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Jing sui dan, clams in egg custard, topped with cilantro and scallions.
Jing sui dan, clams in egg custard, from Bonnie’s.
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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Brooklyn, January 2022

A Cantonese-American restaurant and an Austrian bakery join the list this month

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Jing sui dan, clams in egg custard, from Bonnie’s.
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Eater editors get asked one question more than any other: Where should I eat right now? While many people still consider Manhattan the locus of New York’s dining scene, some neighborhoods in Brooklyn have become dining destinations in their own right. Here, see a map of the latest Brooklyn debuts drawing NYC’s dining obsessives.

New to the list in January: Bonnie’s (a Cantonese-American restaurant helmed by a former Win Son chef) and Evi’s Bäckeri (an Austrian bakery from the Olmsted team).

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Queens, and the Hamptons.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taqueria Ramirez

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94 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

In a city that seems to have one ear perpetually upturned for Mexican food trends, it’s no surprise that Taqueria Ramirez has been turning heads. This Greenpoint taqueria from first-time restaurateurs Giovanni Cervantes and Tania Apolinar serves a game-changing array of Mexican meats, including suadero, longaniza, and chicharron. Best of all is the restaurant’s tripa, beef intestine that stews in a bubbling choricera before being finished off with a blowtorch.

A gloved hands hold a sieve of crumbly red meat over a vat of orange fat and oil, also filled with other meats
The meat-filled choricera at Taqueria Ramirez.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

2. Nura

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46 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 304-5290
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Did Brooklyn need another high-ceilinged, plant-filled restaurant located in a former auto repair shop? No, we thought for sure, and then came Nura. This restaurant helmed by chef Jackie Carnesi, an alum of Roberta’s pizza in Bushwick, opened in October with an American-ish menu built around bread. Garlic naan and Parker House rolls are served fresh from an open kitchen, then dragged through the sauces left behind by grilled prawns and roast koginut squash.

Inside the plant-filled dining room of Nura, a high-ceilinged restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The high-ceilinged dining room at Nura.
Catherine Dzilenski/Nura

3. Bar Blondeau

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8006
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There’s no shortage of French wine bars in New York City, but Bar Blondeau is proof there’s always room for one more. Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel, this bar with bites comes from partners Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber, who also run Le Crocodile downstairs and Chez Ma Tante in Greenpoint. The dining room’s velvet banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows might call to mind Midtown Manhattan, but O’Neal and Leiber say they’re going for a vibe that’s more casual than a night out in the city.

An overhead photograph of several dishes including oysters, flatbread, and clams in tomato sauce.
Bar Blondeau’s menu consists mostly of seafood and vegetable dishes.
Liz Clayman/Bar Blondeau

4. Bonnie's

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398 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(914) 875-3709
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Bonnie’s has been booked solid since opening last month — and for good reason. This Williamsburg newcomer comes from Calvin Eng, a former Win Son chef who also worked at Nom Wah. For his breakout restaurant, he’s paying homage to his Cantonese-American upbringing with dishes like cha siu glazed pork (served on a sesame milk bun in the style of a McRib) and cacio e pepe “mein” that’s prepared in a wok. Don’t miss his whole fish, either, a rainbow trout that’s deboned then stuffed with the same mixture of shrimp, meat, and water chestnuts that also can be found in the restaurant’s wontons.

An assortment of dishes from Bonnie’s, a Cantonese-American restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Stuffed rainbow trout, clams in egg custard, and other dishes at Bonnie’s.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

5. Aldama

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91 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(929) 298-0233
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Fueled by mezcal and house-made tortillas, Aldama might be the closest thing Brooklyn has to the hip, late-night bars of Mexico City. The Williamsburg newcomer comes from Christopher Reyes, a former bartender at Cosme and the Nomad, and chef Gerardo Alcaraz. The duo is keeping the party going with a weekly lineup of live DJs and regional Mexican dishes — carne cecina, pulpo zarandeado, and al pastor — that are served until 10 p.m. most nights.

