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17 Standout Crown Heights Restaurants and Bars

Destination Caribbean fare, a homey all-day cafe, and frozen beverages are available here

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Crown Heights has long been known as a destination for Caribbean food, but the neighborhood also has noteworthy Italian, French-Senegalese, Mexican, and Kosher fare. And knockout house hot sauces reign supreme in this part of Brooklyn.

For clarity, restaurants on this map are between Washington and Howard Avenues from west to east, and between Atlantic Avenue and Empire Boulevard from north to south.

Here are the 17 can’t-miss restaurants and bars of Crown Heights.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Puerto Viejo

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564 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 398-3758
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It’s not obvious from the exterior’s sleek, modern look, but Puerto Viejo has been serving Dominican food in the neighborhood for over 30 years, reopening with a remodeled interior and new management after a fire in 2012. At this Dominican bistro, the secret is in the house habanero hot sauce, which blends fruit with heat. The sirloin steak is marinated in a homemade garlicky rub, and other standouts include the rich codfish stew and crispy empanadas.

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2. D’Antan

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858 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 484-3944
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Newcomer D’antan specializes in fresh pasta and an unusually long list of natural wines by the glass — with more than 50 options total, including 18 skin contact ones. A cacio e pepe with tonarelli, a venison ragu with hazelnuts and tagliatelle, and a truffle burrata and mushroom gnocchi are on the menu, plus cheeses from small producers. Entrees stay under $25. There’s sidewalk seating, too. Closed on Tuesdays.

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3. Soul Food Kitchen

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88 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 493-7570
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For more than 20 years, this cash-only takeout counter has been dishing out excellent no-frills Southern fare with a focus on seafood. The smothered turkey wings are a popular option, and there’s real Southern sweet tea to wash it all down. Don’t neglect the sides, and expect at least a short line at lunch time.

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4. Tamra Teahouse

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1524 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(347) 406-7710
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This pan-Asian jewel with Caribbean and West African influence serves a colorful menu of biscuit sandwiches, curries and stews, grilled dishes, salads, stir frys, noodle soups, and more. Find Korean soup alongside pho alongside egg fried rice alongside squash curry here. Weekend brunch brings fluffy buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and Peruvian-style ceviche. It’s a global affair, and the restaurant is actually expanding to Mali.

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5. The Ryerson

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698 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 406-9703
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The main attraction at this Southern-inspired comfort food neighborhood restaurant — opened by a team with experience at upscale restaurants like Jean-Georges, Olmsted, and Gramercy Tavern — is the fried chicken. It’s meant to be shared and comes with mashed potatoes, collard greens, chicken gravy, and blueberry hot honey; a half order is $28 and a whole is $48. There are some small plates and a double burger as well. Cocktails range from $10 to $14 (most are $12), and there’s an approachable wine list with bottles for under $50.

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6. Peppa's Jerk Chicken

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791 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 450-3976
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Flatbush jerk chicken hit Peppa’s recently opened a Crown Heights location, which has an expanded menu that includes stewed chicken and curry goat. With a $7 lunch special that comes with rice and peas and fried plantains, it’s an affordable but reliable dining option. Unlike the original, there’s also seating at the counter-service spot.

Many cuts of jerk chicken laid on the grill with flames shooting up and a hand squeezing sauce over top of the chicken Louise Palmberg/Eater

7. Catfish

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1433 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 305-3233
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Three former bartenders from Dumbo’s now-closed Rebar got together to open Catfish, a Cajun restaurant and bustling bar with dark wood paneling and brick walls. New Orleans-inspired comfort food — like a catfish po’ boy and a duck confit gumbo — makes up the menu. Be sure to add crawfish to the baked mac and cheese. In addition to a whole lot of whiskey, bourbon, rye, and scotch, the drink list features a variety of absinthes. Its sister bar the Holler is another fun neighborhood spot for frozen drinks and a late-night scene.

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8. Super Power

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722 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 484-0020
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The tropical backyard patio makes Super Power a neighborhood hot spot in the summer, but its tiki drinks are enjoyable year round. Go during happy hour (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays) for dollar oysters, and don’t sleep on the banh mi dog. In the summer, get the frozen painkiller or ask about the rotating frozen option. There are also large-format drinks, including “the volcano,” made with many rums and juices.

