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My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

There’s something magical about a good restaurant: lively music, buzzing conversations and food that’s so delicious, it kicks you back in your seat. So, this month, our food series will be all about restaurants and all that goes into them, starting with six new-to-me neighborhood spots I cannot get enough of (what places would you recommend?)…

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

Diner in Williamsburg
Located in a metal dining car from the twenties underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, Diner is must-have Brooklyn experience. The servers scribble the small New American menu on your paper tablecloth. Order a grass-fed burger and fries (hotly debated as the best in NYC) and a crisp salad. The greens are so fresh, they taste like they were pulled from the ground seconds ago. No reservations are taken, so try to snag a seat right at 6 o’clock.

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

Insa Korean BBQ in Gowanus
Insa, housed in a former warehouse, serves Korean barbecue and noodle dishes (think: marinated beef short ribs, dumpling soup and seafood corn dogs!). But the real draw of this spot are the crazy karaoke rooms, with themes like the jungle, deep sea and space. Rally a group of friends to belt out “I Will Survive” over tiki cocktails after dinner.

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

Vinegar Hill House in Vinegar Hill
Vinegar Hill House is tucked away on a cobblestone street in this small neighborhood just north of Dumbo. The farmhouse decor feels authentically homey (there’s a wood-fired oven, flickering lanterns and vintage wallpaper), and the menu is filled with gems like buttery skillet cornbread and oh-so-tender pork chops. Make reservations to guarantee a table; and if it’s warm outside, dine in their quiet garden under a cherry tree.

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

Lilia in Williamsburg
Lilia makes Williamsburg feel like Italy for a night with their hand-crafted pastas and bold wines. Order the mafaldini with parmesan and pink peppercorns (the best twist on caio e pepe that I’ve ever had) or rigatoni diavola (with San Marzano tomato sauce and chilies). Make reservations a few weeks in advance to secure a spot — this is not Brooklyn’s best-kept secret.

Glady’s in Crown Heights
Dining at Glady’s feels like taking an one-hour vacation to the Caribbean. With bright green walls and plants hanging from the ceiling, you’ll feel the stress melt away the second you walk into this jerk-chicken joint. Their prices are pretty reasonable, too, with most brunch dishes under $10, dinner dishes under $15, and homemade, not-too-sweet slushies for $6. This is a perfect spot to chill out with friends after a long week. (Bonus: Complimentary cups of coconut ice cream after your meal.)

My 6 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill
Speedy Romeo dishes out perfectly charred pizzas in one of my favorite neighborhoods. The place is named after the owner’s old family race horse, and there’s portrait of the champ hanging in the kitchen to prove it. The pizzas feature freshly pulled mozzarella and Provel cheese (a mix of cheddar, Swiss and provolone), and delicious topping combinations, like roasted garlic, ricotta, pecorino and béchamel. There’s usually an open table if you go early — but if the lines are long, they have delivery and take-out options, too.

What are your favorite restaurants in Brooklyn? So many places, so little time. :)

P.S. An interview with a restaurant owner, and a food truck taste test.

(Top photo of Vinegar Hill House by Konrad Fiedler for The New York Times. First Diner photo via Le Fooding. Diner burger photo via We Love Burgers. Insa food photo by Krista Schlueter for The New York Times. Vinegar Hill House scene via Bond Street. Lilia interior photo by Nick Solares for Eater. Lilia pasta photo by Evan Sung. Glady’s photo via their website. Slushy photo by Stella Blackmon. Speedy Romeo photo by Rayna of One Hungry Jew. )

  1. Peggy says...

    Almost all of my favorites have been covered but I don’t think anyone has mentioned Freek’s Mill in Gowanus. Small plates to be shared (if you like). Great food.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      I’d heard great things, Peggy! Thanks for the final nudge. xx

  2. Katherine says...

    I love going to Court Street Grocers in Carroll Gardens for their sandwiches. They are SO delicious! The first time I went, my boyfriend talked it up a bunch and to be honest I was a bit like “yeah ok, i mean, it’s just a sandwich right?” BUT THEN. IT WAS SO GOOD.

    And Toad Style in Bushwick is my favourite place to take people who have various meal restrictions–it’s vegan, easily gluten-free, and for myself (an “ieateverything” person) still very delicious. Their BBQ jackfruit sandwich is just so tasty.

