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Below is a collection of Brooklyn restaurants that are not only Eater favorites, but near and dear to many Brooklyn dwellers at Vox Creative. Enjoy!

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1. Roberta's Pizza

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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Roberta's is the epicenter of the modern Brooklyn food scene. The pizzas are fantastic, but the restaurant really flexes its muscles with the vegetable dishes.

2. Frankies 457

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli have opened several great restaurants in the past few years, but their original is still a total classic. The cavatelli pasta alone is worth the trip to Carroll Gardens, but, then, so is the rest of the food and scene here, which is quintessentially Aging Hipster in the best possible way.

3. Dover

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412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 987-3545
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Dover is the Carroll Gardens restaurant from Battersby chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern. The chefs are working with a much bigger kitchen this time, and the dining room is about twice the size of the one at their Smith Street critical darling. Ogrodnek and Stern recently served dishes like hamachi crudo, Maine sea urchin with soba, cod with smoked bacon and beets, pork belly with roasted fruit, beef ribeye, and duck with black kale. In addition to the a la carte menu, a five-course tasting is also available for $75.

4. Meadowsweet

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149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-0673
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Polo Dobkin makes his return to the old Dressler space with Meadowsweet. He and his wife, Stephanie Lempert, have brightened up the space, added an herb garden, and are now turning out dishes like chicken and dumplings and a hand-rolled ravioli. Robert Sietsema is already a fan.

5. Diner

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85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3077
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The specials are the dishes to order at Diner (and yes, the servers still write them down on the table). Chef de cuisine Ken Wiss is turning out inventive plates of Italian-influenced American fare, but you can always get the excellent burger and a serious steak, too. Diner is the restaurant that launched Andrew Tarlow's Brooklyn empire, and in terms of atmosphere, food, and value, it's still one of North Brooklyn's best restaurants.

6. Okonomi

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150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Okonomi is the tiny new Williamsburg restaurant from Yuji Ramen's Yuji Haraguchi. Right now, Chef Yuji is serving a set menu, which includes a simple assortment of fish, vegetables, rice, and soup for just $9. In the coming months, the chef will expand the menu to include ramen, street food, and omakase tastings. For the time being, Okonomi is only open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend.

7. La Vara

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268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-0065
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Head to this cozy Cobble Hill restaurant to sample Alex Raij and Eder Montero's unusual mix of Spanish, Moorish, and Jewish cuisines. Standout dishes include the anchovies with sesame and hazelnuts, the stuffed rabbit loin, the lamb meatballs, and the seafood-studded fideua. The menu is unlike any other in New York City, but the food is easy to enjoy.

8. Semilla

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160 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-3474
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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.

9. Bunker

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307 Scholes St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Bunker is one of the biggest dining surprises of the year. This is the new, no-frills Ridgewood Vietnamese restaurant from Eleven Madison Park veteran Jimmy Tu. He originally opened this storefront as a seafood supply company, but after the space was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Tu decided to turn it into a restaurant. The menu includes Vietnamese favorites like banh mi, pho, and banh xeo, as well as dishes that you won't find at many of the city's more popular Vietnamese establishments. In her Hungry City review, Ligaya Mishan notes that Tu is serving "some of the best Vietnamese street-style food in New York." Make sure to try the shrimp chips. Note: The restaurant is not close to any subway trains (the nearest station is in Bushwick), so plan your travel accordingly.

10. Alameda

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195 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Alameda is the new Greenpoint restaurant from design duo Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, and Brooklyn Star veterans Nick Padilla and Waine Longwell. The space is an absolute stunner and the menu is full of inexpensive crowd-pleasers, like a sausage sandwich, fried baby artichokes, and frisee salad with pork belly. Right now, Alameda feels like a fun neighborhood bar that happens to serve great food.

11. Talde

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Dale Talde breathes new life into the pan-Asian genre at this unabashedly fun Park Slope restaurant. Head here with a few friends and try a lot of things to share.

12. Glady's

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788 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0249
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Michael Jacober recently turned his Crown Heights sandwich shop Gladys into a sunny Caribbean restaurant. The menu has jerk chicken and lobster, curry goat, smoked duck sausage, and oxtail stew. The prices are low, and so far diners seem to be digging the new menu.

13. Berg'n

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899 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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.

14. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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Emily is the new Clinton Hill Italian restaurant from husband and wife team Matthew and Emily Hyland. Matthew spent time in the kitchens of Public and The Breslin before learning about pizza-making at Pizzamoto and Sottocasa. His menu includes 13 wood-fired pizzas, as well as fresh pasta dishes, salads, and a few meaty starters like rabbit rillettes and crispy pig ears.

15. Pok Pok NY

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117 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 923-9322
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When Andy Ricker redefined Thai food in his Portland, Oregon restaurant, he brought a scholar’s intensity to the task, aided by plenty of research trekking around the various culinary regions of Siam. Now the first branch of the original has been implanted in Brooklyn’s Red Hook and settled down to producing some of the most interesting and tastiest Thai food in town.

16. Xixa

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241 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-8860
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Heather Heuser and Jason Marcus have followed up their restaurant Traif with Xixa. The project offers freewheeling, adventurous takes on items from the Mexican canon, bringing in influences from all over the world. Times critic Ligaya Mishan called it "dangerously likable."

