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The view from the top of Sunset Park.
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23 Places to Gorge Yourself in Sunset Park

Where to find outstanding tacos, banh mi, hot pot, and more

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The view from the top of Sunset Park.
| Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

There’s no better view of New York City than the one from the top of the hill in Sunset Park. There before you spreads Staten Island and its row of orange ferries; the port of Elizabeth’s container cranes wading like seabirds; downtown Newark bristling with skyscrapers; the commercial towers of the Financial District; and the Statue of Liberty hoisting her light, as if hoping to be noticed. Founded in the 1890s and laid out with twisting and ascending Victorian paths, Sunset Park lent its name to the south Brooklyn neighborhood that surrounds it, reaching from the bay to Fort Hamilton Parkway, and from 36th to 65th streets.

The neighborhood is rich in restaurants, especially budget-priced ones, with Mexican, Ecuadorian, Colombian, and other Latin establishments mainly arranged along Fourth and Fifth avenues, and Chinese, Vietnamese, other Asian nationalities along Seventh and Eighth avenues and side streets. Starting in 2015, Industry City came to life on the waterfront and has become a formidable food destination on its own — it’s well worth a visit. Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Sunset Park.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hometown Bar-B-Que

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The second iteration of this Texas-style barbecue is every bit as fine as the Red Hook original, with a slightly different menu and an even more casual vibe. Much of the seating is in a canvas pavilion out back between buildings, with a beer-garden atmosphere. Inspired by a New York classic dish and then improving on it, Hometown’s pastrami is a thing of beauty — garnet in color, thickly rimmed with spices, and smoky as hell, in contrast to the mild smokiness of most pastramis. Don’t miss it.

A hand holds a thick sandwich on toasted bread with the red pastrami almost flopping out like playing cards.
Hometown’s pastrami sandwich.
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Japan Village

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Japan Village is the compact food court that abuts a Sunrise Mart, the sprawling Japanese grocery store spawned by an East Village original. Ten counters offer the full range of Japanese comfort food, including ramen, rice balls, tempura, eel and other bento boxes, and creative desserts including green tea tiramisu. There’s even a bar called Bar.

Four bowls of Japanese food seen from above.
A selection of dishes from Japan Village.
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Reina de la Nube

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Blink and you’ll walk right past Reina de la Nube, a small Ecuadorian restaurant and bakery located a block away from Sunset Park’s main subway station. Despite the tiny storefront, there’s a lot going on inside its four walls: The all-day spot serves a steady stream of breakfast, lunch, and dinner platters of chicken, pork, fish and shrimp, and stews, with fried plantains, rice, eggs, and salad filling out the edges of each plate. After (or before) your meal, stock up on empanadas and sweet breads from the case of baked goods, all made on-premises at Reina de la Nube’s bakery.

A small restaurant storefront in a red brick building with a blue border and a sign pasted above the front door with the title of the restaurant.
Reina de la Nube.
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Gran Villa

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Salvadorian stalwart Gran Villa is the type of place where you can hang out in a corner spot over a steaming cup of tea and let time slide by, tucking into all-day breakfast platters while watching the traffic zoom by on Third Avenue. The corn tamales and pupusas, stuffed with chicken, pork, and cheese, and served with pickled cabbage and pureed tomato sauce, are not to be missed.

Three pupusas laid on a white plate with two white bowls filled with pickled cabbage and red tomato sauce sit on a green and white patterned table.
Pupusas, pickled cabbage, and tomato sauce at Gran Villa.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Kofte Piyaz

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This small Turkish cafe and coffee house once specialized in ground-meat kofte kebabs fashioned into baguette sandwiches, but the instant the twirling gyro cylinder was installed in the window, everything changed. Yes, Turkish salads and bread dips of scintillating quality are available — paired with puffy grilled bread served steaming hot — but the chicken-gyro in a pita is one of the best (and one of the best deals) in town, especially when topped with plenty of yogurt and hot sauce. Cap off the meal with a square of soft, sweet, not-too-sticky baklava.

A restaurant exterior with a red awning and lettering spelling out “Turkish Food” underneath the restaurant’s title. A white and blue banner is propped up in front of the storefront window promoting the owner’s new cookbook.
Kofte Piyaz’s store, with a big banner out front displaying chef and owner Murat Ersoy’s new cookbook.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Don Pepe Tortas Y Jugos

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This rollicking spot specializes in an endless variety of fresh-squeezed juices (you’ll feel like you’re at a juice stand in a zocalo) and tortas, offered in dozens of permutations and finished in a sandwich press. Some feature ingredients like hot dogs and American bacon, mixed with more traditional Mexican meats, along with generous wedges of ripe avocado, mayo, and an assortment of cheeses. You won’t walk away hungry. Very highly recommended, and there’s seating, too.

