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Best new neighborhood joint: Dear Bushwick

RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013 Other nominees: Calliope, Jack’s Wife Freda, Pork Slope This year, denizens of established...

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Pork chop at Dear Bushwick

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Iron Lady at Dear Bushwick

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Bushwick

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Bushwick

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Bushwick

RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013

Other nominees:Calliope, Jack’s Wife Freda, Pork Slope

This year, denizens of established ’hoods had reason to cheer: The scruffy East Village gained an ace Gallic charmer (Calliope), tony Soho a soulful American bistro (Jack’s Wife Freda) and stroller-saddled Park Slope a shots-and-burgers roadhouse (Pork Slope). But there’s no competing with underdog pride, and an up-and-coming Brooklyn nabe rallied for its favorite new local, Dear Bushwick. Though British-inspired, the tiny gem sports no stiff upper lip (or indie-rock hauteur, for that matter). Invoking a great neighborhood pub, the prettily appointed joint supercharged feel-good vibes with life-affirming sustenance: gorgeous cocktails (the Iron Lady, a tart, rose-infused gin sipper) and hearty fare (a fat, juicy pork chop glazed in a bacon-fig vinaigrette). That strangers nestled in at the bar and shared plates as covet-worthy as Gollum’s ring is a testament to the tiny spot’s outsize camaraderie; the only thing too precious at this new Brooklyn beaut is the name. Dear Bushwick, 41 Wilson Ave at Melrose St, Bushwick, Brooklyn (929-234-2344, dearbushwick.com)

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