Ed. note: This new weekly column will guide you to a subways stop and its surrounding food destinations. We hope that it will inspire you to take some time over the weekend to explore some new food in a new 'hood!

While the Marcy Avenue stop on the JMZ line may not be the most popular Subway stop in Williamsburg, you may want to consider it if you are searching for good eats and food stuffs.


Glancing out of the subway car window while riding across the Williamsburg Bridge you will see the unofficial "Welcome to Brooklyn" sign advertising Peter Luger's, the longtime culinary ambassador of Brooklyn to the NYC Dining World. If, due to financial constraints you have been unable to participate in this break the bank, everyone-should-do-it-once-in-their-life journey, take heart, there is a financially reasonable path that exists. Seven days a week, Peter Luger's (178 Broadway, 718-387-7400) serves a delicious lunch Burger that draws much debate amongst NYC burger aficionados. We approve of the large patty of coarsely chopped, loosely packed prime aged Luger's beef cooked to the rare perfection - other temps may be good, let us know. The juicy, deeply beefy flavor that is the hallmark of the Luger Porterhouse was present, complete with that fat coated, whole mouth feel. Should you spring for a full steak lunch or dinner, Gothamist would recommend the creamed spinach to accompany your meat and potatoes, and anything with Schlag for dessert.

If you can't get into Luger's fear not, Caroline Fidanza down the block at Diner (85 Broadway, 718-486-3077) is more than able to step into the breach. Order yourself a Rib eye, Hanger Steak or a Burger; be ready for some serious beefy goodness at about half the price of Luger’s and the fries are even better. Unlike Luger's, Diner also offers a wide ranging, ever changing menu composed of seasonally driven, market focused food in a casual setting. Over the years Gothamist has enjoyed various permutations of the double thick Pork Chop, as well as the various salads and vegetable dishes that always offer a well balanced set of flavors. Out back and worth visiting is Marlow & Sons, Diner's younger sibling. Picture a cross between general store chock full of the best provisions and an old time oyster saloon.

For another combo stop, try Mexico 2000 (367 Broadway, 718- 782-3797) up on Broadway under the El. This taqueria and small market, has seating for about 10 and a wide variety of Mexican dry goods; of note from the market side are the variety of loose dried red chilies, the Mexican style cheeses and the pints of fresh Mole similar to those from Puebla. The taco selection runs the full gamut of meats, and while we will vouch for the Carnitas and Barbacoa de Chivo (Goat), the Carne Asada filling in our quesadilla ruined an otherwise delicious homemade tortilla.

Should you be interested in a Jewish deli equivalent of Peter Luger's 1900's German Beer Hall atmosphere, check out Gottlieb's Restaurant (352 Roebling Street, 718-384-6612.) As a top spot for the Satmar Hasidic sect, this Glatt Kosher Deli offers both tasty food and a purview into this insular community. Highlights from the menu include Brisket sandwich paired with perfect sour pickles, a tender, lightly egg battered and fried Chicken cutlet, and flaky Knishes.

Continuing to explore the culinary life of the local Hasidic population one can visit an interesting array of specialty food shops reflective of how most New Yorker's purchased their food stuffs in the first half of last century. One lazy Sunday Gothamist strolled Southeast from Gottlieb's encountering a well stocked health food store with a variety of dry-goods products; whole grain selections from Bob Red & Arrowhead Mills, Spelt products and loose grains and legumes by the pound. Back over on Broadway, just near the BQE, if you are lucky Sam at Pupa & Zehlem Matzoth Bakery will be accepting visitors, quite a sight to see Matzoh making in action. The jewel of this short tour was the Satmar Meat & Poultry Market (82 Lee Avenue, 718-963-1100.) The selection is like a greatest hits of odd cuts of meats and parts that are rarely found at most supermarkets. Amongst the offerings were Beef and Veal marrow bones, cooked, loose Chicken Livers screaming out for some experiments in homemade chopped live, and Beef Cheeks – which were out of stock despite a 5 package per purchase limit. Gothamist passed on the piles of packaged dark quarter Chicken oddly labeled "Chicken Bottoms", but sprung for some ground white meat Turkey.

Oddest sight for the day was a toss-up between the middle aged couple inside a wholesale candy outfit turning a recent beet harvest into Kosher food coloring, and the signs on light posts informing locals that regardless of what the Rabbi's who are hired by the farmers and produce packers say, all packaged Lettuce are non-kosher unless inspected by hand at home.

by Andrew Gottlieb