Category: Brooklyn

Elza Fancy Food / Cafe At Your Mother-in-Law

Enter this small restaurant and you’ll witness a largely Korean staff speaking Russian and serving Uzbek, Russian and Korean food. In New York, you can only find such a combination at Elza Fancy Food (or Cafe At Your Mother-In-Law’s). It’s not fusion; you won’t see any kimchi-stuffed samsas (Uzbek meat pastries) on the menu. Instead, you’ll have a range of Uzbek and Russian entrees to choose from, along with several Korean soups and salads.

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Brunch is one of my favorite meals of the day. As a not-so-wise character once said, “Hybrid meals are for people too lazy to wake up for a proper breakfast.” Completely true, and luckily I don’t have to go far for Sidecar, which serves up various brunch dishes until 3:30 p.m. I’ve tried a few things, but I usually gravitate toward the hangover soup and steak and eggs.

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Boat House

Seafood boils like those at Boat House don’t have the most elegant presentation, but no one’s there for the appearance anyway. What appeals to people is the flavorful sauces and copious amounts of shellfish. It’s a very casual and messy dining experience, so in order to fully enjoy this, you’ll need to cast your reservations aside and just dig in with your hands.

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