  3. Sarah says...

    With all the focus on Park slope, I can’t believe no one’s mentioned Guiseppina – dark, cozy, family friendly I think, open kitchen to see all those delicious pizzas being made. Not for wine snobs, but the pizza is so good (very thin crust), you’ll be happy to drink an $8 glass of medium quality wine.

    Emily in Clinton Hill – hands down my fav pizza in NY so far. It’s small, so expect a wait. But they’ll take your number and you can go next door for a drink while you wait.

    And lastly, I don’t really want to share this find, but Tabare in South Willy is fantastic. Great date location, dim lighting, cozy feel, superb Agrentinian/Uruguay food. The empanadas are a must, and Wednesdays are half price bottles of wine (and have vinho verde, so I’m sold). Enjoy, but don’t tell your friends ;)

  4. I was at Glady’s for the first time just last night! How complimentary coconut ice cream works wonders :)! My neighborhood favorite hole in the wall: Plant Love House in Prospect Heights. Phenomenal Thai home cooking…and not for the faint of spice!!

  5. That’s a tough one! I would say Marlow & Sons (still on top of my list after all this year!!), Diner, Lilia, Rye and Allswell in Williamsburg, and Glasserie in Greenpoint. Yum.
    xx
    https://www.instagram.com/pret_a_teacher

    • these years – oops1

  6. Aly says...

    Al di La in Park Slope has this lame Park Slope mom’s heart . . . it may not be hip but it is charming and the food is exceptional.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love al di la! the white-haired italian host is so awesome.

    • Sarah says...

      I miss al di la so much! I moved to Williamsburg and just don’t back to the Slope as much as I’d like :) Never sat in the main dining room – the bar around the corner was cozy and perfect for a date night with good wine and pasta.

  7. Lauren says...

    Adding a few to the list here that I haven’t seen yet. Two in Bushwick (I don’t live there but I do get around the borough. Not for men but for food (wink!): Faro for dinner and Foster Sundry for a lunch sandwich and a coffee drink. Also recommend Cheese Boat in Greenpoint if you’re into Georgian food (or just cheese and bread).

    • Meg says...

      x2. Faro is out of this world.

  8. Jane says...

    Frankies, The Farm on Adderley, Colonie

  9. timely! we are planning a trip to NYC in march. we have resos at 11 Madison Park but hope to spend the bulk of our time in brooklyn. we booked a great airbnb in bushwick. with food options taken care of, is there anything to do in brooklyn in the cooler months? (i did a search here and saw some options for summer…)

    • brooklyn bowl, royal palm shuffleboard, wine bars?, brooklyn brewery, all the museums of course (and quirky options like pioneer works), berg’n, wherever the brooklyn flea is these days, the new gotham market near fort greene…. march will be great to walk around outside, too, dont worry!

    • the Brooklyn museum is a great indoor day trip! park slope and carroll gardens are quaint walkable neighborhoods too if the weather isn’t too bad :)

    • oh! rosewater is an amazing brunch spot in park slope too! enjoy your explorations!

    • Thank you Laura & Alexandra, i’ve added all your recommendations to my brooklyn map! :)

  10. Caitlin says...

    RIP DuMont! Losing this spot in Williamsburg was so sad I had to move to Fort Greene. Now Walter’s fills the void of the neighborhood any time go-to.

    Also on the team Emily > Speedy Romeo team!

  11. Kat says...

    New-ish bar that’s totally worth the hike in Clinton Hill– Cardiff Giant. All New York state sourced everything… and deliciously good. Not an eatery, but a solid place for drinks with a great patio in the spring/summer! http://www.cardiffgiantny.com/

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Awesome, Kat! I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Ahhh, amazing! Thank you, Olga! xoxo

  12. Eva says...

    You realize your favs when you move away by the places you go when you visit again. My go-tos, all in Greenpoint-Williamsburg area (where I used to live): Beco, Pies’n’Thighs, Scalino, and Caracas :) ALSO! Bagels at Bakers Dozen, scones at Ovenly, and pizza at Paulie Gees. <3

  13. Ashley says...

    Anything good around Brooklyn Heights (or within walking distance)? I just moved here and the restaurants I’ve been to so far are underwhelming at best – largely mediocre food at reasonable to overpriced prices. I rarely cook though so I’ve been going to the same few restaurants over and over..

