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Breaded pork is the star at Chef Katsu in Clinton Hill.
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Where to Eat in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Right Now

While not quite dining destinations, these residential Brooklyn neighborhoods are home to vegan tortas, San Francisco burritos and more standout fare

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Breaded pork is the star at Chef Katsu in Clinton Hill.
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Fort Greene and Clinton Hill aren’t quite dining destinations on their own, but smushed side-by-side in a single dining guide, these residential neighborhoods are home to a handful of restaurants worth making a special trip for. Included among them are celebrated Brooklyn mainstays (Miss Ada, Fradei, the Fly), along with newer, pandemic-born businesses (Guevara’s, Chef Katsu) whose casual menus have been turning heads.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Petee's Café

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505 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(646) 494-3630
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No matter the holiday, Petee’s Pie Company makes some of the city’s best pies. At the team’s expanded cafe in Clinton Hill, there’s a more relaxing sit-down experience. Those looking to savor a slice of banana cream or key lime pie can hang out inside the retro bubblegum pink space or head to the enchanting backyard.

Pink and checkerboard Petee’s Cafe in Clinton Hill.
The inside of Petee’s Café.
Petee’s Café

2. Peck's

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455A Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 689-4969
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Another neighborhood general store and cafe hybrid, Peck’s serves up some of the area’s best sandwiches with plenty of snacks to go along with it. Available until 3 p.m. daily, you’ll find knockouts like the the “Mushegghana” (two fried eggs, mushroom, and gruyere, finished with a walnut pesto) or the “Golden One” (a latke, two fried eggs, green chile, and cheddar), with both served on squishy Portuguese buns. Take the sandwiches to-go or sit outside in their lovely back patio that has several picnic tables — also one of the neighborhood’s more clandestine work spots.

3. Colonia Verde

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219 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 689-4287
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Husband and wife team, Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe offer their take on Latin American cooking at their cozy Fort Greene restaurant. Whether you’re sitting inside, in the plant-filled backyard, or, at one of the lounge chairs out front, enjoy dishes like duck confit tacos, pão de queijo burgers with cilantro pesto, or an achiote chicken, alongside cocktails and Rofe’s wine selections. In addition to daily lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch; on Sundays, the team also occasionally runs an “Asado Series,” where they invite chefs to their backyard for BBQ pop-ups.

Carne asada and other dishes spread on a tablecloth at Colonia Verde in Clinton Hill
A spread of dishes at Colonia Verde
Colonia Verde

4. Mike's Coffee Shop

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328 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 857-1462

Mike’s is a Brooklyn institution that’s been in Clinton Hill for decades. True, old-school diners are increasingly hard to find in the city, but Mike’s is still holding on with its affordably priced all-day breakfast — most dishes are well under $10 — and classic charms. Come for a tuna melt or omelette with a cup of coffee, stay for eavesdropping on Pratt students.

5. Miss Ada

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184 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(917) 909-1023
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Find both the best of modern Brooklyn neighborhood dining conventions and genuinely inspired Middle Eastern food at Miss Ada, a Fort Greene restaurant from Israel-born chef and owner Tomer Blechman. Start with an order of fluffy pita bread and a selection of shareable plates, like its fall-apart short rib skewers, housemade labne, or a deep bowl of hummus topped with lamb shawarma. The glorious whipped ricotta, topped with butter, sage, and honey, is non-negotiable.

A hand wearing a white, long-sleeve t-shirt dips a triangle of fluffy pita into one of several dips on a table.
Don’t miss Miss Ada’s whipped ricotta.
Miss Ada

6. Peaches Shrimp & Crab

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285 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-9500
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Years before the Brooklyn’s seafood boil scene had started to bubble, Peaches Shrimp & Crab was serving low-country boils from this spacious restaurant that also houses a cocktail bar. The wide-reaching menu here includes blue crab spaghetti and hot chicken sandwiches, a nod to the team’s other restaurants in Bed-Stuy, but its shrimp and snow crab seafood boils are the thing to order. They come tossed in Old Bay with corn and potatoes, and sausage can be added for $3 more.

