Brooklyn earns distinction as dining destination

Tue Oct 4, 2011 9:25am EDT
 
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Forget Manhattan. Brooklyn is vying to become New York City's hip and cutting-edge dining destination.

"We got everything here in Brooklyn. They can keep Manhattan," said John Coppola, co-owner of the grilled sandwich truck, Foodfreaks.

The 31-year-old native of Brooklyn, one of New York's City's five boroughs, and brothers David and Stephen Cusato are among a new breed of ambitious cooks who think they can succeed outside of Manhattan.

Cheaper rents in growing neighborhoods have allowed chefs of diverse backgrounds to elevate hot dogs and other comfort food or popularize foreign dishes like jerk chicken.

Food critics seem to agree that Brooklyn has arrived as a foodie haven.

Last year, the Michelin restaurant guide gave two stars to Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare -- the first such distinction for a Brooklyn eatery.

Brooklyn still lags behind Manhattan, which has nine two-star Michelin restaurants and five eateries with three stars, the highest rating. But earning culinary prestige does not seem to be a priority for Brooklyn chefs.

Joshua Sharkey abandoned working at high-end Manhattan restaurants more than two years ago and partnered with another chef, Brandon Gillis, to open Bark Hot Dogs.   Continued...

 
<p>A sign is seen covered in snow on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York February 10, 2010. REUTERS/Natalie Behring</p>