9. Cafe Rue Dix

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1451 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(929) 234-2543
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This French-Senegalese all-day cafe has a standout house hot sauce (which it also sells retail), so be sure to get it on the side when dining. The menu offers Senegalese cuisine — like fataya, or spicy empanadas — alongside standard French cafe fare like pastries in the morning and sandwiches and salads at lunch, brunch, and dinner. On Wednesday nights, there’s a three-course prix fixe Senegalese menu for $32. Cafe Rue Dix is a solid option for brunch, too.

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10. Chavela's

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736 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-3100
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Chavela’s offers Mexican food in a colorful, busy space at a reasonable price, with lunch and brunch set-price options that are some of the neighborhood’s best-value meals. Tortas come on massive, pillowy telera rolls, and the tacos don’t scrimp on the fillings. Regular specials often feature regional fare. It’s a mezcal- and tequila-only bar, so go for the traditional margarita or a cocktail like the cucumber and cilantro “Don Pepino.” Skip the draft margarita.

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11. Hunky Dory

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747 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(516) 418-2063
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San Francisco bar star Claire Sprouse brought this gem to the neighborhood, stirring up superb cocktails — including one non-alcoholic option — and serving small plates with lots of vegetables. The food comes from chef Kirstyn Brewer, whose egg sandwiches are a standout at brunch. It’s an all-day restaurant that remains pretty chill during the week for a leisurely meal or place to settle in with coffee and a book. But be warned: It can get very busy for brunch.

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12. Glady's

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788 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0249
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Jerk-style proteins — from the usuals like chicken and pork to a seitan option as well as a spicy lobster that’s well worth the $29 — are the thing to get at Glady’s. Don’t skip the sides, especially the crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside festivals (fried dough). Go with a group and order a little bit of everything. Shannon Mustipher is behind the excellent rum-driven cocktail list — the creamy painkiller is easily one of the best cocktails in the neighborhood. It’s good for brunch, too.

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13. Aita Trattoria

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798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 966-2670
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Tiny and homey in its decor, Aita Trattoria is an ideal date-night spot in the neighborhood. It’s a spinoff of Clinton Hill’s Aita with its own menu of pastas and other Italian entrees, like the chicken milanese or fried artichokes salad. There’s also a solid menu of amaros and other aperitifs. Enjoy them in a low-lit, small space.

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Aita Trattoria
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14. Basil Pizza & Wine Bar

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270 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 285-8777
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Kosher pizzeria and wine bar Basil is known for its wood-fired pizzas, but its menu offers a lot more, with dishes inspired by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Italian fare, including pasta, fish shawarma, and a whole branzino. For the most part it’s an all-day cafe, but it closes early on Fridays and opens late on Saturdays for Shabbat.

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15. Butter & Scotch

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818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(347) 350-8899
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Dessert and cocktail bar Butter & Scotch mixes sprinkles and politics with its rotating seasonal drink themes in a retro diner-decorated space. After the November 2016 election, the bar created a winter cocktail list focused on women, with drink names like the “Madonna Rihanna Ilana,” a grapefruity bourbon drink that has remained on the bar’s menu year round. Subsequent drinks have paid homage to singer Lizzo, writer-director-activist Janet Mock, and writer Roxane Gay. There are boozy shakes, too, and fancy Jello shots that are deceptively good. On the cake front, the “Hotline Bling” is a chocolatey triumph. While it’s mostly about the desserts, there are some savory snacks, too, like tots smothered in queso and other toppings, sesame chile popcorn, and chips with pimento cheese.

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16. Tony's

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850 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 363-8300
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Despite the ubiquitous name, Tony’s makes a memorable slice of pizza. The pizzeria takes up a whole corner near the Nostrand Avenue stop and has limited seating in front of long windows that look out onto the bustling avenue. There are straightforward pizza options, like vodka sauce, buffalo chicken, and vegetable, but Tony’s also nods to the neighborhood with a jerk chicken pizza and jerk chicken salad that are both a must.

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Tony’s
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17. The Food Sermon

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355 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 484-7555
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This modern Caribbean restaurant has a customizable bowl format that manages to not feel tired. The Food Sermon tops rice and beans with a protein and sauce, but those proteins are prepared with more details than the customizable bowl premise usually involves, like spicy jerk chicken. Opened by a theology school dropout, it’s a solid fast-casual (and delivery) option in the neighborhood with yet another house hot sauce, this time a habanero version with mango, pineapple, and tamarind. It’s also available retail.

