Bed-Stuy joints we love

Find killer Neapolitan pizza, Asian small plates and addictive baked goodies in the up-and-coming nabe.



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Pizzaiolo Edoardo Mantelli twirls the dough at this charming pizzeria and trattoria. Classic Neapolitan pies, pastas and fresh market salads are the draw—choose from nine simple versions, including marinara, Margherita, prosciutto and funghi. The diminutive white-painted spot features a wood-burning brick oven, shelves lined with glass bottles and an outdoor garden. 435 Halsey St at Lewis Ave (718-574-0010)

Snag top-notch loaves from the takeout window of this bread bakeshop. Owner Matthew Tilden works Cayuga Pure Organics grains into savory creations, like hearty wheat made with bourbon-soaked currants, raisins and toasted pecans; and sweet treats, such as a cocoa-nib-and-chai sticky "hand roll." Get there early: Tilden's goods go quickly. 1069 Bedford Ave at Lexington Ave (

Umi Nom
The enticing Southeast Asian menu from chef King Phojanakong's (Kuma Inn) is full of shareable plates, like crispy chicken drumettes tossed with fish sauce and vibrant hot peppers. Phojanakong also has a deft hand with seafood: Wok-roasted Manila clams submerged in a funky, fermented black-bean sauce (pictured) is one of our favorite plates in the borough. 433 DeKalb Ave between Classon Ave and Taaffe Pl (718-789-8806)

Peaches HotHouse
This spot's name refers to Nashville-style hot chicken, a cayenne-laced, sweat-inducing take on the Southern-fried classic. The all-natural, cage-free poultry is spiced with a secret combo of peppers (owner Craig Samuel calls the hotter of the two "uncut China white") before and after frying, then served bone-in on a thick slice of bread, with a side of your choosing. 415 Tompkins Ave at Hancock St (718-483-9111)

Doughnut Plant may rule the fritter beat in Manhattan, but these pliant beauties are king in Kings County. Brooklyn bakery Dough, from the owners of Choice Greene and Choice Market, turns out brightly colored, gargantuan rounds in spunky nouveau flavors: tangy passion fruit studded with cacao nibs; oozing chocolate infused with Earl Grey tea; and tart blood orange garnished with a candied citrus slice. 448 Lafayette Ave at Franklin Ave (347-533-7544)

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