What: New American
Why: Foodie neighborhoods love to know this spot has long been theirs and theirs alone. Hidden on the corner of a residential street, James is a romantic lightbox of brick and antique wood. Our tip? Don't stop at that delicious fruity Brunello — for the love of a beef patty, don't miss half-off burger night Mondays.
James, 605 Carlton Avenue, (at St. Marks Avenue); 718-942-4255.
Photo: Courtesy of James