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Where to Eat and Drink in Dumbo

Locally sourced American cuisine and dreamy waterfront views are abundant

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DUMBO, once the little Brooklyn neighborhood that could, has become one of the city’s dreamiest locales, and not just for Instagram. Tourism, luxury lofts, and tech startups in the area have brought a wealth of top-notch dining options around the clock, from smart and fast-casual to hushed and romantic. Here’s a list of the 19 noteworthy restaurants worth visiting Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

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1. The Osprey

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60 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 696-2505
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The all-day restaurant on the ground floor of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers a view of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River behind it. The American food leans toward comforting sandwiches at breakfast and lunch and more refined fare at night, such as steak tartare and roasted branzino.

The Osprey
The Osprey
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2. The River Café

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5200
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This Michelin-starred, romantic restaurant tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge has been serving imaginative American food with gorgeous views for 40 years. It’s a setting worthy of celebratory dinners — proposals, anniversaries, weddings, etc. The best spot in the house is at one of the window tables, where one can enjoy wagyu steak tartare and roasted rabbit while the sun sets.

3. Ample Hills Creamery

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 874-2483
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Popular ice cream chain Ample Hills recently opened an outpost at the Fulton Ferry Landing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s a historic spot that used to be a fireboat station, and the shop’s second floor was converted to a museum, opening later summer 2019. New flavors are on tap, like one with cinnamon, chocolate doughnut, and coffee cake crumble inspired by Walt Whitman’s favorite breakfast items.

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4. Shake Shack

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1 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 435-2676
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This outpost of Danny Meyer’s world-conquering burger chain is an essential addition to the neighborhood. The Shackburger is a New York classic at this point, but the unapologetically indulgent should opt for the Shack Stack, composed of two beef patties and fried portobello mushroom oozing with cheese. Enjoy the meal over at Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street when it’s nice out.

A Shake Shack burger in paper wrapping rests on top of crinkly fries
Shake Shack
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5. Juliana's

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19 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 596-6700
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Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and getting pizza is a New York tradition that holds up. Juliana’s, from the legendary pizza-maker Patsy Grimaldi, opened next to his former Grimaldi’s, which he sold over a decade ago. Order the Margherita-style thin-crust pie, with beautifully bright tomato sauce and just the right amount of cheese. Competitor Grimaldi’s sits a few doors away, though the restaurant was recently purchased by a big Arizona chain. Lines are a given at either location, so come prepared to wait.

6. Gran Eléctrica

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5 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 852-2700
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The stylish Gran Eléctrica specializes in gourmet twists on Mexican street food, including the exceptional beer-battered cod and carnitas tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, which come two to an order. An elegant outdoor space is lovely for lingering.

Gran Eléctrica
Gran Eléctrica
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7. Smile to Go

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49 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(917) 909-0200
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This casual counter-service spot comes from the team behind popular Soho cafe the Smile. Here, it’s a to-go operation inside Shinola at the Empire Stores, serving tasty baked goods and sandwiches. The move is to grab a snack and enjoy it out by the water.

Smile to Go Smile to Go [Official Photo]

8. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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55 Water St Suite 1A
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 473-9555
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Hit Miami restaurant Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill has taken over 11,000 square feet for chef Timon Balloo’s eclectic food that pulls influence from Asia, the Caribbean, and more. Food and drink served in the very colorful, somewhat clubby space include a raw bar, sushi, wood-fired meats, and a slew of rum cocktails. The huge space also means it’s ideal for group dining.

9. Time Out Market New York

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55 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(917) 810-4855
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The new Time Out Market food hall has brought a ton of stellar food options to this area of Brooklyn, from Thai favorite Fish Cheeks and popular pizzeria Juliana’s to babka gem Breads Bakery and pancake hit Clinton St. Baking Co. It’s a 21,000-square-foot market on two floors within the Empire Stores, including 17 stalls, two full bars, and communal seating on the ground floor. Up on the fifth, there’s another bar and rooftop overlooking the East River.

Time Out Market New York Nicole Fara Silver/Time Out Market [Official Photo]

10. Cecconi's

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55 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 650-3900
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The Italian chain, from the owner of Soho House, serves classic, rustic dishes in a luxe setting right by the water. Come summer, there’s nowhere better to sip a cocktail than on Cecconi’s outdoor patio.

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11. Almondine Bakery

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85 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 797-5026
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Almondine, opened in 2004, has become renowned for its delicately made, classic French breads and pastries. The $14 lunch special available from noon to 3 p.m. offers a heaping platter of food, including a half-sandwich, soup, salad, and cookie or macaroon.

12. Atrium DUMBO

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15 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-1095
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This industrial-chic wine destination excels in both drink and food: It’s home to a celebrated wine list and modern American dishes including roasted chicken for two, wild halibut with crab, and a Pat LaFrieda burger, plus seafood towers and oysters from the raw bar.

Atrium Dumbo Atrium Dumbo [Official Photo]

13. Westville Dumbo

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81 Washington St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 618-5699
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With locations across the city, including this Dumbo one, the cafe serves unpretentious, sensibly sourced American staples in a casual setting. Highlights include plump corn on the cob topped with cotija cheese and burgers served on fluffy Portuguese muffins.

