10 Best Restaurants in Bay Ridge, New York City

A.L.C. Italian Grocery

$ Fodor's choice
Modeled after an old-school salumeria, and run by the grandson of Bensonhurst’s beloved Italian food importing and distribution business, D. Coluccio & Sons, this specialty grocery stocks everything from cheese, chocolate, salami, imported pasta, sauces, bread, and pizza dough to prepared foods and salads. The memorable Italian heroes and sandwiches include the Pork Ridge (with homemade porchetta, Italian Crucolo cheese, and the spicy, spreadable salami called 'nduja) and the vegetable and ricotta sandwich. There are a few tables up front, but the prime picnic territory of Shore Park is just a short walk away.

Tanoreen

$$ Fodor's choice
This restaurant put Bay Ridge on the foodie map when it first opened in 1998, and chef-owner Rawia Bishara’s refined Palestinian dishes—a tribute to her rich Middle Eastern heritage—continue to draw crowds and accolades. Vaulted ceilings and a glass-enclosed atrium are a stylish backdrop for the inventive interpretations of home-style meals. Don’t miss dishes like the cauliflower with tangy pomegranate molasses, the delectable eggplant napoleon, and anything made with lamb (but especially, if it's on the menu, the freekeh bel lahmeh, a type of ancient grain prepared with perfectly seasoned lamb). The signature dessert, knafeh—baked sweet cheese in phyllo dough, topped with rosewater and pistachios—requires a worthwhile 10-minute wait while it bakes.

Anopoli Family Restaurant

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This Bay Ridge institution has been around for more than a hundred years, and the ice-cream sundaes are the stuff of childhood dreams—the banana split is fantastic. There's a full menu of typical diner fare that's decent, but the sundaes are the real attraction.

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Areo Ristorante

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Bay Ridge families have been coming to this lively, upscale restaurant for old-school Italian food and old-world service for more than 25 years. The waiters are genial and the atmosphere is gregarious, which just goes to show that everyone's having a good time. The menu features mostly Neapolitan cuisine and you can't go wrong with any of the baked pastas; the veal marsala and the sea bass are also popular.
8424 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11209, USA
718-238--0079
Known For
  • Red sauce joint
  • Lively scene, especially on summer weekends
  • Big portions
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Elia Restaurant

$$$
Something of a Bay Ridge secret, Elia has been serving refined Greek delicacies in the neighborhood since 1998. The menu features grilled meat, fish, and seafood, as well as traditional casseroles and appetizers, all prepared with innovative touches: grilled shrimp, for example, are served with pomegranate couscous and avgolemono (egg-lemon sauce), and tender homemade ravioli are filled with braised lamb. The lamb shank baked in a clay pot with orzo is always a good bet.
8611 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11209, USA
718-748--9891
Known For
  • Whole fish
  • Everything grilled, especially the octopus
  • Warm Mediterranean vibe
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch

Gino's

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Family-owned and -operated since the 1960s, this always crowded restaurant and pizzeria is known for its red-sauce pastas and classic Italian dishes like pasta e fagioli, rigatoni with eggplant and sausage, and spaghetti and meatballs, all served with attentive service in an exposed-brick and white-tablecloth setting. The restaurant is a favorite spot for family gatherings and special-occasion dining. The casual pizzeria up front is counter seating only; walk through to get to the bar and main restaurant.
7414 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11209, USA
718-748--1698
Known For
  • Old-school Italian food
  • Casual pizzeria up front
  • Family-friendly
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Hazar Turkish Kebab

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In a neighborhood full of excellent Middle Eastern food, this casual restaurant stands out. There's a grill for kebabs, a spit for shawarma, and an oven for delicious made-to-order pides (pitas) like the sucuk pide (stuffed with mozzarella and Turkish sausage). The hummus and the falafel here are phenomenal. For dessert, try the kazandibi, a creamy semolina pudding with a caramelized top.
7224 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11209, USA
718-238--4040
Known For
  • Fresh-baked pides
  • Mixed-grill kebabs
  • Giant sandwiches

Leske's Bakery

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Alongside traditional Scandinavian treats like limpa bread and flakey chocolate-, fruit-, and custard-filled kringles, this 50-plus-year-old bakery offers New York classics like cakey black-and-white cookies, apple turnovers, jelly doughnuts, and cheesecake. There are many varieties of Italian cookies, including themed ones for occasions like Halloween and Easter.
7612 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11209, USA
718-680--2323
Known For
  • Black-and-white cookies
  • Seasonal cookies
  • Too many good things to choose from

Paneantico

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This seemingly always busy corner bakery and café has been serving Bay Ridgers since 2000, with menu offerings that include hearty salads, sandwiches, fresh breads, and prepared foods to go. Its long glass cases are filled with tempting traditional Italian and American desserts; the cannoli are delicious. The hero with hot soppressata, Bel Paese cheese, and green olive tapenade is a lunch favorite, as is the one with broccoli rabe, mozzarella, and fried eggplant. Grab an espresso or cappuccino from the coffee bar in the back and linger outside at a table.

Ponte Vecchio

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Classic Italian fare like veal marsala, linguine alle vongole, and pasta e fagioli isn't hard to find in Bay Ridge, but this lively, upscale Italian eatery has the street cred that comes with being in business since 1978 and having a famous sister restaurant (Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, open since 1902) in Manhattan's Little Italy. The namesake Pollo Rollatini Ponte Vecchio—chicken stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella, and mushrooms, in marsala sauce—is one of the standout entrées. Ask to sit in the garden during the summer months for a more intimate dining experience.