This week in our Travel Series we’ve linked up with Deadline’s very own Brooklynite NA. NA was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Throughout his whole life he’s had his foot in the skate/streetwear scene from modeling down to working at Supreme in Los Angeles. In 2007 he partnered up with a friend in Los Angeles, Junebug, and created Deadline Ltd. Deadline has done projects with various brands and artists such as 40oz. Van, NORE of CNN, Black Scale, Diamond Supply Co. and Crooks & Castles. Here, NA gives us his break down of his ‘Top 5’ restaurants in the borough of Brooklyn.
1. Randazzo’s Clam Bar 2017 Emmons Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11235 (Sheepshead Bay)
I’ve been coming here since my late teens. Paulie the owner always makes you feel at home. Randazoo’s is known best for their seafood and their one-of-a-kind homemade special sauce. Paulie’s license plates once read “The Sauce” which still hangs at the clam bar where I like to sit. My usual here is a cup of New England clam chowder for starters with some fried calamari, hot or medium sauce on the side, a dozen oysters, and a soft shell crab sandwich. But everything on this menu is A1. Good seafood is not cheap and cheap seafood is not good!
2. Blue Ribbon 280 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope)
A few of the friends I grew up skateboarding with in NYC went on to work at some of the Blue Ribbons locations; one in Park Slope Brooklyn not to far from where I grew up – Sunset Park. I would come here and get some free shots of Hennessey from my friend Kola who worked at the bar before being seated and ordering a seafood tower for the table and some fried chicken for myself.
3. L&B Spumoni Gardens 2725 86th Street Brooklyn (Bensonhurst)
This place has the best Sicilian on the planet hands down! They put their special sauce over their special cheese on their special dough along with a spumoni icee. On a hot summer day these two make a perfect couple. You’ll thank me for this one and it’s cheap, gotta balance my budget after eating at the top two spots.
4. Di Fara’s Pizza 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230 (Midwood)
A little expensive for pizza, I think something like $5.00 a slice. The wait is usually a little long but it’s well worth it. I suggest getting a whole pie. They only make 100 pies a day and then close. So be sure to go early since they close somewhere around 5pm or even earlier.
5. Junior’s 386 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Downtown)
Junior’s is know for their cheesecake. They have one of the world’s BEST cheesecakes but don’t under estimate their food if you’re in the mood for a burger. This is the spot! Try the steak burger; their breakfast is bomb, too. Overall this is the spot for cheesecake. Just ask Puffy, he made some people walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn for it…
Honorable Mention: Then, of course, you have your Brooklyn corner store bodega: Boar’s Head turkey and cheese on a roll, sandwich for under $5.00, and your local ghetto Chinese lunch special including a drink and soup for under $7.00…