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Best Answer to the Cronut Craze
The Squat at Le Petit Bakery
There are some things worth waiting in line for (see Di Fara’s), but PR-buoyed donut/croissant hybrids aren’t it. Leave that foolishness to Manhattanites and march straight up to the counter at this Fort Greene bakery for the square, bacon-sprinkled delicacy called The Squat.
Best Pizza that Smells Like Weed
When the off-the-menu pine nut and fresh basil pizza comes out of the oven in the side room of the 68 Jay Street bar in DUMBO, all of a sudden the place stinks like somebody just finished a joint. Beats us. Good pizza, though. Pro-tip: order it without the ricotta cheese and with a base layer of garlicky marinara for a sweet, tangy (and vegan) twist.
Best Danish Gypsy Brewer
Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Tørst
His new Greenpoint beer Mecca is so righteous, it’s worth sloggingthrough the special symbols section of Microsoft Word just to say so.
Best New North Brooklyn Spot Not Offering Preciously named Cocktails
The Bounty in Greenpoint
Because nowadays, it’s more cutting edge to serve Whiskey Sours and Negroni’s than “Squibnockets,” “Yeah Ya Did’s” and “Puttin’ on the Spritz.”
Best Straight-Up Pretzels
The Brooklyn Pretzel Factory
We’ve had the imported-from-Germany pretzels at Die Koelner, and, yeah, they’re really good, but we still prefer the ones baked on premises at this Bay Ridge storefront, still miraculously in business even though they mostly just sell pretzels.