224 Best Restaurants in Brooklyn, New York City

Tom's Coney Island

$ | Coney Island
Fountain sodas like the cherry-lime rickey or Tom's Famous Egg Cream are favorites at this boardwalk outpost of Tom's in Prospect Heights. As at the original, you can get all-American breakfast items like bacon, ham, or pork sausage omelets, corned beef hash, and silver dollar pancakes. Sit near giant windows overlooking the beach and boardwalk, or outside in good weather.

Tom's Restaurant

$ | Prospect Heights
Lines form down the block every weekend around midday for a spot at this snug, old-school counter spot with straightforward diner food such as scrambled eggs, deli sandwiches, and standout lemon-ricotta flapjacks (ask for flavored butters). The legend of Tom’s may outstrip the reality (contrary to myth, Suzanne Vega’s hit “Tom’s Diner” is not named for the place), but at least staffers offer the folks in line coffee, orange slices, and bacon or sausage bites while they wait. If your party is small enough, counter seats can usually be had more quickly.
782 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA
718-636--9738
Known For
  • Straightforward diner favorites
  • Long waits but friendly service
  • Lemon-ricotta flapjacks
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner

Toné Georgian Bread Bakery & Cuisine

$ | Brighton Beach
The specialty at this off-the-beaten-track Georgian bakery is khachapuri (cheese bread) and diners in the know have been coming here and ordering it to go for years. Cozy café seating, though, invites patrons to eat in and try other delicious Georgian cuisines. The adjaruli khachapuri is a version of the savory bread with an egg cracked into the gooey farmer's cheese—stir it into melted cheese and scoop it up with the crispy bread. Other tempting items on the menu include the lamb or chicken kebabs and the lobio (red bean salad with coriander, walnuts, and pomegranate).

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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
718-456–3422
Known For
  • Cheap tacos, taquitos, tostadas, and tortas
  • Fresh tortillas made on-site
  • No-frills, BYOB restaurant

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana

$$ | Coney Island

Thin-crust pies judiciously topped with fresh mozzarella and tangy, homemade tomato sauce, then baked in a coal oven—at Totonno's you're not just eating pizza, you're biting into a slice of New York history. Anthony (Totonno) Pero first opened the pizzeria almost a century ago in 1924, right after the subways started running to Coney Island—and the restaurant is at the same location and run by the same family, using ingredients and techniques handed down through four generations. While many people may reminisce of its old-school casual dining room that's endured over the decades, Totonno's has recently switched to take-out and delivery service only, but that doesn't stop die hard fans from parking nearby to hang out and eat from pizza boxes on the top of their cars.

two8two Bar & Burger

$$ | Boerum Hill

Burgers, beers, and fries: that's what you'll get at this low-key joint. Among stroller-toting parents and neighborhood regulars, sidle up to the bar (or grab a table in back) and sink your teeth into a patty that was ground that morning by local butcher Los Paisanos. The headliner is the two8two burger, topped with roasted poblano chilies, cheddar cheese, and two8two sauce (mayo, ketchup, and spices), but there's also a lettuce wrap burger for the gluten-free or merely carb-phobic. The bar features craft beers on tap, including a couple of local selections, as well as the chipotle-habanero Bloody Mary—it's as hot as it sounds.

Two8Two Burger

$ | Boerum Hill
Burgers, beers, and fries. That's what you'll get at this low-key burger joint. Among stroller-toting parents and neighborhood regulars, you can sidle up to the bar (or grab a table in back) and sink your teeth into a burger patty that was ground that morning by local butcher Los Paisanos. The headliner is the two8two burger, topped with roasted poblano chilies, cheddar cheese, and two8two sauce (a combination of mayo, ketchup, and spices), but there's also a lettuce wrap burger for the gluten-free or merely carb-phobic The bar features a variety of craft beers on tap, including a couple of local selections, as well as the chipotle-habanero Bloody Mary–-it's as hot as it sounds.

