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

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

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

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

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

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

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