Each week, I’m going to pick three places to check out. They’re totally subjective, largely arbitrary and occasionally political, just like New York’s dining scene.
I’m not fond of cliches, but indulge me on this one. After the literal door of Mission Cantina closed late last week, snuffing out one of the city’s great experimental kitchens where you could walk in not really sure of what will be on the menu that day or even the genre of cuisine, a window has opened. Chef Danny Bowien may be done tinkering with burritos for now, but he’s not out of ideas and this week launched lunch service (Wed-Sun, 12-4 p.m.) at Mission Chinese Food, as well as takeout. The mapo tofu and salt cod fried rice are, mercifully, accounted for, as are several vegetarian and noodle options. 171 E. Broadway
John, David, Dale, and our amazing team want to send a big thank you to our loyal customers for allowing us to be a part of your lives all these years. On Monday, Dec. 19, please join us for a last night party to say goodbye with drinks, food, and lots of neighborhood love. But not to worry — you can still get your #threekingsrestaurantgroup fix at Talde Brooklyn, just four blocks away and still going strong! They can’t wait to welcome you in with open arms! #keepitlocal #allthingsmustcometoanend #thankyou
On Dec. 19, Thistle Hill Tavernis joiningits comrade Pork Slope in the great restaurant row in the sky. Chef Dale Talde hasfocused his attentionin Manhattan recently, and said when Pork Slope closed that though people said they loved the food, the restaurant just wasn’t doing the business it needed to be viable. Between seeking out thecrazy milkshakesandcheap dumplings, support the gems right in your backyard, New York.441 Seventh Ave., South Slope
We’re living in dark times when even pizza is considered unpatriotic. First it was Comet Ping Pong in Washington, then the conspiracy theorists came for Roberta’s with accusations of satanism and threats of violence. Their real “crime” was making pizza the Clintons love, not to mention much of the rest of this city — it’s easily the most name-dropped restaurant among the chefs and bartenders I talk to for Eat Like an Insider. First they came for our pizza, and we should collectively say oh hell no by inviting all our friends to eat it, too. 261 Moore St., Bushwick