Three dishes, including a daikon tostada, a ceviche with octopus, and tacos, are arranged on a wooden table
The daikon tostada, campechana, and tacos dorados at Aldama.
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6. Sobre Masa Tortilleria

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52 Harrison Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11237

This Bushwick newcomer has pulled off a rare hat trick by operating a cafe, a taqueria, and a “micro tortilleria” all under one roof. (The high ceilings certainly help.) Its tortillas, made solely from imported heirloom grains, can be purchased at a small retail area at the front of the shop ($8 for a dozen), or ordered in taco form from a restaurant and bar in the back, where chef Zack Wangeman is slinging al pastor costras and griddled gringas.

Alambre tacos, a cousin of the fajita made with bell pepper and onion, rest on a plate coated in Oaxaca cheese.
Tacos de alambre at Sobre Masa Tortilleria.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

7. Cherry on Top

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379 Suydam St #3B
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Even as New York’s outdoor dining season starts to cool down, there’s lots of reasons to visit this mostly handmade rooftop bar in Bushwick. Nodding to the all-day wine bars of Paris, France, most of the natural wines here are priced around $15 a glass, and a small ramekin of olives comes free to every table. For something more substantial, there’s a short menu of seasonal plates — burrata with pesto, mushroom and leek pie — created by the team behind Middle Eastern newcomer Sami and Susu.

A plate of burrata, pesto, and vegetables sits in the middle of a red table with a glass of wine and a side dish filled with olives.
Burrata with pesto from Cherry On Top.
Jeffrey Schroeder/Cherry On Top

8. Sofreh Cafe

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252 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

From the team behind pioneering Persian restaurant Sofreh comes this follow-up Bushwick cafe, where cupcakes and ka’ak bread are served among a half-dozen other Iranian baked goods. One would be wise to order the pirashki, says Eater critic Ryan Sutton, “baseball-sized rounds of soft, doughy bread” that come filled with either mushroom or cumin-packed brisket. Pair one with a cup of cinnamon and rose black tea for a comforting snack rarely seen in Brooklyn.

A hand holding a knife slices into a perfectly brown-on-top bun, revealing a beefy filling.
A steaming beef pirashki at Sofreh Cafe.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

9. Gage and Tollner

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372 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 689-3677
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A revival close to three years in the making, the historic Gage and Tollner returned to Downtown Brooklyn early last year. The restaurant received encouraging reviews from just about everyone shortly after opening, and close to a year later, weekend tables still require some planning in advance. Don’t skip the baked Alaska, a heap of chocolate, cherry, and mint ice creams that’s torched in the kitchen, rather than tableside.

Red velvet banquettes in an ornate dining room with tables set for service
The ornate dining room at Gage and Tollner.
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10. Al Badawi

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151 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 689-5888
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The owners of Ayat, a Palestinian showstopper and one of last year’s best new restaurants, recently opened this second spot in Cobble Hill, called Al Badawi. Named for the world’s oldest olive tree, said to be in Palestine, this follow-up restaurant is larger than its Bay Ridge predecessor, with seating for nearly 100 people between its indoor and outdoor tables. Several items from Ayat — kebabs, shawarma, mansaf — are served here, as are newer items like Palestinian pizzas and ouzi, a rice dish made with beef, chicken, or lamb.

beef, yellow rice, almond slices and a herb garnish are served in a terracotta bowl on a wood table.
A bowl of ouzi with beef from Al Badawi.
Adam Friedlander

11. As You Are

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252 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Former Breslin chef Ryan Jordan and Eater Young Gun Danny Alvarez have teamed up at this Ace Hotel restaurant that bills itself as “a celebration of Brooklyn culture and cuisine.” It’s a tall order in a borough ripe with neighborhood restaurants and longstanding classics, but the duo is going for it with an all-encompassing menu of pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts), poppy seed bialys, and Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches.

