'Crown Heights' on Serious Eats

Sandy Dee Hall's Favorite Restaurants in Crown Heights

Running a business, big or small, is no easy task in New York. Chef Sandy Dee Hall, who opened Black Tree Sandwich Shop on the Lower East Side with co-owner Macnair Sillick earlier this year, would know. He places a premium on local ingredients for all the sandwiches, not exactly a cost-saving measure. But Hall says living in Crown Heights, where many apartments are still reasonably priced, helps. It's an area that's also seen a growth in restaurants. Hall shares his favorites with us this week. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Scott Hocker's Prospect and Crown Heights

As Editor in Chief of Tasting Table, it's Scott Hocker's job to be in-the-know about restaurants both under-the-radar and up-and-coming. But when it comes time to leave work, he prefers to duck into a hole in the wall for some curried goat or scarf down a White Castle burger (shh, don't tell) in his neighborhood, which skirts the border between Prospect Heights and Crown Heights. Here are some of his favorite bites. More

Bar Eats: Thirstbaravin

In an industrial corner of the far edge of Crown Heights, where the drinks are cheap and the food is fast, one wine bar has dared to go the opposite direction. Promising "slow wine, scratch food," Thirstbaravin stands as a French-style wine bar in a neighborhood mostly occupied by repair shops and auto-parts stores. More

Cheap Eats: Five Great Doubles In Bed-Stuy & Crown Heights

It's hard not to love doubles, the handheld street snack that's as ubiquitous in Trinidad and Tobago as hot dogs are in New York: they're cheap, filling, healthyish, and open to plenty of recipe improvisation at the hands of skilled street vendors. Doubles are a sandwich consisting of two pieces (hence the name) of fried turmeric-spiked quick bread called bara and a filling of curried channa, or chickpeas, optimally laced with shado beni, a West Indian herb that's a stronger cousin to cilantro. Toppings include a vinegary Scotch Bonnet-infused hot sauce and tamarind chutney, and the harder to find (but equally delicious) cucumber or mango chutneys. More

First Look: Pete Zaaz, a Bold, Toppings-Driven Pizzeria in Crown Heights

Pete Zaaz, a four-week-old sliver of a pizzeria in Crown Heights, stands at the confluence of a number of different currents in Brooklyn dining and pizzadom. As one of my tablemates put it, "It's like the Do or Dine of pizza." To borrow some words from SENY editor Carey Jones's review of Do or Dine, Pete Zaaz is, "intentionally oddball, intentionally free-form." So there's that, and the fact that it's a basic slice joint that's doing the new old-school thing -- all with a focus on inventive, sometimes outlandish toppings. More

Crown Heights: Barboncino

The place is the work of indie filmmaker Ron Brown and Jon Greenberg, who did time at Paulie Gee's and, before that, the original Robicelli's. It should come as no surprise, then, that the pizza at Barboncino is remarkably similar to that popular Greenpoint pizzeria. More

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