7. Guevara's

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39 Clifton Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Part-general store, part-cafe, Guevara’s is an all-vegan spot that opened during the pandemic to intense fanfare. The breakfast and lunch-focused menu takes inspiration from owner, Alicia Guevara’s Latin American roots and features vegan plays on empanadas, conchas, and chilaquiles. The clear fan-favorite, though, is the crunchy and bright-colored torta milanesa made with an eggplant cutlet, purple cabbage slaw, peppers, avocado, refried beans, cilantro, and a mole-style “mayo.” With her cafe, Guevara wants to combat the notion that vegan food has to be expensive — to that end, everything on the menu is $10 or less.

A torta milanesa at Guevara’s in Clinton Hill made with an eggplant cutlet, purple cabbage slaw, cherry peppers, avocado, refried beans, cilantro, and a mole-style “mayo.”
The “torta milanesa” at Guevara’s.
Guevara’s

8. Mekelburg's

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293 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 399-2337
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Kitty-corner to Guevara’s, this non-vegan bar from the same team offers groceries, sandwiches, and one of the neighborhood’s best selections of craft beers. There’s Peking duck banh mi and a highly recommended meatloaf, but if you’re visiting in the late-night, stick to the reliable hot chicken sandwich, which comes slathered in Kewpie mayonnaise and hot honey. Tuesday night trivia and an improbable 25-cent wing special on Mondays round out the menu.

9. Speedy Romeo

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376 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0061
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Of the many pizzerias in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the wood-fired pies prepared at this converted auto body shop are undoubtedly some of our favorite. Speedy Romeo comes from Justin Bazdarich, the restaurateur behind Greenpoint’s Xilonen and Michelin-starred Oxomoco. For a taste of his best, start with the Dick Dale — essentially, a Hawaiian pizza for adults with pineapple and bechamel sauce — or the Mike’s Broccolini, a newer addition to the menu that earned its keep as a special.

10. Chef Katsu Brooklyn

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143 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(716) 599-1441
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Another new pandemic-era venture, Chef Katsu comes from Katsu and Chiemi Machida, who are serving up excellent, Japanese fast-casual bowls and sandwiches out of their Greene Avenue storefront. The specialty here is the namesake katsu sandwiches — which come with either chicken, salmon, pork, or mushroom.  But don’t sleep on one of the rice bowls, such as the teriyaki portobello with shisito peppers, pickles, and a jammy egg. On the beverage menu, drinks run the gamut from yuzu-mint lemonade to hoji-cha lattes. For dessert, there’s even a yuzu cheesecake.

Bowls and katsu sandwiches at Chef Katsu laid out on a wooden picnic table.
Bowls and katsu sandwiches at Chef Katsu.
Chef Katsu

11. Fradei Bistro

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99 S Portland Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 725-3275
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Fradei Bistro, the brainchild of co-owners Simone Finotto and Clement Besset, is a vital member of New York’s small but growing class of sub-$100 tasting menu restaurants, a place to enjoy a short set menu without completely breaking the bank. Chefs Sam Schwarz and Robbie Cox are effectively running a Parisian-style neo-bistro here in Fort Greene, asking $90 for a menu of five-courses or thereabouts. The menu changes every three weeks and diners don’t know what they’ll be eating until each course appears, but a recent meal included lobster in sauce Americaine, cured mackerel with jicama, and a frozen sweet corn dessert. As for wines, just select a color and chat with your server and they’ll pick something out for you. 

Multicolored peppers and eggplant sit in a bowl with green pistachios scattered about.
The menu at Fradei Bistro changes every three weeks.
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12. Locanda Vini e Olii

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129 Gates Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-9202
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Locanda Vini e Olii is located in a former pharmacy and still has the vintage exterior signage, which helps the space retain its timeless feeling. Locanda is definitely one of those special-occasion spots where you’ll want to celebrate with one of its spritzes — such as a saffron or rosemary version for $11 — while picking from Italian dishes such a fig and gorgonzola salad, lasagna, and mushroom pappardelle. Save room for the tiramisu.

13. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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“Pizza” might be in in the name of the restaurant group, but this Clinton Hill restaurant is as famed for its thick-cut burgers as its wood-fired pies. Its legendary Emmy Burger, named after co-founder Emilly Hyland, comes topped with aged cheddar and caramelized onion on a pretzel bun for a rich, only-here flavor combination. We should probably mention that it costs $31, but this special occasion burger is worth trying at least once.

The cross-section of a dry-aged burger, blanketed in American and a handful of caramelized onions
The dry-aged, $31 burger at Emily.
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14. Sisters

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900 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 763-2537
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While Sisters has a robust food program (a killer veggie burger, for one), it’s most ideal for a cocktail date when you just want to split a little something-something together. No matter if you’re there for brunch or late-night hangs, the high, sky-lit ceilings — dripping with plants and warm globe lights — make the room feel grand-yet-warm at all times of day.

15. B’klyn Burro

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922 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-8776
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From this colorful counter-service taqueria, owner Pepe Urquijo is serving one of the borough’s best versions of a San Francisco burrito. The restaurant’s flakey flour tortillas come filled with pico de gallo, rice, and beans. The addition of crema, cheese, and avocado — what’s sometimes referred to as “a super” in San Francisco — here is included by default. Don’t miss the garlic butter shrimp, and keep your eyes peeled for the sometimes-there, sometimes-not carne asada.

A colorful restaurant with two yellow picnic tables out front and a painted mural of the San Francisco Bridge.
Outside B’klyn Burro.
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16. Buka

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946 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 763-0619
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“Good old-fashioned Naija cooking” is the tagline at Buka, a Fulton Street mainstay that’s been serving fufu, beef suya, and other Nigerian staples for over a decade. Be sure to try one of the restaurant’s formidable pepper soups, spiced with habanero, and the moi moi, a steamed honey bean cake with flakey fish that comes recommended by the New York Times.

17. The Fly

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549 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 405-5300
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Hart’s has been a Bed-Stuy staple since opening in 2016, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this restaurant from the same team has become one of our favorite places to grab a weeknight meal. Hole up at a table out front with a glass of natural wine, most priced around $15, and brace yourself for some top-tier people watching. As for the restaurant’s succulent rotisserie chicken, it’s best enjoyed in sandwich form on an aioli-slicked potato roll, says Eater critic Ryan Sutton.

A plate of roast chicken sits on a light wood table next to a glass of white wine.
The whole chicken with white sauce at the Fly.
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1. Petee's Café

505 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Pink and checkerboard Petee’s Cafe in Clinton Hill.
The inside of Petee’s Café.
Petee’s Café

No matter the holiday, Petee’s Pie Company makes some of the city’s best pies. At the team’s expanded cafe in Clinton Hill, there’s a more relaxing sit-down experience. Those looking to savor a slice of banana cream or key lime pie can hang out inside the retro bubblegum pink space or head to the enchanting backyard.

505 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

2. Peck's

455A Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Another neighborhood general store and cafe hybrid, Peck’s serves up some of the area’s best sandwiches with plenty of snacks to go along with it. Available until 3 p.m. daily, you’ll find knockouts like the the “Mushegghana” (two fried eggs, mushroom, and gruyere, finished with a walnut pesto) or the “Golden One” (a latke, two fried eggs, green chile, and cheddar), with both served on squishy Portuguese buns. Take the sandwiches to-go or sit outside in their lovely back patio that has several picnic tables — also one of the neighborhood’s more clandestine work spots.

455A Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

3. Colonia Verde

219 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Carne asada and other dishes spread on a tablecloth at Colonia Verde in Clinton Hill
A spread of dishes at Colonia Verde
Colonia Verde

Husband and wife team, Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe offer their take on Latin American cooking at their cozy Fort Greene restaurant. Whether you’re sitting inside, in the plant-filled backyard, or, at one of the lounge chairs out front, enjoy dishes like duck confit tacos, pão de queijo burgers with cilantro pesto, or an achiote chicken, alongside cocktails and Rofe’s wine selections. In addition to daily lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch; on Sundays, the team also occasionally runs an “Asado Series,” where they invite chefs to their backyard for BBQ pop-ups.

