TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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DINING / BARS

Bar Milano

Italian

Photo: Courtesy of Bar Milano

A sleek, bustling addition to the ’hood, Bar Milano is turning out elegantly prepared, upscale food with terrific service and a buzzy environment.

URL barmilano.com

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

American
Brooklyn Farmacy

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Take the first sip of a frothy egg cream at Brooklyn Farmacy, and you instantly recognize the taste of good medicine. It helps that you are seated at a classic soda fountain counter in a lovingly restored drug store with original fixtures from the 1920’s. There are endless wooden drawers and nooks stocked with vintage bottles, once containing lotions and potions for the folks of Carroll Gardens. Syphoning the last taste of a milk shake, or scraping the bottom of a sundae dish— you can’t help but reminisce about the good old days.

URL brooklynfarmacy.blogspot.com

Smith & Mills

Bars & Lounges

Photo: Mindy Best

You could easily walk right past this tiny gem on a quiet stretch in Tribeca; one the outside, it’s nondescript and unassuming.

URL smithandmills.com

Buddakan

Asian
The grand eastern influenced interior

Photo: Courtesy of Buddakan

This soaring, sexy bi-level restaurant is sure to impress your out-of-town guests, but the Asian-inspired food is good enough to merit a visit on its own. Have a cocktail at the bar upstairs while you wait for your table, then descend the long staircase – perhaps to the huge communal table lit by dramatic chandeliers or a more intimate spot – and settle in for some family-style noshing.

URL buddakannyc.com

La Luncheonette

French

Photo: Courtesy of La Lunchonette

Find respite on a desolate stretch of 10th Avenue in West Chelsea at La Luncheonette, a little slice of France in the unlikeliest neighborhood. Just blocks away from the madness of the Meatpacking District, this hidden jewel serves up rustic, hearty French fare. The space is sparse yet charming – specials written in chalk on blackboards, a glistening tarte tatin sitting on the counter, exposed brick walls and slate floors, and hooks in the corner for everyone to hang their coats. You’ll find classic French dishes prepared without fuss – duck confit salad, sautéed skate in a caper-butter sauce, stick-to-your-ribs cassoulet. A glass of wine is a must, as is lingering over a slice of that warm tarte tatin with a cup of faintly cinnamon-spiced coffee.

Kefi

Mediterranean
Upstairs Dining Room

Photo: Daniel Krieger

Thanks to a recent expansion, this popular budget Greek spot is now enormous (and takes credit cards and reservations) — but there’s still a mob scene at the hostess stand every night.