1. Roberta's Pizza

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Read Review |
Roberta's is the epicenter of the modern Brooklyn food scene. The pizzas are fantastic, but the restaurant really flexes its muscles with the vegetable dishes.
261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

2. Frankies 457

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli have opened several great restaurants in the past few years, but their original is still a total classic. The cavatelli pasta alone is worth the trip to Carroll Gardens, but, then, so is the rest of the food and scene here, which is quintessentially Aging Hipster in the best possible way.
457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. Dover

412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Dover is the Carroll Gardens restaurant from Battersby chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern. The chefs are working with a much bigger kitchen this time, and the dining room is about twice the size of the one at their Smith Street critical darling. Ogrodnek and Stern recently served dishes like hamachi crudo, Maine sea urchin with soba, cod with smoked bacon and beets, pork belly with roasted fruit, beef ribeye, and duck with black kale. In addition to the a la carte menu, a five-course tasting is also available for $75.
412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

4. Meadowsweet

149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Polo Dobkin makes his return to the old Dressler space with Meadowsweet. He and his wife, Stephanie Lempert, have brightened up the space, added an herb garden, and are now turning out dishes like chicken and dumplings and a hand-rolled ravioli. Robert Sietsema is already a fan.
149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. Diner

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The specials are the dishes to order at Diner (and yes, the servers still write them down on the table). Chef de cuisine Ken Wiss is turning out inventive plates of Italian-influenced American fare, but you can always get the excellent burger and a serious steak, too. Diner is the restaurant that launched Andrew Tarlow's Brooklyn empire, and in terms of atmosphere, food, and value, it's still one of North Brooklyn's best restaurants.
85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

6. Okonomi

150 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Okonomi is the tiny new Williamsburg restaurant from Yuji Ramen's Yuji Haraguchi. Right now, Chef Yuji is serving a set menu, which includes a simple assortment of fish, vegetables, rice, and soup for just $9. In the coming months, the chef will expand the menu to include ramen, street food, and omakase tastings. For the time being, Okonomi is only open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend.
150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. La Vara

268 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Head to this cozy Cobble Hill restaurant to sample Alex Raij and Eder Montero's unusual mix of Spanish, Moorish, and Jewish cuisines. Standout dishes include the anchovies with sesame and hazelnuts, the stuffed rabbit loin, the lamb meatballs, and the seafood-studded fideua. The menu is unlike any other in New York City, but the food is easy to enjoy.
268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8. Semilla

160 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Read Review |
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.
160 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Bunker

307 Scholes St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Bunker is one of the biggest dining surprises of the year. This is the new, no-frills Ridgewood Vietnamese restaurant from Eleven Madison Park veteran Jimmy Tu. He originally opened this storefront as a seafood supply company, but after the space was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Tu decided to turn it into a restaurant. The menu includes Vietnamese favorites like banh mi, pho, and banh xeo, as well as dishes that you won't find at many of the city's more popular Vietnamese establishments. In her Hungry City review, Ligaya Mishan notes that Tu is serving "some of the best Vietnamese street-style food in New York." Make sure to try the shrimp chips. Note: The restaurant is not close to any subway trains (the nearest station is in Bushwick), so plan your travel accordingly.
307 Scholes St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

10. Alameda

195 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Alameda is the new Greenpoint restaurant from design duo Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, and Brooklyn Star veterans Nick Padilla and Waine Longwell. The space is an absolute stunner and the menu is full of inexpensive crowd-pleasers, like a sausage sandwich, fried baby artichokes, and frisee salad with pork belly. Right now, Alameda feels like a fun neighborhood bar that happens to serve great food.
195 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

11. Talde

New York, NY
Dale Talde breathes new life into the pan-Asian genre at this unabashedly fun Park Slope restaurant. Head here with a few friends and try a lot of things to share.

12. Glady's

788 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Michael Jacober recently turned his Crown Heights sandwich shop Gladys into a sunny Caribbean restaurant. The menu has jerk chicken and lobster, curry goat, smoked duck sausage, and oxtail stew. The prices are low, and so far diners seem to be digging the new menu.
788 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. Berg'n

899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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.
899 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Emily

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
Emily is the new Clinton Hill Italian restaurant from husband and wife team Matthew and Emily Hyland. Matthew spent time in the kitchens of Public and The Breslin before learning about pizza-making at Pizzamoto and Sottocasa. His menu includes 13 wood-fired pizzas, as well as fresh pasta dishes, salads, and a few meaty starters like rabbit rillettes and crispy pig ears.
919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Pok Pok NY

117 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Read Review |
When Andy Ricker redefined Thai food in his Portland, Oregon restaurant, he brought a scholar’s intensity to the task, aided by plenty of research trekking around the various culinary regions of Siam. Now the first branch of the original has been implanted in Brooklyn’s Red Hook and settled down to producing some of the most interesting and tastiest Thai food in town.
117 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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16. Xixa

241 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Heather Heuser and Jason Marcus have followed up their restaurant Traif with Xixa. The project offers freewheeling, adventurous takes on items from the Mexican canon, bringing in influences from all over the world. Times critic Ligaya Mishan called it "dangerously likable."
241 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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