BUSHWICK — Just months after Bushwick eateries were left out of the borough's restaurant week, local restaurateurs are boasting of their official explosion onto the foodie map.
The best French "puff pastry filled with tender roast duck infused with wine and tart cranberries," Vietnamese catfish with "ambrosial broth," and "perfect warm triangles" of Spanish tortillas are all within a few blocks in the neighborhood — the latest Michelin Restaurant Guide says so.
The 2014 guide, released Wednesday, includes a host of new Bushwick eateries, including three that have opened in the last year.
"Between the Morgan and Jefferson stops we now have eight restaurants in the guide," noted Bob Murray, who founded Bushwick Restaurant Week this summer. "That’s huge...This is like the be-all-end-all guide for restaurants around the world."
The Vietnamese restaurant Falansai, the French bistro Mominette, the eclectic eatery Dear Bushwick and the addition to Roberta's pizza Blanca — all of which have opened in the last year — landed in this year's guide of recommended city spots. Also on the list were the more established Northeast Kingdom, El Mio Cid and Roberta's.
Blanca was the only Bushwick restaurant to receive a Michelin star while Dear Bushwick got a Bib Gourmand nod for being one of the city's top affordable destinations, honors announced by Guide Michelin last month.
The owner of Falansai, which opened in May, said a mention in the guide was both a major honor and a surprise.
"The fact they even found us was cool," said the owner Henry Trieu. "Being mentioned is a big deal because the guide has been around for so many years."