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The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn Right Now, November 2014

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Does Brooklyn have its own unique culinary identity apart from Manhattan? Are all the young, ambitious chefs and restaurateurs opening in Brooklyn these days? And are any Brooklyn restaurants worth the train/cab/boat/helicopter ride from the Upper East Side? These are all questions that can be debated, endlessly. But one thing's for certain: There are a lot of terrific new restaurants in Brooklyn right now. Here they are, in map form.

Restaurants are listed based on opening date. Some of these establishments recently reopened after complete revamps:

04/05/13: Added: Xixa, Mama Joy's, OTB
05/03/13: Added: Alameda, Franny's, Fritzl's Lunch Box
06/07/13: Added: River Styx, The Grand, The Bounty, Old School Brooklyn
07/12/13: Added: The Elm, Glasserie, King Noodle, Motorino
08/02/13: Added: Atrium Dumbo, Luksus, Court Street Grocers Hero Shop, Home/Made
09/06/13: Added: Whiskey Soda Lounge NY, Fitzcarraldo, Mile End, Shalom Japan.
10/05/13: Added: Marco's, Hometown, La Botaneria, Onomea, Morgan's.
11/08/13: Added: Saul, Bergen Hill, The Randolph Brooklyn, Ethiopian Lunch Box at Mama Joy's.
12/07/13: Added: Dover, Grindhaus, Martha.
01/03/14: Added: 1 Knickerbocker, Luzzo's, Black Forest Brooklyn
02/07/14: Added: Lachlan, Emily, El Born, River Cafe, Hill Country, Union Pizza Works.
03/07/14: Added: French Louie, The Runner, Egg, Colonia Verde.
04/04/14: Added: Docklands, Max, Lucky Luna.
05/02/14: Added: Glady's, Okonomi, Dotory, Dziupla.
06/06/14: Added: Meat Hook Sandwich, Delaware and Hudson, Montana's Trail House.
07/03/14: Added: Meadowsweet, Pacifico's Fine Foods, Shake Shack Dumbo, Bar Chuko, Donna, Ganso Ramen.
08/08/14: Added: Littleneck Outpost, Wilma Jean, Humboldt & Jackson, The Gorbals.
09/05/14: Added: Berg'n, Orleans, 2 Duck Goose.
10/03/14: Added: Kao Soy, Luke's Lobster, Le Fond
11/07/14: Added: Arrogant Swine, Semilla, Hunger Pang

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Hunger Pang

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When neighborhood favorite The Dogwood shuttered suddenly in September, the owners chose Hunger Pang's chef Medwin Pang to take it over. Now he's opened this "new American-Asian" restaurant, where the menu ranges from a classic Buddha's delight to a grilled hanger steak with miso butter fries. [Yelp]

Semilla

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After many months of operating his vegetable-heavy pop-up, Chez Jose, in the old Lake Trout space, José Ramírez-Ruiz has now taken the place over to open this permanent version of it. There are only 18 seats, and the $75 prix fixe menu changes regularly, but dishes are along the lines of things like grilled matsutakes with charred pear and kabocha-anchovy puree. Partner Pam Yung also makes bread from house-milled grains. [Instagram]

Arrogant Swine

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Barbecue aficionado Tyson Ho, who got his start doing whole hog pop-up, has now opened what he describes as a "church of pork." The restaurant specializes in Carolina-style whole hog barbecue, which is a rarity among New York's many Texas-style barbecue restaurants. From an early meal there, Robert Sietsema recommends the pork shoulder and the sausages. The bar centers on beer and whiskey, because isn't that what always goes with barbecue? [Nick Solares]

Le Fond

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Kao Soy

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Smorgasburg founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler have finally opened their massive food and beer hall in Crown Heights. Inside the former garage are food counters from Mighty Quinn's, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger, and Pizza Moto, plus a well-stocked beer bar and plenty of picnic tables. There's also a coffee bar in the morning, oyster happy hours, weekend brunch, and the occasional DJ set. [Bess Adler]

Orleans

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This po' boy joint from a Roberta's vet is little more than a truck surrounded by a fence and some picnic tables, but Robert Sietsema reports that its New Orleans-style sandwiches are the real deal. The biggest hit is the French fry po' boy, which comes doused in a beef gravy that Sietsema describes as being "like someone who went to cooking school might make." [Robert Sietsema]

