Readers Write

readersThank you for the beautiful article on Queen’s Hideaway (Summer issue). We’ve been reviewed plenty, and learned that sometimes people in New York follow restaurant reviews like it’s a sport. But the Edible Brooklyn readers who came for dinner after your piece ran have been so enthusiastic! They order well, don’t fuss about prices and are so supportive of our efforts to purchase from local farmers.I’m the cook, so I see the order tickets when they hit the kitchen, and was thrilled to see how well your readers navigated the menu. They eat like I do—many different dishes—and they choose so well! That’s the best compliment a chef can get. At the time of the story I didn’t know that Queen’s Hideaway would be closing. We had a spat with our landlord, so our last night will be October 18. I’m so glad to have a record of the restaurant by Edible Brooklyn.Thank you,

Liza Queen
Queen’s Hideaway

From the Editor: We couldn’t agree more with Liza’s letter above—our readers are extraordinarily savory-savvy, always up on place-based taste. Which is why we want to hear from you! Put down the fork and drop us a line at When it comes to what’s passing your lips, we’re all ears.

And here’s a specific homework assignment: for our January–March issue we seek food-related New Year’s resolutions. Ridding your pantry of high-fructose corn syrup? Growing your own windowsill ginger? Pledging to master risotto? Vowing to find the best Jamaican patty in town? We want to know.

Speaking of finding the best—it’s time for our second annual Local Hero Awards, and the polls are open through December 12. Visit to nominate your favorite farm, restaurant, food artisan, beverage artisan, and not-for-profit. Vote early and often!

I very much enjoyed “a Farm Grows in Brooklyn” in your Spring issue. I found the story inspiring and hopeful and also a positive and exciting way to promote community building and education.

How interesting that another story a few pages back entitled “Sweet Deliverance” features a company that caters to wealthy moms with “Brooklyn realities” by not only picking up their share of fresh farm produce at the Williamsburg CSA, but also cooks and delivers ready-made meals to their doorsteps.

What a contrast of “Brooklyn realities.”

Perhaps we should look at the bigger picture here: many neighborhood CSAs are not accessible to the majority of Brooklyn’s population, whether it be price, outreach or ability to access information about healthy eating. These articles show the great divide in Brooklyn’s socioeconomic classes and made me question the role of a farm and CSA in the great neighborhood that we live in.


Catherine Gugliotta