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Expect to “sweat and eat meat” at Laser Wolf, says owner Michael Solomonov.
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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Brooklyn, June 2022

A home for mariscos in Williamsburg and an outpost of Philadelphia import Laser Wolf join the list this month

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Expect to “sweat and eat meat” at Laser Wolf, says owner Michael Solomonov.
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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 June: Laser Wolf (an outpost of Michael Solomonov’s famed Philadelphia restaurant), Ensenada (a home for mariscos and micheladas in Williamsburg), and Cafe Spaghetti (a contender for the restaurant of the summer in Carroll Gardens).

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. Wenwen

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1025 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(646) 901-5644
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The team behind the East Village’s rowdy Taiwanese hangout 886 opened Wenwen earlier this year, a grown-up Greenpoint restaurant where it’s okay to order a round of baijiu shots. Eric Sze, a 2021 Eater New Guard, is turning to his native Taiwan for a menu with “numbing” celtuce salad, pork belly with cuttlefish, and a whole fried chicken that he makes five orders of each night. (They often sell out within minutes.) The chef has left the drinking challenges of his first restaurant behind, but he’s keeping things light with shot roulettes and a Long Island Iced tea for four that comes topped with a flaming piece of youtiao.

A series of dishes are arranged on a table, the middle of which is a deboned fried chicken served with its talons.
The famed BDSM — “brined, deboned, soy milk” — chicken at Wenwen.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

2. Laser Wolf Brooklyn

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97 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 215-7150
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Expect to “sweat and eat meat” at the Brooklyn location of this famed Philadelphia restaurant, says Michael Solomonov, the chef and owner behind Laser Wolf. Solomonov, who used to run a hummus counter out of Chelsea Market, is giving it another go in New York City, this time atop the Hoxton hotel in Williamsburg, with his take on an Israeli grill house. Dessert comes free with every meal, and the thick-cut french fries are not to be missed.

Ten small bowls filled with dips and vegetables and salads are arranged around a larger hummus bowl on a shiny, round metal platter. Pita and fries are off to the right side.
Don’t miss Laser Wolf’s french fries.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

3. Santa Fe BK

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178 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 304-1759
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After months of serving green chile cheese burgers and chewy breakfast burritos for takeout, Santa Fe BK opened for sit-down service this spring. The New Mexican spot from couple co-owners Melissa Klein and John Watterberg now serves green chile chicken enchiladas, pork adovada smothered burritos, queso, and other southwestern delights. Fans of the morning breakfast don’t have to fret: Those breakfast burritos aren’t going anywhere.

Green chile chicken echiladas served with orange rice with tomatoes and a side of beans on a tan plate, is presented atop a wooden table embossed with a compass decal.
Chicken enchiladas blanketed in green chile.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater NY

4. Edith's Eatery & Grocery

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312 Leonard St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(917) 288-6244
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It’s been a non-stop year and a half for Elyssa Heller, the Jewish American restaurateur behind Greenpoint’s hottest bagel pop-up and more recently, one of Williamsburg’s smallest sandwich counters. Heller unveiled her latest act earlier this year, a restaurant and grocery store called Edith’s Eatery & Grocery. There’s daytime menu with plates of pickled mackerel and schnitzel, or arrive in the evening for a dinner menu with onion rolls and beef tongue tagliatelle.

An overhead photograph of several dishes at Edith’s Eatery & Grocery, a restaurant and grocery store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Bagels, matzoh ball soup, lox, and more from Edith’s Eatery & Grocery.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

5. Ensenada

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168 Borinquen Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 335-0838
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Mariscos are finally getting their due in New York City, with help from Mexican seafood counter Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights. There, pieces of octopus and fish bob around in fiery baths of lime and Maggi like Loch Ness mariscos. At Ensenada, those same dishes get the Williamsburg treatment: The prices are higher, the portions are smaller, and the vibes are vibier, but if all of that sounds okay, some of the city’s best ceviches and aguachiles await.

Slices of avocado, radish, onion, and fish float in a bowl of brown broth.
The aguachile negro at Ensenada.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

6. Eyval

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25 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Eyval, from a co-owner of Sofreh Cafe, opened next door to the Bushwick bakery earlier this year. The Iranian small plates spot is serving up barbari bread with borani (a mix of potatoes, saffron yogurt, and pickled red peppers) and a few entrees that are large enough to share, including a standout eggplant and lamb stew with fries. The lively, casual bar environment here also makes Eyval one of the best places to grab a solo meal.

