224 Best Restaurants in Brooklyn, New York City

Cafe Colette

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An owner of the Hotel Delmano bar across the street operates this charming corner bistro with an enclosed garden that's open year-round. Inside, the weathered wood, a zinc bar, leather banquettes, and candlelit tables lend the place a romantic, old-world feel and provide a backdrop to fresh, simple New American food influenced by the cuisines of Italy, France, Spain, and Central America. Standout dishes include the crispy-chicken sandwich (served at lunch) and the handmade pastas, among them wild nettle and ricotta ravioli. Craft cocktails are poured, and the wine list focuses on small producers known for sustainable agricultural practices. Reservations are recommended on weekends.

Café Grumpy

$ | Greenpoint
Made famous by the HBO television show Girls—the character Ray works here—this indie coffee shop roasts its beans in the roastery next door and sends them to its other cafés around the city. Café Grumpy serves all the usual drip coffee and espresso drinks plus pastries, with gluten-free options. This location, opened in 2005, was the first.
193 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11222, USA
718-349–7623
Known For
  • Artisanal coffee
  • Appearing on HBO's Girls
  • Freelancer-friendly

Cafe Luluc

$$ | Carroll Gardens
This French bistro is a longtime, lively neighborhood favorite, especially for weekend brunch, when lines can spill out onto the sidewalk. Francophiles can get classics like croque monsieur, brioche French toast, and moules marinière but the extensive menu spans contemporary cuisine. The vibe is more Paris than Brooklyn: all tiles, zinc bar, and tin ceiling. A soaring tree shades the serene patio.
214 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA
718-625--3815
Known For
  • Three-course, weeknight prix-fixe menu before 7 pm
  • Late evening kitchen
  • Brunch pancakes, which also can be ordered on Sunday evening

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Café Madeleine

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In addition to excellent coffee, tea, and even kombucha (on tap), this bustling café near the Q train serves local farm-fresh and homemade fare from eggs and biscuits to veggie and poke bowls. Sandwiches come piled high with organic ingredients such as fresh avocado, leafy greens, and the "world's best" pastrami. You'll want to try all 10 grilled cheeses, be it classic cheddar, fig and apple, or another delectable variation. Though a tad cramped, the café's more than 30 tables are spread out in two rooms.

Café Pedlar

$ | Cobble Hill
The folks behind Frankie's 457 and Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens operate this bustling café whose limited seating only heightens its cachet. The expert staffers pull espresso drinks and pour-overs made with the latest and greatest roasts from nearby Stumptown. If you want to try something different, look for the output of "guest roasters" like Mad Cap from Grand Rapids, Michigan, or Anchored Coffee of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At the pastry counter you can pick up cookies, croissants, quiches, or the toothsome soft pretzels.

Café Tibet

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This brightly painted Tibetan restaurant perched above the subway tracks next to the Cortelyou Road station draws a crowd. The budget- and vegetarian-friendly menu is strong on homemade traditional Himalayan dishes like momos (dumplings), curries, tsam-thuk (barley soup), baklap (patties of minced beef, garlic, and onion), and butter tea, which is salty and usually an acquired taste. Order the thali platter for a complete meal with daal (lentil soup), mustard greens, salad, and papadum flatbread. With only seven tables, there’s often a wait.
1510 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, NY, 11226, USA
718-941–2725
Known For
  • Homemade Tibetan dishes
  • Vegetarian options
  • Compact, friendly space

Caffè De Martini

$ | Prospect Heights

It's hard to miss this charming little café when strolling down Vanderbilt Avenue with its big, faux floral design adorning its doorway. Inside, the decor is just as inspired by flowers and plants, as intended by its Colombian co-founder Camila Soto, who designed it. Her Colombian-influence is evident on the menu (i.e., arepas) of what's otherwise Italian-inspired, thanks to co-founder and namesake Stefano De Martini. Stop in for a quick cornetto or a cortado.

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.

Choice Market

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If you're planning a picnic at the Pratt Institute Sculpture Park or looking for a low-key meal, this take-out counter and café will do you right. Prepared salads, sandwiches, and excellent pastries are pricier than your average corner deli, but then again, most bodegas don't have farro salad, salmon burgers, or pear brûlée cheesecake on the menu. Service can be slow.

