2 Best Restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City

Gage & Tollner


Tucked on a unglamorous stretch of Downtown Brooklyn, this restaurant can feel like a delightful 19th-century anomaly. That's no coincidence: Gage & Tollner actually has been around for over 130 years. Today the tastefully renovated space, originally from 1892, is like a trip back in time, with uniformed servers, dark wood trim, huge mirrors and gas-lit lamps. The menu also feels decidedly gilded age, with sumptuous cuts of steak and classic sides, luxe seafood platters, and old-timey desserts like Baked Alaska.  Start the night off with a drink at the Sunken Harbor Club, with nautical-theme cocktails.

372 Fulton St., New York, NY, 11201, USA
Known For
  • Old-world decor
  • Prime steaks
  • Underwater-theme tiki bar upstairs
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Junior's Restaurant

$$ | Downtown Brooklyn

Famous for its thick slices of cheesecake, Junior's has been a quintessential Brooklyn eatery since 1950, with a menu that also includes their famous steakburgers and matzo ball soup. Their Reubens and thick French fries are first-rate, as are the potato latkes and pretty much all the breakfast offerings. Sink into one of the vinyl booths and enjoy comforting diner and delicatessen classics in this brightly lit space.