EAT THIS CITY: Chef Nick Padilla Shares His ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences in Brooklyn, NY

EAT THIS CITY  takes us to the best places to eat in a different city each week. This week, we go to Brooklyn with Chef Nick Padilla!

How to boil down Brooklyn in a sentence or two? There are so many enclaves — each with their own unique identity — that BK feels less like a borough and more like an autonomous country.

A country where you can find beard oils, gluten free macaroni-and-cheese, back alley speakeasies, and babies with $50 haircuts. Visit Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Prospect Park. Check out the home turf of Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls.

Yes, rents are rising. Yes, there’s a mainstream migration into neighborhoods that used to be edgy and cool. But make no mistake: Brooklyn still has the magic. It’s perfect for EAT THIS CITY.


Meet Chef Nick Padilla. While studying philosophy in college, he took a job at a vegetarian café where all the cool kids hung out. Back then, it was just a job and he didn’t have great culinary aspirations, but Padilla kept working in kitchens and in time he discovered his passion for cooking.

Eventually he headed to culinary school, then cooked in David Chang’s Momofuku kitchens. When a real estate opportunity that Padilla couldn’t pass up presented itself, he launched Alameda in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. He was ready to be done working for other people and wanted a gathering place for his friends.

Padilla admits that the New York food scene is mega competitive and feels exhausting to keep up with — but there’s also no place he’d rather be. There is serious food culture and serious community. There may be too many Neapolitan pizza joints and pop up fad restaurants for his taste, but there’s also a lot of awesome things going on.

Without further delay, here’s your ticket into the too cool for school food world of Brooklyn, NY, led by Chef Nick Padilla…