13 Best Restaurants in DUMBO, New York City

Brooklyn Roasting Company

$ | DUMBO Fodor's choice
Artfully disheveled staffers brew coffee from fair-trade and rain-forest alliance–certified beans, while local gallerists and start-up techies flirt over perfectly poured cortados and other beverages at this East River--adjacent café. The loft-style industrial space is filled with antique roasting equipment and ample seating, and also serves pastries and sandwiches.


$$ | DUMBO Fodor's choice

Friendly service and convivial, colorful crowds have transformed this bi-level, renovated warehouse into a welcoming, quirky neighborhood institution with rotating art shows and frequent DJ sets. The kitchen's organic menu changes daily, plus there's a weekend brunch with live Americana music. 

Vinegar Hill House

$$$ | DUMBO Fodor's choice

Outfitted with candlelit tables and a twinkling rear garden, this romantic destination is well worth the sloping walk up from the waterfront. Seasonal menus include inventive new American fare and crowd-pleasing brunch dishes, with a couple of pasta dishes and classics like roast chicken, chicken liver mousse, and pork chops always in rotation. Wait times can be considerable, but the cozy bar pours potent cocktails, local beers, and wine by the glass in the interim.

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Almondine Bakery

Jacques Torres's partner Herve Poussot bakes Gallic pastries (think fresh-baked fraisier with fresh strawberries and mousseline crème) and delectable quiches and croissants, and serves sandwiches on award-winning baguettes, in this spot across the street from Torres's chocolate shop. The petit storefront's interior is nothing special, but the staff are friendly and the seating is abundant.

Almondine Bakery


Arguably the best French bakery outside of the Montmartre is on DUMBO's Water Street. Chef Herve Poussot helms this neighborhood favorite, baking on-site daily chocolate raspberry croissants, mille-feuille, macarons, and pear tarts, as well as baguettes, quiche, and sandwiches. Pick up a snack and a coffee to take to the park.

Archway Cafe

Artwork by local artists lines the walls of this breezy café that serves soups, salads, and excellent sandwiches big enough to share. In warm weather, take your order to go, and enjoy an alfresco spread on nearby picnic tables beneath the Manhattan Bridge.


$$$ | DUMBO
The industrial-chic interiors at this bi-level, French-accented New American destination include pendant lamps and a buzzy open kitchen. Seasonal New American dishes such as Long Island duck and market fish are paired with an array of wines by the glass, and the bar pours house cocktails made with local spirits and an array of international piscos, mezcals, and barrel-aged Spanish gins.

Bridge Coffee Shop

This homespun Latin American diner is the antidote to DUMBO's stilettoed galleristas and hipper-than-thou start-up scene. Neighborhood denizens, Latino expats, and the occasional off-duty mail carrier convene for hearty plates of pernil (roast pork), maduros (sweet plantains), and exceptional medianoche sandwiches.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Food Stands

Several of Manhattan's and Brooklyn's top restaurants—including the Ace Hotel's No. 7 Sub and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory—have outposts along the waterfront just north of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Across the street, a dine-in branch of Danny Meyer's global juggernaut Shake Shack has an entrance on Old Fulton Street.

Cecconi's Dumbo

$$$ | DUMBO

Already known for its upscale eateries around the world, Cecconi's made a splash when it joined the polished DUMBO culinary and cultural scene in 2017. The Italian menu and stunning East River–facing outdoor terrace are enough to warrant a visit; but no matter the season or weather, the roomy bar, outstanding service, and inviting furnishings make this a hot spot well worth a trip to this historic district.

Gran Eléctrica

$$ | DUMBO

Modern Mexican flair adorns this stylish neighborhood staple for elevated Mexican street tacos, as well as regional takes on octopus, enmoladas (chicken mole enchiladas), and trout in garlic sauce. With indoor and outdoor dining spaces, this family-friendly restaurant also prides itself on having an impressive list of agave spirits, which they use when conjuring up creative cocktails.

5 Front St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA
Known For
  • Multiregional Mexican dishes
  • Balanced cocktails and diverse tequilas
  • Family-friendly space
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays


$$ | DUMBO

This authentic pizza joint has been serving arguably the best coal-fired pies on the block, ever since Patsy Grimaldi severed ties with the Grimaldi's location nearby. Juliana's—named in honor of Patsy's mother—has reigned as the Dumbo destination pizza place, and it's a local favorite for homemade soups, as well as their classic white and margherita pizzas. However, don't expect to stop in for a quick slice; it's personal to large pies only.

Little Muenster

This tiny, weekday-only storefront serves rib-sticking, soul-satisfying sandwiches, like gooey grilled cheese made with sustainably sourced ingredients. The takeout counter is occasionally taken over by temporary pop-ups like Little Nica', which serves Nicaraguan street food in homage to one of the owners' Latin American heritage.
145 Front St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA
Known For
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Thoughtfully sourced ingredients
  • Pop-ups
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No dinner