Brooklyn Comfort Foods

Sometimes when the temperature drops, your spirits do too. While you might want to stay inside and hibernate all winter, we’ve found some delicious foods throughout Brooklyn that will entice you to leave your apartment and warm you right up.

 

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You could’ve fooled us, we think Peter has been doing chicken way before 1969, if not before the egg. Peter’s Since 1969 is back to basics, comfort food in a casual, family style setting. Named after the former Williamsburg tenant, Peter Kuper of B & B Meat Market, who ran the neighborhood butcher shop with his wife Lucy since 1969, the new Rotisserie Chicken concept was born in the location in 2007. The herb-marinated chicken roasts and self-bastes over an open flame, resulting in the perfect crispness on the outside and soft, juicy tenderness within. Humble, filing sides like mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, stewed okra and green beans are served out of Le Creuset cast iron pots. Chicken and two sides will set you back between $10-$15.
168 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg.

 

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We have to be honest, there won’t be anything comforting about the wait, but the reward will certainly be worth it. For over 50 years, Di Fara has been plating up perfect pies in Midwood. With a no-frills reputation, Anthony Bourdain once proclaimed this spot to be “the best of the best”, which is why you can expect to be waiting in line a while for your iconic, thin-crust slice. For almost five decades owner Dom DeMarco insisted on making every single legendary and delicious pie by himself, slowly, but methodically. He now shares the responsibility with his sons. At $5 a slice, you can bet that this pizza, made from scratch with the best, imported ingredients will be exceptional.
424 Avenue J, Midwood.

 

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When a pizza place is known for having a burger on the menu, you know it is going to be something special. Emily in Clinton Hill is an intimate pizza restaurant serving up an overwhelming selection of creative pies, however, the real standout is the critically-acclaimed Emmy Burger. The Emmy Burger features a dry-aged patty which is quickly seared in clarified butter then showered in black pepper before being topped with rich melted Vermont cheddar, sweet caramelized onions and a house-made aioli sauce inside of a sturdy pretzel bun. A limited amount of burgers are served every night so head here on a Sunday for lunch when the burgers are plentiful and unforgettable.
919 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill.

 

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Mac and cheese might just be the ultimate comfort food. Creamy, crunchy and carbolicious. The Brooklyn Star serves New American cuisine with a nod to the traditions and style of the South and Southwest. Quintessential to a Southern-style menu is of course, mac and cheese. An all-time favorite at the Star, served in a cozy cast iron skillet, this mac is superior to many macs, with its game-changing ingredient, bacon. This mac and cheese is meaty from the bacon bits, rich from the generous cheese and crispy from the buttery breadcrumbs. Served at brunch or dinner for $9, you will be thinking about the taste and texture of this meal long after the weather is warm again.
593 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg.

Events for Independence Play

The Fourth of July is fast upon us. On Monday we will celebrate the birth of US independence – you could say it was our very own Brookxit! If you’re celebrating in our brilliant borough, here are our recommendations.


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For the 40th year, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the sky over the East River. Bigger and better than ever, the annual sky spectacular will wow spectators across downtown Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. From around 9:20pm over 56,000 fireworks will burst forth at a rate of 2,200 per minute. For a good viewing spot you will have to get there early – so pack a picnic and make a day of it. Be prepared to stand or sit on the ground – no chairs or large items are allowed into viewing areas. Brooklyn Bridge Park will be the prime spot, followed by Brooklyn Heights Promenade, or you could head further north to Grand Ferry Park or East River State Park in Williamsburg, or Greenpoint’s WNYC Transmitter Park. Of course if you have any friends with rooftops in the area, now is the time to give them a call! As the highest point in Brooklyn, Sunset Park is also a great option.


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If battling the crowds to see the fireworks isn’t how you’d like to celebrate freedom then there will be plenty of festive-fun on the boardwalk down south at Coney Island. Ride the roller-coaster, play carnival games, enjoy some fried-fare, go swimming or relax on the beach. The now in its 100th year, the famous Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Competition will chomp-off at 10am. Will anyone beat Joey Chestnut’s world record of 69 franks and buns in 10 minutes? The Coney Island Fireworks kick-off at 9:30pm and while the pyrotechnics are much more low-key than Macy’s, the beach view more than makes up for it!


