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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Brooklyn, September 2021

A French bar from the Chez Ma Tante team and a Mexico City-style taqueria join the list this month

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Bar Blondeau, outfitted with velvet green banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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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 September: Taqueria Ramirez (a Greenpoint newcomer slinging suadero and al pastor) and Bar Blondeau (a French bar from the team behind Le Crocodile and Chez Ma Tante).

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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

Equipped with a comal and trompo imported from Mexico City, first-time restaurateurs Giovanni Cervantes and Tania Apolinar have been serving suadero, longaniza, and a game-changing tripe taco from this Greenpoint storefront since August. In its first month, Taqueria Ramirez was only open two days each week: on Thursday, to serve some of the best tripe in the borough, and on Sunday, to shave al pastor from the spit. Now the team is temporarily suspending operations as it gears up for its full opening later this month, with extended hours and a second taquero.

An overhead photograph of a plate of four tacos, topped with red and green salsa, cilantro, and guacamole on a bright green plate
A plate of al pastor tacos at Taqueria Ramirez.
Luke Fortney/Eater

2. Bar Blondeau

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

There’s no shortage of French wine bars in New York City, but Bar Blondeau asserts there’s room for at least one more. This sixth-floor restaurant and bar from the owners of Le Crocodile and Chez Ma Tante is focused on natural wine, classic cocktails, and a menu that leans on vegetables and seafood. The dining room’s velvet banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows might call Midtown Manhattan to mind, but partners Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber say the experience is meant to be 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

3. Birria-Landia

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486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 839-8706
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One of the pandemic’s most exciting restaurant openings occurred with little fanfare and almost no forewarning: Birria-Landia, the taco truck credited with putting Tijuana-style birria on the map in New York City, opened this second location in Williamsburg last fall. At this slightly larger truck, the team is serving the same stewed tacos, mulitas, and tostadas that made the original an instant hit. Order one of everything, including a large consomé.

Two hands hold a disposable plate with three tostadas, a cup of brothy consomé, and two lime wedges
A large consomme with three griddled tostadas.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater

4. Edith’s

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495 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Edith’s continues its tenure on the Brooklyn heatmap, though now as a brick-and-mortar bakery in Williamsburg. The modern Jewish deli, famed for its wood-fired bagels and block-long lines as a pop-up in Greenpoint, moved into this expanded space on Lorimer Street in March, where there’s room to smoke salmon, bacon, and other meats in-house. Order the namesake Edith sandwich, topped with pastrami and housemade kraut.

Two halves of a sandwich topped with gleaming red pastrami and a layer of coleslaw
The Edith sandwich, made from brisket pastrami, sauerkraut, and emmenthal cheese.
Clay Williams/Eater

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 until midnight most nights, Aldama might be the closest thing Brooklyn has to the hip, late-night bars of Mexico City. The newly opened restaurant comes from Christopher Reyes, a former bartender at Cosme and the Nomad, and chef Gerardo Alcaraz. The duo is keeping the party going with regional Mexican dishes — carne cecina, pulpo zarandeado, campechana — served until midnight and a weekly lineup of live DJs.

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

6. Francie

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134 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7572
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Sandwiched between Peter Luger Steakhouse and Andrew Tarlow’s Diner is Francie, a lesser-known but equally star-studded restaurant from alums of Bâtard and the Michelin-starred Piora. The Williamsburg restaurant is modeled after the European brasserie, complete with white-suited waiters and a $175 steak for two. Notably, within six months of opening, Francie became one of seven restaurants citywide to receive a Michelin star in 2021.

The interior of the restaurant Francie with a long view of the establishment featuring tables and chairs
The indoor dining room at Francie.
Francie

7. Tong

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321 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 366-0586
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Kub klaem, Thai drinking snacks, are having a moment in New York City, and one of the best places to try them is Tong. This Bushwick newcomer specializes in well-seasoned, shareable plates — spicy beef tartare and dressed-up oysters — meant to be eaten alongside a cocktail, a Chang beer, or one of each. Sunisa Nitmai and Chetkangwan Thipruetree are the chefs, a duo whose regional Thai cooking critic Robert Sietsema called “enthralling fun.”

