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

Perilla

American

Photo: Courtesy of Perilla

Dine at the bar or at one of the few tables in Top Chef season 1 winner Harold Dieterle’s sparsely elegant restaurant. Though you might walk in skeptical given all the celebrity hype…

URL perillanyc.com

Burger Joint

American

Photo: Courtesy of Burger Joint

Another contender for the title of “New York’s Best Burger,” Burger Joint is a small, crowded, diner tucked away in a discreet corner of, strangely enough, the upscale Parker Meridien hotel in midtown.

URL parkermeridien.com/eat4.php

Prune

American

Photo: Courtesy of Prune

Don’t expect the same old bacon and eggs here—the much-praised brunch at Prune is always an adventure, from the mystery of wondering how long you’ll have to wait for a table to navigating your way through the cramped space.

URL prunerestaurant.com

Back Forty

American

Photo: Courtesy of Back Forty

Savoy’s Peter Hoffman successfully downscales with this rustic, comforting spot that’s perfect for a casual night out. There’s a well-edited beer, wine and cocktail list with some local choices, like Six Point Brownstone and their own house red and white wines, specially bottled in the North Fork of Long Island.

URL backfortynyc.com

Fette Sau

American

Photo: Staff

You can find several “authentic” barbecue joints in the city, but for one of the best, go to Williamsburg. At Fette Sau, there’s no table service—but that doesn’t stop hungry groups seated at communal picnic tables from chowing down on ribs…

Cookshop

American

Photo: Staff

You’ll feel good about eating here—most of the food is locally grown or produced, and the space is sleek yet homey, with an open kitchen boasting a large stone oven and rotisserie

URL cookshopny.com