© Daniel Krieger
You may have seen photographer Daniel Krieger’s work in the New York Times, on Eater or the cover of Edible Queens. On Instagram (@danielkrieger), his more than 24,000 followers rain “likes” down on dramatic still lifes featuring everything from Red Hook ribs to expert cocktails. As one of New York’s preeminent restaurant and food photographers, Krieger canvasses the city to document some of the best culinary finds. Not bad for someone who started taking street-style photos as an adult, wandering off during his lunch hour. “Sometimes hours, plural, when I would lose track of time,” he says. “People showed interest in my photographs and soon I was getting paid to take them. My first food assignments came from the Brooklyn Paper.” Here, Krieger’s favorite Brooklyn coffee, bread and even wings. Just don’t ask about brunch.
Favorite Brooklyn restaurant. Pok Pok. It’s not a Brooklyn original (Portland, Oregon, claims the original Pok Pok), but I feel like it’s just gotten better with time. The dishes are so perfectly executed and consistent. I have to order the wings every time and the steak salad is amazing. Try one of their whole fishes as well.
Best Brooklyn brunch. My girlfriend put the kibosh on brunch. Long lines for sloppy eggs, bottomless mimosas and annoying hungover patrons isn’t our idea of a good meal. Our “brunch” happens at Tacos Matamoros in Sunset Park where you order off-menu al pastor tacos and the simplest but one of the best nacho platters in the city. You can bring in your own beer, too.
Unbeatable Brooklyn sandwich. The breakfast sandwich (scrambled eggs, Cabot cheddar and arugula on Balthazar ciabatta) at Court Street Grocers is worth getting out of bed for, or the Ruth Wilensky (pressed with house-made salami and mustard) at Mile End.
Go-to Brooklyn bakery. Bien Cuit does outstanding pastries and their sourdough breads are lovely.
Brooklyn coffee experience. Sitting in the corner window seat at Cafe Pedlar with a cappuccino and a pretzel.
Expert Brooklyn bar. Maison Premiere whisks you away to a place you didn’t know existed. The oyster selection is unparalleled and the cocktails are amazing. Get the zombie #6 and kick back.
After-hours Brooklyn spot. Dram in Williamsburg is open until 4 a.m. most nights and you can get a perfectly made cocktail to finish off your night.
Affordable Brooklyn activity. Spend a day walking the Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan side, winding up in Dumbo. Check out the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park and walk down by the water directly under the Manhattan Bridge.
Brooklyn shop for food lovers. Brooklyn Kitchen/the Meat Hook is just such a cool place to walk around. Browsing through the cookbooks and kitchen items and then leaving with some freshly butchered meat is really a cool experience.
Top Brooklyn boutique hotel. Wythe Hotel, for its beautifully designed space and excellent restaurant, Reynard, which serves food all day long. Within a block from the hotel, you can go bowling at Brooklyn Bowl, drink a few pints at Brooklyn Brewery, and have an adventurous tasting menu at Aska inside Kinfolk studios.
Ultimate Brooklyn souvenir. A photo of the Brooklyn Bridge early in the morning with no people on it. Stand in the middle of the walkway and frame everything symmetrically and Instagram it to make your friends jealous.