Just to rant off a few of my favorites:
Pomme Frites boasts delectable twice-fried Belgian french fries accompanied with a wide-range of dipping sauces (my favorite of the moment is the truffle mayo). At Otafuku, they've mastered takoyakis, which are savory squid doughnuts made using a special Japanese cast-iron pan. Interwoven inside these doughy balls are ginger, scallions and salted cabbage. Across the street, sits Soba-ya, a Japanese restaurant celebrating hand-made buckwheat noodles. A few blocks away, stands Porchetta. The deliciously messy slow-cooked, free-range pork sandwiches are an Italian street food staple. Each of these places transports you to another country and leaves you satisfied on so many levels.
|The sides are also pretty impressive: "cracklin' kale" (deep fried kale dusted with a savory spice mix) and bleu cheese french fries.|
This time, I stuck with the classic Upstate Burger, but I couldn't help adding some sauteed mushrooms. The beer on draft that night was a Brooklyn summer ale. So even though Whitman's looks like it specializes only in beer and delicious burgers, if you take a second to look around, you realize that you're also supporting the slow food movement. Eating local, eating cheap, and eating well. What's not to love about Whitman's?