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50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Near Halstead Property Offices

Restaurant Week has just begun here in New York City, and there sure is no better time to show our appreciation for delicious foods. Our local expert agents have directed us to go and try some of these dishes that are known to be the best in the country according to GQ Magazine’s list of The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now. Be adventurous and see what all the hype is about when dining on these offerings located near our offices.

Deviled Eggs from The Whelk - Delicately prepared, the golden-brown, crispy fried oyster is the start to this scrumptious dish. The shellfish flavor and fried coating is perfectly balanced as it is placed on top of the surface of a cut egg white filled with a dressed up yolk. The yolk’s dressing gives it a creamy flavor and smoother texture. We especially enjoy the sweetness in the dish from the crunchy pickled onions placed on top.

575 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT 06880 

Howard Pickerell’s Hog’s Neck Oysters from the American Hotel Restaurant -There’s nothing that sets apart the flavor of oysters more than the freshness of the shellfish itself. At the American Hotel’s fine restaurant, freshness is a guarantee, as you eat oysters that are picked just a few hours before by Pickerell himself. Fully appreciate the quality taste by not adding any sauces or sides – we promise they will not leave you disappointed. 

45 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 

Brisket Taco from Briskettown - We had just the right start to the morning by ordering this divine breakfast taco. The flour tortilla captures the juiciness from the soft brisket and the spiciness from the hot sauce that is drizzled perfectly over the fluffy scrambled eggs and red-onion. Don’t miss out on one of the best BBQs in NYC.

359 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 

Alcachofa from La Vara - Alcachofa, the Spanish word for artichoke, does not come close to describing what you’re about to get in the dish. Yes, the dish is made of artichoke, but the preparation is pure brilliance. The garlic-filled, creamy anchovy sauce is the best compliment to the thick artichoke chunks made tender and fried. By starting your meal with the Alcachofa, you will guarantee an enjoyable experience at this Spanish gem in Cobble Hill. (pictured above)

268 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Rye Bread from Runner & Stone - For us, excellence in the bread is the first step towards a quality, noteworthy sandwich. Our first bite into this rye bread gave us that smooth and chewy texture with tastes of coriander and fennel. The outer layer was perfectly prepared to a dark crunchy crust that made the bread even more tasteful. We were ready to indulge in the bread alone, but we decided to go ahead and add fresh grilled cheddar to the rye, having all warm flavors melting in our mouths at once.

285 Third Avenue, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Whole Roasted Branzino from Talde -The banana leaf seals in the moisture as it lies underneath the fully stuffed, freshly roasted branzino topped with a juicy tomato jam. Put some of the lightly textured branzino in a rice-flour pancake to create an Asian inspired taco unlike any other.

369 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Ramen from Ivan Ramen - Ivan Orkin is coming to town and bringing his specialty to the city all the way from Tokyo. As a born New Yorker, Orkin is ready to show NYC what his noodles are all about at his new Lower East Side establishment. His trick is preparing his noodles slowly so that they approach the perfect thickness and texture and then proceeding to add tremendously flavorful sauces to the mix. Try the spicy sesame cold noodle dish that captures a peanut flavored spice that is incredibly refreshing on a summer day.

25 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 

Cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery - You better believe in the Cronut Craze because it has become an authentic NYC experience for visitors and residents. One bite of the fried, crunchy outside into a lightly layered inside filled with frosting and you will know why people line up 3 hours before opening to make sure they get one of these decadent half doughnut, half croissant pastries. Check out the creamy blackberry filling that is offered until the end of July! 

189 Spring Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10012 

Open-Faced Beef-Cheek Sandwich from Perla - Over the crunchy, thick slice of fresh filone bread lays a succulent slab of juicy tenderness from the beef cheek. That sounds tasty enough, but they also add a layer of two prepared eggs to include a salt and pepper flavor to the meat sandwich. We love the unique combination and how the open-faced sandwich allows for the bread to not overpower the great beef flavor of the dish.

24 Minetta Lane, West Village, New York, NY 10012 

Candy from Sockerbit - One step into Sockerbit, and you will see that this isn’t your normal candy shop. In its chic white store, the pop of color comes from the abundance of sweet Scandinavian and Swedish candies that are uniquely named and flavored. Try our favorite, the Chokladnallar, which is a vanilla marshmallow gummy bear coated with a layer of delicious smooth milk chocolate that instantly melted in our mouths. We will definitely be back to try some of the original gummies and licorice.

89 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 

The Shandy at Atera - This is one of the tastiest drinks to order in the city this summer. The crispy, cold Belgian beer is mixed with Meyer lemons to get a high quality, fruity tang. The mixed drink poured on top of the glass of crushed ice makes for a flavorful and cool refreshment to enjoy at any time of the day.

77 Worth Street, TriBeCa, New York, NY 10013 

Grilled Scallops from Neta - Although Neta, which means the fresh ingredients of sushi, does live up to its name, we are suggesting you go beyond the sushi menu and try some of the tastiest grilled scallops you may ever have. The grilled shellfish went flawlessly with the fresh uni and seared foie gras and was topped impeccably with the smooth garlicky lime butter. Each bite was filled with a blast of melted goodness that had us coming back for more.

61 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 

Looking for more recommendations from our local expert agents? Check out our Foursquare Page filled with their favorite meals and desserts to enjoy this summer. 

