The New Potato

City Guides

Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

Alchemy

Alchemy

Recommended by: Adam Richman (Travel Channel Host)

Whether you stop in for a hearty meal or just a drink, Alchemy gives you the true London-style gastropub experience in the comfort of this low-key venue.  If the menu’s old-timey favorites weren’t enough to thoroughly satisfy an appetite, Alchemy proves everything tastes better washed down by a Guinness. www.alchemybrooklyn.com

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Allswell

Recommended by: Chelsea Leyland (International DJ)

Here, everything (including the bread and cheese) is made in house, and Allswell’s menu changes daily, based on what’s available and in season, and can be seen every day posted on the restaurant’s Tumblr page. The cuisine is American, and the space itself is relaxed and welcoming, decorated a little rustically and a little like [...]

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Ample Hills Creamery

Recommended by: Cara Eisenpress (Big Girls Small Kitchen)

Ample Hills is a delicious creamery in Brooklyn that serves up innovative, homemade ice cream. With flavors like salted crack caramel, stout n pretzels, and chocolate milk and cookies, there’s not much that can go wrong here. “Dessert is ice cream – right now from Ample Hills in my neighborhood in Brooklyn.” – Cara Eisenpress (Big Girls [...]

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Bakeri

Recommended by: Todd Mitgang (Chef/Owner, Crave Fishbar)

A delicious bakery for breakfast or lunch in Williamsburg, whether you’re sitting down or on the go. The spot is, as a whole, homemade. The bread, jam and butter (if you can believe it) are all done in house, and the Counter Culture coffee is a great addition. “Breakfast is Bakeri in Williamsburg – Iced Americano and [...]

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Battersby

Recommended by: Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Jill Herzig (Editor-in-Chief, Redbook)

A tiny 28 seater spot with exposed brick walls, antique ceilings, and a small, cozy feeling, Battersby somehow makes being somewhat cramped a positive. The courses on the menu named “first,” “second” and “third,” are the perfect representation of the unassuming, humble nature of this American Nouveau spot. “I’d go to Brooklyn and go to Battersby, [...]

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Blanca

Recommended by: Joshua Boissy (Maison Premiere)

Perched at a porcelain counter in leather captain’s chairs, twelve lucky diners per evening get to enjoy the minimalist twenty-or-so courses at this “casual” tasting room.  With musical accompaniment by vinyl of your choice playing from their vintage turntable, Blanca adds a refreshing approachability to fine dining. www.blancanyc.com

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Bocca Lupo

Recommended by: Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29)

Recommended by Refinery29’s Christene Barberich, Bocca Lupo serves a rustic Italian menu in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Perfect for a date or as a place to bring the family, the menu is full of a multitude of panini, tramezzini, and bruschetta, along with many other Italian staples for brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night dining. The [...]

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Bozu

Recommended by: Chelsea Leyland (International DJ)

Bozu offers a sophisticated twist on “Japanese tapas;” delicious and fresh sushi abounds on the menu, their specialty are their “sushi bombs,” and there are still plenty of vegetarian options. Cozy and hip, Bozu’s atmosphere makes it a great place for a date; but there is plenty of seating in the dining room or on [...]

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Cafe Colette

Recommended by: Andrew Bevan (Teen Vogue)

Decked in antiques, this timeless bistro provides a relaxing venue to enjoy tasty brunch options and a cup of coffee. Colette is also open for lunch and dinner, when it’s considerably easier to snag a table. www.cafe-colette.com

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Chavela’s

Recommended by: Aaron Sanchez (Judge, Chopped)

Named by Aaron Sanchez as the spot (besides his own) that he chooses for Latin cuisine, Chavelas is an unexpected Mexican gem that feels more like your Grandma’s kitchen than a restaurant. The prices are amazingly cheap, and the food is popularly known as delicious and soulful – made with tender loving care. $3.50 quesadillas? [...]

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Clover Club

Recommended by: Toni Abou-Ganim (Mixologist)

The Flatiron Lounge’s Julie Reiner brings the drink craze to Brooklyn with this awesome cocktail hotspot. The cocktail menu is divided into nine categories, and there’s delicious evening fare and a great brunch (a rarity among mixology-focused bars). There may be plenty of mixology-reveling bars in Manhattan, but this Brooklyn spot is definitely worth leaving [...]

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Colonie

Recommended by: Athena Calderone (Interior Designer)

This is an always-crowded Brooklyn Heights neighborhood favorite. With exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and delicious American Nouveau fare, the owners are constantly supporting local purveyors. Colonie is known to have put the Brooklyn Heights food scene in sync with other Brooklyn neighborhoods – so it’s definitely worth your attention. “I never liked Oysters until [...]

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Di Fara Pizza

Recommended by: Daphne Oz (The Chew)

This iconic restaurant in Brooklyn has been making what many New Yorkers call the best thin-crust pizza since 1964. Despite being a little off the beaten track, the restaurant is always packed, but the (sometimes up to three hour) wait is well worth it. www.difara.com