A restaurant interior with a bright, colorful menu covering the wall showing dozens of drink varieties and ingredients.
Don Pepe’s drink menu stretches from floor to ceiling, and nearly covers the length of the restaurant.
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On the corner of Sunset Park’s namesake park lies Judy’s, a neighborhood coffee shop in the morning and watering hole at night that has won many fans for its well-curated beer and wine stock and laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. For a taste of what you’ll find behind the bar, owner Sam Goetz keeps an entertaining monthly newsletter going where he enthusiastically runs through each new wine and beer that he’s snagged to sell at the shop.

A red and blue bar storefront with two people sitting out front on white chairs sipping beer and a person in a pink shirt near the entrance to the bar.
Judy’s.
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Tacos El Bronco

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Associated with a fleet of famous taco trucks, one of which parks just south of the Green-Wood Cemetery, this handsome Mexican cafe specializes in Pueblan food, but offers a substantial pan-national menu as well. Favorite dishes include tripe cemitas (a round sandwich with cheese and avocado flavored with an herb called papalo), scrambled eggs with prickly-pear cactus, chicken huaraches, and white pozole served with two tostadas. Dig the mural of snow-capped mountains and stampeding stallions.

A restaurant storefront with a red awning and yellow lights underneath, and a mural with horses on the left side of the building.
Tacos El Bronco.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

The King of Fish

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The King of Fish, or El Rey Del Pescado, doesn’t mince words in its title, and it’s got a multi-page seafood menu and a book of cocktail pairings to back up its claim. There’s aguachile, empanadas stuffed with baby shark, tostadas topped with octopus, and six different types of shrimp platters, including habanero-lime shrimp or shrimp sautéed in garlic sauce. Don’t miss the kitchen’s newest creation: The pilin, made with a base of smashed and fried plantains topped with crab, baby shark, or shrimp, tossed with crunchy cabbage, and drizzled with multiple sauces.

A light-filled backyard patio with white-painted walls and wooden tables and chairs. Nautical details including a large anchor adorn the walls.
The King of Fish’s backyard patio.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

La Brasa Peruana

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Peruvian chicken at cut-rate prices arrives in Sunset Park, along with rotisserie pork ribs, South American-style Chinese stir fries and noodles, a scattering of Italian dishes, and that favorite of children — salchipapas (french fries tossed with cut-up hot dogs). But the rotisserie chicken in combinations that include salad along with fried rice, french fries, or rice and beans are what most customers get, along with the trademark green mayo dip. And don’t miss the chicken giblet soup called aguadito.

A restaurant storefront with a brown and yellow awning and diners visible through the front windows.
La Brasa Peruana.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Las Conchitas Bakery

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A stalwart on Fifth Avenue for over 20 years, Las Conchitas Bakery is a shoebox-sized treasure trove of Mexican sweet breads and baked goods. Walk in, grab a tray and a pair of tongs, and head to the speed racks to load up on pillowy conchas, cookies, muffins, and more. If it’s your first time in, they’ll slip a free concha keychain in your bag when you check out. For savory options, Las Conchitas also runs a market across the street where they sell tamales, tacos, and juices alongside grocery items.

Four buns with pink, yellow, and white tops are piled on top of each other on a dark blue tray with a pair of tongs to the right side
A pile of conchas from Las Conchitas Bakery.
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Ba Xuyên

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The second oldest of the city’s dedicated Vietnamese sandwich shops (the oldest is Banh Mi Saigon) is a contender for best banh mi in town. Steps from the park called Sunset Park, it offers a limited menu of sandwiches and Vietnamese snacks. Among sandwiches there are 11 blockbuster selections, of which our favorites are banh mi pate thit nguoi, with six layered meats; and banh mi ca moi, featuring canned sardines bathed in a vinegary chile sauce, perhaps the most highly flavored of all.

A hero sandwich with brightly colored shredded carrot and green cilantro sticking out.
Banh mi from Ba Xuyên
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Ricos Tacos

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This was one of Sunset Park’s earliest taco stands, replacing an earlier Dominican cafe in the late 90s. The carnitas are great, whether enjoyed in a taco, tostada, burrito, or torta. The same could be said of the cueritos (pork skin), lengua (cow tongue), and the sturdy beef tripe. The modest premises are located just off the main drag of Fifth Avenue, and there’s ample outdoor seating available.

