Posted August 6th 2012 at 3:10 pm by
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Exploring a City by its Cuisine

There could be a million ways to explore a city. Since I spend at least 30% of my time thinking about lunch, I decided to ask the best eater I know, CoLab Radio blogger Sewon Christina Chung, for a food tour of Brooklyn and Queens. This post describes what she found.  — Alexa Mills, CoLab Radio

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and a biscuit. Pies ‘n’ Thighs (166 S 4th St Williamsburg, Brooklyn). $$

1. You have been to so many places. Do you often explore a new city by its food?

Always. It’s the best way to learn about a new place and its diverse culture. And it’s definitely an experience I enjoy sharing with others. In Mexico City, I lived walking distance from Zona Rosa, which is the center of the city’s LGBT community. Right across the street from a mega night club named “Tahiti” was a homey little Korean restaurant with the spiciest pork belly and good kimchi. Next door is also a fantastic cochinita pibil place called Los Arcos. They serve huge mugs of homemade horchata. This was all before smart-phones became so ubiquitous, so I remember getting lost frequently with hand drawn maps scribbled in my notebook. But the trips are very rewarding, and I always bring friends back to eat at my favorite finds.

2. What has food taught you about Brooklyn?

That Bed-Stuy has some amazing Dominican and Trini food, freshly cooked each day and always packed with flavor!

3. Who are your eating partners?

I am fortunate to have family and friends that are just as excited about venturing out near and far for delicious meals. The most adventurous of them all might be my partner, Taurin, and my friend, Arthur. Together, we’ve eaten anything from early morning jianbing in Shanghai, tacos de suadero in Mexico City, and to roadside po’boys in Southern Virginia.

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Pork belly tacos and Tsingdao beer. Snacky (187 Grand St Williamsburg, Brooklyn). $$

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Pork xiaolongbao (Shanghainese soup dumplings). Nan Xiang Dumpling House (38-12 Prince St Flushing, Queens). $

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Hand-pulled noodles in lamb broth. Lamb Noodle Soup (41-28 Main St. Flushing, Queens). $

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Pierogis, potato pancakes, and pickled veggies. Lomzynianka (646 Manhattan Ave Greenpoint, Brooklyn). $

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Trini pholourie in tamarind chutney and a double (curried chickpeas in fluffy dough). A&A Bake & Doubles Shop (481 Nostrand Ave Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn). $

Exploring a New City by its Cuisine

Pastrami and brisket combo sandwich with Dr. Brown’s celery soda. David’s Brisket House (533 Nostrand Ave Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn). $

Post and photos by Sewon Christina Chung. Keep up with her travels at Maps + Fragments.

One response to “Exploring a City by its Cuisine”

  1. Christina says:

    This post is really inspiring. I just did a road trip in the southern U.S. and was discouraged by the abundance of big chain restaurants. One particular night in a town off the interstate in southern Georgia I set out looking for a place where I could pick up a dinner for my family that would at least have some fruits and vegetables in it, after a 20 minute drive I arrived at a Ruby Tuesday. Thanks for the reminder that all is not lost on the variety and quality of restaurant food in the United States!