Where to Eat
In the last few years, Brooklyn's been challenging Manhattan for the crown of best place to eat in New York City. A quick sampling of the following 22 places will quickly make it clear why that is. From West Indian down-home delicacies to some of the best pizza in the world, you won't have a hard time finding good things to eat in Brooklyn—it's just a question of narrowing it down.
1) A&A Bake and Doubles (Bed-Stuy): Bed-Stuy has a big Trinidadian population, and you will find 80 percent of it in line to get into this to-go hole-in-the-wall shop each and every Saturday morning. They specialize in doubles (which are basically chickpea pitas), which are the most addicting, richly seasoned, bite-size treats you’ll find. Try them now, (with tamarind sauce) ask questions later.
2) Peaches Hot House (Bed-Stuy): Home to some of the best fried chicken in... the world? Probably the world, Peaches will satisfy all your crispy-skinned cravings.
3) Saraghina (Bed-Stuy): If you can't afford to go to the Italian countryside—and, okay, even if you can—go to this rustic little Italian spot and get ready to eat your weight in homemade pasta made by angels and pizza that'll make your heart sing. There's usually a wait, and the service isn't the best, but if you have any tastebuds at all, it's worth it.
4) Pitanga (Bushwick): Perfect for a post-workout healthy meal, Pitanga serves all of your açai bowl, avocado toast, and fresh pressed juice needs.
5) Lucy’s (Bushwick): If you’re looking for great authentic pho with vegan options, Lucy’s is the place for you. While there’s usually nowhere to sit at the tiny restaurant’s one communal table, it’s worth the wait (or just do takeout!).
6) Roberta's (Bushwick): This is the spot that made Bushwick a famous culinary destination (seriously, when we were there a few years ago, we were seated next to the Clintons), and it still holds up. The pizzas are all perfectly made and come with inventive toppings. Don't sleep on the garlic knots though; we have dreams of those.
7) Berlyn (Fort Greene): Stop into this ornate, European-style restaurant and bar for a Hefeweizen and meat plate before checking out The Magnetic Fields show at BAM (it’s across the street).
8) Habana Outpost (Fort Greene): Come for the frozen margaritas, stay for the grilled corn.
9) Paulie Gee’s (Greenpoint): There are many great pizza institutions in Brooklyn, and Paulie Gee’s will always have a leading place among them. Offering the most delicious pies, piping hot from the oven, as well as the biggest selection of vegan pizzas you’ll ever find at a joint of this caliber, this place begins filling up as soon as they first open their doors for dinner.
10) Doughnut Plant (Park Slope): America may run on Dunkin’, but Brooklyn runs on Doughnut Plant.
11) KITH TREATS (Park Slope): Fuccbois love KITH for its streetwear. Snack-hungry folk love it for its ice cream and cereal bar.
12) Talde (Park Slope): The inventive Asian cuisine served at Talde (think pretzel dumplings, everything bagel-spiced roti, and breakfast ramen) is never less than totally delicious; it's what we crave on a weekly basis. And if you're there for brunch, don't skip out on the massive and delicious bloody mary, which comes garnished with bracing pickled ginger.
13) Tacos el Bronco (Sunset Park): New York in general doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to Mexican food, but this low-key spot busts any and all negative perceptions. We love the tacos and over-stuffed burritos, but our favorite dish is the steak nachos, which come heaped with plenty of perfectly spicy pickled jalapeños.
14) Hometown BBQ and Brooklyn Crab (Red Hook): Going to this distant waterfront neighborhood feels like leaving New York City, so it stands to reason that the best, Texas-style barbeque in town sits next to a tri-level seafood shack straight out of New England seaside town central casting.
15) Pok Pok Ny (Red Hook): This Thai food spot is not for those who don't love spice, but for those who do? It's heaven. Get the larb salad, the turmeric catfish, the chiang mai sausage, and the mussels-strewn broken crepe—oh! and the chicken wings—and wash it all down with a refreshing vinegar-spiked soda water and for just a second, you can close your eyes and think you're in downtown Bangkok instead of downtown Brooklyn.
16) Champs (East Williamsburg): The best vegan junk food to ever exist. Whether you’re in the mood for a fried “chicken” sandwich or are craving cookie dough pancakes, they even have your non-vegan vegan cravings covered.
17) Black Flamingo (Williamsburg): This incredible spot not only serves some of the best and most inventive Latino food around (and it's all vegetarian!), but the cocktails are on-point, and it is one of the best places to dance in North Brooklyn. We could have categorized this spot anywhere, really, since it's an excellent place to both drink and party, but we put it under restaurants because, really, you've just got to try the Savory Shroom tacos.
18) Loosie Rouge (Williamsburg): If you like not being able to move amongst a packed-in crowd of beautiful people with French accents, then this too-cool restaurant and bar in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge will very much be your jam.
19) Emmy’s Squared (Greenpoint): Speaking again of pizza, Emily Hyland recently opened her second restaurant in Williamsburg, and it’s just as popular as the Clinton Hill original Emily. The upstairs features a full pizza menu that boasts delicious slices of Detroit-style pizza with cheese-burned edges, while the downstairs is reserved for one of the best burgers that you will ever have in your life: Le Big Matt, a double-stacked patty creation on a pretzel bun with sauce that you will want to drown your every single meal in.
20) Win-Son (Williamsburg): You will have some of the best Taiwanese-American food at this unpretentious spot in east Williamsburg. The Big Chicken Bun fried chicken sandwich has made many a list, and is as delicious as many claim it to be, and the Flys Head and pork buns are not to be missed.
21) East Wind Snack Shop (Windsor Terrace): This tiny restaurant right by Brooklyn's majestic Prospect Park is possibly our favorite place to eat in Brooklyn. The menu is tightly edited but literally every item on it is a foodie gem; plus, you can order pretty much every dish and still be spending under $50, so that's exactly what we recommend you do. You won't regret it, because you'll be busy chowing down on succulent, glazed rib bites and crispy skinned dumplings filled with luscious pork or funky dry-aged beef. Try it, you'll love it. Just don't forget to end with an order of Honk Kong hot cakes, which are like mini lemon-scented pancakes, dusted with powdered sugar—aka heaven.
22)The Chinese Club (Williamsburg): If it wasn’t for this husband-and-wife-run restaurant, one would probably never know how good a fusion between Chinese and Indian food could be. And it is so good. Mushroom tempura comes coated in the most fragrant of salt, pepper, and butter mixes, while the main entrees boast tender butter chicken and Kung Pao chicken prepared tandoori-style that can and should be paired with one of the many delicious noodle and rice dishes. We would say the proof is in the pudding, but it’s really in the Hong Kong-style bubble waffles flanked by Pocky sticks Fruity Pebbles, and purple yam ice cream