A white bowl is filled with mushrooms, fava beans, and saffron-tinged rice at the center.
Mushroom and fava beans with saffron rice.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

7. Al Badawi

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151 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 689-5888
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The owners of Ayat in Bay Ridge, one of last year’s best new restaurants, opened another Palestinian spot in Cobble Hill last fall. It’s named for the world’s oldest olive tree, with bountiful, group-sized portions and seating for nearly 100 people between indoor and outdoor tables. A handful of items from Ayat — kebabs, shawarma, and mansaf — have made their way here, as have Palestinian flatbreads and other new dishes.

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

8. Saraghina Caffè

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195 DeKalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 327-4224
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The restaurant scenes of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene may finally be getting their due, with recent additions like Brooklyn Hots, Place des Fêtes, Fradei Bistro, and others. Saraghina, Bed-Stuy’s popular pizzeria, is the latest to open in the neighborhood, bringing a swanky Italian restaurant that’s about much more than wood-fired pies. Head here for an extensive aperitivo list, a crudo bar seafood towers, and a full menu of pizzas and pastas priced around $20 to $40 each.

A green marble countertop features an orange cocktail and a white plate with a pink raw fish crudo sitting in a orange oil bath with green and red garnishes.
Crudo from the new Saraghina Caffè.
Emma Orlow/Eater NY

9. Brooklyn Hots

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291 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 791-5035
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Brooklyn is now home to a version of Rochester’s famed “Garbage Plate,” the piles of hamburger patty, macaroni salad, and other picnic items usually served with a squiggle of hot sauce or mustard. The heaping plates of food are designed to be shared — along with smash burgers and pizza logs — and a generous BYOB policy is meant to draw customers to next-door wine shop Radicle Wine, from the same team.

Two plates filled with hamburger meat, vegetables, and macaroni salad sit side-by-side on a concrete counter top next to a glass of wine.
Rochester’s famed Garbage Plates find a home in Clinton Hill.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

10. Dept of Culture

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327 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

This restaurant in Bed-Stuy is serving one of the city’s only tasting menus to highlight regional Nigerian cooking, where three courses and a dessert (around $75) might include dishes like fiery fish pepper soup and spicy suya octopus. The sometimes-stuffy tasting menu format is often reserved for finer dining establishments, but here dinner is served at a 12-seat communal table, usually with a generous pour of wine and a story from owner Ayo Balogun.

Joloff rice sits in a white bowl dappled by sunlight
A bowl of joloff rice.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

11. Place des Fêtes

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212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 857-0101
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A trip to Oxalis in Prospect Heights usually warrants an occasion — its seasonal, Michelin-starred tasting menu runs at $120-per-person before drinks — but at this neighborhood wine bar from the same team, the vibe toes the line between between casual and celebratory. Don’t be dissuaded by the $22 plates of fancy ham or the triple digit price tags on the wine list: It’s possible to sit down with a few glasses of wine here (most priced between $10 and $20) and some excellent desserts and spend under $50 per person.

An L-shaped bar with light wood and an open kitchen visible in the background.
The bar and open kitchen at Place des Fêtes.
Chris Coe/Place des Fêtes

12. Cafe Spaghetti

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126 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Could Cafe Spaghetti be the restaurant of the summer? Eater critic Robert Sietsema wondered as much, sitting in the backyard of this new Carroll Gardens restaurant eating some of the best pastas he’s had this year. Granted it’s only June, but it’s clear that the red sauce Italian classics here — spaghetti pomodoro, eggplant parm — are already turning heads. Pastas priced between $16 and $24 each.

A shallow bowl of pasta with chopped broccoli rabe.
Orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

13. Gee’s Caribbean Restaurant

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770 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 240-9589
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Gloria’s, a Caribbean institution in Crown Heights, closed following a decades-long legal battle in 2020. Months later, Wayne Smith, a manager of the establishment for 22 years, banded together with former employees to open this restaurant a few doors over, where versions of its oxtail and curried goat live on. Lines can stretch toward the door around lunchtime, but things move quick at this casual counter-service spot with a few seats.

An overhead photograph of a takeout tray brimming with oxtail, okra, and potato salad.
Oxtail, okra, and potato salad from Gee’s.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

14. Agi's Counter

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818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 822-7833
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Agi’s Counter is the kind of place where egg creams are reinvented (with condensed milk and instant espresso) and sandwiches come with whistful names like the Ritzy Titzy (a riff on the Waldorf Salad). And while it’s true that owner Jeremy Salamon is having fun here, his dinner menu of schnitzel with peach mostarda, hailbut collar in dill sauce, and other Jewish American inventions stacks up to most new restaurants in the borough.

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

15. Lucia Pizza Of Avenue X

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2201 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 313-0999
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Salvatore Carlino was raised on pizza, so it’s no surprise there’s already buzz around the chef’s first restaurant. His family operated Manhattan Beach’s Papa Leone’s, which closed in 2017, and founded corner slice shop Smiling Pizza in Park Slope. Carlino opened the doors on his own pizza parlor in Sheepshead Bay in January with margherita, white, and plain pies. Be sure to try the vodka pizza, which uses the same recipe from Papa Leone’s, dating back to 1974.

