Park Slope has an exceptional new Neapolitan pizza place, and you should go out of your way to try it. The noteworthy pepperoni pie has a chewy crust and fresh mozzarella like a lot of great pizza, but they also add red chili flakes that are far superior to whatever comes out of those free little packets. And like an exclamation point, this small touch makes a huge difference.
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Sally Roots does affordable Caribbean/American food in a Bushwick space where you’ll want to hang out.
Although they’re known for their libations at Fort Defiance, this restaurant doesn’t feel like one of those super-cool, pretentious cocktail dens that we all know too well. It has the promise of the perfect neighborhood spot that, if we lived in this hood, we’d frequent all the time.
The Farm on Adderley
The Farm on Adderley is a really good, comfortable restaurant in a neighborhood that seems to have relatively few of those.
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The original Patsy’s in East Harlem makes excellent pizza for a sit-down meal or a slice at the counter.
Bocce Union Square
Bocce USQ is an outdoor Italian restaurant in Union Square Park, and it’s perfect for an after-work spritz when you’d rather be in Rome.
Industry Kitchen is a good spot to day drink outside with a group near the South Street Seaport.
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Emily not only has some of the best pizza in the city, it’s also got one of the best burgers. That means you should probably get there soon.
Lucali is a walk-in-only spot in Carroll Gardens that serves the best pizza in New York City.
Al Di La
Al Di La is the ultimate neighborhood Italian restaurant. If you live in Park Slope, congratulations.
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