Top Summer Food Destinations

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Brooklyn, New York

There’s no denying that Manhattan’s hipster sister gets muggy in the summertime. The silver lining? Tourists drop off, leaving sought-after restaurant reservations to locals and savvy low-season travelers. Now that crowds have vacated, you might be able to snag a table for two at Runner & Stone in Gowanus, a bakery and restaurant from veterans of Per Se and Blue Ribbon where small plates range from grappa-cured striped bass to duck confit served with artichoke hearts and olives. At the Habana Outpost, a Fort Greene standby that’s open only April through October, Cuban sandwiches and top-notch guacamole are prepared in a solar-paneled food truck; stick around for movies projected against a brownstone wall.

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