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Owner and Carroll-Gardens local Mark Lacono makes the pies here himself from behind an open-plan kitchen: think thin, crispy crust, with a simple sweet homemade tomato base, melting mozzarella, and dash of fresh basil leaves. Expect a wait (there’s a perpetual queue) but when you’ve finally got a coveted spot, sit back, chat to your neighbours over candlelit tables, and pretend you’ve been invited into someone’s home. Jay Z and Beyoncé are regulars and trek over from Manhattan to taste the goodness. It’s bring your own, so get a bottle of wine from nearby Scotto’s Wine Cellar.
Contact: 00 1 718 858 4086; lucali.com
Opening times: Wed-Mon, 6pm-11pm
Nearest metro: Carroll St
Reservations: Not possible
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For years, Queens in general, and Sripraphai in particular, has been the main place to go in Gotham for high-quality, authentic Thai cuisine. So much so, the owners opened up two new locations in Williston Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Pronounced ‘see-pra-pie’, the cult eatery offers standards like pad Thai, as well as some lesser sought fare, such as fried softshell crab and pumpkin wading in a green curry. The original drab interior has had an overhaul, but the garden, with its Asian umbrellas, potted plants and bubbling fountain, is the place to be. Bring cash – they do not accept credit cards.