Varenichnaya

$ | Brighton Beach
The menu at this unassuming restaurant just off the boardwalk is chock-full of must-haves, starting with the standout vareniki—Ukranian-style dumplings filled with meat, cheese, cabbage, or potatoes and topped with caramelized onions—and the pelmeni, savory, tortellini-like meat dumplings. The deliciously balanced borscht has a deep, rich flavor that’s not too sweet. Finish your meal with a glass of kampot, a nonalcoholic fruit drink that's made by boiling fresh fruit in lots water.
3086 Brighton 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY, 11235, USA
718-332–9797
Known For
  • Authentic Ukrainian dishes
  • Budget-friendly menu
  • Friendly, simple atmosphere

Walter's

$$ | Fort Greene

This buzzy bistro has a menu of upscale comfort food, a comely crowd, and diffused lighting that gives the space an aura of old fashioned glamor. Stop in for a cocktail after a day in Fort Greene Park, or come for a seasonal repast courtesy of Walter's raw bar, market-fresh veggies, and satisfying main dishes—including the popular 7 ounce signature burger.

Wilma Jean's

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The chef/owner of Nightingale 9 sticks closer to his Southern roots in this spot named for his grandmother. Comfort foods on offer include pimento cheese, fried bologna sandwiches, and baskets of perfectly seasoned fried chicken. The sun-soaked restaurant is a great place to take children, with a kid-friendly menu and large tables. For the grown-ups, there’s a stellar burger, which you can top with that pimento cheese for an extra couple bucks. The juicy birds are from local farmers and much of the produce comes from the nearby Carroll Gardens farmers' market.
345 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
718-422--0444
Known For
  • Family-friendly menu and space
  • Southern takes on Mexican and Asian staples
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Win Son

$$ | Williamsburg

Taiwan's independence from China may be up for political debate, but there's no doubt that its cuisine stands on its own—and that fare shines at Win Son. Popular dinner menu items include danzi mian (a noodle soup with pork and prawns) and "fly’s head," a mix of minced pork and chili. Brunch favorites include dan bing (a Taiwanese crepe with eggs). The no-reservations policy for parties under six translates to long wait times, so arrive before opening (11 am weekend brunch, 5:30 pm dinner)—or kill time waiting at Win Son Bakery across the street.

Wong Good Hand Pull Noodle

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After one bite of Wong Good’s springy and tender hand-pulled noodles, you’ll understand why area residents depend on this place for a quick and hearty meal. This unadorned shop doesn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere or seating, but it’s fun to watch as cooks pull noodles to order for the soup dishes.
5924 8th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11220, USA
718-492--7568
Known For
  • Busy all day
  • Good selection of noodles and soups
  • Good for a quick meal

Zizi Limona

$$
This casual neighborhood bistro serves mouthwateringly good Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, drawing inspiration from the cuisines of Israel, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, and Southern Italy. You could easily make a meal of the tapas-style "Small Zi's," like the baba ghanoush with basil and feta, the silky hummus, and falafel with tomato salsa and yogurt sauce—but then you'd miss out on the delicious tagines (stews) and kebabs. The restaurant is cozy and unpretentious, with exposed-brick walls, wooden tables, and white shelves stocked with traditional products like tahini, honey dates, halva, and the spice blend za'atar.

Zona Rosa

$$
You can't miss this fun taquería inspired by Mexico City's Zona Rosa neighborhood, thanks to the 1946 Airstream trailer embedded in the facade—the eatery started as a food truck and the restaurant was built around it. Tacos, like the flavorful mahimahi with grilled pineapple, onion, and cilantro, arrive on the bottom of a two-tiered wooden platter, with three salsas on top. Be sure to start with a margarita (classic or flavored with watermelon, pineapple, or jalapeño) and the luscious guacamole served with homemade chips. On a warm night, the terrace overlooking Metropolitan Avenue is the place to be.