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

James

American

Photo: Daniel Krieger

James is nestled in the Prospect Heights neighborhood on the corner of St. Marks and Carlton Avenue, tucked inside a century-old brownstone.

URL jamesrestaurantny.com

Flatiron Lounge

Bars & Lounges

Photo: Courtesty of Flatiron Lounge

Step back in time at the Art Deco-styled Flatiron Lounge for classic cocktails using fresh juices and quality ingredients, mixed by knowledgeable bartenders.

URL flatironlounge.com

Frankies Spuntino 457

Italian

Photo: Staff

This homey, brick-walled Italian spot is bigger than it seems—walk past the long, wine-bottle-lined bar up front and you’ll find a cluster of tables in the back, with happy couples sipping glasses of wine and noshing on elegantly prepared, seasonal food like butternut squash soup and house-made gnocchi with fresh ricotta.

URL frankiesspuntino.com

Freemans

American

Photo: Courtesy of Freemans

Expect traditional American and English comfort food like grilled cheddar toasts, roast chicken and three-cheese macaroni at this crowded, low-key restaurant at the end of a dark alley.

URL freemansrestaurant.com

Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar

Bars & Lounges

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar

The Blue Ribbon empire includes a bakery, sushi restaurant and brasserie, but this tiny bar (serving wine and cocktails) might be our favorite of the lot. There are just a few seats scattered around the bar and back counter-no tables-so if you’re lucky enough to snag one, prepare to settle in.

URL blueribbonrestaurants.com

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Asian

Photo: Noah Kalina

An upgrade to a bigger location was a smart move for the god-like David Chang, whose original restaurant Momofuku Noodle Bar (there’s also Momofuku Ssam Bar and the impossible-to-get-into Momofuku Ko) has a cult following

URL momofuku.com/noodle