Must-Try in 2012

27 Dec

I have a long, long, LONG list of Brooklyn restaurants I want to try. So long, that I need to write them all down to remember them. I’ve picked out my top five here. Have you dined at any of them yet?

1. Isa

Ever since I read the five star review in Time Out New York, I’ve been dying to go to Isa in Williamsburg. I hear the food is very

Isa, photo courtesy of Urban Daddy

seasonal, as the menu changes every day, and they even have orange wine. I don’t know why that is appealing, but it sounds like fun. Urban Daddy calls it a “rustic mediterranean cabin” that’s “intensely romantic.” That’s it. I’m going.

2. Traif

Combos like “sauteed brocoli rabe, roasted portabella truffle toast, and fried egg” & “salt & pepper white shrimp, golden pineapple, and sweet potatoes” really get me. Which is why I could probably spend hours engrossed in Traif’s menu. Those exciting combos plus their cocktail/wine list have made me really want to hit this spot up for some time. I just can’t decide whether to try brunch or dinner first. Thoughts?

A course at the Chef's Table

3. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

I’m kind of embarrassed that I haven’t been to the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare yet. It’s close to my apartment and it’s known as one of the top restaurants in the city. What have I been waiting for? It’s a prix fixe meal with over 20 small plate courses. PLUS it’s BYOB and the only Brooklyn 3 Michelin Star restaurant.

4. The Grocery

I feel like I’ve been to every restaurant on Smith Street except The Grocery. Clearly that needs to change. I’m liking the dinner menu, but can’t help but drool over the dessert menu– with gingerbread steamed pudding, chocolate fig cake, and buttermilk pannacotta served with a grape sorbet. AND if you’re around this weekend, they are having a New Year’s Day pancake breakfast. Score.

5. Pillar & Plough

My Twitter friend @ohthatlaura insisted that I try Pillar & Plough at Hotel Williamsburg, and I’m totally following her lead in 2012. Ingredients on the menu are all handpicked from local farms, like the Grilled Octopus with blood orange, caramelized endive, and white beer. AND the artesian cocktails are an added bonus.

Where will you be dining in 2012?


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5 Responses to “Must-Try in 2012”

  1. anonymous552 December 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare ends its BYO policy on 1/12/12.

  2. Gregg August 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    My girlfriend and I were wandering around Smith for a good restaurant after we couldn’t get a seat at Battersby, pulled up this blog, and decided to check out The Grocery. AMAZING. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • becomingbklyn August 24, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks, Gregg! Glad you enjoyed it. Let me know if you ever get to Battersby!


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