219 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

4. Mike's Coffee Shop

328 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Mike’s is a Brooklyn institution that’s been in Clinton Hill for decades. True, old-school diners are increasingly hard to find in the city, but Mike’s is still holding on with its affordably priced all-day breakfast — most dishes are well under $10 — and classic charms. Come for a tuna melt or omelette with a cup of coffee, stay for eavesdropping on Pratt students.

328 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

5. Miss Ada

184 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
A hand wearing a white, long-sleeve t-shirt dips a triangle of fluffy pita into one of several dips on a table.
Don’t miss Miss Ada’s whipped ricotta.
Miss Ada

Find both the best of modern Brooklyn neighborhood dining conventions and genuinely inspired Middle Eastern food at Miss Ada, a Fort Greene restaurant from Israel-born chef and owner Tomer Blechman. Start with an order of fluffy pita bread and a selection of shareable plates, like its fall-apart short rib skewers, housemade labne, or a deep bowl of hummus topped with lamb shawarma. The glorious whipped ricotta, topped with butter, sage, and honey, is non-negotiable.

184 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

6. Peaches Shrimp & Crab

285 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Years before the Brooklyn’s seafood boil scene had started to bubble, Peaches Shrimp & Crab was serving low-country boils from this spacious restaurant that also houses a cocktail bar. The wide-reaching menu here includes blue crab spaghetti and hot chicken sandwiches, a nod to the team’s other restaurants in Bed-Stuy, but its shrimp and snow crab seafood boils are the thing to order. They come tossed in Old Bay with corn and potatoes, and sausage can be added for $3 more.

285 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

7. Guevara's

39 Clifton Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A torta milanesa at Guevara’s in Clinton Hill made with an eggplant cutlet, purple cabbage slaw, cherry peppers, avocado, refried beans, cilantro, and a mole-style “mayo.”
The “torta milanesa” at Guevara’s.
Guevara’s

Part-general store, part-cafe, Guevara’s is an all-vegan spot that opened during the pandemic to intense fanfare. The breakfast and lunch-focused menu takes inspiration from owner, Alicia Guevara’s Latin American roots and features vegan plays on empanadas, conchas, and chilaquiles. The clear fan-favorite, though, is the crunchy and bright-colored torta milanesa made with an eggplant cutlet, purple cabbage slaw, peppers, avocado, refried beans, cilantro, and a mole-style “mayo.” With her cafe, Guevara wants to combat the notion that vegan food has to be expensive — to that end, everything on the menu is $10 or less.

39 Clifton Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

8. Mekelburg's

293 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Kitty-corner to Guevara’s, this non-vegan bar from the same team offers groceries, sandwiches, and one of the neighborhood’s best selections of craft beers. There’s Peking duck banh mi and a highly recommended meatloaf, but if you’re visiting in the late-night, stick to the reliable hot chicken sandwich, which comes slathered in Kewpie mayonnaise and hot honey. Tuesday night trivia and an improbable 25-cent wing special on Mondays round out the menu.

293 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Of the many pizzerias in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the wood-fired pies prepared at this converted auto body shop are undoubtedly some of our favorite. Speedy Romeo comes from Justin Bazdarich, the restaurateur behind Greenpoint’s Xilonen and Michelin-starred Oxomoco. For a taste of his best, start with the Dick Dale — essentially, a Hawaiian pizza for adults with pineapple and bechamel sauce — or the Mike’s Broccolini, a newer addition to the menu that earned its keep as a special.

376 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

10. Chef Katsu Brooklyn

143 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Bowls and katsu sandwiches at Chef Katsu laid out on a wooden picnic table.
Bowls and katsu sandwiches at Chef Katsu.
Chef Katsu

Another new pandemic-era venture, Chef Katsu comes from Katsu and Chiemi Machida, who are serving up excellent, Japanese fast-casual bowls and sandwiches out of their Greene Avenue storefront. The specialty here is the namesake katsu sandwiches — which come with either chicken, salmon, pork, or mushroom.  But don’t sleep on one of the rice bowls, such as the teriyaki portobello with shisito peppers, pickles, and a jammy egg. On the beverage menu, drinks run the gamut from yuzu-mint lemonade to hoji-cha lattes. For dessert, there’s even a yuzu cheesecake.