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Ashley! Try Iris Cafe on Columbia Pl! It’s always flickering with candlelight and feels tucked away.

      http://iriscafe.nyc/home/

    • Elissa says...

      Yemen Cafe! A Saudi friend took me there–legit and DELICIOUS.

    • Alison says...

      Food in Brooklyn Heights is surprisingly mediocre to terrible, isn’t it? It always bummed me out when I lived there. Montague Street is a wasteland, such a shame. I mostly tried to get over to Fort Greene (so many good options), but a few good spots in the Heights: Noodle Pudding (Italian), Henry Street Ale House (not fancy but cozy, decent bar food), Henry’s End (old school goodness). And then TONS of good to great options on Atlantic Avenue — Atlantic Chip Shop, Chez Moi, Yemen Cafe.

    • Cara says...

      I love Dellarocco’s. I still go back for their pizza even though I’ve moved to Crown Heights.

  14. Catie says...

    I gotta say Emily > Speedy Romeo. But everything else, I agree :)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      I can’t wait to check Emily’s out! Thank you, Catie!

  15. Alice says...

    La Vara!!!

  16. I’m going to need to write all of these down!!! I usually find myself going into Mnahattan to meet friends who live in other boroughs, but when I stay in BK I like Mango Seed in Lefferts Garden for dinner and drinks, Cafe Luluc in Carroll Gardens for brunch (French. Toast.), and Tacqueria El Patron right next to the Prospect Park BQ stop for Mexican. Also Bar Toto is all around amazing.

  17. Lot 2 in South Park Slope has the most perfect, deliciously salty burger on the planet. Truly incredible food, but the burger is addictive. That, with a couple craft cocktails, and I’m in pure heaven! :)

  18. fizz says...

    Esme on Manhattan Avenue is amazing. Opened in 2014 and has just gotten better and better. Great bar too.

  19. Sara G. says...

    Glady’s in Crown Heights is cute, but super tiny and nearly always packed – I never understood why it was always considered the go-to for the neighborhood. Other gems on Franklin Ave. are Bunsmith (get the Bulgogi Bowl… or the wings… or Spam + Speculoos bun… I digress :) and Chavela’s for excellent Mexican food and delicious margaritas or horchata. Barboncino has my favorite pizza – artichoke + panchetta – as well as a great cocktail menu (and a cute picnic table-filled backyard during the summer). Plus, all of those restaurants are within a 3 block radius of eachother! So if you find yourself facing a 45-minute wait… just check out the rest of the street :)

    • Taylor H. says...

      I second Chavela’s and Barboncino! Also Mayfield, which is on Franklin Ave. and Bar Corvo on Washington Ave. in Prospect Heights.

    • Shoshana Diller says...

      I’ve worked at Chavelas since June and I am still not sick of their food (or cocktails + sangria!)

  20. We tried Archilles Heel the last time we were there and loved it! xx

  21. Hi readers!

    I’m headed to NYC any three weeks (24th-27th) and would love some suggestions on cultural activities happening around town. Maybe cool exhibits? I wanted to see Martin Creed at the Armory, but it ended months ago.

    I think I have food/coffee nailed down, but am really wanting to see/experience something uniquely “New York.” Thanks in advance for any help!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure!!

      since you’ll be here over a weekend, consider getting tickets to Upright Citizens Brigade’s ASSSScat show on Sunday night. The improv comedy is sooooo hilarious, and Amy Poehler and SNL/30Rock/Parks & Rec actors are often there.

      the new second avenue subway has a public art exhibit of Chuck Close’s work that people are raving about: http://hyperallergic.com/348918/a-underground-tour-through-the-art-of-second-avenue-subway/

      moma is always beautiful, especially on weekdays when the crowds aren’t as big.

      have a wonderful time!!!!

      ps a few more, although many are summer-y:
      http://cupofjo.com/2011/09/nyc-guide-10-amazing-ways-to-spend-an-afternoon/

    • I wouldn’t necessarily consider this “uniquely New York,” but something I would recommend everyone experience if given the chance is SLEEP NO MORE in Manhattan — just off the Highline. It’s hard to explain it if you haven’t seen it, but it’s a truly immersive performance of MACBETH, where the “audience” (who are all in matching masks) actually follows the performers (any performer — you can pick and choose who to follow!) around a multi-story warehouse, or you can just go into rooms and open drawers and explore anything and everything you want. The same show runs 3 times (with one grand finale), but just by following different performers, you will see an entirely different show. Check out some clips and videos online; it’s more than worth the cost of admission, and it’s so fun to go with friends — even though you’ll more than likely lose each other once you enter the show. :)

    • Thanks, Jo! Super helpful as always!

