Best New Chinese Take-Out
Michael and Ping's
Brooklyn's first green-certified restaurant is serving up free-range (and gristle-free) sesame chicken, juicy pork buns, and pleasantly un-greasy lo mein in compostable containers.
437 Third Ave, Gowanus
Best New Indian
From basics like first-rate chicken tikka masala to less common dishes, like nizami keema (grilled lamb with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and lemon), this gussied-up Indian spot is worth a splurge.
99 Hudson St, Tribeca
Best Can of Beer
The Tecate at this meat-lover's mecca, served in a closed can that's rimmed with kalamansi (sour citrus) juice and chili-sugar-salt, is the most nuanced can in town. 354 Metropolitan Ave,�‚ Williamsburg
Chewy, warm, hand-rolled and sprinkled with salt, sesame, or poppy seeds—or infused with flavors like gruyere-paprika—these pretzels can't be beat. 29 Avenue B, Alphabet City
Best Canadian Import
The savory smoked meat here is like a one-way ticket to Montreal between two slices of rye. Stumptown coffee and friendly staffers add to the good vibes. 97A Hoyt St, Boerum Hill
Best Fried Fish Sandwich
Chicken ain't the only thing in the fryer at this wood-paneled tiki joint. The super-spicy hot fish sandwich has a crisp cornmeal crust and is topped with cooling coleslaw.
366 Metropolitan Ave,�‚ Williamsburg
Best Stand-In for Grandma's Pie
4 and 20 Blackbirds
The South Dakotan sisters behind this Gowanus pie shop put a new spin on traditional flavors—think salted caramel apple. Adding to the homey vibe, the slices are served with ornate antique forks. 439 Third Ave, Gowanus
Best Meat and Potatoes
This friendly French spot offers cassoulet, duck confit, and a lovely lentil salad, but don't miss the generous filet mignon with impossibly creamy potato gratin. 270 Smith St, Carroll Gardens
Best Place to Score Street Food
Red Hook Mercado
It doesn't get better than sitting outside and eating savory pupusas and tacos from Red Hook Ball Field vets Rafael Soler and Fernando Martinez, respectively, not to mention the crazy cupcakes from Robicelli's. Van Brunt Street between Coffey and Van Dyke Sts, Red Hook
Best Place for Unexpected Cake
Go for the brews and brats, stay for a stout paired with the sweet and gooey chocolate cake served at the food truck out back—a slice is big enough to share. 825 Atlantic Ave, Clinton Hill
Best Offbeat Japanese
No sushi here, but we love the chicken katsu sandwich and the vegetarian "burger"—saut�ƒ©ed, shredded burdock, seaweed, and lotus root chips on brown rice buns. 221 Columbia St, Red Hook
Best Wine Bar for Novices
This romantic nook on Fort Greene Park is perfect for those who don't know a Riesling from a Rioja. Friendly servers offer tastes and explanations to help you through their affordable and
well-chosen list. 136 Dekalb Ave, Fort Greene
Spiked with a hard-to-come-by Mexican herb called papalo, Ricardo's Guacamole is a bright, peppery, and delicious riff on this chip dip. It's just the beginning of the fine, fresh fare at Cari�ƒ±o, opened by the staff and cooks of the now-shuttered Bonita. 82 S 4th St, Williamsburg
Best New Brooklyn Nook
Kaz an Nou
They don't take reservations, but this cozy little spot serves home cookin' from the French-Caribbean family you always wished you had.
53th Sixth Ave, Prospect Heights
Best Lunch Deal
If you find yourself in the Cobble Hill area at midday, order the ginormous $10 lunch box. Entrees like chicken teriyaki or veggie and shrimp tempura are paired with fresh salad greens, carrot-ginger dressing, rice, gyoza, and a California roll. 122 Smith St, Cobble Hill
Most Worthy of a Long Subway Ride
Take the B or the Q all the way to Cortelyou, and you'll be rewarded with soulful chicken adobo, creamy and piquant kimchi pancakes, and exotic Filipino desserts. 1314 Cortelyou Rd, Flatbush
Best Southern Sides
Peaches Hot House
The Nashville-style hot chicken is worth a visit, but don't miss the $3 accompaniments, like bacon creamed corn, watermelon salad, and killer collards. 415 Tompkins Ave, Bed-Stuy
Best New Kid-Friendly Spot
Case in point: This retro Carroll Gardens soda fountain hosted three "Egg Cream Socials" for elementary, middle, and high school students. Parents were asked to stay outside. 513 Henry St, Carroll Gardens
Best Prepared Party Snack
Korey Provencher's classy and delicious take on onion dip is a guaranteed hit. Pick it up at the Brooklyn Flea, and grab some pumpkin and goat cheese spread, too. Catering info at korsdoeuvres.com
Best Adventurous Sandwich Spot
Take a chance on the Scuttlebutt: hard-boiled egg, pickles, black olives, capers, and cauliflower piled on foccacia, studded with sea salt and smeared with aioli. 378 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
Made with chocolate shavings and served frozen or hot, this dessert-worthy beverage takes a cup of joe to a new level of decadence.
529 Atlantic Ave, Boerum Hill
Best New Neapolitan Pie
Paul Giannone, the man who learned to make pizza in a self-built oven in his backyard, turns out wonderfully supple pies topped with rooftop farm-sourced ingredients. Bonus: The restaurant recently received its liquor license.
60 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint
Best New Barbecue
Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab gives the restaurant's impeccably sourced meat the Southeast Asian treatment for wonderfully smoky, spicy and citrusy barbecue like you've never tasted before.
91 S 6th St, South Williamsburg
Best New Martha Stewart-Approved Fried Chicken
Pies â�‚��œN' Thighs
"That's one of the best fried chickens I've had," said Martha Stewart recently on her show. We wholeheartedly agree. 166 S 4th St, Williamsburg
Best Egregiously Non-Kosher Food
Chef Jason Marcus, master of pork and shellfish, runs one of the most innovative and exciting kitchens in Brooklyn. Don't worry, we won't tell your rabbi. 229 S 4th St, Williamsburg
Best Cheap Chinese
Xi'an Famous Foods
Lazy foodies, rejoice! You no longer have to journey on the 7 train to eat the absurdly delicious (and cheap!) savory cumin lamb burger and the spicy and tangy liang pi cold skin noodles.
81 St Mark's Pl, East Village
Best New Classy Brunch Joint
Sure, the brunch menu here isn't revolutionary, but it's well-prepared and served in one of the cutest spaces in Brooklyn, an ersatz Paris bistro from Zeb Stewart of the equally beautiful Hotel Delmano.
79 Berry St, Williamsburg
Best New Slice
South Brooklyn Pizza
This Carroll Gardens import brings owner Jim McGown's meticulously crafted Margherita slices, drizzled with olive oil and topped with fresh basil and grated pecorino, to Manhattan. 122 First Ave, East Village
Most Fun New Noodle Place
The folks behind Williamsburg favorite Bozu have opened a fantastic new udon noodle joint, where plates of pliant noodles and pungent dipping sauce are set on a giant communal table.
205 Grand St, Williamsburg
Best Food in a Gross Bar
At the Williamsburg dive the Charleston, the floors may be sticky and the smells nauseating, but damn those shrimp po'boys and smoked-cheddar-and-green-onion hush puppies coming out of the kitchen are good. 174 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg