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Where to Eat and Drink in Bed-Stuy

Multiple taquerias, destination Trinidadian doubles, dive bars, and other standout spots

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Bed-Stuy is a sprawling Brooklyn neighborhood that, while not quite a dining destination, has a solid roster within its expansive confines of reliable, interesting food options to keep on rotation (Hart’s, Sereghina, L’Antagoniste) and mellow places to drink, such as Bed Vyne Brew and Do or Dive. Topnotch Trinidadian and Haitian fare, plenty of taco options, and a couple of neighborhood bar gems are at the ready in the area.

Ahead, 19 standout places to check out in the area, whether the goal is a grab-and-go snack, full-fledged feast, cheap beers, or a swishy cocktail.

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1. Doris

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1088 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 240-3350
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San Antonio Spurs fans, take note: This Southwest-themed bar is an excellent choice for cheering on the Texas team, though there’s plenty to appreciate about Doris regardless of one’s basketball allegiances. The late-night spot has a backyard and a ping-pong table, making it an ideal pick for a low-key birthday gathering. Expect a wide array of music genres, cocktails that are gently priced (generally under $12), and several grilled cheeses, available, thankfully, very late.

2. Chilo's

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323 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 676-5245
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Chilo’s delivers for anyone in the mood for a bunch of tacos and/or frozen boozy concoctions. It’s primarily a bar, with a taco truck set up outside until 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, midnight on Fridays, and 2 a.m. on Saturdays. Options include a couple of eggy breakfast taco creations, as well as an array of fillings like carnitas, nopales (cactus), and battered shrimp. Frosé and frozen painkillers are particular drink standouts.

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3. Calaca

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139 Putnam Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0022
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Flavorful tacos and strong margaritas, filled with tequila, mezcal, or a mix of both spirits, are the selling points at Calaca, a mellow Mexican spot focused on cuisine from the northwestern city of Culiacán. Highlights include the braised shrimp and mushroom and roasted corn tacos, as well as the raw red snapper tostada. Cash only.

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4. Golda

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504 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 484-7065
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This all-day cafe comes from a former owner of popular, but shuttered local spot Tilda All Day. It’s very similar, but Golda leans a little more Middle Eastern, with dishes such babka french toast, a smoked trout egg sandwich, and ash-cured farmer’s cheese. The bright cafe has coffee and 28 seats, making it a decent place to do some work.

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5. Hart's

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506 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 636-6228
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This pint-sized, 30-seat Mediterranean spot comes from a pedigreed team. Opened in 2016 by Diner alum Nick Perkins and Maiden Lane vet Nialls Fallon, Hart’s has gotten acclaim for its lamb burger and clam toasts with pancetta. The natural wine is a particular draw.

6. Fancy Nancy

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1038 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 350-7289
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Fancy Nancy’s gussied-up comfort food and potent cocktails are served in a colorfully decorated space. Artfully mismatched chairs and an intricately inlaid wood piece showcased above the bar match a menu that spans several cuisines. Decadent shareable appetizers like masa fried cheese curds, duck wings in a smoked habanero honey sauce, and crispy barbecue pork nuggets can be followed by mains like roast chicken or a burger covered in peppercorn cheese sauce. For brunch, options include biscuits with sausage gravy and fried eggs, chilaquiles, and a “bacon + egg + cheez” on an Amy’s Bread croissant.

7. Pilar Cuban Eatery

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397 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 623-2822
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Cuban favorites are on tap at Pilar: Start with some empanadas or croquetas, followed by classic sandwiches like Cubanos, pan con bistec (sirloin in mojo marinade, piled with onions and shoestring fries), and a chorizo-embedded frita, or Cuban burger. The high-ceilinged space with floor-to-ceiling windows is also an ideal place for brunch, with options like breakfast empanadas and churros with chocolate. Look out for a Cuban bakery from the team soon.

Pilar Cuban Eatery

8. Swell Dive

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1013 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(917) 652-4779
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Head to this mash-up taqueria for a mix of Filipino and Tex-Mex fare, inspired by co-owners Dennis Mendoza and Autumn Stanford’s backgrounds: Mendoza is from the Philippines and Stanford hails from Texas. Tacos are served on housemade flour tortillas, with fillings like chicken adobo, smoked pork sisig, and chicken-fried Spam, as well as breakfast options from both cuisines. Colorful, fruity drinks are available, too. The Swell Dive team also owns popular local bakery Brooklyn Kolache Co., which serves Czech pastries with sweet and savory fillings.

9. Do or Dive Bar

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1108 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 406-8241
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This studied rendition of a grungy dive bar is from the team behind Williamsburg favorites Lucky Dog, and Skinny Dennis. It’s dog-friendly and hosts occasional tiki-themed nights, but cheap beer and interesting cocktails, like a brandied coffee creation, are always on offer. The space was formerly home to quirky Do or Dine from self-taught cook Justin Warner, which closed in 2015; the similarly named (but unaffiliated) Do or Dive open up in 2016.

10. Samurai Papa

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594 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 398-8181
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Slurp up some reliably tasty ramen and soba at this compact Japanese restaurant, which also has a Bushwick outpost. The Bukkake-style ramen has ultra flavorful broth, with a side of dashi made from either bonito or seaweed stock added to taste for even more piquancy. Prices are affordable, with ramen and soba priced at $10 to 12 per bowl. It’s even cheaper at lunchtime, when a selection of rice bowls with toppings like meatballs, curry, and pulled pork go for $8.50 each, and $10.50 bento boxes with entrees like Japanese-style fried chicken or grilled salmon served alongside grilled vegetables and rice for $10.50.

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11. A&A Bake Doubles and Roti

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1337 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 425-0016
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This Trinidadian counter-serve spot’s owners, Geeta and Noel Brown, relocated in May 2018 from a minuscule space with practically no seating to far more comfortable digs around the corner from the original storefront. While the setting has been upgraded and the menu has expanded, prices are still as affordable as always. Doubles go for $1.50 apiece, consisting of a pair of flatbreads with curry chickpea filling, finished with tamarind and pepper spices. The bakes include fillings like shark, smoked herring, and salt fish. Closed Sundays.

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12. David's Brisket House

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533 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 789-1155
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This Jewish deli has been kicking it for ages. It’s been serving Halal meat since the ’70s, when Muslim ownership took over the Kosher sandwich shop, but the menu didn’t change in the process. Opt for the roast brisket sandwich or a corned beef and pastrami combo, on either rye bread or a club roll. Don’t forget to ask for a side of gravy, for a French Dip-esque experience.

13. Pattie Hut & Grill

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543 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 622-3222

Load up on Jamaican beef patties and hearty Caribbean fare like stewed oxtail, jerk chicken, and barbecue chicken at Pattie Hut & Grill. Portions are generous and cheap and mostly under $10; a dinner plate comes loaded with rice and peas — ask for oxtail gravy to douse it in — and sides, plus macaroni and potato salad.

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14. Bed-Vyne Brew

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370 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 915-1080
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This cozy, cabin-like bar, tucked onto a residential block of the neighborhood, serves up a range of craft beers and wines. Bed-Vyne was started by two brothers along with a former colleague and a college friend; since 2011, the foursome has created a local mini-empire of sorts, with a wine store, Bed-Vyne Wine & Spirits, and a cocktail-focused offshoot, Bed-Vyne Cocktail Bar.

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15. Peaches Hot House

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415 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 483-9111
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Peaches Hot House is one of the few places in NYC that serves up Nashville-style hot chicken. Orders are served traditionally atop a a slice of white bread, a pile of pickles, and a choice of side, like macaroni and cheese, grilled broccoli, or grits (available crispy or creamy). Other options at this casual bar and restaurant include various Southern comfort dishes, but most people are here for the tear-inducing chicken. There’s an additional, larger location in Fort Greene.

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16. Lovers Rock

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419 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 915-0325
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Locals love this cocktail spot with an emphasis on rum drinks, accompanied by reggae, dancehall, soca, and R&B tunes. The name refers to an amorous type of reggae music, well-suited to the compact but often hopping dance floor. In warmer weather, head to the spacious backyard.

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17. Saraghina

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435 Halsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(718) 574-0010
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This popular Italian restaurant and bakery serves up top-notch pizzas with a number of creative combos on offer, like the coppa & carcoifi, with hot coppa and roasted spicy artichokes. Appetizers include grilled octopus, pickled sardines with grilled polenta, and meatballs, while a tight edit of pastas and mains complements the pizza selection. There’s also a bar down the block, opened in 2015. that serves up small plates, solid cocktails, and a place to wait for a table at the OG restaurant. In the summertime, there’s usually a cart outside serving up gelato.

18. L'Antagoniste

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238 Malcolm X Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(917) 966-5300
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French fare is hard to come by in Bed-Stuy, but when a craving for rich classics like steak frites and bouillabaisse hits, L’Antagoniste fits the bill. The charming restaurant opened in 2015, by the same team as Nolita’s Le Philosophe. Nightly specials include less commonly seen, deeply French dishes like pressed duck and chicken with truffles and cognac, cooked inside pig’s bladder. The bistro setting is slightly updated with various French icons on the wall and green rather than red banquettes.

19. Grandchamps

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197 Patchen Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(718) 484-4880
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Grandchamps — a laidback, airy daytime cafe and market focused on satisfying Haitian cuisine — offers a some sandwiches, plates, and appetizers. The thing to get is griot, or fried pork cubes marinated with Scotch bonnet peppers and lime, pickles, sweet plantains, and remoulade piled on ciabatta. Other options include codfish fritters and fresh conch in a spicy seafood broth. The corner location with seats along the windows also makes for prime people watching.

20. Toad Style

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93 Ralph Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(347) 789-1589
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Vegan versions of meat-centric classics like Philly cheesesteaks and barbecued pulled pork are available at Toad Style. Choose from sandwich, taco, or salad formats, and be sure to order a deliciously trashy side or two, like cheese fries with smoked cashew cheese or flash-fried broccoli topped with a queso-esque sauce.

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1. Doris

1088 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

San Antonio Spurs fans, take note: This Southwest-themed bar is an excellent choice for cheering on the Texas team, though there’s plenty to appreciate about Doris regardless of one’s basketball allegiances. The late-night spot has a backyard and a ping-pong table, making it an ideal pick for a low-key birthday gathering. Expect a wide array of music genres, cocktails that are gently priced (generally under $12), and several grilled cheeses, available, thankfully, very late.

1088 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. Chilo's

323 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Photo via Chilo’s/Facebook

Chilo’s delivers for anyone in the mood for a bunch of tacos and/or frozen boozy concoctions. It’s primarily a bar, with a taco truck set up outside until 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, midnight on Fridays, and 2 a.m. on Saturdays. Options include a couple of eggy breakfast taco creations, as well as an array of fillings like carnitas, nopales (cactus), and battered shrimp. Frosé and frozen painkillers are particular drink standouts.

323 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

3. Calaca

139 Putnam Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Photo via Calaca/Facebook

Flavorful tacos and strong margaritas, filled with tequila, mezcal, or a mix of both spirits, are the selling points at Calaca, a mellow Mexican spot focused on cuisine from the northwestern city of Culiacán. Highlights include the braised shrimp and mushroom and roasted corn tacos, as well as the raw red snapper tostada. Cash only.

139 Putnam Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

4. Golda

504 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Photo via Golda

This all-day cafe comes from a former owner of popular, but shuttered local spot Tilda All Day. It’s very similar, but Golda leans a little more Middle Eastern, with dishes such babka french toast, a smoked trout egg sandwich, and ash-cured farmer’s cheese. The bright cafe has coffee and 28 seats, making it a decent place to do some work.

