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Jalapeño Tequila (Black Currant, Lime), Night of Joy, Williamsburg
Lovers of stronger and fruitier drinks alike will find much to love in this somewhat unassuming Cocktail
. Balancing tart and sweet with the perfect level of heat, ideal for sipping on the bar's roof deck in this hot summer weather.
Square Slice, L&B Spumoni Gardens, Gravesend
The square pies, featuring perfectly tangy tomato sauce ladled over a layer of fresh mozzarella and topped with a sprinkling of parmesan, at this quintessential outdoor “pizza patio” are the epitome of what makes a good Brooklyn pie.
Jerk Chicken, Peppa's Jerk Chicken, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
The perfectly moist chicken at this 24-hour jerk spot packs some serious heat, made even spicier with a liberal squirt of jerk sauce, while simultaneously bringing out the scotch bonnet and other spices that give this Jamaican dish its signature kick in the pants.
#1 Classic Banh Mi, Ba Xuyen, Sunset Park
Unlike a lot of other banh mi places in Brooklyn, the roast pork in this sandwich isn't tough and rock solid but deliciously tender. The liberally applied pink sauce (probably ketchup and mayo) adds on an additional layer of delicious, delicious mystery.
Polish Platter, Lomzynianka, Greenpoint
The best introduction to homey Polish cooking done right, this humongous platter—featuring kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, multiple different kinds of pierogies, and more—is a steal for $9.
Carrot Cake, M&I International, Brighton Beach
Not your parent's fruitcake, this unusual (and ridiculously addictive) rendition is stuffed with carrots, raisins of all varieties, and chopped walnuts, but resembles a giant hunk of fruitcake. Rest assured, tastes much better than it looks.