  22. Vinegar Hill House is the BEST! My husband and I regularly trek over from the UWS just for their pork chops!

  23. Jennifer says...

    My husband and I visited Brooklyn this summer and had the most wonderful meal at Chez Moi in Brooklyn Heights. Everything about the experience was absolutely lovely: the food, the drinks, the service, the lighting and ambiance…and my dining companion too, of course! We enjoyed that meal tremendously and we still talk about it.

    • Meredith says...

      Yes, love Chez Moi! The space is adorable and I love their brunch.

      There’s apparently a cool speakeasy hidden underneath!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      YES! I have been dying to check it out! It’s called Le Boudoir and it’s inspired by Marie Antoinette. Most of the drinks are served in goblets, too – ha!

  24. Sara says...

    We’re staying in Brooklyn at a AirBnB this summer with our two kiddos, so I’m making lots of notes from this list! Anything especially perfect for a family of four with super well-mannered kids who love to eat out?

    • Allegra says...

      Also, as AirBnBs are illegal in New York, please make sure you have a back-up plan for your accommodation in case your deal falls through.

  25. Lauren E. says...

    I got halfway through this list and thought, “Why am I reading this? I’m never going to Brooklyn!” It’s not exactly true, but my last Brooklynite friend moved away last year and now the borough feels light years away from my home in Queens :) There’s a reason we call inter-borough relationships “long distance.”

  26. Stella, this post is so timely! I’m headed to NYC in three weeks. I have heard so many good things about Diner. Have you been to By Chloe?

    • Cara says...

      I’ve been to By Chloe. It’s great vegan food, seriously yummy. BUT there’s always a huge line. The inside is so packed that you will find it hard to walk around, and getting a seat after you order is like The Hunger Games. The whole process is stressful and can take as long as sitting down at the bar of a nice restaurant and getting a glass of wine and an appetizer. If you’re not vegan, and you’re looking for something to eat right in that area, Cafe Dante (right around the corner) has a killer negroni happy hour and Freud (a few blocks away) is gorgeous inside and has the most fantastic hamburger. I love popping into the bar at both of those places for a quick bite.

    • Cara, thanks for the tips! Your “Hunger Games” joke made me laugh. I’m not sure I want to feel like Katniss before I head into a meal. Dante sounds wonderful!

  27. Amy says...

    My boyfriend and I are headed to Brooklyn for five days in May. We don’t know anyone in the city, but I’ve been collecting tips/must-sees/places from Cup of Jo for months. I’m excited to be a new a place not knowing anyone, but it’s also great to have advice from trusted sources (who I pretend I know and refer to on a first name basis, haha). Thank you! I’ll definitely be trying some of these.

    • In Park Slope there is Hugo and Sons which is great for families or date night or night out with the girls. Very good.
      http://www.hugoandsons.com

    • Shannon says...

      Park Slope has so many great places! Fonda and Talde in South Slope, and Miriam and al di la further north, to name just a few.

  28. Andrea says...

    Best restaurant in NYC period is in Brooklyn–Noodle Pudding on Henry Street. Only cash, no reservations, low-key Italian food. I would try the others mentioned here, but NP always draws me back…

    • Sara G. says...

      Noodle Pudding is the BEST. Yes yes yes.

  29. Cara says...

    Oh I forgot about Tygershark! There’s too many great ones to narrow down.

  30. I LOVE this post, Im always researching new places. I want to add Chuko in Prospect Heights, James in Prospect Heights and Battersbea in Carrol Gardens to the list, as my go-to neighborhood spots!

