One of the sheer delights of NYC living is discovering delectable specialty foodstuffs from a myriad of friendly neighborhood purveyors. Too bad you'll never do that. So, try Borough Food & Drink, opening Thursday.
A collaboration between Fatty Crab's Zak Pelaccio and China Grill's Jeffrey Chodorow, Borough's a rustic'd up restaurant with found wood pulled from piers, factories, and China Grill's Jeffrey Chodorow. The idea's to round up ingredients from the boroughs' best mom & pops, then create dishes so tasty, they'll reaffirm your pledge to turn your own kitchen into a working mink farm. Some of what you'll munch: herring from the LES' Russ & Daughters, Kajmak cheese spread from Astoria's Black Bull Meat Market, and Italian sausage from the Bronx's excellently named Calabria Pork Store. There'll also be goods from Bed-Stuy's A Bake and Double Shop and Staten Island's Coast to Coast Fish -- the most delicious Staten Island export since Robert Loggia.
Borough also sports a full bar up front and a pool-table-equipped lounge in back, where you can suck down NY-brewed beers like Blue Point, Ommegang, and Keegan Ales "Mother's Milk" -- procured from a myriad of friendly neighborhood mothers you're also too lazy to visit.