#1 Pies 'n' Thighs
166 S 4th St, Williamsburg
Nothing fancy here, just some of the best fried chicken in New York City. The three lovely ladies who reopened this place deserve some kind of medal for introducing Williamsburg to the hot-sauce-and-honey-slathered chicken biscuit.
Pies 'N' Tighs
#2 Mile End
97A Hoyt St, Boreum Hill
Ballsy move, opening a Montreal-style bagel and smoked meat joint in the city that already has the best Jewish delis in the world—but don't knock it until you've met their friendly staff and snacked on their signature meat.
#3 M. Wells
21-17 49th Ave, Long Island City
Bone marrow and escargots at a Queens diner? Chef Hugue Dufour, formerly of Montreal's famed Au Pied de Cochon, prepares blissfully meaty French-Canadian fare that is good enough to make us pretend that Brooklyn extends above Newtown Creek.
The Perfect Diner: M Wells
229 S 4th St, Williamsburg
It might not be kosher, but Chef Jason Marcus' pork- and-shellfish-laden menu is worth sinning for. His lively creations, from the mango-piled marinated rock shrimp to the five-spice confit chicken wings, breathed new life into a stale Brooklyn dining scene in 2010.
#5 Fatty Cue
91 S 6th St, Williamsburg
South Asian spices mingle with charred meat for the most adventurous new barbecue joint in town. Shareable specialties include juicy, curry-rubbed duck, beef brisket with chili jam, and steamy smoked crab soup.