A foil container with a taco filled with brown meat inside, with a lime wedge and two radish slices off the side. The container sits on a brown wooden table.
A beef tripe taco from Ricos Tacos.
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Hot Space

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The darkened dining room, favored by young and stylishly dressed night clubbers, stays open till midnight, and the menu centers on a single Sichuan specialty (though many other northern Chinese and Sichuan options are available as apps): Whole fish cooked tableside in a square pan with a choice of sauces. Though most are identified as different types of bass, five or six species are usually available. The place may seem prohibitively expensive, but one whole fish usually feeds three.

A skin-on fish divided into two parts and immersed in chile oil, heaped with cilantro.
Sea bass at Hot Space
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La Snackeria NYC

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This bright pink, candy-coated newcomer to Sunset Park opened its doors during the pandemic last fall. Everything here is served with a wink: Elotes are covered with the diner’s choice of ground-up Cheetos, Doritos, or Takis dust. There are birria tacos, yes, but also a 12-inch birria pizza. The drinks are formidable, and for dessert, there are doughnuts stuffed with ice cream and topped with Fruity Pebbles. It’s safe to say this tiny spot on 58th Street is having the most fun on the block.

A green, white, and pink storefront with pink lettering and a chair and pink table set up in front of the store.
La Snackeria NYC.
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Chuan Tian Xia

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One of the city’s most celebrated Sichuan restaurants has a colorful and cartoonish decor featuring operatic masks, and seating that’s not the most comfortable in the world. No matter, the food is top notch, with an emphasis on whole fish, steamed or fried; a wide variety of soups and noodles, including a wonderful dish of Chengdu liang fen (made from mung beans); wok-fried vegetables including the faddish green-stemmed cauliflower; and a ma po tofu dark as night and deeply flavored. Also, find the occasional Japanese dish on the menu.

A row of tables with a mural behind it featuring colorful masks.
Chuan Tian Xia’s interior.
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Taiwan Station

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It was a decade ago that small Taiwanese cafes began to appear in Sunset Park, first on Eighth Avenue and on side streets; later Seventh Avenue from 55th to 61st streets became a hotspot. Taiwan Station offers a typical menu of snacks and meals — many of the latter in a crumbed and fried vein, such as popcorn chicken and fried squid, along with broad noodles with a spicy beef sauce. Bubble teas and milk teas are another mainstay at this cheery establishment.

An orange facade with gilt lettering, and some streamers visible inside the narrow windows.
Taiwan Station in Sunset Park’s Chinatown.
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LaoJie Hotpot

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As far as all-you-can-eat hot pot goes, LaoJie is a solid contender for quality and price. The usual fixings can be expected, such as various cuts of meat, vegetables, noodles, seafood, and tofu in its myriad guises, plus all the sauces to mix and dip. The spicy broth option is a favorite of those who prefer numbing spice, but the bone marrow broth is also a worthy pick — giving a rounded flavor that doesn’t overpower the ingredients. Dry hot pot and barbecue skewers are also a specialty.

A group of people looking at the camera around the hot pot table.
LaoJie is Sunset Park hot pot destination.
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Western Yunnan Crossing Bridge Noodle

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The focus of this small four-year-old restaurant is the famed “crossing the bridge noodles,” a Yunnan classic using mixian (rice noodles) as its base. These noodles and their piping-hot soup give a nourishing full-meal experience and a theatrical one, too, as the dozen or so ingredients are cooked tableside with a flourish, and the pale noodles are dumped in as its climax. Yun Nan Flavor Garden, which is also in the neighborhood, has been serving these noodles much longer, but Western Yunnan Crossing Bridge Noodles offers a broader menu of variations.

A constellation of ingredients in small bowls on a tray.
Crossing the bridge rice noodles
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New Belacan

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These days, Malaysian restaurants are few and far between, and Belacan — referring to a fermented shrimp paste used to flavor many dishes — is a longtime holdout. Maybe this makes the restaurant try harder, but many classic dishes constitute the best versions in town, including assam laksa, an unspeakably rich soup that drops shredded fish, noodles, and chiles in a soup thickened with belachan (the condiment’s more common spelling), sweetened with pineapple, and a touch of palm sugar syrup.

A brown soup with a few thick noodles visible.
Assam laksa at Belacan.
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Yumi Delicacies

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This narrow and basic cafe specializes in the food associated with Fujian’s Shaxian district — and there are at least three others in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. One of the dishes the region is famous for is a delicate wonton stuffed with tenderized pork leg, giving it a bouncy and chewy texture. It is traditionally eaten with a dish of egg noodles slicked with peanut-butter sauce, and both dishes are available at Yumi Delicacies.