A metal vessel with three kinds of meat next to fried eggs, with toast on the side.
Kai kra ta, a brunch platter made from fried eggs, Chinese sausage, ground pork, and cha lua.
Robert Sietsema/Eater

8. Falansai

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112 Harrison Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 381-0980
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Chef Eric Tran is attempting to do the name Falansai justice at this revamped version of the popular Bushwick hangout, where the restaurant’s name has stayed the same but not much else. Having just come off of a stint at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tran is serving seasonal dishes — pea shoots in duck broth, mussels in red curry — along with a “brilliant” six-course tasting menu priced at $83 per person.

An overhead photograph of a plate of scallions, egg, fried rice, and hotdog-style slices of sausage
Dad’s Fried Rice, made with Vietnamese-style mortadella.
Erick Kantar/Falansai

9. Em Vietnamese Bistro

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57 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-7888
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At Em Vietnamese Bistro, chef Ly Nguyen and Patrick Lin are channeling the lively, open-air restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City, which many still refer to as Saigon. Expect saucy bowls of shellfish — scallop congee, clams bathed in butter — and baguette on the side for sopping up whatever’s left in the bowl. A handful of dishes from the couple’s first restaurant in Bensonhurst have also made their way to Dumbo, including its banh mi burger and mango smoothie.

Three dishes sit on a white table, two of which are filled with clams topped in herbs and sauce
Ngheu hap xa, clams in a lemongrass broth, and xao dua, mussels in a coconut and lemongrass sauce.
Adam Friedlander/Eater

10. 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 in February. The restaurant received encouraging reviews from just about everyone shortly after opening, and has been booking weeks out ever since. The revamped restaurant is headed by Red Hook restaurateur St. John Frizell, along with husband-and-wife team Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim of Insa acclaim.

A basket with four pieces of fried chicken, round fritters, and very dark green slaw.
Fried chicken and hush puppies at Gage and Tollner.
Robert Sietsema/Eater

11. Baby Luc's

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387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Lucali owner Mark Iacano recently opened the doors at Baby Luc’s, a casual neighborhood slice shop located two blocks from his acclaimed Carroll Gardens pizzeria. The pizza here isn’t an exact substitute for the popular wood-fired pies at his first restaurant, but they are considerably easier to get ahold of. (Still, expect a line down the block at opening time.) The pizzeria is serving square slices with several toppings, including pepperoni, sausage and pepper, and ricotta with broccoli rabe.

A tattooed hand reaches out for a paper plate with a square slice that has a bite out of it. In the background, a pre-batched mezcal negroni sits on a table
Baby Luc’s also sells gin and mezcal Negronis.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater

12. Victor

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285 Nevins St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 889-6588
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Just in time for summer, Victor landed in Gowanus with airy, date-night decor and a Mediterranean menu driven by a wood-fired oven. The restaurant’s dining room is outfitted with floor to ceiling glass windows, moss-colored banquettes, potted palms, and an inviting curved bar — elements hard to get wrong, but that stand out when done right. The restaurant comes from former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef Ian Alvarez and Ryan Angulo, an owner of French Louie.

Four oysters with stuffing, a couple of lemon wedges in the foreground.
Roast oysters stuffed with merguez at Victor.
Robert Sietsema/Eater

13. KIT

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657 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The closure of MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights hit hard for the restaurant’s most avid fans, but now a new neighborhood restaurant has opened for business in its place. KIT — short for “keep in touch” — is part cafe and part pop-up incubator, serving jello, wine, and other items from up-and-coming businesses that operate out of the space on temporary contracts. The cafe is backed by former MeMe’s Diner co-owner Libby Willis, who also sells pastries from the shop.

One person in a red shirt and straw hat leans on a wooden bar while another person behind the counter makes coffee
KIT serves jello, wine, pastries, and more.
Clay Williams/Eater

14. Mockingbird Taco

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469 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(347) 789-8207
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Not one to be outdone by Manhattan, Brooklyn is now home to a growing number of restaurants serving breakfast tacos and burritos made with flour tortillas. One of the most exciting new arrivals this year came in the form of Mockingbird Taco, a walk-up window in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Respected sommelier André Mack and partner Nico Bouter are serving five breakfast tacos to start, priced between $6 and $9 each.

A white flour tortilla filled with cubes of potato, scrambled egg, and green cilantro laid on a foil wrapper
A potato and egg breakfast taco with chimichurri.
Alex Staniloff/Eater

15. Ayat

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8504 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 831-2585
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Restaurateur Abdul Elenani and chef Ayat Masoud opened Ayat in Bay Ridge last October, drawing praise for their towers of spinning meat — one chicken, one beef — and flatbreads griddled on a piping hot saj. The restaurant caught the attention of New York Times critic Pete Wells shortly after opening, who found that its best dishes weren’t its shawarma or kebabs, but its Palestinian staples, including “improbably delicate” lamb kefta and squash stuffed with onions and rice.

