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The 41 best restaurants in Brooklyn

Brooklyn's greatest restaurants include a Burmese pop-up made permanent, a stunning revival and plenty of pizza.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Brooklyn’s culinary landscape is one of the finest in the world, hosting many of the best restaurants and bars in New York City and beyond. The borough has so many excellent pizza places, BBQ and brunch options, one could spend a lifetime trying them all. Our favorite 41 are a terrific place to start, including new additions Clover Hill, Koko's, Santo Parque and Diem Eatery. 

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The best of the city under one roof

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  • Food court
  • DUMBO
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We really like eating around the city, and we're guessing you do, too. So lucky for all of us, we've packed all our favorite restaurants under one roof at the Time Out Market New York. The DUMBO location in Empire Stores has fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, pizza from Fornino, inventive ice cream flavors from Sugar Hill Creamery and more amazing eateriesall cherry-picked by us. Chow down over two floors with views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline. 

Best restaurants in Brooklyn

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown Brooklyn

The new iteration of Gage & Tollner (if you know anything about the place it’s that it enjoyed over a century of success before it closed and the space gave way to an Arby’s and other business) is a sparkler. Its new owners preserved and revived the beautiful dining room, created a dedicated martini menu in addition to other cocktails and authored an enticing dinner lineup overflowing with oysters, steaks, chops, seafood and an excellent fried chicken. 

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  • Thai
  • Carroll Gardens

This Smith Street Thai restaurant serves and excellent study in expertly-calibrated heat. Whether you’re ordering the “stay-away spicy” Udon Thani’s duck salad you’ll experience an intensity of flavors unseen elsewhere in the area. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

This Williamsburg newcomer earned a Michelin star for excellence in “balancing intriguing flavors and textures” like five seconds after it first opened at the end of 2020, and getting reservations was a bear in the months that followed. It’s still a tough ticket at primetime, but things have opened up a bit if you’re willing to sample Francie’s soufflé cakes with caviar, winning pasta options and marvellous dry-aged crown of duck on a weeknight. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Brooklyn Heights

By day (or, Friday-Sunday, at least), Clover Hill is a wonderful brunch-style spot with a sensational croque fromage, French omelette, cheddar grits and duck confit. In the evening, the charming newcomer serves an excellent seafood-focused tasting that might include kombu-cured scallop aguachile, fluke stuffed with stuffed with minced crimini mushrooms and truffles and exceptional desserts. 

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  • French
  • Prospect Heights

This French yakitori from lauded chef Greg Baxtrom serves mostly smaller plates to mix and match like a quartet of skewers of duck a l’orange, scallops and pork belly, plus escargot in shiso butter and tempura frog legs. Cocktails like the cherry blossom Manhattan are all $13.



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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Williamsburg

Birds of a Feather, from the same brilliant team behind Cafe China, has been a popular Sichuan destination since opening in 2017. Its mapo tofu is the best in the borough and the spicy soft shell crab, Chungking spicy chicken, and spicy cumin lamb are excellent, too. Less hot options are available as well, like the braised or steamed whole fish and duck dishes. 

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  • Mexican
  • Greenpoint
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The Speedy Romeo team’s Michelin-starred Oxomoco focuses on wood-fired dishes in a gleaming white, flora-filled dining room. Taco options like the beet beet “chorizo” variety, lamb barbacoa and market fish share menu space with tostadas, terrific guacamole and all manner of cocktails, including frozen drinks. 

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  • Persian
  • Prospect Heights
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The fragrant cuisine of Iran gets the spotlight it deserves at one of New York's relative few Persian restaurants. Dine on roasted eggplant dip, beef-and-potato kebab and rosewater sorbet at this traditional Persian spot in Prospect Heights led by the chef-owner who moved to the city from Iran in the 1980s. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

Vibrant colors and a jubilant mood fill the ait at Koko’s Nikkei izakaya. Mix and match lovely plates like ceviche with fried calamari and hamachi kama to share with very photogenic drinks, including one that comes with a sweet extra snack surprise. 

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  • Williamsburg

One of the best new restaurants of 2020, this wife and husband run business serves Caribbean-inspired menus in a lovely space intended to evoke vacation vibes. Sip beachy punch and cocktails with braised oxtail, jerk chicken and jackfruit tacos. Kokomo also gets a head start on every weekend with bottomless brunch on Fridays from 11am-4pm. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

Santo Parque follows Santo Brúklin, which opened several neighborhoods south in early 2020. The newer of the two also has marvelous pão de queijo, a great seafood moqueca with malagueta hot sauce on the side and great drinks in a lofty space with seats outside, right near McCarren Park.

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  • Burmese
  • Crown Heights

A pop-up made permanent in 2020, the bright and airy Rangoon serves traditional Burmese dishes based on generations of family recipes. Small plate standouts include the ginger pork meatballs, along with terrific curries like the fish cake and roast duck varieties, and noodle options like the coconut chicken soup. 

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  • Mexican
  • Gowanus
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Claro recently changed its format to all prix fixe, but plenty of its familiar best dishes are included. The wonderful short rib chilaquiles are available as one of three courses for $45 at brunch and the mole rojo is on the $72 four-course dinner menu. Wine, beer, cocktails and spirits flights are available at either time. 