A tall plastic container seem from above crowded with dumplings.
Shaxian wonton soup at Yumi Delicacies
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East Harbor Seafood Palace

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East Harbor Seafood Palace is a Sunset park dim sum icon, the kind of sprawling banquet hall that has largely disappeared from the city’s other Chinatowns. All the standards of the genre — rice rolls, steamed pork ribs, chicken feet — are well executed, but any pork-filled dumpling is a must. There is always a wait on weekends, and when listening for your party to be seated, note that numbers are called out in Cantonese, then Mandarin, and then in English. Afternoons and evenings, a seafood-focused menu prevails.

A white plate of sliced rice rolls with yellower cruller peeping through.
Cruller-stuffed steamed rice rolls at East Harbor Seafood Palace.
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Fei Long Market Food Court

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This obscurely located food court — look for the squarish entrance with plastic strips hanging down in the middle of the block — has been hit hard by COVID-19. Still, six great stalls of an original 10 remain, with plenty of well-spaced seating. One great counter is Guang Fu, long known for its Shanghai soup dumplings in various permutations; they do many other dumplings, as well. But the handmade noodles are also wonderful, including any of the northern Chinese dishes featuring fermented bean paste from Shandong.

A white plastic bowl with shredded carrots, hunks of bony beef, and fat white noodles, with a dark bowl of been paste on the side.
Beef stew bean paste noodles at Guang Fu
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Hometown Bar-B-Que

A hand holds a thick sandwich on toasted bread with the red pastrami almost flopping out like playing cards.
Hometown’s pastrami sandwich.
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The second iteration of this Texas-style barbecue is every bit as fine as the Red Hook original, with a slightly different menu and an even more casual vibe. Much of the seating is in a canvas pavilion out back between buildings, with a beer-garden atmosphere. Inspired by a New York classic dish and then improving on it, Hometown’s pastrami is a thing of beauty — garnet in color, thickly rimmed with spices, and smoky as hell, in contrast to the mild smokiness of most pastramis. Don’t miss it.

A hand holds a thick sandwich on toasted bread with the red pastrami almost flopping out like playing cards.
Hometown’s pastrami sandwich.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Japan Village

Four bowls of Japanese food seen from above.
A selection of dishes from Japan Village.
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Japan Village is the compact food court that abuts a Sunrise Mart, the sprawling Japanese grocery store spawned by an East Village original. Ten counters offer the full range of Japanese comfort food, including ramen, rice balls, tempura, eel and other bento boxes, and creative desserts including green tea tiramisu. There’s even a bar called Bar.

Four bowls of Japanese food seen from above.
A selection of dishes from Japan Village.
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Reina de la Nube

A small restaurant storefront in a red brick building with a blue border and a sign pasted above the front door with the title of the restaurant.
Reina de la Nube.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Blink and you’ll walk right past Reina de la Nube, a small Ecuadorian restaurant and bakery located a block away from Sunset Park’s main subway station. Despite the tiny storefront, there’s a lot going on inside its four walls: The all-day spot serves a steady stream of breakfast, lunch, and dinner platters of chicken, pork, fish and shrimp, and stews, with fried plantains, rice, eggs, and salad filling out the edges of each plate. After (or before) your meal, stock up on empanadas and sweet breads from the case of baked goods, all made on-premises at Reina de la Nube’s bakery.

A small restaurant storefront in a red brick building with a blue border and a sign pasted above the front door with the title of the restaurant.
Reina de la Nube.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Gran Villa

Three pupusas laid on a white plate with two white bowls filled with pickled cabbage and red tomato sauce sit on a green and white patterned table.
Pupusas, pickled cabbage, and tomato sauce at Gran Villa.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Salvadorian stalwart Gran Villa is the type of place where you can hang out in a corner spot over a steaming cup of tea and let time slide by, tucking into all-day breakfast platters while watching the traffic zoom by on Third Avenue. The corn tamales and pupusas, stuffed with chicken, pork, and cheese, and served with pickled cabbage and pureed tomato sauce, are not to be missed.

Three pupusas laid on a white plate with two white bowls filled with pickled cabbage and red tomato sauce sit on a green and white patterned table.
Pupusas, pickled cabbage, and tomato sauce at Gran Villa.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Kofte Piyaz

A restaurant exterior with a red awning and lettering spelling out “Turkish Food” underneath the restaurant’s title. A white and blue banner is propped up in front of the storefront window promoting the owner’s new cookbook.
Kofte Piyaz’s store, with a big banner out front displaying chef and owner Murat Ersoy’s new cookbook.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

This small Turkish cafe and coffee house once specialized in ground-meat kofte kebabs fashioned into baguette sandwiches, but the instant the twirling gyro cylinder was installed in the window, everything changed. Yes, Turkish salads and bread dips of scintillating quality are available — paired with puffy grilled bread served steaming hot — but the chicken-gyro in a pita is one of the best (and one of the best deals) in town, especially when topped with plenty of yogurt and hot sauce. Cap off the meal with a square of soft, sweet, not-too-sticky baklava.

