PLAN DATE: MON / NOV. 5
Bigger isn’t always better, as proven by the East Wind Snack Shop. Inspired by old-school Chinatown tea houses, this Chinese eatery specializes in what most New Yorkers consider the best dumplings around, with other standout dishes being their house-favorite “Gwaco” (it’s pork belly gwa bao done their way) and their lemony Hong Kong hotcakes. With a bold blood orange-and-white palette, TV screens showcasing head chef Chris Cheung’s love letter to the late Anthony Bourdain, and tight quarters that make this tiny spot feel that much more exclusive, East Wind is a must for dumpling (and just food, in general) lovers.
Afterward, head over to The Double Windsor. The vibe here is as cozy as it is casual, with locals filling up the bar, elevated comfort food filling up the massive chalkboard menu, and a slick selection of craft beers from all over filling up the rotating taps. Seating is mostly communal (so don’t be shy), you’ll be surrounded by wooden kegs, exposed brick patches on the walls, and antique furnishings, and massive wrap-around windows offer some spectacular views of Windsor Terrace’s cozy main street (officially Prospect Park West). Just be sure to not walk right by, as it’s hidden behind a somewhat indistinct all-black facade.
East Wind Snack Shop
471 16th Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: The food here doesn’t taste quite as good without their honey lemon sour plum drink.
The Double Windsor
210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
idk tip: Their spicy honey sriracha wings are legitimately some of the best around. So, treat yourselves.