Best Brooklyn Catfish (2008)
Sure, it used to be a bottom feeder that no one, except the cognoscenti and the unabashed poor, wanted to eat. Now they're farming them all over the Mississippi Delta, and catfish have gone upscale. Fried to fluffy perfection and served up with a side of collards, they're a Southern staple and one of the lures at NIGHT OF THE COOKERS. Named for an album by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, this Brooklyn eatery on the Fulton shopping strip that's hotter than a tar beach in August keeps packing 'em in.