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Can’t decide who gets your vote for best Independence Day activity? Well our presumptive nominee is Prospect Park! The Prospect Park Alliance has organized a day of free or inexpensive family-friendly activities. Celebrate the holiday with a ride on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel, from 12-6pm ($2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Plus membership). From 1-4pm Lefferts Historic House will celebrate America’s birthday with reproductions of one of the greatest documents ever written, the Declaration of Independence. Make yourself a plumed hat to wear while signing your own “John Hancock” ($3 suggested donation). The Audubon Center will host a free day of nature exploration from 12-4pm with Discovery Packs, bird games and a Citizen Science project.


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It is important to remember that when the Declaration of Independence was signed, African-Americans were still slaves. The 45th Annual International African Arts Festival (IAFF) is a great opportunity to celebrate traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art forms. The four-day grassroots cultural festival is a fave of local African-American and Caribbean American Brooklynites. From 10am-9pm, Friday to Monday, Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene will be transformed into an outdoor African cultural oasis with a Food Court, music and dance performances, a kids play zone, poetry show and more. What started in 1971 as a small vendor market has grown into an African Marketplace with over a hundred vendors offering one-of-a-kind, handcrafted original designs of merchandise ranging from jewelry, fashion, body products imported African fabric, artifacts, furniture, paintings and more. Entry is by suggested donation ($5).

Cream of the Co-Ops

Do you want to know where your fruits and vegetables come from and how they’re grown? Be involved in a dynamic organization? Make new friends? Save some green on your greens? Then it’s time to check out food cooperatives, aka food distribution outlets operated by consumers. In Brooklyn, there are a number of co-ops that provide healthy food, promote economic and cultural diversity, and strengthen community bonds.

 

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If only food was always this fresh, fair and fun! The Flatbush Food Co-op is committed to selling wholesome, organic goods, produced in fair and ethical working environments, with a focus on local foods, vegan and gluten-free products. Anyone can shop here, or join, with member-ownership $200 and no work requirement. Member-owners are involved in democratic participation and have access to monthly specials, discounted events, classes and more. The work environment strives to involve and empower employees and create a positive, respectful shopping environment, staffed with helpful and knowledgeable community members.
1415 Cortelyou Road. Monday to Sunday, 6am-midnight.


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Members only! The Park Slope Food Coop may be a little more exclusive than others, but with over 16,500 members and 15,000+ carefully selected products, we think you’ll want to get involved! Membership is open to all, with a joining fee of $25, and members work once every four weeks in exchange for a 20-40% savings on groceries. The co-op was founded in 1973 by a group of committed neighbors who wanted to make healthy, affordable food available to everyone who wanted it. Working members receive good food at low prices, and have a say in the decision-making process and planning of the organization’s future.
782 Union Street. Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm. Saturday, 6am-10pm. Sunday, 6am-7:30pm.

 

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New kids on the block, the Bushwick Food Coop has been serving the community locally sourced and organic foods since 2012. Everyone in the community is welcome to shop at the member-owned coop grocery store, but members get the best deal – a 24% mark-up on wholesale pricing, versus 75% for non-members. Members pay a $50 membership fee and contribute four monthly hours. The co-op is democratically operated, and socially and environmentally responsible, striving to work with farms and businesses that are local, sustainable, fair-trade, organic and ethical. Grocery shopping never felt so good!
2 Porter Ave (The Loom). Monday to Sunday, 10am–8pm.


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You will struggle to find a group of more dedicated members! The Greene Hill Co-Op in Clinton Hill is 100% member-owned-and-operated, only one of three such food co-ops in the ENTIRE country. This work model claims to keep prices low and food quality high. The co-op provides affordable, locally grown, organic food to members throughout the Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights neighborhoods. The 1,300 member-owners invest $175 and contribute at least two and a half hours of work every four weeks. Sign up tomorrow at the Co-op’s open house and save $25 when you register!
18 Putnam Avenue. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 3pm-9pm. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm.