The Five Best Things We Ate This Week

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We hope you're going out to eat this weekend. Might we make a suggestion? Here are the five best things we ate this week.

Macaroni and cheese at The Rookery, 425 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, 718-483-8048
The menu is short at this Bushwick gastropub, but it needn't be longer. Really, the restaurant could get rid of all but a couple of dishes, and we'd still return. The first is the shepherd's pie, a pungent stew chock full of lamb that's buried under potatoes; the other is the macaroni and cheese. Shells come lacquered with gruyere, cheddar, and parmesan-infused bechamel, the top baked crisp so that you have to break it with a spoon like creme brulee. -- Laura Shunk

The pastas -- all of the pastas -- at Charlie Bird, 5 King Street
There's a power play to be made at this Soho haunt: Order all of the pastas. Even if it means skimping on the appetizers or skipping the mains. Chef Ryan Hardy has a deft hand with noodles, and that shows equally well with the papardelle with braised duck in red wine, the rigatoni with veal ragu, and the duck egg spaghetti with uni and guanciale. There are five pastas on the menu, and once you polish them off, you'll wish you had one more bite of each. -- Laura Shunk


Location Info

Perilla

9 Jones St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Charlie Bird

5 King St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Momofuku Noodle Bar

171 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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