I have been dying to try the highly talked about gem in my neighborhood, Brooklyn Roasting Company, for awhile now. So, after running an errand this last weekend, I decided to finally try it out for myself. 

The first thing I noticed as soon as I walked in was the inviting and artsy atmosphere around me. Scattered with heavy wood, vintage decor, and reclaimed materials, it's the neighborhood coffee shop that everyone wants. There are all kinds of people around. From poetry fanatics chatting on the comfy couches, to young sketching artists, to moms with strollers and dads with docs, you'll find all types of Brooklyn locals here. 

Be sure to stop by to get some work done, have a chat with friends, and sip on deliciously fresh roasted coffee.

 

Server Suggestion: Hot Chocolate

Location: 25 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY

Ambience: Artsy, Vintage, Eclectic, Warm and Inviting

Type of Food: Classic Coffee and Pastry

 

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A cemita is a sandwich originally from Puebla, Mexico. It is generally made with avocado, meat, white cheese, onions, and salsa rojo. It varies from place to place but that is generally what you're getting. They are also huge, which is why I chose to go with something smaller and classic: the taco.

For $3.50 you're getting a great amount of food in this taco. Biting into it you first get a fresh crunch of lettuce, the rich, deep flavor of the chicken tinga, and the spice of the salsa rojo. Finally, while holding it you suddenly feel a warm drip of sauce from the chicken. (That's when you know you're in for a messy treat.) Try Cemitas. You'll thank us. 

 

Server Suggestion: Chicken Tinga Cemita

Location: Flea Food Under the Archway and Smorgasburg 

Ambience: Small, Quick, Casual, Flea Food

Type of Food: Mexican

 

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Arancini for anyone that didn't know, are essentially fried rice balls. In Sicily, it is common to mix leftover risotto with ragu, which usually consists of meat sauce, peas, and cheese. These scrumptious spheres get their perfectly round shape from the risotto and filling being rolled into balls, coated in flour, and fried.

I chose the pesto, tomato and mozzarella arancini and instantly fell in love. When you bite into it, you first get the light crunch of the ball's crispy outer layer. Then you experience the gooey cheese, pesto and tomato center of this delectable Italian tradition. This is the kind of texture combination that you lean your head back and close your eyes to enjoy.

And these brothers don't stop at savory balls. They've created a desert arancini as well. They incorporated an Italian (and recently American) favorite into this traditional dish: NUTELLA. It is scooped into the center of the ball, fried, and finally rolled in cinnamon sugar. If that's not the best use of Nutella I've ever had, then I don't know what is.

Be sure to look out for Arancini Bros. at various markets and events such as Greeley Square Market and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. 

 

Server Suggestion: Ragu, Bianco Rosso Verde

Location: 940 Flushing Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Ambience: Small, Quick, Casual

Type of Food: Italian

 

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