$1 Oysters and Vegan Cookies: Dishes We’re Digging This Week


Another week, another round-up of dishes we think you should go eat right now. Set out for some $1 oysters, a killer stracciatella, or a shockingly good vegan cookie.

Sacchetti Al Peperoncino, La Nonna, 184 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-302-1100
Chef Cono Morena is known for putting together an Italian menu you won’t find at your typical red sauce joint, and one incredibly tasty example is the sacchetti. A tightly packed pocket of pasta bursts with spicy ground sausage, Calabrian chili, and pancetta, and a tequila pink cream sauce brings the ala vodka taste just south of the border. It’s hearty enough to serve as an entire meal — especially if you’ve saved some bread for dipping. Just be sure you have a beer or glass of wine handy to wash down each bite. — Billy Lyons

Oysters at Desnuda, multiple locations
While you can get a well-shucked oyster at a number of places in this city, Desnuda offers a particularly compelling reason to find a seat at its bar: On Sundays and Mondays, the shellfish are buck each all day. Pair your briny dozens to a spicy michelada — the version here is the best in the city. — Laura Shunk

Stracciatella at Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, 718-417-1118
We’re not sure how we overlooked this simple house made cheese over many treks to Roberta’s, but we’ve seen the error of our ways, and we’ll never order another pie here without accompanying it with the stracciatella. Stretchy yet creamy, it arrives speckled with pepper and sided with a hunk of grilled bread. This is comfort food at its finest. — Laura Shunk

Whitefish sandwich at Barney Greengrass, 541 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-724-4707
If you’ve been to Barney Greengrass even once, you probably have a regular order — and you probably make it without even glancing at your menu. If you feel like branching out — or you need a little guidance — try our favorite, the whitefish sandwich, wherein a fat mound of the fish salad is scooped onto an everything bagel and topped with a couple of thin slices of tomato. Breakfast of champions, that. — Laura Shunk

Chocolate chip cookie sandwiches from Sun in Bloom, 460 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 718-622-4303
This Prospect Heights cafe attracts the health-conscious thanks to its raft of gluten-free vegan options (many of which are also raw). We like the salads for detox, but it’s the pastries that really impress us (we love us some plant matter, but when it comes to baking, we have a hard time getting behind butter substitutions). The chocolate chip cookie sandwich was our favorite in a recent sampling: Chewy cookies came glued together with a sweet substance we would have sworn was buttercream. — Laura Shunk