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Back in March, Dine In Brooklyn happened, and whether or not the move was intentional, Bushwick's rapidly growing restaurant scene was left out of the proceedings entirely. Not ideal, but then, without the much-publicized snub we might not have gotten Bushwick Restaurant Week, which kicked off last night and runs through this Saturday.
Founded by Bob Murray and Nick Gilbert of NFA catering, the event encompasses 30 restaurants and bars throughout the neighborhood—pretty much everyone but Roberta's is involved—which are either offering a 15 percent discount or specialized menu items (or in some cases, both), and a sort of staggering deal from cab hailing service Uber, which is offering a $30 coupon for cab fare to anyone who uses the promotional code "BUSHWICK." Meaning, then, that there's no excuse to miss this. Especially not when we've culled five of the week's best deals, just for you. Eat up.
Lucky Charlie pizza at Verde Coal Oven
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This has been one of our favorite places in the neighborhood for a while now, and it's also one of the pricier ones, making the 15 percent discount an especially good deal here. The menu is constantly evolving and there's no way to go wrong, really, but for a tried and true classic we'd go with the Lucky Charlie, one of their longtime menu items that makes miraculous, unexpected use of gorgonzola, and has introduced an entirely new cheese into our pizza topping repertoire.
Verde Coal Oven, 254 Irving Ave.
Bottomless Ice Cream at Evergreen
One of the week's crazier deals, Evergreen
is offering up a $5 "bottomless cup" of ice cream, which you can bring back and refill throughout the day. If you strategize right, this could wrangle you so
much ice cream. Start with the Vietnamese Iced Coffee flavor (courtesy of Phin & Phebes), and work your way through as many as you can possibly stomach.
Evergreen Ice Cream Co., 144 Evergreen Ave
Olive Pate Banh Mi at Falansai
Since opening up about a month ago, Falansai (an offshoot of San Francisco staple The Slanted Door) has been garnering rave reviews for simple dishes like their shrimp spring rolls and olive pate banh mi, as well as their more ambitious undertakings, most notably their catfish, which is caramelized in a clay pot. A good place to take advantage of the 15 percent discount, but also a neighborhood spot worth checking out before the lines inevitably get long.
Falansai, 112 Harrison Place
Shrimp and Grits (and booze flights) at Tutu's
Another one of the neighborhood's more expensive options (and thus worth visiting while they have deals going), Tutu's is offering "Taste of 'Merica" domestic flights this week (there's an $8 beer option, a $13 wine option, or a $10 whiskey flight, each of which come with three different pours) and
a $30 prefix that'll get you options of both small and large plates—we'd recommend an order of the sweet potato and jalapeño fritters alongside their excellent shrimp and grits.
Tutu's, 25 Bogart St.
Cocktails at The Narrows
A number of Bushwick bars have signed on to do a "buy two cocktails, get one free" deal this week, so you could easily just spend the next several days bar hopping and do pretty well for yourself. But if there's one place to prioritize for this, it'd be the Narrows, whose entire cocktail list is worth working your way through. Go with the gin-and-Campari-based Angalypta if you're in the mood for something more traditionally summery, or the Laphraoig-based Penicillin if you're looking for something a little more...bracing.
The Narrows, 1037 Flushing Ave
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