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The Food Sermon
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1. Puerto Viejo

564 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo [Official]

It’s not obvious from the exterior’s sleek, modern look, but Puerto Viejo has been serving Dominican food in the neighborhood for over 30 years, reopening with a remodeled interior and new management after a fire in 2012. At this Dominican bistro, the secret is in the house habanero hot sauce, which blends fruit with heat. The sirloin steak is marinated in a homemade garlicky rub, and other standouts include the rich codfish stew and crispy empanadas.

564 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. D’Antan

858 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
D’Antan’s dining room Matt Buchanan/Eater

Newcomer D’antan specializes in fresh pasta and an unusually long list of natural wines by the glass — with more than 50 options total, including 18 skin contact ones. A cacio e pepe with tonarelli, a venison ragu with hazelnuts and tagliatelle, and a truffle burrata and mushroom gnocchi are on the menu, plus cheeses from small producers. Entrees stay under $25. There’s sidewalk seating, too. Closed on Tuesdays.

858 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

3. Soul Food Kitchen

88 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Soul Food Kitchen
Soul Food Kitchen
Soul Food Kitchen [Official]

For more than 20 years, this cash-only takeout counter has been dishing out excellent no-frills Southern fare with a focus on seafood. The smothered turkey wings are a popular option, and there’s real Southern sweet tea to wash it all down. Don’t neglect the sides, and expect at least a short line at lunch time.

88 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

4. Tamra Teahouse

1524 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Tamra Teahouse
Tamra Teahouse
Tamra Teahouse [Official]

This pan-Asian jewel with Caribbean and West African influence serves a colorful menu of biscuit sandwiches, curries and stews, grilled dishes, salads, stir frys, noodle soups, and more. Find Korean soup alongside pho alongside egg fried rice alongside squash curry here. Weekend brunch brings fluffy buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and Peruvian-style ceviche. It’s a global affair, and the restaurant is actually expanding to Mali.

1524 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11213

5. The Ryerson

698 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
A long wooden bar with black stool seating
The Ryerson
The Ryerson [Official]

The main attraction at this Southern-inspired comfort food neighborhood restaurant — opened by a team with experience at upscale restaurants like Jean-Georges, Olmsted, and Gramercy Tavern — is the fried chicken. It’s meant to be shared and comes with mashed potatoes, collard greens, chicken gravy, and blueberry hot honey; a half order is $28 and a whole is $48. There are some small plates and a double burger as well. Cocktails range from $10 to $14 (most are $12), and there’s an approachable wine list with bottles for under $50.

698 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

6. Peppa's Jerk Chicken

791 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Read Review |
Many cuts of jerk chicken laid on the grill with flames shooting up and a hand squeezing sauce over top of the chicken Louise Palmberg/Eater

Flatbush jerk chicken hit Peppa’s recently opened a Crown Heights location, which has an expanded menu that includes stewed chicken and curry goat. With a $7 lunch special that comes with rice and peas and fried plantains, it’s an affordable but reliable dining option. Unlike the original, there’s also seating at the counter-service spot.

791 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

7. Catfish

1433 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Catfish
Catfish
Catfish [Official]

Three former bartenders from Dumbo’s now-closed Rebar got together to open Catfish, a Cajun restaurant and bustling bar with dark wood paneling and brick walls. New Orleans-inspired comfort food — like a catfish po’ boy and a duck confit gumbo — makes up the menu. Be sure to add crawfish to the baked mac and cheese. In addition to a whole lot of whiskey, bourbon, rye, and scotch, the drink list features a variety of absinthes. Its sister bar the Holler is another fun neighborhood spot for frozen drinks and a late-night scene.

1433 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

8. Super Power

722 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

The tropical backyard patio makes Super Power a neighborhood hot spot in the summer, but its tiki drinks are enjoyable year round. Go during happy hour (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays) for dollar oysters, and don’t sleep on the banh mi dog. In the summer, get the frozen painkiller or ask about the rotating frozen option. There are also large-format drinks, including “the volcano,” made with many rums and juices.

722 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

9. Cafe Rue Dix

1451 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Cafe Rue Dix
Cafe Rue Dix
Cafe Rue Dix [Official]

This French-Senegalese all-day cafe has a standout house hot sauce (which it also sells retail), so be sure to get it on the side when dining. The menu offers Senegalese cuisine — like fataya, or spicy empanadas — alongside standard French cafe fare like pastries in the morning and sandwiches and salads at lunch, brunch, and dinner. On Wednesday nights, there’s a three-course prix fixe Senegalese menu for $32. Cafe Rue Dix is a solid option for brunch, too.