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  • Contemporary American
  • Prospect Heights
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This Prospect Heights favorite is worth the trip for the lovely garden out back alone, and the food has been dazzling lucky visitors since 2016. Olmsted recently switched to multi-course tasting menus, with a continued focus on local, seasonal ingredients. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Cobble Hill

Even in the absence of booze or a bathroom, crowds still flock to this tiny pasta emporium for peak-form house-made meatballs, fettuccini with speck and zucchini, branzino, lasagna and broccoli rabe. There's lots of bars nearby for the other two things. 

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  • Crown Heights

The roomy counter at Agi’s is so lovely you might want to swap your laptop for a cute little notebook or eschew your work-from-wherever plans and simply bask in its loveliness. Do so over coffee, tea and espresso drinks and marvelous menu items like leberkäse breakfast sandwich, nosh plate and fantastic baked goods. 

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  • Crown Heights

Vegan Ethiopian cuisine tops tables across Ras Plant Based’s mural-lined 65-seat space. Equally suited to small parties and larger groups, its easy to share selections like seitan tibs, royal trumpet mushroom dulet and gomen to pair with crafty cocktails. 

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  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
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This small, stellar Caribbean joint in Bed-Stuy’s marquee stars are known citywide. The former is a handheld fried dough bun stuffed with salt fish or fried sand shark and topped with a tangy-sweet tamarind sauce. The latter is built on a base of bara (fried dough) and filled with sundry items

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  • Restaurants
  • Ethiopian
  • East Williamsburg
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You’ll get a spread of selections like red lentils in berbere sauce, mashed split peas simmered with tomato, and a chickpea stuffing with kale at this vegetarian Ethiopian charmer. Visit with a group and you might just manage to try everything on the menu; or come alone so you don’t have to share. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
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Chef Nick Perkins, a veteran of Andrew Tarlow’s Williamsburg empire of Diner and Marlow & Sons, brings some serious chops to this Bed-Stuy beauty. In the 30-seat dining room (marble-topped bar, cushioned banquettes) designed by Perkins’s brother, Russell, the toque turns out Mediterranean-focused plates that are always elevated but never fussy.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Williamsburg
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Oasis is our no-fail, no-frills, go-to for falafel platters and pita sandwiches. Even though they’re both decently sized, it’s hard to pass up the hummus and baba ghanouj, too. 

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  • Mediterranean
  • Bay Ridge
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The unique Middle Eastern cuisine at Tanoreen has been impressing in Bay Ridge since 1998. The menu is extensive, and the mhammara is a must order: walnuts, pomegranate molasses, red bell peppers and spices pureed into a rich dip that goes well on almost anything. 

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  • Spanish
  • Cobble Hill
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Run by husband and wife team Eder Montero and Alex Raij, this charming Cobble Hill tapas joint celebrates the Jewish and Moorish influences on Spanish cuisine. Its menu is equal parts unique, crowd pleasing, and easy to share. 

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  • Pizza
  • Midwood
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For pizza aficionados and industry pros, no one is held in higher esteem than Domenico DeMarco. The veteran pizzaiolo has been turning out Brooklyn’s most-famed pies since the 1960s in a Midwood storefront that hasn’t changed much in the intervening decades. Try it by the slice or whole pie with a vast menu of topping options. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Brooklyn Heights

A stylish recent addition to Brooklyn Heights, Inga’s Bar also has substance on its food and drink menus. Its dining room and bar are both comfortable spots to eat and drink items like the simply prepared Romance Language cocktail, terrific fisherman’s stew and a celery Victor with anchovy and parmesan worth many return trips. 

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Williamsburg
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Daily changing menus mean you shouldn’t get too attached, but the variety is one thing that will keep you coming back to this convivial, natural-wine–focused restaurant. Recent menu items included yellowfin tuna, olive oil poached cod and fried chicken. 

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  • Filipino
  • Flatbush
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This Michelin Bib Gourmand spot has been a Cortelyou Road favorite since 2009. Its stellar adobo, the national dish of the Philippines, features chicken braised in a soy-vinegar mix to remarkably rich effect with a buttery finish.

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  • Brooklyn Heights

This cheery work-from-cafe spot has all manner of caffeine concoctions like cà phê trứng with espresso, condensed milk, sugar and egg yolk to keep you tapping on the laptop all day long. It also serves great bánh mì, bún bowls and housemade gelato in flavors like amaretto and chocolate-raspberry. Diem Eatery also has the most darling bathroom this side of Atlantic Avenue. 

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  • Boerum Hill

The second edition of the Wyckoff Avenue original is supersized compared to that first local favorite. A few dozen backless stools line counters on the perimeter and a center bar that will eventually be populated by booze. The eponymous item is terrific, and other taco varieties are also available, in addition to quesadillas, burritos and platters. 

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  • Contemporary European
  • Prospect Heights

This simple-yet-elegant Prospect Heights stunner is a wine bar with lesser-seen-in-NYC excellent pours. But LaLou can also hold its own in the food department with dishes like a rich chickpea pasta and fried olives. 

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  • Italian
  • Williamsburg
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This airy Williamsburg pasta parlor has perfected the form, as evidenced by the crowds that still accrue six years after it first opened. Many visit for the mafaldine with pink peppercorn, and mains of land and sea also abound. 

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