Breanna Stewart’s Guide to Brooklyn: The New York Liberty Star Recommends Her Favorite Spots

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In Super Squads, The Athletic follows the New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces in their quest to win a WNBA championship. Our reporters will tell the stories of players from two of the most stellar teams in league history and examine how their paths shape the future of the WNBA. All items discussed were identified using Lens in the Google app.

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NEW YORK – Breanna Stewart hasn’t been able to fully immerse herself in the dining scene around Barclays Center. Although she announced her decision to play for the New York Liberty in February, Stewart spent most of the spring in Istanbul, Turkey, playing for eventual EuroLeague champion Fenerbahçe. Then, when she returned to the U.S. in mid-April, the business of the WNBA season picked up steam. “I think the schedule has been so crazy (plus my days off are always busy) that (my wife) Marta and I are waiting for the moment to go out and enjoy food,” Stewart says.

Stewart may also not have much time once the season concludes, as she and her wife are expecting their second child toward the end of October. And yet, despite all that, Stewart has developed at least some favorites in Brooklyn. Ahead of the postseason, when the Liberty will host the Washington Mystics, here are four places she recommends for fans coming to Brooklyn.

Feet and thighs

166 S 4th St., Brooklyn, New York, 11211

Although not necessarily located within walking distance of the Liberty court, Pies ‘n’ Thighs has been among the best fried chicken and biscuit spots in New York City for more than 15 years. Within earshot of the Williamsburg Bridge, a visitor could savor Stewart’s favorite dish: the chicken biscuit (a crispy chicken cutlet on a buttermilk biscuit spread with hot sauce and honey butter) and then take a one hour walk to see New York play. “That’s my lock. Number one,” Stewart says. “If I have a day off and I can eat like shit, I’ll eat that.”

Pies ‘n’ Thighs Chicken Biscuit. (Identified by Lens in the Google app / Ben Pickman)

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

1 Front St., Brooklyn, New York, 11201

Grimaldi’s is regularly among New York City’s most acclaimed pizzerias and is one of the few places that still cooks its pizzas in a coal-fired brick oven. It is full of tradition; It does not sell slices and it was necessary until the COVID-19 pandemic to even deliver its pies. As the regular season concluded, the Liberty leaned into New York pizza history. To promote Stewart’s candidacy for the MVP award, the pizzeria created custom pizza boxes with his stats. The 2018 MVP prefers cheesecakes. Speaking of the classic Dumbo, he says: “I love it.”

Forma Pasta Factory

5 Greene Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 11238

Forma may not have the institutional history that Grimaldi’s does (it only opened in 2019), but the freshness of its ingredients makes it equally worth a visit. It offers pasta that is made in-house daily, and several employees prepare fettuccine, pappardelle, and ravioli in front of diners as they enter. For those who attend Liberty games, their Fort Greene location is less than a 10-minute walk from the stadium, and the pasta is more affordable than almost anything you can find inside the stadium. Forma pastas start at just $13. It’s not just Forma’s homemade pasta that the New York star forward likes, but also an olive oil sauce.

Forma Pasta Factory ragu pipette. (Identified by Lens in the Google app / Ben Pickman)

lemon grass

156 Court St., Brooklyn, New York, 11201

There is no shortage of Thai restaurants in Brooklyn, even if one is narrowing their search to places within walking distance of Barclays. But this Cobble Hill restaurant has become one of Stewart’s favorites during his few months in the district. “I’m just a pad thai person,” he says. His favorite proteins are seafood or tofu. And when it comes to the preferred spiciness of his pad Thai, Stewart says, “I like it spicy.”

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(Top photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images; food photos: Ben Pickman / The Athletic)


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