9 Best Restaurants in Bushwick, New York City

Bunna Cafe

$$ | Bushwick Fodor's choice

The best way to sample the diverse flavors of Ethiopian cuisine is by dining at this stellar restaurant that transports you to Addis Ababa through its decor, music, and above all, it's selection of traditional dishes. All dishes are plant-based and full of flavor, which aligns with most authentic fare, including chickpea-based shiro, lentil wot, and a mushroom version of tibs (a stir-fry with meat and vegetables). It's all served with injera, a sourdough flatbread used to scoop up the various stews, with your hands. The drink menu includes traditional t'ej (honey wine), cocktails, and wine and beer from Ethiopia. The namesake bunna—Ethiopian coffee brewed with cardamom and cloves—is worth a try, too. 


$ Fodor's choice
The Soviet-era childhoods of its two owners inspired the food and decor of this casual coffeehouse that has impressed the neighborhood with its Russian-inflected lunch and brunch fare. Popular dishes include the buckwheat-and-kale salad and the avocado toast, both topped with a fried egg if desired. Cheburashka sweetened coffee, named after a character from Russian children's literature, is the signature drink. It's tempting to linger here, either in the sunny front room or, in warm weather, on the large back patio.

Little Skips

$ | Bushwick Fodor's choice
Artwork by local artists, some of them customers, hang on the wall at this popular hangout space that lures a large contingent of freelancers typing away on their laptops. The sandwiches are excellent, and gluten-free substitutes are available for an additional charge. Service can be slow, but there's plenty of people-watching while you wait.

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983 Bushwick's Living Room

$$ | Bushwick
This popular spot on Flushing Avenue, near some of East Williamsburg’s most-frequented shops and restaurants, is best known for lunch and brunch comfort food, and also stays open for dinner. Sandwiches are the big thing—the Philly cheesesteak, marinated artichoke, and crispy buffalo chicken are among the standouts—though there's a bit of everything on the menu, and breakfast is served all day. Local artwork hangs on the walls.

AP Café

$ | Bushwick
Conveniently located amid the street-art murals of the Bushwick Collective, this minimalist café has expansive windows perfect for art- and people-watching—though most of the crowd is busy staring at their laptops. Grab expertly pulled coffee on the go or stick around for Instagram-worthy healthy sandwiches, soups, and brunch dishes.

Arepera Guacuco

$ | Bushwick
Arepas are griddled corn patties filled with meats and cheeses and sometimes vegetables; at this casual Venezuelan restaurant you watch them being freshly patted into shape and griddled, right behind the bar. Start with an order of tajadas (sweet plantains topped with shredded cheese) or the tequeños (fried green plantains). The latter are served with homemade salsa rosada (a mix of ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard that tastes better than it sounds) and picante nula (a hot sauce of jalapeños and tomatillos).

Dun-Well Doughnuts

Doughnuts have become a national obsession, and dedicated shops have opened up all over New York City and Brooklyn. This retro-cool shop has an extra edge: all the doughnuts are vegan, and they also come in more than 200 flavors. Staples include traditional glazed, chocolate, and jelly-filled, but depending on the day you might find inventive creations like espresso mocha, strawberry kiwi, tangerine basil, and peach cobbler.

Montana's Trail House

$$ | Bushwick
Comfort food leads the menu at the coolest barn in Bushwick, which started life in Kentucky before being reassembled on Troutman Street and decorated with deer heads and other Americana. The "Appalachian-influenced" food translates into fried chicken, brisket, and hot turkey sandwiches. Hearty brunch dishes include crowd-pleasing fried chicken biscuits, French toast, and a riff on eggs Benedict with hoecakes and collard greens. The bartenders, who frequently share space with a DJ spinning vinyl, prepare exceptional cocktails.
455 Troutman St., Brooklyn, NY, 11237, USA
Known For
  • Serious cocktails, often including local spirits
  • Sweet tea--brined fried chicken
  • Switchel-based cocktails
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos

$ | Bushwick
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more authentic taquería than this one, in the front room of a tortilla factory. Meals are inexpensive and delicious (the spicy chorizo taco is a popular option), which means the place gets busy, especially on weekend nights, when the handwritten order tickets sometimes vaporize amid the busy crowd. It's BYOB, so stop in at the corner deli if you want something stronger than Jarritos soda with your tacos.
271 Starr St., Brooklyn, NY, 11237, USA
Known For
  • Cheap tacos, taquitos, tostadas, and tortas
  • Fresh tortillas made on-site
  • No-frills, BYOB restaurant