2 Duck Goose

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The Gorbals

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Former Top Cheftestapant Ilan Hall just opened this outpost of his LA restaurant in Williamsburg's massive new Urban Outfitters concept store. The menu leans somewhat over-the-top, with dishes like banh mi poutine and chicken schnitzel with the talon on, but Robert Sietsema found some hits and plenty of potential on an early visit. [Daniel Krieger]

Humboldt & Jackson

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This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. There's also a space filled with long banquet tables in the back, where Reed will have guest chefs like Brendon Doyle of Pork Slope serve their menus of small plates on a rotating weekly or bi-weekly basis. [Daniel Krieger]

Wilma Jean

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Wilma Jean is the casual spinoff of Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond's hit Southern restaurant Seersucker, which they closed down last month in order to relocate their Vietnamese restaurant, Nightingale 9, into the larger space. Now Wilma Jean occupies the former Nightingale 9 space, offering a menu of dishes like fried chicken, braised collards, tater tots, and a fried bologna sandwich. [Daniel Krieger]

Littleneck Outpost

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Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin recently opened this cafe offshoot of their hit Gowanus seafood shack. It's a daytime spot, serving coffee and breakfast dishes like baked beans with a soft egg, plus sandwiches ranging from the classic lobster roll to chicken confit with bacon jam on ciabatta. There's also a corner full of retail items like aprons and dry goods. [Daniel Krieger]

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Hunger Pang

When neighborhood favorite The Dogwood shuttered suddenly in September, the owners chose Hunger Pang's chef Medwin Pang to take it over. Now he's opened this "new American-Asian" restaurant, where the menu ranges from a classic Buddha's delight to a grilled hanger steak with miso butter fries. [Yelp]

Semilla

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After many months of operating his vegetable-heavy pop-up, Chez Jose, in the old Lake Trout space, José Ramírez-Ruiz has now taken the place over to open this permanent version of it. There are only 18 seats, and the $75 prix fixe menu changes regularly, but dishes are along the lines of things like grilled matsutakes with charred pear and kabocha-anchovy puree. Partner Pam Yung also makes bread from house-milled grains. [Instagram]

Arrogant Swine

Barbecue aficionado Tyson Ho, who got his start doing whole hog pop-up, has now opened what he describes as a "church of pork." The restaurant specializes in Carolina-style whole hog barbecue, which is a rarity among New York's many Texas-style barbecue restaurants. From an early meal there, Robert Sietsema recommends the pork shoulder and the sausages. The bar centers on beer and whiskey, because isn't that what always goes with barbecue? [Nick Solares]

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Kao Soy

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Berg'n

Smorgasburg founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler have finally opened their massive food and beer hall in Crown Heights. Inside the former garage are food counters from Mighty Quinn's, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger, and Pizza Moto, plus a well-stocked beer bar and plenty of picnic tables. There's also a coffee bar in the morning, oyster happy hours, weekend brunch, and the occasional DJ set. [Bess Adler]

Orleans

This po' boy joint from a Roberta's vet is little more than a truck surrounded by a fence and some picnic tables, but Robert Sietsema reports that its New Orleans-style sandwiches are the real deal. The biggest hit is the French fry po' boy, which comes doused in a beef gravy that Sietsema describes as being "like someone who went to cooking school might make." [Robert Sietsema]

2 Duck Goose

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The Gorbals

Former Top Cheftestapant Ilan Hall just opened this outpost of his LA restaurant in Williamsburg's massive new Urban Outfitters concept store. The menu leans somewhat over-the-top, with dishes like banh mi poutine and chicken schnitzel with the talon on, but Robert Sietsema found some hits and plenty of potential on an early visit. [Daniel Krieger]

Humboldt & Jackson

This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. There's also a space filled with long banquet tables in the back, where Reed will have guest chefs like Brendon Doyle of Pork Slope serve their menus of small plates on a rotating weekly or bi-weekly basis. [Daniel Krieger]

Wilma Jean

Wilma Jean is the casual spinoff of Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond's hit Southern restaurant Seersucker, which they closed down last month in order to relocate their Vietnamese restaurant, Nightingale 9, into the larger space. Now Wilma Jean occupies the former Nightingale 9 space, offering a menu of dishes like fried chicken, braised collards, tater tots, and a fried bologna sandwich. [Daniel Krieger]

Littleneck Outpost

Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin recently opened this cafe offshoot of their hit Gowanus seafood shack. It's a daytime spot, serving coffee and breakfast dishes like baked beans with a soft egg, plus sandwiches ranging from the classic lobster roll to chicken confit with bacon jam on ciabatta. There's also a corner full of retail items like aprons and dry goods. [Daniel Krieger]

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