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Brooklyn Hots serves a spruced-up version of Rochester’s famed ‘Garbage Plates.’
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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Brooklyn, May 2022

The borough’s newest Persian restaurant and a home for Rochester-style ‘Garbage Plates’ join the list this month

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Brooklyn Hots serves a spruced-up version of Rochester’s famed ‘Garbage Plates.’
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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 May: Eyval (a new Persian restaurant next door to Sofreh Cafe and from the same team), Brooklyn Hots (a home for Rochester-style Garbage Plates in Clinton Hill), and Place des Fêtes (a wine bar from the owners of the Michelin-starred Oxalis restaurant).

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 is 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 can sell out within minutes.) The chef has left the drinking challenges of his first restaurant behind, but he’s keeping things light with baijiu shots and a Long Island Iced tea for four that comes topped with a flaming hunk 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.
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2. El Pingüino

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25 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 463-9509
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Tinned seafood is having a moment right now, and in Brooklyn, one of the best places to sit down with a plate of pickled or raw fish is El Pingüino. This bar with major date night energy opened in Greenpoint last November, serving Spanish small plates — anchovy tails, canned mussels — along with aguachile and other specials that nod to Latin America. Head here during happy hour, when oysters are half off and martinis run at $12.

Saltines, tinned fish, and skewers of pickled vegetables are arranged on a table beside glasses of wine at El Pingüino, a restaurant in Greenpoint.
Conservas and wine at El Pingüino.
El Pingüino

3. 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 al pastor. 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.
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4. 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 just to-go green chile cheese burgers and chewy breakfast burritos, while the team awaited its liquor license, Santa Fe BK finally opened for full-service dinner late last month. The New Mexican spot from co-owners and couple Melissa Klein and John Watterberg now serves green chile chicken enchiladas, pork adovada smothered burritos, queso, and more 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.
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5. Bonnie's

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398 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(914) 875-3709
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Tables at this Cantonese American restaurant can book up within minutes — two weeks out — making Bonnie’s one of the city’s hottest reservations right now. What’s all the hype? The restaurant comes from Calvin Eng, a chef who previously worked at Williamsburg’s popular Taiwanese American restaurant Win Son in Williamsburg. Bonnie’s, named for his mom, is Eng’s breakout restaurant, and 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 McDonald’s McRib) and cacio e pepe “mein” tossed in a wok.

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.
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6. 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 after 6 p.m. for a shorter list of shawarma lamb ribs and beef tongue tagliatelle. Dinner launches later this week.

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.
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7. Eyval

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25 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Eyval opened this March from chef Ali Saboor, co-owner of the Persian spot, Sofreh Cafe, next door. This Iranian small plates spot features dishes like barbari bread from the Sofreh bakery to dip in borani, entrees large enough to share (such as the standout eggplant and lamb stew with sour grapes and fries) and dessert options like saffron ice cream sandwiches. The casual bar environment also makes it an ideal spot for a solo meal with an orange blossom cocktail or beer brewed with Persian ingredients like black lime.

A white bowl is filled with mushrooms, fava beans, and saffron-tinged rice at the center.
Mushroom and fava beans with saffron rice.
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8. 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.
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9. 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.
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10. Brooklyn Hots

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291 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 791-5035
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Clinton Hill is now home to a restaurant serving spruced-up versions of Rochester’s famed “Garbage Plates,” the mountains 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.
“Trash plates,” as Brooklyn Hots calls them, and natural wine.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

11. Dept of Culture

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327 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

This new 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
Joloff rice.
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12. 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 $112-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 $12 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.
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13. Gee’s Caribbean Restaurant

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770 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 240-9589
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Brooklyn mourned the loss of Gloria’s after a decades-long legal battle forced the Crown Heights institution to close its doors in 2020. Wayne Smith, a manager of the establishment for 22 years, banded together with former employees to open this restaurant a few doors down, where versions of its oxtail and curried goat live on. Don’t be deterred by the lines that stretch toward the door around lunchtime; things move quick at this casual counter-service spot.