Atop a wooden table, a spread of five plates, including doughnuts, egg tarts, toast, and brown rice porridge.
Doughnuts, egg tarts, and other dishes at As You Are.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

12. Evi's Bäckerei

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635 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Prospect Heights stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue is well-equipped with bakeries and pastry shops, anchored by Ciao, Gloria; Dough Doughnuts; and others. Joining them this month is Evi’s Bäckerei, a bakery from Greg Baxtrom and Alex Grunert, who own and run the pastry programs at Olmsted, respectively. The focus is classic European pastry — both German gugelhupf and Austrian sacher-torte cake are on deck — and well-executed loaves of bread.

Tarts, cakes, doughnuts, and assorted pastries from Evi’s Bakeri in Prospect Heights.
A German bee sting cake (center) among doughnuts and tarts at Evi’s Bäckerei.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

13. Agi's Counter

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818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 822-7833
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Jeremy Salamon is the borough’s latest chef to tackle Eastern European cuisine, joining brunch pop-up Dacha 46 and more recently, Evi’s Bäckerei. His first restaurant — named Agi’s Counter, after his paternal grandmother — draws on his Jewish-American heritage with gerbeaud cake (made with apricot gam and chocolate ganache), Ferdinand buns, and other pastries. Time your visit around lunchtime, when the Ritzy Titzy — a fun-to-say riff on the Waldorf Salad — and other sandwiches are served.

A trio of sanfwiches on white plates sit on a marble table next to a marigold flower in a vase.
A trio of sandwiches from Agi’s Counter.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

14. Runner Up

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367 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

With the opening of Winner bakery last year, chef Daniel Eddy turned Park Slope’s stroller-packed Fifth Avenue into a dining destination in its own right. Now he’s going for it again with this outdoor restaurant and wine bar next door, where the rye crumbs for the salt cod croquettes and loaves of monkey bread come from his hit bakery. Most dishes cost between $5 and $20, and a wine list that leans French features bottles in both the $30 and triple-digit price ranges.

An overhead photograph of two plates, one with three fish filets and another with a baguette and smear of butter
The baguette at Runner Up comes from Winner bakery next door.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

15. Dog Day Afternoon

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266 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The notoriously elusive Chicago dog has found a home at this Windsor Terrace takeout counter within walking distance of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The regional franks — made by stuffing a Vienna beef hot dog into a poppy seed bun, then dressing it with mustard, neon relish, raw onions, tomato wedges, a dill pickle, sport peppers, and celery salt — are served for about $6 each, and are “as authentic as any in the Windy City,” writes Eater critic Robert Sietsema.

A charred thick sausage sticking out of the end of the bun.
The Polish sausage with sport peppers and sauteed onions.
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1. Taqueria Ramirez

94 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A gloved hands hold a sieve of crumbly red meat over a vat of orange fat and oil, also filled with other meats
The meat-filled choricera at Taqueria Ramirez.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

In a city that seems to have one ear perpetually upturned for Mexican food trends, it’s no surprise that Taqueria Ramirez has been turning heads. This Greenpoint taqueria from first-time restaurateurs Giovanni Cervantes and Tania Apolinar serves a game-changing array of Mexican meats, including suadero, longaniza, and chicharron. Best of all is the restaurant’s tripa, beef intestine that stews in a bubbling choricera before being finished off with a blowtorch.

94 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Nura

46 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Inside the plant-filled dining room of Nura, a high-ceilinged restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The high-ceilinged dining room at Nura.
Catherine Dzilenski/Nura

Did Brooklyn need another high-ceilinged, plant-filled restaurant located in a former auto repair shop? No, we thought for sure, and then came Nura. This restaurant helmed by chef Jackie Carnesi, an alum of Roberta’s pizza in Bushwick, opened in October with an American-ish menu built around bread. Garlic naan and Parker House rolls are served fresh from an open kitchen, then dragged through the sauces left behind by grilled prawns and roast koginut squash.

46 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

3. Bar Blondeau

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
An overhead photograph of several dishes including oysters, flatbread, and clams in tomato sauce.
Bar Blondeau’s menu consists mostly of seafood and vegetable dishes.
Liz Clayman/Bar Blondeau

There’s no shortage of French wine bars in New York City, but Bar Blondeau is proof there’s always room for one more. Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel, this bar with bites comes from partners Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber, who also run Le Crocodile downstairs and Chez Ma Tante in Greenpoint. The dining room’s velvet banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows might call to mind Midtown Manhattan, but O’Neal and Leiber say they’re going for a vibe that’s more casual than a night out in the city.

