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

Yerba Buena

Latin American

Photo: Courtesy of Yerba Buena

On the weekends, tight quarters and boisterous crowds can make it difficult to hear your waiter in this lively Latin American restaurant. But the cocktails and food are well worth the clamor.

URL yerbabuenanyc.com/

Tea & Sympathy

English

Photo: Courtesy of Tea & Sympathy

This tiny English outpost in the West Village has been going strong since 1991 and shows no sign of slowing down.

URL teaandsympathynewyork.com

Gyu-Kaku

Asian

Photo: Courtesy of Gyu-Kaku

Perfect for a group or an interactive date, this California-based chain restaurant is a far cry from Benihana. Korean cook-your-own barbecue gets a Japanese twist; choose from assorted meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, then grill them yourself at your table and enjoy with assorted dipping sauces.

URL gyu-kaku.com

Macao Trading Co.

Eclectic / Mix

Photo: UrbanDaddy

Macao Trading Co. has all the elements of an “in” place – discreet Tribeca location, spicy cocktails with exotic ingredients, and a “gimmick” – Chinese-Portuguese food (both small and large plates) with an old-world flair. But those cocktails, like the Drunken Dragon’s Milk – a grown-up pina colada with coconut milk, green tea vodka and Thai basil – are delicious.

URL macaonyc.com

Hibino

Asian
Hibino

Photo: Courtesy of Hibino

Several blocks south from bustling Smith Street sits a quiet Japanese restaurant in Cobble Hill called Hibino. The restaurant is a collaborative effort between two chefs and a graphic designer.

URL hibino-brooklyn.com

Craftbar

American

Photo: Courtesy of Craftbar

Tom Colicchio’s casual spinoff of his highly acclaimed Craft restaurant is a destination in its own right. The menu consists of a range of small dishes that include
fried oysters with Old Bay aioli, and white anchovy bruschetta with braised leeks and a poached egg.

URL craftrestaurant.com