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Where Chefs Eat Cheap


Map by Jason Lee. Chef illustration by Luke Wilson.  

Julie Farias
Chef, the General Greene

1. Corner Frenzy
995 Manhattan Ave., nr. Huron St. 718-349-9663
They sell empanadas ($1.25) inside this laundromat. Super-junky and so good.

2. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Ave., nr. Norman Ave.; 718-389-3676
I like the glazed sour cream ($.95). By the time I’m at the end of the block, I’m finished.

3. Sikorski Meat Market
603 Manhattan Ave., nr. Nassau Ave.; 718-389-6181
Amazing smoked pork ribs ($4.99/lb.).

4. Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave., at Driggs Ave. 718-383-5333.
I go for “2 for Tuesdays”—two-for-one drinks—and buffalo wings ($9) or a fried-chicken sandwich ($9). They’re open till 4 a.m.

5. 7-Eleven
883–885 Manhattan Ave., nr. Milton St. 718-389-7389

This just opened. I saw the sign and couldn’t wait for the Slurpees. I like the Coca-Cola, or goji-berry-cherry ($1.59) if I’m feeling festive.

6. Acme Smoked Fish
30 Gem St., nr. Meserole Ave. 718-383-8585
I buy Blue Hill Bay’s smoked-whitefish salad ($3.25/8 oz.), which you have to have with Ritz crackers.

7. Mrs. Kim’s
160 Franklin St., at Kent St. 718-389-8881
I order the kimchee plate ($6 for five flavors), and a fava-bean dish ($6)—favas grilled in their pods, served with mint and tart fish sauce.

8. Karczma
136 Greenpoint Ave., nr. Manhattan Ave. 718-349-1744
My Polish spot, with waitresses in crazy peasant outfits. Two favorites: pickle soup ($2.50) and peasant-style lard ($3.50) with bacon, spices, and a big hunk of rye bread.

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