504 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

5. Hart's

506 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This pint-sized, 30-seat Mediterranean spot comes from a pedigreed team. Opened in 2016 by Diner alum Nick Perkins and Maiden Lane vet Nialls Fallon, Hart’s has gotten acclaim for its lamb burger and clam toasts with pancetta. The natural wine is a particular draw.

506 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

6. Fancy Nancy

1038 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Fancy Nancy’s gussied-up comfort food and potent cocktails are served in a colorfully decorated space. Artfully mismatched chairs and an intricately inlaid wood piece showcased above the bar match a menu that spans several cuisines. Decadent shareable appetizers like masa fried cheese curds, duck wings in a smoked habanero honey sauce, and crispy barbecue pork nuggets can be followed by mains like roast chicken or a burger covered in peppercorn cheese sauce. For brunch, options include biscuits with sausage gravy and fried eggs, chilaquiles, and a “bacon + egg + cheez” on an Amy’s Bread croissant.

1038 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

7. Pilar Cuban Eatery

397 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Pilar Cuban Eatery

Cuban favorites are on tap at Pilar: Start with some empanadas or croquetas, followed by classic sandwiches like Cubanos, pan con bistec (sirloin in mojo marinade, piled with onions and shoestring fries), and a chorizo-embedded frita, or Cuban burger. The high-ceilinged space with floor-to-ceiling windows is also an ideal place for brunch, with options like breakfast empanadas and churros with chocolate. Look out for a Cuban bakery from the team soon.

397 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

8. Swell Dive

1013 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Head to this mash-up taqueria for a mix of Filipino and Tex-Mex fare, inspired by co-owners Dennis Mendoza and Autumn Stanford’s backgrounds: Mendoza is from the Philippines and Stanford hails from Texas. Tacos are served on housemade flour tortillas, with fillings like chicken adobo, smoked pork sisig, and chicken-fried Spam, as well as breakfast options from both cuisines. Colorful, fruity drinks are available, too. The Swell Dive team also owns popular local bakery Brooklyn Kolache Co., which serves Czech pastries with sweet and savory fillings.

1013 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

9. Do or Dive Bar

1108 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

This studied rendition of a grungy dive bar is from the team behind Williamsburg favorites Lucky Dog, and Skinny Dennis. It’s dog-friendly and hosts occasional tiki-themed nights, but cheap beer and interesting cocktails, like a brandied coffee creation, are always on offer. The space was formerly home to quirky Do or Dine from self-taught cook Justin Warner, which closed in 2015; the similarly named (but unaffiliated) Do or Dive open up in 2016.

1108 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

10. Samurai Papa

594 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Photo via Samurai Papa/Facebook

Slurp up some reliably tasty ramen and soba at this compact Japanese restaurant, which also has a Bushwick outpost. The Bukkake-style ramen has ultra flavorful broth, with a side of dashi made from either bonito or seaweed stock added to taste for even more piquancy. Prices are affordable, with ramen and soba priced at $10 to 12 per bowl. It’s even cheaper at lunchtime, when a selection of rice bowls with toppings like meatballs, curry, and pulled pork go for $8.50 each, and $10.50 bento boxes with entrees like Japanese-style fried chicken or grilled salmon served alongside grilled vegetables and rice for $10.50.

594 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

11. A&A Bake Doubles and Roti

1337 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Robert Sietsema

This Trinidadian counter-serve spot’s owners, Geeta and Noel Brown, relocated in May 2018 from a minuscule space with practically no seating to far more comfortable digs around the corner from the original storefront. While the setting has been upgraded and the menu has expanded, prices are still as affordable as always. Doubles go for $1.50 apiece, consisting of a pair of flatbreads with curry chickpea filling, finished with tamarind and pepper spices. The bakes include fillings like shark, smoked herring, and salt fish. Closed Sundays.

