Restaurants in Brooklyn
It’s nearly impossible to walk around without bumping into a critically-praised Brooklyn restaurant. The borough is teeming with everything from Michelin Star restaurants like the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Blanca (hidden behind famed pizzeria, Roberta’s) to delicious on-the-go fare at Brooklyn’s many, many food festivals. In fact, every genre of food you can imagine can be found somewhere in the borough. If you simply can’t make up your mind when it comes to restaurants in Brooklyn, just explore the neighborhoods on foot. Visits to the Greenpoint and Williamsburg area are sure fire bets when it comes to finding great food. Both neighborhoods are home to dozens of great eateries that can be found by simply walking along Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue and the outsized commercial area bounded by Wythe Avenue, Driggs Avenue, McCarren Park and S. 5th Street in Williamsburg. Meanwhile, there’s another cluster of great eateries in the area that stretches from the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge to Prospect Park (i.e. DUMBO to Park Slope) and in the rapidly changing north-central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill and Fort Greene.
A spin-off of the Brooklyn Flea, this food-only market happens every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the waterfront adjacent to the East River State Park.
There’s a hippy, trippy kind of rough-hewn beauty to this Williamsburg outpost from Taavo Somer (Freemans, Peels). Exposed beams and brick everywhere and cut firewood piled high in triangular pods against one wall.
Most of the ingredients at this diner in downtown Williamsburg come from its own six-acre, organic farm located 2.5 hours north and provide fresh flavors for the various breakfast and lunch dishes.
Be prepared to wait. And wait. And wait. Since 1964, Domenico DeMarco has been making one pizza at a time at his shop in the melting pot of Midwood, Brooklyn.
Start your night with dinner at this pint-sized Mexican nook, with welcoming waitresses and colorfully painted walls. Try the tilapia baked in banana leaves with capers and olives, chicken simmered in mole sauce. Get here early—the 11 tables here fill up quickly.
Located across the East River from Manhattan, this Mexican restaurant is known for its rooftop terrace with views of the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, and the Manhattan skyline.
One of the toughest reservations in New York is also one of the most unlikely Michelin three-star establishments anywhere. First, it’s inside a gourmet grocery on an otherwise bland Brooklyn block.
What It’s Like: As classic as a string of pearls, this New York jewel—in a perfect setting on the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge—has romanced diners since it opened its doors in 1977.
This small restaurant — painted in the bright yellow, green, and white of the Jamaican flag — specializes in Caribbean-style patties. The crispy pastries are stuffed with a mixture of allspice, black pepper, and a choice of seasoned ground beef, chicken, or cabbage and potatoes.
What good New Yorker doesn’t crave a 2 a.m. slice? Stroll to the Brooklyn outpost of Joe’s Pizza where Park Slope’s partiers finish their nights with tasty thin-crust renditions of classics like tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, or barbeque chicken pizza.
At Mile End Delicatessen, in Brooklyn, Noah and Rae Bernamoff serve Montreal-style bagels; Noah is from Montreal and, as is typical, thinks their bagels are better than New York’s. New York's are hard, boiled, the hole irregular; theirs is softer, sweeter, as if a metaphor for Canadian life.