Taste of the Town: The Cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Favorite Eats

09/17/2013 at 03:37 PM ET
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New York City is practically bursting at the seams with great places to eat. But just over the river, you’ll find Manhattan’s equally-hot borough Brooklyn, home to hundreds of buzz-worthy eateries all their own. For some guidance, we tapped a team of tour guides: the cast of FOX’s new Brooklyn Nine-NineFrom a legendary steakhouse to sinful soy lattes, Andy Samberg and his T.V. detective cast mates dished to PEOPLE on the best places in their precinct.

Courtesy Peter Lugers, FOX

“Gonna have to go with Peter Luger Steakhouse. I’m a sucker for a good steak and that thick cut bacon. Not necessarily at the same time. But not opposed to that either.” (178 Broadway, peterluger.com)

Courtesy Luca Arrigoni, FOX, Courtesy Lindsay Giuffrida

Sotto Casa in Boerum Hill [has] awesome pizza. My favorite pie is ‘The Laura’ topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, mascarpone, speck and rosemary. Great food and great vibe.” (298 Atlantic Ave., sottocasanyc.com)

Courtesy Juniors, FOX

Junior’s Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. It [has] all the benefits of strawberry shortcakes combined with all the splendor of a classic cheesecake.” (386 Flatbush Ave., juniorscheesecake.com)

Brooke Showell

“My favorite Brooklyn eatery is Superfine in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. My sister Micki and I enjoyed their Sunday Bluegrass Brunch with banana-blueberry bread and a wonderful pork chop and eggs. Cool, artsy vibe in a wonderful area!” (126 Front St., 718-243-9005)

Courtesy Madiba, FOX

Madiba, in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. I never had South African cuisine before. I had their “Fish Of The Moment” which, at this moment, I cannot recall. But it was deleesh.” (195 Dekalb Ave., madibarestaurant.com)

Courtesy Naidre’s, FOX

“I lived in Brooklyn for six years, and Naidre’s in Park Slope was my favorite. They make the most lovely soy lattes in the area, made with care and with delicious coffee. They were my favorite to grab on the way to the F [subway] train. I love their vegan breakfast burritos, too.” (384 Seventh Ave., 718-965-7585) — Karen Quan

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ premieres on FOX tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST. 

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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