Sometimes I feel like I am surrounded by vegetarians. This is not strictly a bad thing. Most of them are really great people who share my hatred of the circus and so we get along just fine. But I always feel pretty bad about eating too much meat around them and maybe even feel a little guilty about my life choices and what terrible things I'm doing to the environment and, more importantly, to my body because I'm eating meat. Well, science has come to my rescue again (thanks, science!) because a new study shows that eating meat—and not just a little meat, but A LOT of meat, is actually good for you. But where are the best places to eat meat in Brooklyn? What are the five best meat dishes that will help us to live forever? Or, if not forever, at least until we die from something else, like global warming-related environmental issues caused by bovine flatulence. Nothing's perfect, I guess. So you might as well eat meat.
Dumont has a lot of things going for it in the fatty-doesn't-seem-like-it's-good-for-you-but-science-says-it-is category. There's the bacon-studded DuMac and Cheese and the grilled hanger steak with bordelaise sauce. But you can't go wrong with the always juicy Dumont burger, especially when it's topped with thick-cut bacon.
Dumont; 432 Union Ave, Williamsburg
Barbecue is experiencing a New York renaissance. Or I guess just a naissance since it was never really a New York thing to begin with. Either way. Go get some brisket at Briskettown because it will melt in your mouth and that's really what you want with meat. For it to melt.
Briskettown, 359 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg
So, one of the main points in this new scientific study is that it isn't enough to just eat some meat, you have to eat a lot of meat. So why not eat a lot of hot dogs? They're made of meat! All sorts of weird meat! And why not go to Nathan's on Coney Island, which just reopened after being closed due to Hurricane Sandy, and support the Coney Island neighborhood in general? Go, now, go!
Nathan's Famous, Coney Island Boardwalk
Sure, everyone thinks of Buttermilk Channel's fried chicken as the thing to get at this Carroll Gardens stalwart—and rightfully so! It's delicious and so crackly. But the restaurant also does an amazing steak that comes with a roasted marrow bone and some other stuff, but who cares because bone marrow is so so good. And good for you. Plus, if you need to appease a companion who doesn't believe in science, they can enjoy the many vegetarian options on offer. So, everyone can be happy!
Buttermilk Channel; 524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
This perfect little meat bomb is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. It has sausage (what's in the sausage? who gives a shit, really?) and melted cheese and caramelized onions and it's on delicious and greasy bread. It's amazing and if eating these will help me live forever, then I might even start believing in god or something. They're that good.
Pork Slope; 247 5th Ave, Park Slope
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