous. Who knew?
We’ve become experts at roasting protein over yawning chasms of fire
We’re not claiming to be St. Louis, Austin, Memphis or Kansas City, but you can’t deny that the borough has seriously stepped up its BBQ game in the last couple of years. Smoked meat by the pound abounds around here — from Fette Sau, Fort Reno and Fletchers, to Mable’s Smokehouse, Delaney, and the upcoming Dinosaur Barbecue.
But we still know our way around Tuscan kale, pattypan squash, sunchokes and kohlrabi
Gone are the days when meat-freers were relegated to one or two options on a menu — harvest pasta, under-seasoned slabs of polenta and portobello mushroom sandwiches, yay! — at most of today’s top restaurants, veggies have taken center stage.
We really care about our fellow man (and that includes chefs and restaurateurs)
Forget about weeding out the competition — eateries that emerged from Hurricane Sandy unscathed were among the first to show their support to those less fortunate — donating proceeds to the Red Cross, holding benefit dinners, and funneling funds to devastated restaurants along the waterfront