1451 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

10. Chavela's

736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Chavela’s
Chavela’s
Chavela’s [Official]

Chavela’s offers Mexican food in a colorful, busy space at a reasonable price, with lunch and brunch set-price options that are some of the neighborhood’s best-value meals. Tortas come on massive, pillowy telera rolls, and the tacos don’t scrimp on the fillings. Regular specials often feature regional fare. It’s a mezcal- and tequila-only bar, so go for the traditional margarita or a cocktail like the cucumber and cilantro “Don Pepino.” Skip the draft margarita.

736 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Hunky Dory

747 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya/Eater

San Francisco bar star Claire Sprouse brought this gem to the neighborhood, stirring up superb cocktails — including one non-alcoholic option — and serving small plates with lots of vegetables. The food comes from chef Kirstyn Brewer, whose egg sandwiches are a standout at brunch. It’s an all-day restaurant that remains pretty chill during the week for a leisurely meal or place to settle in with coffee and a book. But be warned: It can get very busy for brunch.

747 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

12. Glady's

788 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Glady’s
Glady’s
Glady’s [Official]

Jerk-style proteins — from the usuals like chicken and pork to a seitan option as well as a spicy lobster that’s well worth the $29 — are the thing to get at Glady’s. Don’t skip the sides, especially the crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside festivals (fried dough). Go with a group and order a little bit of everything. Shannon Mustipher is behind the excellent rum-driven cocktail list — the creamy painkiller is easily one of the best cocktails in the neighborhood. It’s good for brunch, too.

788 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. Aita Trattoria

798A Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Aita Trattoria
Aita Trattoria
Aita Trattoria [Official]

Tiny and homey in its decor, Aita Trattoria is an ideal date-night spot in the neighborhood. It’s a spinoff of Clinton Hill’s Aita with its own menu of pastas and other Italian entrees, like the chicken milanese or fried artichokes salad. There’s also a solid menu of amaros and other aperitifs. Enjoy them in a low-lit, small space.

798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Basil Pizza & Wine Bar

270 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Basil
Basil
Basil [Official]

Kosher pizzeria and wine bar Basil is known for its wood-fired pizzas, but its menu offers a lot more, with dishes inspired by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Italian fare, including pasta, fish shawarma, and a whole branzino. For the most part it’s an all-day cafe, but it closes early on Fridays and opens late on Saturdays for Shabbat.

270 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

15. Butter & Scotch

818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
The side of a frosted cake is decorated with rainbow sprinkles
Butter & Scotch
Butter & Scotch [Official]

Dessert and cocktail bar Butter & Scotch mixes sprinkles and politics with its rotating seasonal drink themes in a retro diner-decorated space. After the November 2016 election, the bar created a winter cocktail list focused on women, with drink names like the “Madonna Rihanna Ilana,” a grapefruity bourbon drink that has remained on the bar’s menu year round. Subsequent drinks have paid homage to singer Lizzo, writer-director-activist Janet Mock, and writer Roxane Gay. There are boozy shakes, too, and fancy Jello shots that are deceptively good. On the cake front, the “Hotline Bling” is a chocolatey triumph. While it’s mostly about the desserts, there are some savory snacks, too, like tots smothered in queso and other toppings, sesame chile popcorn, and chips with pimento cheese.

818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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16. Tony's

850 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Tony’s
Tony’s
Tony’s [Official]

Despite the ubiquitous name, Tony’s makes a memorable slice of pizza. The pizzeria takes up a whole corner near the Nostrand Avenue stop and has limited seating in front of long windows that look out onto the bustling avenue. There are straightforward pizza options, like vodka sauce, buffalo chicken, and vegetable, but Tony’s also nods to the neighborhood with a jerk chicken pizza and jerk chicken salad that are both a must.

850 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

17. The Food Sermon

355 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
The Food Sermon
The Food Sermon
The Food Sermon [Official]

This modern Caribbean restaurant has a customizable bowl format that manages to not feel tired. The Food Sermon tops rice and beans with a protein and sauce, but those proteins are prepared with more details than the customizable bowl premise usually involves, like spicy jerk chicken. Opened by a theology school dropout, it’s a solid fast-casual (and delivery) option in the neighborhood with yet another house hot sauce, this time a habanero version with mango, pineapple, and tamarind. It’s also available retail.

355 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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