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Friday
Oct082010

Friday Foodporn: Stone Park Brunch


Since being awarded two stars by Frank Bruni after opening in 2004, Fifth Avenue's homey Stone Park has consistently provided some of the neighborhood's best food, and arguably its best brunch. Judging by their short rib hash (above), they haven't lost their touch. 

Stone Park, 324 5th Ave (at 3rd St.) Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-369-0082.

Friday
Oct012010

Friday Foodporn: Taro Sushi


Since opening earlier this week on the corner of Flatbush and St. Marks Place, Taro Sushi has quickly established itself as one of the best sushi restaurants in the area. It picked up exactly where its smaller original location around the corner left off: super-fresh, high-quality fish, in a far more spacious new setting. Three sushi chefs are behind the counter at all times, and service is fast and friendly. 

Shown above are oh toro (blue fin fatty tuna), kanpachi (yellow tail), and uni (sea urchin roe).

Taro Sushi, 244 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-398-5240.

Friday
Sep242010

Friday Foodporn: Nana


Nana Asian Fusion, on Fifth Avenue between St. Johns and Lincoln Place, is the type of restaurant you go to when you have no idea what you feel like eating, but you know you want something tasty, quick, and authentically Asian, in a sleek setting. The expansive menu covers all the bases: Japanese, Thai, Szechuan, Malaysian, Indonesian, you name it. After considering the specialty Spider Roll (made with soft shell crab) as well as the curry laksa noodle soup and nonya nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice with chili paste and a fried egg), I settled on the shrimp pad thai, which tasted exactly as I expected it to. I know, I know. Next time I go I'll be more adventurous.

The bar up front has a good happy hour, with four dollar Asian beers and three dollar bar snacks, including edamame, roti canai, scallion pancakes, chicken and shrimp wontons, and spicy tuna rolls. They're cash only, but there's an ATM on-premises. 


Nana, 155 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-230-3749.

Friday
Sep172010

Friday Foodporn: Blue Apron Foods, 814 Union Street


Lunchtime sandwich specials, in the window display at Blue Apron specialty foods. May have to go back later for one of those caramel apple cupcakes from Robicelli's.

Friday
Sep102010

Friday Foodporn: Campo de' Fiori


Andrea Dal Monte is either a genius, a madman, or both. At his unassuming osteria on Fifth and Berkeley, Dal Monte is creating pizzas that are entirely unique to New York City, a near-impossible feat in this day and age. The former Del Posto manager spent fifteen years working on his dough with a certified flour engineer (that exists), and the end result is nothing short of remarkable: authentic Roman-style pizza alla palla, square pies with a light, airy crust, crispy on the bottom and soft on top. His toppings are flown in from Italy: San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, cold-pressed olive oil. 

A variety of pizzas are available by the slice during the afternoon; the Peperoni e Caprino (roasted peppers, sweet onions, olives, and goat cheese) and the Affumicata (potato, smoked scamorza, onions, and speck) were well-balanced and perfectly messy. Both are pictured above.

Dal Monte is almost always there, greeting patrons and helping them through the menu, which changes seasonally but always includes a selection of cured meats and cheeses as well as sfizi, little snacks like a killer eggplant caponata. The space is as light and airy as the pizzas, and the wait staff is charming and helpful. 


Campo de' Fiori, 187 5th Ave (at Berkeley Pl) Brooklyn NY 11217.  347-763-0933