80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

4. Bonnie's

398 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
An assortment of dishes from Bonnie’s, a Cantonese-American restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Stuffed rainbow trout, clams in egg custard, and other dishes at Bonnie’s.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Bonnie’s has been booked solid since opening last month — and for good reason. This Williamsburg newcomer comes from Calvin Eng, a former Win Son chef who also worked at Nom Wah. For his breakout restaurant, he’s paying homage to his Cantonese-American upbringing with dishes like cha siu glazed pork (served on a sesame milk bun in the style of a McRib) and cacio e pepe “mein” that’s prepared in a wok. Don’t miss his whole fish, either, a rainbow trout that’s deboned then stuffed with the same mixture of shrimp, meat, and water chestnuts that also can be found in the restaurant’s wontons.

398 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. Aldama

91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Three dishes, including a daikon tostada, a ceviche with octopus, and tacos, are arranged on a wooden table
The daikon tostada, campechana, and tacos dorados at Aldama.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Fueled by mezcal and house-made tortillas, Aldama might be the closest thing Brooklyn has to the hip, late-night bars of Mexico City. The Williamsburg newcomer comes from Christopher Reyes, a former bartender at Cosme and the Nomad, and chef Gerardo Alcaraz. The duo is keeping the party going with a weekly lineup of live DJs and regional Mexican dishes — carne cecina, pulpo zarandeado, and al pastor — that are served until 10 p.m. most nights.

91 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

6. Sobre Masa Tortilleria

52 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Alambre tacos, a cousin of the fajita made with bell pepper and onion, rest on a plate coated in Oaxaca cheese.
Tacos de alambre at Sobre Masa Tortilleria.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

This Bushwick newcomer has pulled off a rare hat trick by operating a cafe, a taqueria, and a “micro tortilleria” all under one roof. (The high ceilings certainly help.) Its tortillas, made solely from imported heirloom grains, can be purchased at a small retail area at the front of the shop ($8 for a dozen), or ordered in taco form from a restaurant and bar in the back, where chef Zack Wangeman is slinging al pastor costras and griddled gringas.

52 Harrison Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11237

7. Cherry on Top

379 Suydam St #3B, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A plate of burrata, pesto, and vegetables sits in the middle of a red table with a glass of wine and a side dish filled with olives.
Burrata with pesto from Cherry On Top.
Jeffrey Schroeder/Cherry On Top

Even as New York’s outdoor dining season starts to cool down, there’s lots of reasons to visit this mostly handmade rooftop bar in Bushwick. Nodding to the all-day wine bars of Paris, France, most of the natural wines here are priced around $15 a glass, and a small ramekin of olives comes free to every table. For something more substantial, there’s a short menu of seasonal plates — burrata with pesto, mushroom and leek pie — created by the team behind Middle Eastern newcomer Sami and Susu.

379 Suydam St #3B
Brooklyn, NY 11237

8. Sofreh Cafe

252 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
A hand holding a knife slices into a perfectly brown-on-top bun, revealing a beefy filling.
A steaming beef pirashki at Sofreh Cafe.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

From the team behind pioneering Persian restaurant Sofreh comes this follow-up Bushwick cafe, where cupcakes and ka’ak bread are served among a half-dozen other Iranian baked goods. One would be wise to order the pirashki, says Eater critic Ryan Sutton, “baseball-sized rounds of soft, doughy bread” that come filled with either mushroom or cumin-packed brisket. Pair one with a cup of cinnamon and rose black tea for a comforting snack rarely seen in Brooklyn.

252 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

9. Gage and Tollner

372 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Red velvet banquettes in an ornate dining room with tables set for service
The ornate dining room at Gage and Tollner.
Alex Staniloff/Eater

A revival close to three years in the making, the historic Gage and Tollner returned to Downtown Brooklyn early last year. The restaurant received encouraging reviews from just about everyone shortly after opening, and close to a year later, weekend tables still require some planning in advance. Don’t skip the baked Alaska, a heap of chocolate, cherry, and mint ice creams that’s torched in the kitchen, rather than tableside.