  31. Cara says...

    I’ve been in Brooklyn for a little over 4 years now, and I would find it impossible to choose just 6 favorites. In fact a lot of my top contenders are already listed above! (Hibino yeah!) But here is a list of 6 places that I have found myself returning to over and over:
    1. Aita Trattoria – the one on Franklin (I’ve never been to the Aita in Clinton Hill and I’m sure it’s great too), the house red wine they keep on tap is way better than any tap wine has any business being, it will cure you of any wine snobbery, the handmade pasta doesn’t hurt either
    2. BKW – ironically, I think the wine at the Brooklyn Winery’s new restaurant is not its strongest point, but the dinner menu is unbeatable
    3. Parkside – way down on the south side of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, but totally worth the trip, the pizza is great but the cocktails are maybe the best I’ve ever had in the city
    4. Dellarocco’s – my favorite pizza in town
    5. Black Mountain Wine House – an oldie but I never get tired of it and that fireplace doesn’t hurt in the winter
    6. June Wine Bar/Pair Wine & Cheese – for me, these 2 tie for best hidden patio for sipping wine on and contemplating the beauty of life, but Pair has the bonus of looking out on the private backyards of the well-heeled Cobble Hillians and who doesn’t love a tiny bit of casual voyeurism with their pinot noir?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh thank you for these!

  32. kell says...

    i stayed close to franklin ave when i lived in crown heights so YES barboncino is awesome!

    chavela’s a block down for great mexican food
    mayfield for a good sunday brunch

    and rosco’s pizza for amazing pizza and wine on tap.

    all on franklin ave within a few blocks of each other :)

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  34. Paige says...

    Wheated, in Windsor Terrace/Kensington area, is SO good. Maybe the best pizza I’ve ever had–they have really interesting toppings, with spicy honey to drizzle on top. It’s incredible.

    • Sara G. says...

      YES – great suggestion… I wish I always had their hot honey around to drizzle on every pizza. Plus, their wallpaper looks like The Shining carpet, so what’s not to love?

    • Annabelle says...

      This is my husband and my date spot. Every single time we can get a babysitter. Every. Time.

  35. Betsy says...

    I’m hesitant to share the secret, but Lot 2 in South Slope is such a perfect restaurant.

    • Mmmmmmm Lot 2…. that BURGER! *drool*

  36. Jessica says...

    Abilene in Carroll Gardens is a total dive bar but has the best buffalo chicken and is shockingly kid friendly during the day!

  37. Diana says...

    I love Gersi on Court St! I actually saw Jo there a few weeks ago! (and was too shy to say hi.) I also love Sottocasa for pizza and two8two for burgers – both on Atlantic. Enoteca on Court has amazing bread for their sandwiches and the broccoli rabe/sausage panini is out of this world (good delivery too!)

  38. Chandra says...

    Frankie’s has my heart forever! SO excited when I found out they have a cookbook and I actually sat down and read it cover to cover when it came in the mail. Love!

    • Erin says...

      Frankie’s will always be my favorite. Our daughter is named Frankie–and I’m not going to pretend that it wasn’t something of a shout-out to their cavatelli and sausage with brown butter and sage!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg that is awesome, erin! :) :) :) PS has frankie tried the pasta yet?

    • Laura says...

      My husband and I moved from Cobble Hill to the suburbs about a year ago, and we still talk about how much we miss Frankies. Thanks for letting me know about the cookbook! It might make us a little less homesick for Brooklyn :)

  39. SJ says...

    Krupa Grocery in Windsor Terrace (the breakfast gnocchi is aaaamazing), Bar Bruno in Carroll Gardens for fish tacos, and breakfast burritos from Twin Suns Deli in Bushwick. Ugh, all so tasty!!

    • Sarah says...

      +1 for Krupa Grocery and that breakfast gnocchi, and kombucha on tap!

  40. Tracy says...

    Oooo, This is the post I have been waiting my whole NY life for …
    Olmsted in Prospect Heights.
    Fort Defiance in Red Hook.
    Clover Club in Carroll Gardens for a hot date on a wintery Wednesday night.

  41. Brooke says...

    The Food Sermon in Crown Heights!

  42. Anne says...

    Saraghina in Bedstuy has had my heart for years. Its a garret of rustic rooms and feels like you just walked through the door to a farmhouse in Italy. Such fantastic wood fired pizza. A great date spot…plus Bar Lunatico for cocktails and music is kitty-corner and a real gem.

  43. Hillary says...

    I just fell down a rabbit hole of looking for apartments in Brooklyn. I live out west with kids, grandparents and jobs with pensions so there is zero chance, but it was a fun fantasy while it lasted.

    • Amy says...

      HA!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha what a cute comment!

  44. No favorite Brooklyn list is complete without Rucola!

    • love that place!

    • Jenny G says...

      Yesss.