Chuko

$$ | Prospect Heights

A small, reliably tasty menu of signature ramen bowls headlines this Prospect Heights institution for noodles, buns, and Brussels sprouts in fish sauce. Pork, chicken, and eggs are typical add-ons to any of their flavorful bowls, although any can be made vegetarian. Long waits for a table are the norm, especially during winter months. 

Cinco de Mayo

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Colorful textiles adorn the windows of this tiny taquería that serves a sizable, affordable menu of authentic dishes. The “super” tacos (choice of meat with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole), mole entrées, quesadillas, and hearty chicken, goat, and pozole (hominy) soups go well with the refreshing tamarind juice or horchata (a rice-milk drink with cinnamon)—both house-made. With fewer than 10 tables it can get crowded on weekends. Sidewalk seating is available in warm weather.
1202 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, NY, 11218, USA
718-693–1022
Known For
  • Authentic Mexican dishes
  • Homemade juices
  • Affordable neighborhood favorite

Clover Club

$$ | Cobble Hill

Long recognized for a classy, yet cozy vibe and excellent drinks—both classic and inspired by the classics, this is one of the best cocktail bars in Brooklyn. Passionate mixologists cook up seasonal cocktail menus and tasty bites to pair with them. Weekends get busy, especially with brunch service, but head here on weeknights to sit at the bar and call bartender's choice.

Coffee Mob

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Attentive baristas expertly prepare luscious lattes and single-origin cold-brewed coffee in this stylistically minimal corner coffee shop. Owner Buck Berk personally travels to farms around the world to find Coffee Mob's beans, which are roasted at Brooklyn's Pulley Collective. Enjoy your coffee with pastries or a bagel and feel revived with both caffeine and the shop's abundant natural light.

Colson Patisserie

$ | Park Slope
Expertly baked pastries like croissants, tarts, turnovers, macaroons, and financiers are the darling showpieces at this Belgian-inspired bakery, though the soups, salads, and sandwiches are also delicious. There are tiny self-service tables and, in good weather, sidewalk seats. It closes at 7.

Court Street Pastry Shop

$ | Cobble Hill
A celebrated remnant of Cobble Hill's Italian-American past, this family-owned bakery delivers classics to savor: cannoli, pies, spumoni, custard ices, exquisitely layered Neapolitan-style sfogliatelle,and rainbow cookies by the pound. The vintage sign alone may be reason to visit, but even better is the intoxicatingly delicious interior, where you can discover everything from seasonal pastries to sugar-free cookies.
298 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA
718-875–4820
Known For
  • Italian pastries
  • Cookies by the pound
  • Neighborhood classic
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

D.O.C. Wine Bar

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There's simply nowhere else in Williamsburg like this rustic enoteca: You'd have to sail to Sardinia to savor a comparable meal. Pastas highlight the island's specialties, among them fregola (similar to couscous) with pistachio pesto and mascarpone, and the all-Italian wine list has plenty of accessible choices to pair with the artisanal cheeses. These come with pane carasau, a thin, crispy Sardinian flatbread best simply drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It's all so authentic, you can practically smell the sea air and the sheep.
83 N. 7th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11249, USA
718-963--1925
Known For
  • Excellent wine list
  • Sardinian cuisine
  • Rustic design
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop

$ | Brooklyn Heights
Named for the founder's childhood home in Syria, this family-run bakery and market has been a mainstay of the neighborhood's Middle Eastern community since 1930. Specialties include freshly baked pita, vegetable and meat pies, and baklava. For a quick take-away lunch, order a falafel sandwich, some hummus and pita, or a lighter-than-air spinach pie.

Defonte's

$ | Red Hook
The outrageously good heroes at Defonte's Sandwich Shop, overstuffed with cured meats, mozzarella, chicken parm, or fried eggplant, have made this storefront a Brooklyn institution. And after almost a century in business, they've certainly had time to perfect their recipes. The shop is delightfully old-school, with framed newspaper clippings and head shots of Sinatra and other celebrities on the walls. Seating is limited.
379 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
718-625--8052
Known For
  • Old-school atmosphere
  • Awesome sandwiches
  • Just a few seats
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner, closed Sun.

Di ăn Di

$$ | Greenpoint

Di ăn Di manages to differentiate itself from the hordes of Southeast Asian–fusion restaurants in the city with a light- and plant-filled dining room and great recipes made using quality ingredients. Diners rave about the beef pho ha noi, with its poached egg yolk and scattering of scallions, and do nurong—skewers of meat, fish, or tofu, served with fresh noodles or broken rice.