143 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Fradei Bistro

99 S Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Multicolored peppers and eggplant sit in a bowl with green pistachios scattered about.
The menu at Fradei Bistro changes every three weeks.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Fradei Bistro, the brainchild of co-owners Simone Finotto and Clement Besset, is a vital member of New York’s small but growing class of sub-$100 tasting menu restaurants, a place to enjoy a short set menu without completely breaking the bank. Chefs Sam Schwarz and Robbie Cox are effectively running a Parisian-style neo-bistro here in Fort Greene, asking $90 for a menu of five-courses or thereabouts. The menu changes every three weeks and diners don’t know what they’ll be eating until each course appears, but a recent meal included lobster in sauce Americaine, cured mackerel with jicama, and a frozen sweet corn dessert. As for wines, just select a color and chat with your server and they’ll pick something out for you. 

99 S Portland Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

12. Locanda Vini e Olii

129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Locanda Vini e Olii is located in a former pharmacy and still has the vintage exterior signage, which helps the space retain its timeless feeling. Locanda is definitely one of those special-occasion spots where you’ll want to celebrate with one of its spritzes — such as a saffron or rosemary version for $11 — while picking from Italian dishes such a fig and gorgonzola salad, lasagna, and mushroom pappardelle. Save room for the tiramisu.

129 Gates Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. Emily

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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The cross-section of a dry-aged burger, blanketed in American and a handful of caramelized onions
The dry-aged, $31 burger at Emily.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

“Pizza” might be in in the name of the restaurant group, but this Clinton Hill restaurant is as famed for its thick-cut burgers as its wood-fired pies. Its legendary Emmy Burger, named after co-founder Emilly Hyland, comes topped with aged cheddar and caramelized onion on a pretzel bun for a rich, only-here flavor combination. We should probably mention that it costs $31, but this special occasion burger is worth trying at least once.

919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Sisters

900 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

While Sisters has a robust food program (a killer veggie burger, for one), it’s most ideal for a cocktail date when you just want to split a little something-something together. No matter if you’re there for brunch or late-night hangs, the high, sky-lit ceilings — dripping with plants and warm globe lights — make the room feel grand-yet-warm at all times of day.

900 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. B’klyn Burro

922 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A colorful restaurant with two yellow picnic tables out front and a painted mural of the San Francisco Bridge.
Outside B’klyn Burro.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

From this colorful counter-service taqueria, owner Pepe Urquijo is serving one of the borough’s best versions of a San Francisco burrito. The restaurant’s flakey flour tortillas come filled with pico de gallo, rice, and beans. The addition of crema, cheese, and avocado — what’s sometimes referred to as “a super” in San Francisco — here is included by default. Don’t miss the garlic butter shrimp, and keep your eyes peeled for the sometimes-there, sometimes-not carne asada.

922 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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16. Buka

946 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

“Good old-fashioned Naija cooking” is the tagline at Buka, a Fulton Street mainstay that’s been serving fufu, beef suya, and other Nigerian staples for over a decade. Be sure to try one of the restaurant’s formidable pepper soups, spiced with habanero, and the moi moi, a steamed honey bean cake with flakey fish that comes recommended by the New York Times.

946 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

17. The Fly

549 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A plate of roast chicken sits on a light wood table next to a glass of white wine.
The whole chicken with white sauce at the Fly.
Casey Kelbaugh/Eater NY

Hart’s has been a Bed-Stuy staple since opening in 2016, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this restaurant from the same team has become one of our favorite places to grab a weeknight meal. Hole up at a table out front with a glass of natural wine, most priced around $15, and brace yourself for some top-tier people watching. As for the restaurant’s succulent rotisserie chicken, it’s best enjoyed in sandwich form on an aioli-slicked potato roll, says Eater critic Ryan Sutton.

549 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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