  45. FRANNY’S forever and always….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!!

  46. I love Eugene & Co and Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, both in Bed-Stuy. Also what Yaso Tingbao lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in delicious soup dumplings! That’s in downtown brooklyn.

  47. adding a few of these to my to-try list! i love moloko, a bar with delicious food in bed-stuy, and madiba, a south african place in fort greene. i also recently tried aita in clinton hill for the first time and it was wonderful.

  48. I moved out of Brooklyn 1.5 years ago so it’s possible my recos are a little outdated, but I love:

    Henry Public, BK Heights/Cobble Hill
    Jack the Horse, BK Heights
    Sottocasa, Cobble Hill
    Long Island Bar, BK Heights/Cobble Hill (more for snacky foods and late night cocktails)

  49. Joanna Goddard says...

    so many good recommendations, you guys! i’m suddenly STARVING.

  50. I LOVE Brooklyn. I went to NYC last spring (when it was beautiful and magical and amazing, btw) and stayed with my friend in Brooklyn. It was sooo beautiful (and much more my style compared to the craziness of Manhattan). Saving this list for my next visit (which I’m DREAMING will be soon).
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  51. I was a Cobble Hill gal for 5 years, so as for my neighborhood spots – Hibino and Henry Public. We still travel back when we can for Hibino’s amazing sushi & obanzai! Such wonderful staff too. And I so miss the Turkey Leg sandwich & Eagle’s Dream (amazing cocktail) at Henry Public. One time, we got seated at the table Bjork & Matthew Barney & daughter had just vacated.

  52. grace c says...

    Traif in Williamsburg (small plates); Shalom Japan in Williamsburg (Japanese/Jewish cuisine – it’s amazing); Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens (best pancakes); Wheated Pizza in Windsor Terrace (personal pizzas which are all named after Brooklyn neighborhoods + great salads); and Court Street Grocers (for their delicious one-of-a-kind sandwiches, esp. italian combo, ultimate warrior, macho man, and pork roll breakfast sandwich).

    • Oh, Traif! Forgot about that place. I lived around the corner from it about 5 years ago, so happy to hear it’s still there!

  53. Kelly says...

    Sweet Chick is SO good – right by the Bedford Ave station. Southern comfort food like chicken & waffles, and a bourbon Bloody Mary. No reservations but you can put your name in and they’ll text you when your table is ready, so you can mill around all the cute shops nearby while you wait.

  54. kate tripodi says...

    I live in Ditmas Park and Cortelyou Road has a bunch of amazing food options. I love The Castello Plan (date night), Manchango (fun with girlfriends) and Quathra (breakfast). The Farm on Adderly and Lea are also great choices! It’s fun to take a stroll after eating and image what life would be like in one of the historic mansions there.

    • Sara G. says...

      I was hoping to see some Ditmas Park suggestions here! Farm on Adderly brunch is so tasty, but Quathra is the BEST. George’s was always a great diner spot over there too. Bashi Channel (right next to Sycamore) is also a nice spot for ramen :)

    • j. says...

      I’m in Ditmas Park too! I’m always torn between telling people how in love I am with the neighborhood and keeping it relatively on the down-low. :) I’ve been here for 5 years and spend way too much time strolling around and imagining life in one of the mansions!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Love these suggestions! Those places sound awesome. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Xxoxo

  55. Lara says...

    We went to Diner for brunch on a visit to NYC a few years ago and we still talk about it! The duck fat potatoes were divine :D

  56. LJ says...

    I can’t help but read some of these descriptions in the voice of Stefan (from SNL). Which is a good thing! These recommendations look great, I’ll be pulling this up next time I’m in Brooklyn.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahahaha! Thanks so much, LJ.

    • Christina R says...

      I was doing the exact same thing!!!! I love it!

  57. Michelle says...

    Bunna Cafe in Bushwick for vegetarian Ethiopian (even though I eat meat, so good), still love Traif in Wburg, and new fav because I am a sucker for house-made charcuterie and cheese plate (and ALL of da WINES) Cherry Point in Greenpoint.

  58. Rachel says...

    Franny’s, hands down.

  59. MK says...

    FUN FACT: I’ve seen Girls filming at Speedy Romeo. It’s Ray’s coffee shop. :) I know because I work close by and have gone to stalk them during my lunch break.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      OMG!!! You just took my Speedy Romemo’s obsession up a notch. Thanks, MK. :)

  60. Kavi says...

    so excited to see this post! I vote Roman’s! Same owners as Diner. They change their menu daily and every single dish they ever serve is amazing. great list!