(Image Courtesy: GQ)

Where to eat near the Barclays Center

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn has received stellar reviews from all facets, including the top of the line food vendors one will find inside the arena but if it’s a more in depth and sit-down restaurant experience you’re after, the surrounding area is burgeoning with more than enough great places to try.  We figured we would head to our Foursquare Brand Page and see what neighborhood tips are around that area that our agents came up with. Here are their top picks for a great meal before watching our Brooklyn Nets in action.

Kaz An Nou

Authentic Caribbean and French inspired food offered in an intimate BYOB restaurant on 6th Ave. The only complaint anyone has ever had about this place is that they do not accept reservations, but the entire experience is worth any wait you might encounter. The duck confit with mango jerk sauce (pictured above) is a fan favorite with the skin nice and crispy on the outside, and the meat inside tender and full of flavor. Truth be told, any item they serve jerk style should be tried at least once.

53 6th Avenue (Between Dean St. and Bergen St.) Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Vanderbilt

What more can you ask for than a 10% discount offered to all guests who show a ticket to an event at the Barclays Center? The ambiance and food alone will have you coming back though, aside from the discount. They offer small, medium and large plates so it’s ideal to order a few menu items and share. The brussels sprouts and shishito peppers from the small plates menu were an unexpected favorite, and they have an entire menu section dedicated to different sausage dishes.

570 Vanderbilt Ave (Between Pacific and Dean Streets) Brooklyn, NY 11238


Craft brews, artisan cocktails and $1 oysters have prevented this place from remaining a secret. Voted one of New York’s ‘Best Gourmet Happy Hour’ spots, you’ll definitely return to this hot spot even if you aren’t in the area for a trip to the Barclays Center. For the non oyster loving crowd, the Mac and Cheese is equally as deserving of its reputation. Anyone can make a classic mac and cheese, but when it’s done right at a restaurant, there’s no denying the deliciousness of a great comfort food staple.

565 Vanderbilt Ave at Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Convivium Osteria

On the infamous stretch of Fifth Ave in Park Slope, noted for plenty high end restaurants, Convivum Osteria is one of those places that takes you back in time and to another part of the globe. You’ll find Mediterranean inspired cuisine with Spanish, Portuguese and Italian dishes and tapas like appetizers. The Carcofi alla Romana (braised artichokes with mint and garlic) came highly recommended, and it’s apparent why. Two, whole fresh artichoke hearts seasoned to a perfect science make a great appetizer.

68 5th Ave (between Bergen St & Prospect Pl) Brooklyn, NY 11217

Va Beh

You might enjoy your authentic Italian meal here more than you would your Italian Nona’s food. It’s welcoming and transparent how much heart goes into the food, the staff, and the atmosphere, and although at first glance the menu seems small- each night there are on average 10 mouth watering specials.  Proseco is on tap here, and all pasta is homemade. Try the black squid ink pasta with clams, any crostini item, and don’t skip dessert as their tiramisu is airy but savory.

446 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 

(Image Courtesy: Kaz An Nou)

David Changs Momofuku Empire is reported to introduce a futuristic, technological Cocktail Bar in the former Milk Bar space soon.  The name of the highly anticipated venue is being kept a secret, but they’ve revealed that the menu will consist of 22 creations including a liquid nitrogen beverage.  Are you excited to try a drink with an ingredient like liquid nitrogen?

Forget a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day, we’re seeking a nice, soothing cup of spiked hot tea to get us through the season.  Tea itself is loaded with antioxidants, and there are many places throughout the city that have perfected a relaxing cup of tea.  CBS New York recommends trying Belvedere Black Raspberry or Jewel of Russia Wild Berry vodka infused Chai or Darjeeling tea during the High Tea service at the famous Russian Tea Room located at 150 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. (Image Courtesy: russiantearoomnyc.com)

New Years Day brunches have become almost as customary as the celebratory way we ring in the new year the night before.  If you’re in NYC to usher in 2012, kick off the new year at some of the best spots in the City for the perfect brunch, as declared by CBS New York.  Unlimited mimosas undoubtedly make for the most popular spot, so be sure to make your reservations early. (Image Courtesy: The Conservative Kitchen Table)

Whether you need that perfect winter cocktail to serve at your Holiday Party, or you need a comfortingly warm libation to escape this winter-esque weather, there are a few amazing spots in the city that serve delicious drinks handmade for this time of year.  Courtesy of CBS New York, they came up with the five best winter drinks and where to find them.  They include a hot Almond Tea Toddy, Hot Chocolate Martini, and a Seven Spiced Cider.  Click here to see the full list and learn more on where to find them.

Were you looking for the perfect recipe to make that classic cocktail that was so good they named it a “Manhattan”?  Who better to go to than New York Restauranteur, Bobby Flay.  According to Bobby, it will only take you 5 minutes to prep after you close on that home of your dreams that you found on halstead.com.   Enjoy and please drink responsibly.


3/4 ounce sweet vermouth, 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey, one dash of Angostura bitters, 2-3 ice cubes, 1 maraschino cherry, & 1 orange peel twist.


Combine vermouth, whiskey, and a dash of bitters with 2 to 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently so as not to cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the mixture over the cherry. Rub the cut edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils, but don’t drop it in.

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