372 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Al Badawi

151 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
beef, yellow rice, almond slices and a herb garnish are served in a terracotta bowl on a wood table.
A bowl of ouzi with beef from Al Badawi.
Adam Friedlander

The owners of Ayat, a Palestinian showstopper and one of last year’s best new restaurants, recently opened this second spot in Cobble Hill, called Al Badawi. Named for the world’s oldest olive tree, said to be in Palestine, this follow-up restaurant is larger than its Bay Ridge predecessor, with seating for nearly 100 people between its indoor and outdoor tables. Several items from Ayat — kebabs, shawarma, mansaf — are served here, as are newer items like Palestinian pizzas and ouzi, a rice dish made with beef, chicken, or lamb.

151 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. As You Are

252 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Atop a wooden table, a spread of five plates, including doughnuts, egg tarts, toast, and brown rice porridge.
Doughnuts, egg tarts, and other dishes at As You Are.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Former Breslin chef Ryan Jordan and Eater Young Gun Danny Alvarez have teamed up at this Ace Hotel restaurant that bills itself as “a celebration of Brooklyn culture and cuisine.” It’s a tall order in a borough ripe with neighborhood restaurants and longstanding classics, but the duo is going for it with an all-encompassing menu of pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts), poppy seed bialys, and Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches.

252 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

12. Evi's Bäckerei

635 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Tarts, cakes, doughnuts, and assorted pastries from Evi’s Bakeri in Prospect Heights.
A German bee sting cake (center) among doughnuts and tarts at Evi’s Bäckerei.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

The Prospect Heights stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue is well-equipped with bakeries and pastry shops, anchored by Ciao, Gloria; Dough Doughnuts; and others. Joining them this month is Evi’s Bäckerei, a bakery from Greg Baxtrom and Alex Grunert, who own and run the pastry programs at Olmsted, respectively. The focus is classic European pastry — both German gugelhupf and Austrian sacher-torte cake are on deck — and well-executed loaves of bread.

635 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. Agi's Counter

818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
A trio of sanfwiches on white plates sit on a marble table next to a marigold flower in a vase.
A trio of sandwiches from Agi’s Counter.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Jeremy Salamon is the borough’s latest chef to tackle Eastern European cuisine, joining brunch pop-up Dacha 46 and more recently, Evi’s Bäckerei. His first restaurant — named Agi’s Counter, after his paternal grandmother — draws on his Jewish-American heritage with gerbeaud cake (made with apricot gam and chocolate ganache), Ferdinand buns, and other pastries. Time your visit around lunchtime, when the Ritzy Titzy — a fun-to-say riff on the Waldorf Salad — and other sandwiches are served.

818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

14. Runner Up

367 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
An overhead photograph of two plates, one with three fish filets and another with a baguette and smear of butter
The baguette at Runner Up comes from Winner bakery next door.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

With the opening of Winner bakery last year, chef Daniel Eddy turned Park Slope’s stroller-packed Fifth Avenue into a dining destination in its own right. Now he’s going for it again with this outdoor restaurant and wine bar next door, where the rye crumbs for the salt cod croquettes and loaves of monkey bread come from his hit bakery. Most dishes cost between $5 and $20, and a wine list that leans French features bottles in both the $30 and triple-digit price ranges.

367 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

15. Dog Day Afternoon

266 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
A charred thick sausage sticking out of the end of the bun.
The Polish sausage with sport peppers and sauteed onions.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The notoriously elusive Chicago dog has found a home at this Windsor Terrace takeout counter within walking distance of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The regional franks — made by stuffing a Vienna beef hot dog into a poppy seed bun, then dressing it with mustard, neon relish, raw onions, tomato wedges, a dill pickle, sport peppers, and celery salt — are served for about $6 each, and are “as authentic as any in the Windy City,” writes Eater critic Robert Sietsema.

266 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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