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14. AlMar

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111 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-5288
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AlMar — a straightforward and casual neighborhood Italian trattoria — has been around since 2011 just a couple of blocks away from the waterfront. Expect a selection of salumi and cheeses, as well as a robust selection of pastas such as tagliatelle with wild board ragu and rigatoni with eggplant and aged ricotta salata. It’s particularly popular for brunch, which has a deconstructed “egg in a cloud” where baked yolks are set inside whipped egg whites.

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15. Bluestone Lane

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55 Prospect St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 202-0352
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Inspired by the coffee culture of Melbourne, Australia, Bluestone has outposts across NYC and beyond. Its sleek, modern DUMBO location is a full-service cafe specializing in daytimes bites from the more healthful like avocado toast to the somewhat less so, including a rich, overstuffed bacon and egg roll with house-made chutney and aioli on a brioche bun.

Bluestone Lane’s turmeric latte
Bluestone Lane
Bluestone Lane [Official Photo]

16. Celestine

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1 John St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5356
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The stunning view at Celestine, with floor-to-ceiling windows ideally situated in front of the Manhattan skyline, could make even a mediocre date go magically right. Upscale Mediterranean dishes like hummus with pickled vegetables and grilled swordfish come along with the view. Outdoor seating is ideal in warmer months.

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17. Superfine

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126 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 243-9005
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This Mediterranean bar and restaurant turns into a hip meeting spot after work hours with the help of live music. Mediterranean bites like pizzetta, grilled calamari, and polenta with vegetable ragout suit the convivial atmosphere, and well-executed cocktails do a fine job washing them down and getting a party started.

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18. Bread & Spread

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147 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 625-2220
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Staying true to its name, Bread & Spread sticks to a limited yet savvily creative menu of made-to-order sandwiches. The star is the porchetta, with its fatty pork meat and aged provolone tucked into a ciabatta and lightened with arugula, red pepper spread, and pickled red onion.

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19. Vinegar Hill House

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72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-1018
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Long beloved in the micro neighborhood-within-a-neighborhood it’s named after, Vinegar Hill House serves simply prepared and thoughtfully sourced New American fare, like a crisp, moist cast iron chicken with shallots and sherry vinegar jus. The cozy, woody space helps make it the kind of restaurant to return to several times a week. The same team opened VHH Foods, a daytime cafe with pastries, sandwiches, and other takeout-friendly bites, now located within the West Elm store on Main Street.

Vinegar hill house Vinegar Hill House [Official Photo]

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1. The Osprey

60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Osprey
The Osprey
The Osprey [Official Photo]

The all-day restaurant on the ground floor of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers a view of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River behind it. The American food leans toward comforting sandwiches at breakfast and lunch and more refined fare at night, such as steak tartare and roasted branzino.

60 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

2. The River Café

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This Michelin-starred, romantic restaurant tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge has been serving imaginative American food with gorgeous views for 40 years. It’s a setting worthy of celebratory dinners — proposals, anniversaries, weddings, etc. The best spot in the house is at one of the window tables, where one can enjoy wagyu steak tartare and roasted rabbit while the sun sets.

1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

3. Ample Hills Creamery

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ample Hills Ample Hills [Official Photo]

Popular ice cream chain Ample Hills recently opened an outpost at the Fulton Ferry Landing inside Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s a historic spot that used to be a fireboat station, and the shop’s second floor was converted to a museum, opening later summer 2019. New flavors are on tap, like one with cinnamon, chocolate doughnut, and coffee cake crumble inspired by Walt Whitman’s favorite breakfast items.

1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. Shake Shack

1 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A Shake Shack burger in paper wrapping rests on top of crinkly fries
Shake Shack
Nick Solares/Eater

This outpost of Danny Meyer’s world-conquering burger chain is an essential addition to the neighborhood. The Shackburger is a New York classic at this point, but the unapologetically indulgent should opt for the Shack Stack, composed of two beef patties and fried portobello mushroom oozing with cheese. Enjoy the meal over at Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street when it’s nice out.

1 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Juliana's

19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and getting pizza is a New York tradition that holds up. Juliana’s, from the legendary pizza-maker Patsy Grimaldi, opened next to his former Grimaldi’s, which he sold over a decade ago. Order the Margherita-style thin-crust pie, with beautifully bright tomato sauce and just the right amount of cheese. Competitor Grimaldi’s sits a few doors away, though the restaurant was recently purchased by a big Arizona chain. Lines are a given at either location, so come prepared to wait.

19 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

6. Gran Eléctrica

5 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Gran Eléctrica
Gran Eléctrica
Gran Eléctrica [Official Photo]

The stylish Gran Eléctrica specializes in gourmet twists on Mexican street food, including the exceptional beer-battered cod and carnitas tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, which come two to an order. An elegant outdoor space is lovely for lingering.

