Ongoing: 2017 Guide to the Best of Everything in Bushwick as Voted by Our Readers
The reader poll powered results have been even better than we expected!
At Bushwick Daily, we firmly believe that the collective opinion is a lot better than even the most distinguished critic’s conclusion.
This year, we wanted to create a reliable guide to everything related to food, drinking, and culture in greater Bushwick area, and figured that the best way to go about it is to ask you, dear readers. We have been asking you to first nominate and later to vote in several categories so far, and we already have three seriously awesome winners!
This guide is an ongoing project and we plan on keeping it up throughout the year. We’ll ask you to vote on seasonally interesting categories, as well as on perennial favorites such as your favorite pizza or burgers. If you have any suggestions as far as categories go, please leave us a comment below!
We will be adding new winners to this list every three weeks!
Best Chicken Wings: Clara's
(53 Wilson Ave., Bushwick)
Clara's, a bar/restaurant at 53 Wilson Ave., won squarely, snatching 50 percent of 4,500 votes.
We were initially surprised by Clara's victory, as they have been open only for only a few weeks at the time of the poll (following Eastland's demise), but with just one bite it was obvious that Clara's makes some marvelous wings!
In addition to, of course, salt, Clara’s head chef John Klein adds thyme and garlic to his overnight brine, the clincher secret to making Clara’s wings so damn perfect.
Then it’s straight in the oven for the chicken wings where Klein reveals that he cooks them “really slow and low.”
Best Date Spot: Faro
(436 Jefferson St., Bushwick)
Faro is drenched in the kind of lighting that seems specifically engineered to make everyone's cheekbones pop. The entire staff is friendly, and when we got the chance to speak with the restaurant's chef/owner, Kevin Adey, he seemed appreciative but not entirely surprised that Faro was at the top of the list of Bushwick's best date spots.
Flattering lighting, Michelin star food, Sex and the City-caliber cocktails, and desserts that caused us to have an out-of-body experience all contributed to an experience ideal for the perfect Valentine's Day, or any date!
Best Bagel: Los Primos Grocery
(105 Central Ave., Bushwick)
At Los Primos Grocery, the bodega powerhouse on Troutman Street and Central Avenue, they make the most scrumptious toasted bagel with cream cheese for only ONE DOLLAR.
Los Primos is great because it's pretty much the city's most friendly bodega with great food to match. In addition to selling exquisite bagel sandwiches and other hangover-curing food items, Los Primos is a family-owned business with an endearing staff and convenience like no other. A jewel in Central Avenue's crown.
Best Brunch: Terra Firma
(119 Ingraham St., East Williamsburg)
Oh boy, do we get the hype. The brunch atmosphere at Terra Firma is an exposed brick and hanging plant lover's dream. We were greeted by a lovely staff and was seated quickly, despite the place being very busy with Sunday afternoon brunch traffic. One of the best features of Terra Firma's brunch is their $15 bottomless mimosa special, which is definitely the most affordable brunch special we've encountered in a long while.
Best Pizza: Tony's Pizzeria
(443 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick)
Tony's Pizzeria has been a family-owned North Brooklyn pizza stalwart for over 40 years. Tony's manager, Salvatore Polizzi, says that the Knickerbocker Avenue mainstay has been thriving on regular customers and an ever-changing menu since the restaurant opened in 1975.
Local favorite pizza is Tony's new pico de gallo slice. We tried a margherita slice with garlic knot crust because we're a suckers for pizza novelties.
Cover photo: Bart Koscinski for Bushwick Daily