Meatballs, sliced-thin potatoes, and peppers bathe in an oily yellow broth in a brown bowl
Beef and lamb kefta in a yogurt gravy
Robert Sietsema/Eater

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1. Taqueria Ramirez

94 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
An overhead photograph of a plate of four tacos, topped with red and green salsa, cilantro, and guacamole on a bright green plate
A plate of al pastor tacos at Taqueria Ramirez.
Luke Fortney/Eater

Equipped with a comal and trompo imported from Mexico City, first-time restaurateurs Giovanni Cervantes and Tania Apolinar have been serving suadero, longaniza, and a game-changing tripe taco from this Greenpoint storefront since August. In its first month, Taqueria Ramirez was only open two days each week: on Thursday, to serve some of the best tripe in the borough, and on Sunday, to shave al pastor from the spit. Now the team is temporarily suspending operations as it gears up for its full opening later this month, with extended hours and a second taquero.

94 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. 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 asserts there’s room for at least one more. This sixth-floor restaurant and bar from the owners of Le Crocodile and Chez Ma Tante is focused on natural wine, classic cocktails, and a menu that leans on vegetables and seafood. The dining room’s velvet banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows might call Midtown Manhattan to mind, but partners Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber say the experience is meant to be more casual than a night out in the city.

80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Birria-Landia

486 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Two hands hold a disposable plate with three tostadas, a cup of brothy consomé, and two lime wedges
A large consomme with three griddled tostadas.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater

One of the pandemic’s most exciting restaurant openings occurred with little fanfare and almost no forewarning: Birria-Landia, the taco truck credited with putting Tijuana-style birria on the map in New York City, opened this second location in Williamsburg last fall. At this slightly larger truck, the team is serving the same stewed tacos, mulitas, and tostadas that made the original an instant hit. Order one of everything, including a large consomé.

486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

4. Edith’s

495 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Two halves of a sandwich topped with gleaming red pastrami and a layer of coleslaw
The Edith sandwich, made from brisket pastrami, sauerkraut, and emmenthal cheese.
Clay Williams/Eater

Edith’s continues its tenure on the Brooklyn heatmap, though now as a brick-and-mortar bakery in Williamsburg. The modern Jewish deli, famed for its wood-fired bagels and block-long lines as a pop-up in Greenpoint, moved into this expanded space on Lorimer Street in March, where there’s room to smoke salmon, bacon, and other meats in-house. Order the namesake Edith sandwich, topped with pastrami and housemade kraut.

495 Lorimer St
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

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

91 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

6. Francie

134 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The interior of the restaurant Francie with a long view of the establishment featuring tables and chairs
The indoor dining room at Francie.
Francie

Sandwiched between Peter Luger Steakhouse and Andrew Tarlow’s Diner is Francie, a lesser-known but equally star-studded restaurant from alums of Bâtard and the Michelin-starred Piora. The Williamsburg restaurant is modeled after the European brasserie, complete with white-suited waiters and a $175 steak for two. Notably, within six months of opening, Francie became one of seven restaurants citywide to receive a Michelin star in 2021.

134 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

7. Tong

321 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A metal vessel with three kinds of meat next to fried eggs, with toast on the side.
Kai kra ta, a brunch platter made from fried eggs, Chinese sausage, ground pork, and cha lua.
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Kub klaem, Thai drinking snacks, are having a moment in New York City, and one of the best places to try them is Tong. This Bushwick newcomer specializes in well-seasoned, shareable plates — spicy beef tartare and dressed-up oysters — meant to be eaten alongside a cocktail, a Chang beer, or one of each. Sunisa Nitmai and Chetkangwan Thipruetree are the chefs, a duo whose regional Thai cooking critic Robert Sietsema called “enthralling fun.”

321 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

8. Falansai

112 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237
An overhead photograph of a plate of scallions, egg, fried rice, and hotdog-style slices of sausage
Dad’s Fried Rice, made with Vietnamese-style mortadella.
Erick Kantar/Falansai

Chef Eric Tran is attempting to do the name Falansai justice at this revamped version of the popular Bushwick hangout, where the restaurant’s name has stayed the same but not much else. Having just come off of a stint at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tran is serving seasonal dishes — pea shoots in duck broth, mussels in red curry — along with a “brilliant” six-course tasting menu priced at $83 per person.