5 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7. Smile to Go

49 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Smile to Go Smile to Go [Official Photo]

This casual counter-service spot comes from the team behind popular Soho cafe the Smile. Here, it’s a to-go operation inside Shinola at the Empire Stores, serving tasty baked goods and sandwiches. The move is to grab a snack and enjoy it out by the water.

49 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

55 Water St Suite 1A, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hit Miami restaurant Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill has taken over 11,000 square feet for chef Timon Balloo’s eclectic food that pulls influence from Asia, the Caribbean, and more. Food and drink served in the very colorful, somewhat clubby space include a raw bar, sushi, wood-fired meats, and a slew of rum cocktails. The huge space also means it’s ideal for group dining.

55 Water St Suite 1A
Brooklyn, NY 11201

9. Time Out Market New York

55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Time Out Market New York Nicole Fara Silver/Time Out Market [Official Photo]

The new Time Out Market food hall has brought a ton of stellar food options to this area of Brooklyn, from Thai favorite Fish Cheeks and popular pizzeria Juliana’s to babka gem Breads Bakery and pancake hit Clinton St. Baking Co. It’s a 21,000-square-foot market on two floors within the Empire Stores, including 17 stalls, two full bars, and communal seating on the ground floor. Up on the fifth, there’s another bar and rooftop overlooking the East River.

55 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Cecconi's

55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cecconi’s Gary He/Eater

The Italian chain, from the owner of Soho House, serves classic, rustic dishes in a luxe setting right by the water. Come summer, there’s nowhere better to sip a cocktail than on Cecconi’s outdoor patio.

55 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. Almondine Bakery

85 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Almondine, opened in 2004, has become renowned for its delicately made, classic French breads and pastries. The $14 lunch special available from noon to 3 p.m. offers a heaping platter of food, including a half-sandwich, soup, salad, and cookie or macaroon.

85 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. Atrium DUMBO

15 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Atrium Dumbo Atrium Dumbo [Official Photo]

This industrial-chic wine destination excels in both drink and food: It’s home to a celebrated wine list and modern American dishes including roasted chicken for two, wild halibut with crab, and a Pat LaFrieda burger, plus seafood towers and oysters from the raw bar.

15 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

13. Westville Dumbo

81 Washington St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Westville Westville [Official Photo]

With locations across the city, including this Dumbo one, the cafe serves unpretentious, sensibly sourced American staples in a casual setting. Highlights include plump corn on the cob topped with cotija cheese and burgers served on fluffy Portuguese muffins.

81 Washington St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. AlMar

111 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
AlMar Dumbo AlMar [Official Photo]

AlMar — a straightforward and casual neighborhood Italian trattoria — has been around since 2011 just a couple of blocks away from the waterfront. Expect a selection of salumi and cheeses, as well as a robust selection of pastas such as tagliatelle with wild board ragu and rigatoni with eggplant and aged ricotta salata. It’s particularly popular for brunch, which has a deconstructed “egg in a cloud” where baked yolks are set inside whipped egg whites.

111 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

15. Bluestone Lane

55 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Bluestone Lane’s turmeric latte
Bluestone Lane
Bluestone Lane [Official Photo]

Inspired by the coffee culture of Melbourne, Australia, Bluestone has outposts across NYC and beyond. Its sleek, modern DUMBO location is a full-service cafe specializing in daytimes bites from the more healthful like avocado toast to the somewhat less so, including a rich, overstuffed bacon and egg roll with house-made chutney and aioli on a brioche bun.

55 Prospect St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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16. Celestine

1 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
An indoor dining room offers views of a city skyline, waterfront, and bridge overhead through floor-to-ceiling windows Gary He/Eater

The stunning view at Celestine, with floor-to-ceiling windows ideally situated in front of the Manhattan skyline, could make even a mediocre date go magically right. Upscale Mediterranean dishes like hummus with pickled vegetables and grilled swordfish come along with the view. Outdoor seating is ideal in warmer months.

1 John St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

17. Superfine

126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Superfine Superfine [Official Photo]

This Mediterranean bar and restaurant turns into a hip meeting spot after work hours with the help of live music. Mediterranean bites like pizzetta, grilled calamari, and polenta with vegetable ragout suit the convivial atmosphere, and well-executed cocktails do a fine job washing them down and getting a party started.

126 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

18. Bread & Spread

147 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Bread & Spread Bread & Spread [Official Photo]

Staying true to its name, Bread & Spread sticks to a limited yet savvily creative menu of made-to-order sandwiches. The star is the porchetta, with its fatty pork meat and aged provolone tucked into a ciabatta and lightened with arugula, red pepper spread, and pickled red onion.

147 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

19. Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Vinegar hill house Vinegar Hill House [Official Photo]

Long beloved in the micro neighborhood-within-a-neighborhood it’s named after, Vinegar Hill House serves simply prepared and thoughtfully sourced New American fare, like a crisp, moist cast iron chicken with shallots and sherry vinegar jus. The cozy, woody space helps make it the kind of restaurant to return to several times a week. The same team opened VHH Foods, a daytime cafe with pastries, sandwiches, and other takeout-friendly bites, now located within the West Elm store on Main Street.

72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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