Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn is giving its Manhattan counterpart a run for its money with a crop of restaurants worth crossing the river for.
1 Anglophiles rejoice at the Chip Shop (No. 383; 718/832-7701; dinner for two $24), where the cod fillets—and even Twinkies—are deep-fried. At the adjoining Curry Shop (dinner for two $25), vindaloo lovers can personalize their meal with five meat- or vegetable-and-sauce combinations. 2 Blue Ribbon (No. 280; 718/840-0404; dinner for two $82) and 3 Blue Ribbon Sushi (No. 278; 718/840-0408; dinner for two $70) have brought the Bromberg brothers across the bridge. Expect the same popular menus as in SoHo—oysters and pupu platters; at least 35 types of sushi—but with a more relaxed vibe. 4 Long waits are the standard for unconventional northern Italian dishes (beet-and-poppy seed ravioli, braised rabbit) at cozy Al Di Là (No. 248; 718/783-4565; dinner for two $56). 5 Parisian-style brasserie Moutarde (No. 239; 718/623-3600; dinner for two $60) brings hangar steak, escargots, and free-range poulet to the neighborhood. 6 Any of the 30 panini at Press 195 (No. 195; 718/857-1950; lunch for two $16) makes an ideal snack. There's even a pressed Nutella-and-banana sandwich with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 7 Can't decide between Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai?Nana (No. 155; 718/230-3749; dinner for two $40) fuses them together (rib eye in scallion-teriyaki sauce, spicy soft-shell crab, "everything" sushi rolls), courtesy of chefs from Ruby Foo's and Sushi Samba in Manhattan.