112 Harrison Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11237

9. Em Vietnamese Bistro

57 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Three dishes sit on a white table, two of which are filled with clams topped in herbs and sauce
Ngheu hap xa, clams in a lemongrass broth, and xao dua, mussels in a coconut and lemongrass sauce.
Adam Friedlander/Eater

At Em Vietnamese Bistro, chef Ly Nguyen and Patrick Lin are channeling the lively, open-air restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City, which many still refer to as Saigon. Expect saucy bowls of shellfish — scallop congee, clams bathed in butter — and baguette on the side for sopping up whatever’s left in the bowl. A handful of dishes from the couple’s first restaurant in Bensonhurst have also made their way to Dumbo, including its banh mi burger and mango smoothie.

57 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Gage and Tollner

372 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A basket with four pieces of fried chicken, round fritters, and very dark green slaw.
Fried chicken and hush puppies at Gage and Tollner.
Robert Sietsema/Eater

A revival close to three years in the making, the historic Gage and Tollner returned to Downtown Brooklyn in February. The restaurant received encouraging reviews from just about everyone shortly after opening, and has been booking weeks out ever since. The revamped restaurant is headed by Red Hook restaurateur St. John Frizell, along with husband-and-wife team Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim of Insa acclaim.

372 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. Baby Luc's

387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A tattooed hand reaches out for a paper plate with a square slice that has a bite out of it. In the background, a pre-batched mezcal negroni sits on a table
Baby Luc’s also sells gin and mezcal Negronis.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater

Lucali owner Mark Iacano recently opened the doors at Baby Luc’s, a casual neighborhood slice shop located two blocks from his acclaimed Carroll Gardens pizzeria. The pizza here isn’t an exact substitute for the popular wood-fired pies at his first restaurant, but they are considerably easier to get ahold of. (Still, expect a line down the block at opening time.) The pizzeria is serving square slices with several toppings, including pepperoni, sausage and pepper, and ricotta with broccoli rabe.

387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

12. Victor

285 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Four oysters with stuffing, a couple of lemon wedges in the foreground.
Roast oysters stuffed with merguez at Victor.
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Just in time for summer, Victor landed in Gowanus with airy, date-night decor and a Mediterranean menu driven by a wood-fired oven. The restaurant’s dining room is outfitted with floor to ceiling glass windows, moss-colored banquettes, potted palms, and an inviting curved bar — elements hard to get wrong, but that stand out when done right. The restaurant comes from former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef Ian Alvarez and Ryan Angulo, an owner of French Louie.

285 Nevins St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

13. KIT

657 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
One person in a red shirt and straw hat leans on a wooden bar while another person behind the counter makes coffee
KIT serves jello, wine, pastries, and more.
Clay Williams/Eater

The closure of MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights hit hard for the restaurant’s most avid fans, but now a new neighborhood restaurant has opened for business in its place. KIT — short for “keep in touch” — is part cafe and part pop-up incubator, serving jello, wine, and other items from up-and-coming businesses that operate out of the space on temporary contracts. The cafe is backed by former MeMe’s Diner co-owner Libby Willis, who also sells pastries from the shop.

657 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Mockingbird Taco

469 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
A white flour tortilla filled with cubes of potato, scrambled egg, and green cilantro laid on a foil wrapper
A potato and egg breakfast taco with chimichurri.
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Not one to be outdone by Manhattan, Brooklyn is now home to a growing number of restaurants serving breakfast tacos and burritos made with flour tortillas. One of the most exciting new arrivals this year came in the form of Mockingbird Taco, a walk-up window in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Respected sommelier André Mack and partner Nico Bouter are serving five breakfast tacos to start, priced between $6 and $9 each.

469 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

15. Ayat

8504 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Meatballs, sliced-thin potatoes, and peppers bathe in an oily yellow broth in a brown bowl
Beef and lamb kefta in a yogurt gravy
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Restaurateur Abdul Elenani and chef Ayat Masoud opened Ayat in Bay Ridge last October, drawing praise for their towers of spinning meat — one chicken, one beef — and flatbreads griddled on a piping hot saj. The restaurant caught the attention of New York Times critic Pete Wells shortly after opening, who found that its best dishes weren’t its shawarma or kebabs, but its Palestinian staples, including “improbably delicate” lamb kefta and squash stuffed with onions and rice.

8504 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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