68 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11222, USA
718-576–3914
Known For
  • Pho noodle soups
  • Approachable Vietnamese fare
  • Bright, plant-filled dining room
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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When this upstate legend opened an outpost in Gowanus, it was if Union Street was anointed barbecue row. With 180 seats, sidewalk picnic tables, and family-style orders, it's good for groups. There are "custom 'que" specials on weekdays and the St. Louis ribs and beef brisket are favorites.
604 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11215, USA
347-429--7030
Known For
  • Pulled pork—the dish that put this Syracuse-based chain on the map
  • Live music Friday and Saturday nights

Doña Zita

$ | Coney Island
Just off the boardwalk, this taco stand has a selection of tasty Mexican standards. The taco carne asada (marinated steak) is a favorite; torta sandwiches are large enough to share. It's a quick, inexpensive meal that pairs well with a Mexican fruit-flavored Jarritos soda.

Dragon Bay Bakery

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One of several traditional Chinese bakeries along 8th Avenue, this busy café is a good stop for a morning or afternoon pastry and a sweet milk tea. Savory and sweet Chinese classics like the flaky egg tarts, steamed buns, and airy slices of green-tea sponge cake are all between $1 or $2 apiece, so try as many as your appetite allows. Get your snack to go, or grab one of the few small tables.

Du Jour Bakery

$ | Park Slope
This unpretentious café is owned by TJ and Vera Obias, husband-and-wife pastry chefs who make everything on premises "du jour"---some of the delectable classic French and American baked goods are even made fresh twice a day. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus include frittatas, melts, and salads. Coffee drinks, cocktails, beer and wine, and an interesting selection of iced and hot teas round out your options.

Dun-Well Doughnuts

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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.

East Harbor Seafood Palace

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For a traditional dim sum brunch experience, this Sunset Park Chinatown institution is a good bet for high quality and variety. Not much English is spoken, so be ready to take a guess and point at whichever plates look good as servers wheel them on carts through the cavernous restaurant. Local families with young children pack this place so the atmosphere can be chaotic but great fun. Arrive early on weekend mornings, or expect a long wait.
714 65th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11220, USA
718-765--0098
Known For
  • Weekend dim sum
  • Friendly and noisy
  • Fresh and tasty dishes

El Almacen

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The focus at this Argentine steak house is on grass-fed beef, served on wooden platters and paired with an Argentine Malbec from the extensive wine list. The restaurant has a warm bistro feel, with lace curtains and a pressed-tin ceiling. In summer, the best seats are out in the garden, which is tucked away behind the restaurant and strung with lights.
557 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211, USA
718-218–7284
Known For
  • Argentine steaks
  • Great wine list
  • Romantic atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

Elia Restaurant

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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

Fada

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A typical French bistro in the heart of Williamsburg, Fada serves Provençal specialties, including classic moules marinière, steak au poivre, and ratatouille. The owner hails from Marseille, so both the menu and decor are in keeping with the traditions of the French Riviera. A gypsy jazz band plays on weekends (there's flamenco on Tuesday), and a fetching enclosed garden awaits you out back.
530 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211, USA
718-388–6105
Known For
  • French bistro fare
  • Charming garden
  • Live gypsy jazz
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch Tues.--Sat.

Ferdinando's Focacceria

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Basic decor, a pressed-tin roof, and family photos set the completely unpretentious, old-school mood at this laid-back neighborhood temple of Sicilian comfort food. Everything is delicious, but standouts include the arancini (rice balls), the pork-chop pizzaiola (cooked with peppers, tomatoes, and capers), and the panelle special, in which chickpea fritters meet ricotta in a sandwich with delicious results.
151 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
718-855--1545
Known For
  • Great food
  • Reasonable prices
  • Closes at 8 Monday--Thursday
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Fette Sau

$$ | Williamsburg

There are enough transplants from Texas and the South bringing their pitmaster experiences to Brooklyn that "Brooklyn style BBQ" has become formidable fare. One of the first purveyors of Brooklyn barbecue is this joint inside a former auto-body repair shop, where a huge wood-and-gas smoker delivers rotating meats, including brisket, pork belly, sausages, ribs, and smoked wings—all sold by the pound. Sides include potato salad, broccoli salad, and baked beans, but other pairings come in the form of one of over 100 American whiskeys and 10 microbrews. Come early, especially on warm afternoons, when carnivores line up to order meat and then vie for a table inside or out on the former repair shop's driveway.