Contrary to what Seamless may have you believing, you didn’t move to New York (or, for natives, stay in New York) to eat takeout on your couch. So if your dining routine is feeling a little meh, it’s time to get out there and taste something new. And you should start with Sunset Park, the buzzy South Brooklyn neighborhood your cool college friend moved to before you ever Googled "Industry City."
Sunset Park is a treasure trove of unique restaurants, cheap eats, and multicultural culinary gems worth seeking out -- and returning to. Maybe you’ve already made a weekend expedition to Industry City to dine around Japan Village, the 20,000 square-foot all-Japanese food hall or more of the development’s eateries. “Creating an authentic and global food scene has always been a high priority [here],” says Jim Somoza, director of development at Industry City. That likely has to do with the diversity of neighborhood itself. About 32% of Sunset Park residents are Asian and 39% are Hispanic, in addition to being home to a large population of immigrants and first-generation families. Accordingly, dim sum, tacos, and tortas are all local specialties, at a volume that’s above and beyond that of most New York neighborhoods.
So, ready to make your way south? Here are six great reasons you should be eating in Sunset Park as often as you can.