"98% of our ingredients are local, and as much as possible, we source our produce from right here in Brooklyn," says Laurent Saillard. Ici, owned by Saillard and his wife Catherine, has taken local to a whole new level by buying their produce from the Red Hook Farm. The menu is seasonal—updated versions of the classics that often have an unusual and tasty spin. My favorites are the skate with garlicky collard greens and the pumpkin "pizza" with goat cheese and prosciutto. The wine list is small but exciting with wines from small growers who work their vines in a traditional manner.
Chrissy's Cooking Club promotes from-scratch cooking using local ingredients from the New York region. Chrissy's Cooking club is based in Bushwick, Brooklyn and facilitates its members' exploration of everything about food, from how it's grown and produced, to some of the best dishes coming out from local chefs, plus tons of cooking in-between. Ingredients for Chrissy's Cooking Club courses are sourced from farmers at the Bushwick Farmers Market, the Bushwick CSA, NextDoorOrganics CSA and Boswyck Farms.
Colonie is located on a tree-lined block of Atlantic Avenue, two blocks from the East River, perched on the edge of Brooklyn Heights. Colonie adds an affordable, approachable and delicious culinary option to Brooklyn Heights' beautiful streetscapes and incredible city views.
From the outside, Roberta’s, in Bushwick, looks more like a third world eatery than a NYC restaurant, but as soon as you walk through the door the unfinished cinder block wall gives way to the aroma and glow of the wood-fired Italian pizza oven, and the comfortable hum of what has clearly become a neighborhood haunt.
Prime Meats is the latest from the two Franks of Snail of Approval winner Frankies Spuntino, and with its somewhat German, somewhat Old New York feel is a departure from their home-cooked Italian style. But it’s not a departure from their commitment to local, sustainable agriculture—produce all comes directly from area farmers or Greenmarkets, and proteins from the likes of Bev Eggleston, Niman Ranch and Pat LaFrieda.
David Crofton and Dawn Casales are obsessive about cookies and design. Their store is a jewel box, each coin-sized cookie a Tiffany-like masterpiece. The dozen different varieties are categorized either classic or chocolate – my favorite is the Cecilia, a mocha cream filling sandwiched between chocolate wafers.
Ted & Honey is a sanctuary for food lovers, with a community-feel that the New York Times recently called "the spot where the entire neighborhood is starting its day." Our cheerful red exterior invites patrons to enjoy tasty edibles 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At dinner, the casual café transforms into a restaurant with a wine-bar feel, serving a vast array of local Brooklyn beers, like Six Point seasonal draft, and organic old-wine biodynamic wines Thursday – Sunday from 6pm – 10pm.
Local artwork, the occasional live band, a sunken bar, and an orange-felted free pool table draw as much of a neighborhood crowd as chef Laura Taylor's seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired menu, which changes daily and features fresh fish, savory house-made sausage, perfectly cooked vegetables, and entree-size salads. Green chiles imported from New Mexico give Sunday brunch a delectable southwestern spin. — Rob (NY Magazine)