The NY Daily News reported earlier this month that as of the latest Zagat ratings, “Brooklyn restaurants reign supreme” in NYC. Brooklyn restaurants took the top spot in 11 categories, including stealing a few away from long standing title defenders.
The most surprising upset of the bunch comes from right here, in Boerum Hill.
Mile End, at 97 Hoyt Street (at Atlantic) took the top spot in the Deli category from Manhattan’s “perennial” winner Barney Greengrass. The real shocking part of this story is not that a Brooklyn upstart took the number 1 spot, but that it was taken by a new restaurant.
Mile End has been open for less than a year, notes the Brooklyn Paper.
To add to the insult and injury? Mile End is Canadian. That’s right, from Canada, as in hockey, Quebec, Mounties, and “Eh?” Although in Mile End’s case, it would be Montreal, rather than Quebec, as Mile End describes itself being “A Montreal Jewish Delicatessen in Brooklyn.”
That one must be especially hard for the Manhattan crowd to swallow however, who no doubt will cry foul of some sort, but what these findings unquestionably reveal is what Brooklynites have known for a long time: Brooklyn has great food that is cheaper than in Manhattan and in some cases, simply better.
The only thing that Brooklynites may be surprised of is that Brooklyn is actually getting the recognition.