Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Bushwick

by Jessica Allen, 09/05/2012 [Updated 10/20/2015]

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  • Northeast Kingdom 
    18 Wyckoff Ave., 718-386-3864
    A tiny diorama rests in the wall at Northeast Kingdom, a depiction of a deer in wilderness that evokes the Vermont region from which this restaurant takes its name. But the pastoral imagery and emphasis on seasonality hark back to Bushwick's days of farmsteads as much as they speak to the New England roots of husband-and-wife co-owners Paris Smeraldo and Meg Lipke. Stained glass separates the kitchen from the dining area, which is done up in muted browns and has two elk head sculptures overseeing the many happy diners at lunch, dinner and brunch. Chef Troy Sand changes the menu every couple of weeks based on what's just been grown, foraged or butchered around town or upstate, often by the owners themselves. Recently, ingredients in the New American dishes have included hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, Japanese cucumbers, kabocha squash and heirloom tomatoes. 

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