An overhead photograph of a quarter of a pizza, topped with cheeses and crumbled meats.
Behold, the pies of Lucia Pizza of Avenue X.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

1. Wenwen

1025 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A series of dishes are arranged on a table, the middle of which is a deboned fried chicken served with its talons.
The famed BDSM — “brined, deboned, soy milk” — chicken at Wenwen.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

The team behind the East Village’s rowdy Taiwanese hangout 886 opened Wenwen earlier this year, a grown-up Greenpoint restaurant where it’s okay to order a round of baijiu shots. Eric Sze, a 2021 Eater New Guard, is turning to his native Taiwan for a menu with “numbing” celtuce salad, pork belly with cuttlefish, and a whole fried chicken that he makes five orders of each night. (They often sell out within minutes.) The chef has left the drinking challenges of his first restaurant behind, but he’s keeping things light with shot roulettes and a Long Island Iced tea for four that comes topped with a flaming piece of youtiao.

1025 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Laser Wolf Brooklyn

97 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Ten small bowls filled with dips and vegetables and salads are arranged around a larger hummus bowl on a shiny, round metal platter. Pita and fries are off to the right side.
Don’t miss Laser Wolf’s french fries.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Expect to “sweat and eat meat” at the Brooklyn location of this famed Philadelphia restaurant, says Michael Solomonov, the chef and owner behind Laser Wolf. Solomonov, who used to run a hummus counter out of Chelsea Market, is giving it another go in New York City, this time atop the Hoxton hotel in Williamsburg, with his take on an Israeli grill house. Dessert comes free with every meal, and the thick-cut french fries are not to be missed.

97 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Santa Fe BK

178 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Green chile chicken echiladas served with orange rice with tomatoes and a side of beans on a tan plate, is presented atop a wooden table embossed with a compass decal.
Chicken enchiladas blanketed in green chile.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater NY

After months of serving green chile cheese burgers and chewy breakfast burritos for takeout, Santa Fe BK opened for sit-down service this spring. The New Mexican spot from couple co-owners Melissa Klein and John Watterberg now serves green chile chicken enchiladas, pork adovada smothered burritos, queso, and other southwestern delights. Fans of the morning breakfast don’t have to fret: Those breakfast burritos aren’t going anywhere.

178 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

4. Edith's Eatery & Grocery

312 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
An overhead photograph of several dishes at Edith’s Eatery & Grocery, a restaurant and grocery store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Bagels, matzoh ball soup, lox, and more from Edith’s Eatery & Grocery.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

It’s been a non-stop year and a half for Elyssa Heller, the Jewish American restaurateur behind Greenpoint’s hottest bagel pop-up and more recently, one of Williamsburg’s smallest sandwich counters. Heller unveiled her latest act earlier this year, a restaurant and grocery store called Edith’s Eatery & Grocery. There’s daytime menu with plates of pickled mackerel and schnitzel, or arrive in the evening for a dinner menu with onion rolls and beef tongue tagliatelle.

312 Leonard St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. Ensenada

168 Borinquen Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Slices of avocado, radish, onion, and fish float in a bowl of brown broth.
The aguachile negro at Ensenada.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Mariscos are finally getting their due in New York City, with help from Mexican seafood counter Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights. There, pieces of octopus and fish bob around in fiery baths of lime and Maggi like Loch Ness mariscos. At Ensenada, those same dishes get the Williamsburg treatment: The prices are higher, the portions are smaller, and the vibes are vibier, but if all of that sounds okay, some of the city’s best ceviches and aguachiles await.

168 Borinquen Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11211

6. Eyval

25 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
A white bowl is filled with mushrooms, fava beans, and saffron-tinged rice at the center.
Mushroom and fava beans with saffron rice.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Eyval, from a co-owner of Sofreh Cafe, opened next door to the Bushwick bakery earlier this year. The Iranian small plates spot is serving up barbari bread with borani (a mix of potatoes, saffron yogurt, and pickled red peppers) and a few entrees that are large enough to share, including a standout eggplant and lamb stew with fries. The lively, casual bar environment here also makes Eyval one of the best places to grab a solo meal.

25 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

7. 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.
Ouzi with beef from Al Badawi.
Adam Friedlander

The owners of Ayat in Bay Ridge, one of last year’s best new restaurants, opened another Palestinian spot in Cobble Hill last fall. It’s named for the world’s oldest olive tree, with bountiful, group-sized portions and seating for nearly 100 people between indoor and outdoor tables. A handful of items from Ayat — kebabs, shawarma, and mansaf — have made their way here, as have Palestinian flatbreads and other new dishes.

