By Chef Andrew Whitcomb
There is so much more culture to Brooklyn then the hip gentrified areas. It is super inspiring. At almost every corner you can find an interesting spot. Go explore your neighborhood and you'll be surprised by what you find. I use to live in Sheepshead Bay and everywhere you go you find tons of interesting old school markets, restaurants, and bars -- surrounded by Greek, Russian & Chinese communities.
My Restaurant | Colonie
Tell us about the experience you're creating at Colonie: We are trying to create that neighborhood bistro vibe and still be a place where you feel like you can come in for a special occasion.
When you eat at my restaurant, I recommend you try: Slow Roasted Pork Chop with braised cabbage, house pancetta, and beer mustard because it totally warms the bones. It's an example of a dish that shows a lot of great refinement, but simplicity as well.
127 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
T: 718.855.7500 | colonienyc.com
Andrew Whitcomb's Brooklyn Guide
Morning | Coffee & Breakfast
Key and Cup
"They make an incredible breakfast sandwich and the owner Matthew is super chill."
331 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
T: 718.222.0708 | www.keyandcup.com
Shopping | Food & Markets
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket + Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
"They usually have many of the same farmers as the Union Square Greenmarket. What's better then killer produce without having to fight the crowds?"
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
The plaza at Court Street and Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
"It is usually pretty calm here. If you catch it on a nice afternoon they have a cozy backyard to have a glass of wine and a pie. Also try the fried calamari, incredible.
145 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
T: 718.855.6400 | Website
L'Albero dei Gelati
"They serve incredible organic farm-to-table gelato. The savory gelato is a must try."
341 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
T: 718.788.2288 | www.alberodeigelati.com
"It is worth the wait. Probably one of the best I have had in the city. Don't miss out on the pork and shrimp buns."
552 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
T: 718.576.6701 | Website
"It is located in Brooklyn Heights. What's better then late night bocce and beer?"
Open until 4am
131 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
T: 718.858.5810 | www.floydny.com
About Andrew Whitcomb
Whitcomb is the executive chef of Colonie in Brooklyn, NY. The Maine native moved to New York after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and began at Colonie as a line cook before moving up the ranks. His nightly seasonal menus are sourced from growers practicing smart and sustainable farming.