Warning: this is not a “best food” list. The 10 spots you’re about to read about are just monumental to me and will appear in the book. If you’re ever in NYC, make sure you check ’em out.
It’s important to know that this picture of Kellogg’s is a more recent one. This isn’t the Kellogg’s where I would grab a toasted croissant with butter and jelly every morning before homeroom. Between the years of 2003 and 2007, Kellogg’s was a must before and after any high school day. Skip the visit nowadays but reminisce with me about a better day when Kellogg’s was more than just an “after the bar closes” spot.
In hindsight, Katy’s Candy Store was probably the dirtiest, nastiest place a kid could go for candy. But Katy had penny-candies and a Capcom versus Marvel arcade game. Pretty much balanced itself out. There is no way this place couldn’t make the book. Elementary school Greg lived in this store. Lenny from the book shares a similar love.
Mr. Kiwi’s is where you could go for a freshly squeezed juice or organic anything. This spot was definitely for the hipsters in town but us Brooklynites love it anyway.
Dani’s Pizzeria is home of the pesto slice and their infamous sweet sauce. Not to mention, their pies are larger than your normal large. Don’t play yourself. Stop here if you’re ever in Kew Gardens, Queens.
Mike’s Pizzeria is your typical neighborhood pizza joint. For as far back as I can remember, it’s been on the corner of Tompkins and Myrtle, right where I grew up. This spot isn’t just local, it’s good. Just footsteps from where myself and some guy named Shawn Carter grew up, this place is a true gem.
Pommes Frites is a special place to me and my wife. She and her high school friends frequented this place and she introduced it to me when we were dating. When our gas tank was about a quarter full and we had $5 on a debit card, this was our go-to. Unfortunately, Pommes Frites burned down in a terrible fire back in March of 2015. No need to worry, though. Fans of the infamous eatery began fund raising immediately after the fire and a brand new Pommes Frites is set to re-open pretty soon.
Dumont Burger is home of the best Mac n Cheese you’ll ever taste. That is not an exaggeration. They use a mix of parmesan and gruyere cheeses with chunks of ham that they so humbly describe as “bacon”. In our engagement season, my wife and I would come here to spend more than we could afford on some good stress-food. Tragically, the owner of the Union Ave location committed suicide, leading to the sudden closing of the establishment. Those who do or do not know of the tragedy can still enjoy a Dumont burger with some Dumac n cheese at the Williamsburg location that is still up and running. Successfully, I might add.
Martha’s Country Bakery, to me, is just a cool place to grab okay dessert and coffee when everything else might be closed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good dessert but this place is best for the memories I’ve made while there.
Dough is a new establishment in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Normally I’m not as okay with establishments like these so bravely moving in on corners across from unsafe housing projects. Dough is the exception. Words can’t really describe why their donuts are so good. You really just have to experience it. The G train to Classon Avenue will get you there.
Clinton Street Bakery is best known for it’s farm fresh ingredients that create all of mine and my wife’s favorite foods. The longest we’ve ever waited for a table here is 3 hours and it’s worth every minute. The trick is to put your name down, grab a cup of coffee and take a 10 minute walk down to SoHo. They’ll text you when your table is ready and you pretty much yellow cab your way back in time for some of the best food you’ll ever have in your life.