An overhead photograph of a takeout tray brimming with oxtail, okra, and potato salad.
Oxtail, okra, and potato salad from Gee’s.
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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 a place where egg creams get a new lease on life (with condensed milk and instant espresso) and sandwiches come with fanciful names like the Ritzy Titzy (a riff on the Waldorf Salad). The menu at this Crown Heights restaurant pulls from owner Jeremy Salamon’s Jewish American upbringing for a menu with gerbeaud cake, Ferdinand buns, and other Eastern European pastries — in the mornings — and larger dishes like a butterflied whole trout at dinner.

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.
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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.

The green exterior of Lucia Pizza of Avenue X has a white and red sign above it with the restaurant’s name.
Lucia Pizza of Avenue X.
Lucia Pizza of Avenue X

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 is 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 can sell out within minutes.) The chef has left the drinking challenges of his first restaurant behind, but he’s keeping things light with baijiu shots and a Long Island Iced tea for four that comes topped with a flaming hunk of youtiao.

1025 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. El Pingüino

25 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saltines, tinned fish, and skewers of pickled vegetables are arranged on a table beside glasses of wine at El Pingüino, a restaurant in Greenpoint.
Conservas and wine at El Pingüino.
El Pingüino

Tinned seafood is having a moment right now, and in Brooklyn, one of the best places to sit down with a plate of pickled or raw fish is El Pingüino. This bar with major date night energy opened in Greenpoint last November, serving Spanish small plates — anchovy tails, canned mussels — along with aguachile and other specials that nod to Latin America. Head here during happy hour, when oysters are half off and martinis run at $12.

25 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

3. 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 al pastor. 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

4. 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 just to-go green chile cheese burgers and chewy breakfast burritos, while the team awaited its liquor license, Santa Fe BK finally opened for full-service dinner late last month. The New Mexican spot from co-owners and couple Melissa Klein and John Watterberg now serves green chile chicken enchiladas, pork adovada smothered burritos, queso, and more 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

5. 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

Tables at this Cantonese American restaurant can book up within minutes — two weeks out — making Bonnie’s one of the city’s hottest reservations right now. What’s all the hype? The restaurant comes from Calvin Eng, a chef who previously worked at Williamsburg’s popular Taiwanese American restaurant Win Son in Williamsburg. Bonnie’s, named for his mom, is Eng’s breakout restaurant, and 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 McDonald’s McRib) and cacio e pepe “mein” tossed in a wok.

398 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

6. 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 after 6 p.m. for a shorter list of shawarma lamb ribs and beef tongue tagliatelle. Dinner launches later this week.

312 Leonard St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. 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 opened this March from chef Ali Saboor, co-owner of the Persian spot, Sofreh Cafe, next door. This Iranian small plates spot features dishes like barbari bread from the Sofreh bakery to dip in borani, entrees large enough to share (such as the standout eggplant and lamb stew with sour grapes and fries) and dessert options like saffron ice cream sandwiches. The casual bar environment also makes it an ideal spot for a solo meal with an orange blossom cocktail or beer brewed with Persian ingredients like black lime.

25 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.
“Trash plates,” as Brooklyn Hots calls them, and natural wine.
Adam Friedlander/Eater NY

Clinton Hill is now home to a restaurant serving spruced-up versions of Rochester’s famed “Garbage Plates,” the mountains 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

11. Dept of Culture

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

This new 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

12. 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 $112-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 $12 and $20) and some excellent desserts and spend under $50 per person.

212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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

Brooklyn mourned the loss of Gloria’s after a decades-long legal battle forced the Crown Heights institution to close its doors in 2020. Wayne Smith, a manager of the establishment for 22 years, banded together with former employees to open this restaurant a few doors down, where versions of its oxtail and curried goat live on. Don’t be deterred by the lines that stretch toward the door around lunchtime; things move quick at this casual counter-service spot.

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 a place where egg creams get a new lease on life (with condensed milk and instant espresso) and sandwiches come with fanciful names like the Ritzy Titzy (a riff on the Waldorf Salad). The menu at this Crown Heights restaurant pulls from owner Jeremy Salamon’s Jewish American upbringing for a menu with gerbeaud cake, Ferdinand buns, and other Eastern European pastries — in the mornings — and larger dishes like a butterflied whole trout at dinner.

818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

15. Lucia Pizza Of Avenue X

2201 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY 11235
The green exterior of Lucia Pizza of Avenue X has a white and red sign above it with the restaurant’s name.
Lucia Pizza of Avenue X.
Lucia Pizza of Avenue X

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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