Yes, we know that Pies 'N' Thighs is good, but if you eat there every week you're going to die of a heart attack. Why not try something new? There are a slew of recent openings in Kings County and the East Village (a.k.a. Brooklyn West) that should satisfy you.
Feast reports on a new burger joint on Berry between N 7th and 8th Streets called Juniper (above) that is serving a menu of upscale comfort food. The space is pretty casual, a little restaurant with worn-in wooden tables and an antique cash register. Expect burgers, including a chorizo burger and a truffle burger, and sandwiches filled with things like pulled pork and slow-cooked ribs.
The Drink, the new bar from alums of Dram and Spuyten Duyvil, also recently opened. I've heard from good sources (i.e. my drunken friends) that this bar is awesome. Great beer selection, exotic punches, pickled snacks and a warm, fuzzy nautical vibe. Get to it!
Broken English is a sophisticated looking little Italian eatery started by an alum of the West Village Keith McNally joint Morandi. Brownstoner has a roundup of local reactions to the place and it looks like the verdict is mixed. Still, if you're tired of all the usual restaurant choices in the neighborhood it might be worth a shot.
I recently visited Porsena and while you'll have to wait for my official review in the L Magazine, just know that it's definitely worth trying if you're in the area but it's not really a destination spot. Initial impression: Solid, simple pastas and good service, although it needs to step things up if it wants to get noticed in a neighborhood filled with great Italian restaurants. 21—23 E 7th Street, near 3rd Ave