Sampling Chinese and Irish cuisine in Brooklyn

- Brooklyn is a diverse borough with endless food options. Along 8th avenue in Sunset Park, you might be surprised to find Brooklyn's very own Chinatown.

Renee Giordano is the executive director of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District and she has lived in the neighborhood for the past 40 years. She says in the 1980s it felt as though Brooklyn Chinatown had developed overnight. She says the best thing about the growth was the food.

And the food is as authentic as it gets, according to Yuemei Lin, manager at China Wok. She invited us to scarf down some beef lo mein and chicken and broccoli.

Just 20 blocks away, we find ourselves in the heart of Bay Ridge, where locals say there is a strong Irish history with a pub on almost every corner. Irish food is comfort food, with lots of meat and potatoes. And we got to try some at skinflints.

Customers say Skinflints Irish pub has been a staple in the community for 40 years, serving up homemade Irish dishes like shepherd's pie and corned beef platters. Owner Gerard Bell says he tries to keep the Irish traditions alive in Bay Ridge.

Brooklyn food blogger Dara Pollak came to chow down with us at the pub. She says whatever your taste buds may be, New York City is a foodie's paradise.

So whether you're in the mood for some dim sum or a hot Reuben sandwich, I think most people can agree that you can find it all in this one borough.

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