1337 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11216

12. David's Brisket House

533 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

This Jewish deli has been kicking it for ages. It’s been serving Halal meat since the ’70s, when Muslim ownership took over the Kosher sandwich shop, but the menu didn’t change in the process. Opt for the roast brisket sandwich or a corned beef and pastrami combo, on either rye bread or a club roll. Don’t forget to ask for a side of gravy, for a French Dip-esque experience.

533 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

13. Pattie Hut & Grill

543 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Photo via Ann L./Yelp

Load up on Jamaican beef patties and hearty Caribbean fare like stewed oxtail, jerk chicken, and barbecue chicken at Pattie Hut & Grill. Portions are generous and cheap and mostly under $10; a dinner plate comes loaded with rice and peas — ask for oxtail gravy to douse it in — and sides, plus macaroni and potato salad.

543 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

14. Bed-Vyne Brew

370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Photo via Jonathon H./Yelp

This cozy, cabin-like bar, tucked onto a residential block of the neighborhood, serves up a range of craft beers and wines. Bed-Vyne was started by two brothers along with a former colleague and a college friend; since 2011, the foursome has created a local mini-empire of sorts, with a wine store, Bed-Vyne Wine & Spirits, and a cocktail-focused offshoot, Bed-Vyne Cocktail Bar.

370 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

15. Peaches Hot House

415 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Clay Williams/Peaches Hot House

Peaches Hot House is one of the few places in NYC that serves up Nashville-style hot chicken. Orders are served traditionally atop a a slice of white bread, a pile of pickles, and a choice of side, like macaroni and cheese, grilled broccoli, or grits (available crispy or creamy). Other options at this casual bar and restaurant include various Southern comfort dishes, but most people are here for the tear-inducing chicken. There’s an additional, larger location in Fort Greene.

415 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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16. Lovers Rock

419 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Photo via Lovers Rock/Facebook

Locals love this cocktail spot with an emphasis on rum drinks, accompanied by reggae, dancehall, soca, and R&B tunes. The name refers to an amorous type of reggae music, well-suited to the compact but often hopping dance floor. In warmer weather, head to the spacious backyard.

419 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

17. Saraghina

435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

This popular Italian restaurant and bakery serves up top-notch pizzas with a number of creative combos on offer, like the coppa & carcoifi, with hot coppa and roasted spicy artichokes. Appetizers include grilled octopus, pickled sardines with grilled polenta, and meatballs, while a tight edit of pastas and mains complements the pizza selection. There’s also a bar down the block, opened in 2015. that serves up small plates, solid cocktails, and a place to wait for a table at the OG restaurant. In the summertime, there’s usually a cart outside serving up gelato.

435 Halsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11233

18. L'Antagoniste

238 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233

French fare is hard to come by in Bed-Stuy, but when a craving for rich classics like steak frites and bouillabaisse hits, L’Antagoniste fits the bill. The charming restaurant opened in 2015, by the same team as Nolita’s Le Philosophe. Nightly specials include less commonly seen, deeply French dishes like pressed duck and chicken with truffles and cognac, cooked inside pig’s bladder. The bistro setting is slightly updated with various French icons on the wall and green rather than red banquettes.

238 Malcolm X Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11233

19. Grandchamps

197 Patchen Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Grandchamps — a laidback, airy daytime cafe and market focused on satisfying Haitian cuisine — offers a some sandwiches, plates, and appetizers. The thing to get is griot, or fried pork cubes marinated with Scotch bonnet peppers and lime, pickles, sweet plantains, and remoulade piled on ciabatta. Other options include codfish fritters and fresh conch in a spicy seafood broth. The corner location with seats along the windows also makes for prime people watching.

197 Patchen Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233

20. Toad Style

93 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Vegan versions of meat-centric classics like Philly cheesesteaks and barbecued pulled pork are available at Toad Style. Choose from sandwich, taco, or salad formats, and be sure to order a deliciously trashy side or two, like cheese fries with smoked cashew cheese or flash-fried broccoli topped with a queso-esque sauce.

93 Ralph Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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