    • Didi says...

      Yes! I totally agree. Roman’s is the best!

  61. I’m in the UK but on my way. Brooklyn here I come end of Feb.

  62. Kelly says...

    Take the slow train out to Bay Ridge and try Tanoreen. It’s incredibly delicious Lebanese food. It’s my all time favorite food in NYC. You will not regret it.

  63. Amanda G says...

    Oh man. NYC Food Tour here I come!

  64. Love Speedy Romeo! They are the only place in New York (that I know of) to serve St. Louis style pizza! Although I have to say Lucali is my all time favorite pizza place. Battersby and Stonehome Wine Bar are also 2 great spots in Brooklyn.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, is provel cheese a st louis thing? i’m so curious to try it, it sounds delicious!!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Yes! I panicked that I gave up Provel cheese when I moved, so I was psyched to hear about Speedy Romeo! I will have to try Lucali and your other picks – Joanna and Lexi love Battersbys! Thanks so much, Annie!

      xx

    • Ohh it’s so good paired with a thin crispy crust! But you’ll have to travel to Missouri for that because I’ve only had true St. Louis style pizza in St. Louis and Kansas City (where I’m from).

    • Kat says...

      This is too funny – I have never heard anyone outside St. Louis praise provel cheese! It sounds like a delicious artisan mix described here, but the texture can be pretty off-putting if you’re anticipating a more standard pizza cheese (my St. Louis step-father has been trying to get our entire family into it for years with little success).

      Thanks for the recommendations, Stella. My husband and I are considering a move to Brooklyn, and are visiting to scope neighborhoods next weekend! We have reservations at Vinegar Hill House already and now I am even more excited!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thanks so much, Kat! Vinegar Hill House is such a lovely date spot! I’m really laughing about the Provel cheese comment – the texture is crazy! And it’s so, so rich. It’s delicious, until I think about it too much.

      Good luck with the neighborhood exploration!

      Stella xx

    • YES! I was just going to say, Provel is such a hilarious topping because it’s almost exclusively used in St. Louis, which is a bit infamous for its controversial pizza style. (Imo’s — love it or hate it??) Speedy’s does an awesome job of paying tribute to STL-style pizza without making it, shall we say, *too* authentic.

    • Ha! I cracked up when you mentioned provel too, Stella! You did make it sound dreamy :) I don’t live in the loo anymore, but this takes me back to zipping down farty-far to get some Imo’s!

  65. Rae says...

    I can’t get enough of Insa! I live just down the street and had no idea it was there.

  66. j. says...

    The Farm on Adderley (especially the French toast at brunch…it’s insane), Purple Yam, Al Di La are all coming to mind!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yum!!! thank you, j!!!

    • Jessica says...

      Al Di La–I live in New Mexico and think about it constantly!!!

    • kate tripodi says...

      My favorite date in Brooklyn was at Purple Yam. We sat out on the back deck and it felt like a perfect summer night.

  67. Abbie says...

    Diner is my favorite restaurant of all time! I’ve been going since it opened and it never disappoints!

  68. I’ve never been to Brooklyn, but I’m loving how unique all of these restaurants are. And the complimentary cup of coconut ice cream is a golden idea!

  69. Sarah Kang says...

    mmmmmmm i want to try all of these. i come to brooklyn 3 – 4 times a year to visit family. lilia will now be at the top of our restaurant list. thanks, stella! oh and for my own personal recommendations i like pokpok! you won’t be disappointed, i promise.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much, Sarah! :) Ah, Pok Pok looks amazing! Really appreciate it!

      Stella xx

  70. Lena says...

    Your timing, as always, is impeccable. I was literally just thinking about what the Cup of Jo team restaurant suggestions would be.

  71. Melissa says...

    Barboncino in Crown Heights has breakfast pizza that speaks to my soul

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Melissa, ahhhh, Baroncino’s had my heart, too! I will have to try their breakfast pizza. Thank you for the tip!

      Stella xx

    • sarah says...

      We had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding at Barboncino (we lived down the block) and it was amazing and so much fun! Saraghina in Bed Stuy is also great for pasta, as is Mimi’s on Cortelyou for Middle Eastern brunch. I left Brooklyn for DC almost a year ago and miss it so much!