A restaurant exterior with a red awning and lettering spelling out “Turkish Food” underneath the restaurant’s title. A white and blue banner is propped up in front of the storefront window promoting the owner’s new cookbook.
Kofte Piyaz’s store, with a big banner out front displaying chef and owner Murat Ersoy’s new cookbook.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Don Pepe Tortas Y Jugos

A restaurant interior with a bright, colorful menu covering the wall showing dozens of drink varieties and ingredients.
Don Pepe’s drink menu stretches from floor to ceiling, and nearly covers the length of the restaurant.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

This rollicking spot specializes in an endless variety of fresh-squeezed juices (you’ll feel like you’re at a juice stand in a zocalo) and tortas, offered in dozens of permutations and finished in a sandwich press. Some feature ingredients like hot dogs and American bacon, mixed with more traditional Mexican meats, along with generous wedges of ripe avocado, mayo, and an assortment of cheeses. You won’t walk away hungry. Very highly recommended, and there’s seating, too.

A restaurant interior with a bright, colorful menu covering the wall showing dozens of drink varieties and ingredients.
Don Pepe’s drink menu stretches from floor to ceiling, and nearly covers the length of the restaurant.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Judy's

A red and blue bar storefront with two people sitting out front on white chairs sipping beer and a person in a pink shirt near the entrance to the bar.
Judy’s.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

On the corner of Sunset Park’s namesake park lies Judy’s, a neighborhood coffee shop in the morning and watering hole at night that has won many fans for its well-curated beer and wine stock and laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. For a taste of what you’ll find behind the bar, owner Sam Goetz keeps an entertaining monthly newsletter going where he enthusiastically runs through each new wine and beer that he’s snagged to sell at the shop.

A red and blue bar storefront with two people sitting out front on white chairs sipping beer and a person in a pink shirt near the entrance to the bar.
Judy’s.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Tacos El Bronco

A restaurant storefront with a red awning and yellow lights underneath, and a mural with horses on the left side of the building.
Tacos El Bronco.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Associated with a fleet of famous taco trucks, one of which parks just south of the Green-Wood Cemetery, this handsome Mexican cafe specializes in Pueblan food, but offers a substantial pan-national menu as well. Favorite dishes include tripe cemitas (a round sandwich with cheese and avocado flavored with an herb called papalo), scrambled eggs with prickly-pear cactus, chicken huaraches, and white pozole served with two tostadas. Dig the mural of snow-capped mountains and stampeding stallions.

A restaurant storefront with a red awning and yellow lights underneath, and a mural with horses on the left side of the building.
Tacos El Bronco.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

The King of Fish

A light-filled backyard patio with white-painted walls and wooden tables and chairs. Nautical details including a large anchor adorn the walls.
The King of Fish’s backyard patio.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

The King of Fish, or El Rey Del Pescado, doesn’t mince words in its title, and it’s got a multi-page seafood menu and a book of cocktail pairings to back up its claim. There’s aguachile, empanadas stuffed with baby shark, tostadas topped with octopus, and six different types of shrimp platters, including habanero-lime shrimp or shrimp sautéed in garlic sauce. Don’t miss the kitchen’s newest creation: The pilin, made with a base of smashed and fried plantains topped with crab, baby shark, or shrimp, tossed with crunchy cabbage, and drizzled with multiple sauces.

A light-filled backyard patio with white-painted walls and wooden tables and chairs. Nautical details including a large anchor adorn the walls.
The King of Fish’s backyard patio.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

La Brasa Peruana

A restaurant storefront with a brown and yellow awning and diners visible through the front windows.
La Brasa Peruana.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Peruvian chicken at cut-rate prices arrives in Sunset Park, along with rotisserie pork ribs, South American-style Chinese stir fries and noodles, a scattering of Italian dishes, and that favorite of children — salchipapas (french fries tossed with cut-up hot dogs). But the rotisserie chicken in combinations that include salad along with fried rice, french fries, or rice and beans are what most customers get, along with the trademark green mayo dip. And don’t miss the chicken giblet soup called aguadito.

A restaurant storefront with a brown and yellow awning and diners visible through the front windows.
La Brasa Peruana.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Las Conchitas Bakery