My last 2 years in NY were on 3rd Place between Court and Clinton. Great neighborhood. Unfortunately, I left before Epaulet opened.
The Grocery on Smith is/was excellent.
Schnack on Union near Columbia was great for... wait for it.... snacks. Edit - Never mind, closed.
In Williamsburg, Sea was great and there was a great Indian place on either 2nd or 3rd Street.
My take on Luger's is pass unless they have improved significantly. I went there with friends several times....