151 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8. Saraghina Caffè

195 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
A green marble countertop features an orange cocktail and a white plate with a pink raw fish crudo sitting in a orange oil bath with green and red garnishes.
Crudo from the new Saraghina Caffè.
Emma Orlow/Eater NY

The restaurant scenes of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene may finally be getting their due, with recent additions like Brooklyn Hots, Place des Fêtes, Fradei Bistro, and others. Saraghina, Bed-Stuy’s popular pizzeria, is the latest to open in the neighborhood, bringing a swanky Italian restaurant that’s about much more than wood-fired pies. Head here for an extensive aperitivo list, a crudo bar seafood towers, and a full menu of pizzas and pastas priced around $20 to $40 each.

195 DeKalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

9. Brooklyn Hots

291 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Two plates filled with hamburger meat, vegetables, and macaroni salad sit side-by-side on a concrete counter top next to a glass of wine.
Rochester’s famed Garbage Plates find a home in Clinton Hill.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Brooklyn is now home to a version of Rochester’s famed “Garbage Plate,” the piles of hamburger patty, macaroni salad, and other picnic items usually served with a squiggle of hot sauce or mustard. The heaping plates of food are designed to be shared — along with smash burgers and pizza logs — and a generous BYOB policy is meant to draw customers to next-door wine shop Radicle Wine, from the same team.

291 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

10. Dept of Culture

327 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
Joloff rice sits in a white bowl dappled by sunlight
A bowl of joloff rice.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

This restaurant in Bed-Stuy is serving one of the city’s only tasting menus to highlight regional Nigerian cooking, where three courses and a dessert (around $75) might include dishes like fiery fish pepper soup and spicy suya octopus. The sometimes-stuffy tasting menu format is often reserved for finer dining establishments, but here dinner is served at a 12-seat communal table, usually with a generous pour of wine and a story from owner Ayo Balogun.

327 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

11. Place des Fêtes

212 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
An L-shaped bar with light wood and an open kitchen visible in the background.
The bar and open kitchen at Place des Fêtes.
Chris Coe/Place des Fêtes

A trip to Oxalis in Prospect Heights usually warrants an occasion — its seasonal, Michelin-starred tasting menu runs at $120-per-person before drinks — but at this neighborhood wine bar from the same team, the vibe toes the line between between casual and celebratory. Don’t be dissuaded by the $22 plates of fancy ham or the triple digit price tags on the wine list: It’s possible to sit down with a few glasses of wine here (most priced between $10 and $20) and some excellent desserts and spend under $50 per person.

212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

12. Cafe Spaghetti

126 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A shallow bowl of pasta with chopped broccoli rabe.
Orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Could Cafe Spaghetti be the restaurant of the summer? Eater critic Robert Sietsema wondered as much, sitting in the backyard of this new Carroll Gardens restaurant eating some of the best pastas he’s had this year. Granted it’s only June, but it’s clear that the red sauce Italian classics here — spaghetti pomodoro, eggplant parm — are already turning heads. Pastas priced between $16 and $24 each.

126 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

13. Gee’s Caribbean Restaurant

770 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
An overhead photograph of a takeout tray brimming with oxtail, okra, and potato salad.
Oxtail, okra, and potato salad from Gee’s.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Gloria’s, a Caribbean institution in Crown Heights, closed following a decades-long legal battle in 2020. Months later, Wayne Smith, a manager of the establishment for 22 years, banded together with former employees to open this restaurant a few doors over, where versions of its oxtail and curried goat live on. Lines can stretch toward the door around lunchtime, but things move quick at this casual counter-service spot with a few seats.

770 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

14. 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

Agi’s Counter is the kind of place where egg creams are reinvented (with condensed milk and instant espresso) and sandwiches come with whistful names like the Ritzy Titzy (a riff on the Waldorf Salad). And while it’s true that owner Jeremy Salamon is having fun here, his dinner menu of schnitzel with peach mostarda, hailbut collar in dill sauce, and other Jewish American inventions stacks up to most new restaurants in the borough.

818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

15. Lucia Pizza Of Avenue X

2201 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY 11235
An overhead photograph of a quarter of a pizza, topped with cheeses and crumbled meats.
Behold, the pies of Lucia Pizza of Avenue X.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Salvatore Carlino was raised on pizza, so it’s no surprise there’s already buzz around the chef’s first restaurant. His family operated Manhattan Beach’s Papa Leone’s, which closed in 2017, and founded corner slice shop Smiling Pizza in Park Slope. Carlino opened the doors on his own pizza parlor in Sheepshead Bay in January with margherita, white, and plain pies. Be sure to try the vodka pizza, which uses the same recipe from Papa Leone’s, dating back to 1974.

2201 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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