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The Brooklyn Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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12355134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29%20%281%29.jpgDoes 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.

Take a peek at Eater's Brooklyn Heatmap:

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saul

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200 Eastern Pkwy (Brooklyn Museum of Art)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 935-9842
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After a 14-year run on Smith Street, chef Saul Bolton recently packed up his acclaimed New American restaurant Saul and moved it to spacious new digs inside the Brooklyn Museum. The dinner menu includes things like celery root soup, a foie gras terrine, chicken with black trumpet mushrooms, striped bass with mussels, and venison with walnut bread pudding. The cocktails from head bartender Dan Carlson are getting some great buzz right now. Consider the Red Leaf, made with Banks 5 Rum, Cocchi Americano, and Campari.

2. Bergen Hill

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387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 858-5483
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Ravi DeRossi recently reopened the old Bourgeois Pig space as a cozy bar and restaurant specializing in cocktails and raw fish. The menu includes a handful of crostini and salads, plus composed seafood plates like shrimp ceviche, tuna confit with warm zucchini, and octopus with escarole and onion pureee. Sother Teague created cocktails that complement specific dishes on the menu.

3. The Randolph BK

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104 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
The people behind The Randolph on Broome and Randolph Beer just opened this stylish sister establishment in Williamsburg. The space has red vinyl booths, vintage TVs, and and retro graffiti. The menu is full of American comfort food favorites made with local ingredients, and the beverage list has original cocktails plus 12 draft beers. Try the pan fried chicken with collards if it's available.

4. Ethiopian Lunch Box at Mama Joy's

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1084 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(347) 295-2227
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No too long ago, this southern-inspired gastropub started hosting an Ethiopian vegan lunch pop-up during the week called Ethiopian Lunch Box. Guests can choose four dishes for $8, seven for $12, or eight for $14 (a meal meant for two). Ligaya Mishan recently filed a very positive review of Ethiopian Lunch Box in the Times. The regular nighttime menu is also worth checking out — get the shrimp and grits or the excellent fried chicken. [Photo]

5. Marco's

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295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-0427
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Marco's is the new restaurant from Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg in the space that previously housed the original location of their restaurant Franny's. The chef here is Danny Amend, who has worked for Stephens and Feinberg for over six years. It looks like Francine, Andrew, and Danny are going for something slightly more sophisticated than Franny's here. The menu features regional dishes from all around Italy, including things like grilled oysters, tagliatelle with prosciutto, pici with broccoli, chicken cacciatore, and spit-roasted pork loin. [Photo: Krieger]

6. Hometown

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454 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 294-4644
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Hometown is the massive Red Hook barbecue restaurant from pitmaster Billy Durney and Warren 77 restaurateur Christopher Miller. Durney's menu includes things like brisket, ribs, smoked jerk chicken, half hog (chopped East Carolina-style), and a few sandwiches, including a smoked lamb belly banh mi. Durney describes his style as "classic American barbecue steeped in tradition and history yet done with a little Brooklyn flair." So far, the 'cue aficionados have nothing but great things to say about Hometown.

7. Onomea

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84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 844-9559
Onomea is the new Hawaiian cafe from restaurateur Crystalyn Costa. Many of the dishes on the menu are thing that Costa's family cooked when she was growing up in Hawaii. The options change frequently, but recently, Onomea served poke, loco moco, and tempura ahi rolls. The space is clean and stylish, and the prices are low. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]

8. Morgan's

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267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 622-2224
Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue is the new Prospect Heights restaurant from pitmaster John Avila and restaurateurs Joe Bolden and Chris Morgan. Avila previously worked for the famed Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. He's serving smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and sausage, available by the pound or as sandwiches. Although the restaurant has only been open for a few weeks, it's already extremely popular with the locals, and the early word is very strong. [Photo: Krieger]

9. Whiskey Soda Lounge NY

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115 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 797-4120
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Whiskey Soda Lounge is the hip new bar and restaurant from Pok Pok's Andy Ricker. The menu includes a few favorites from Pok Pok, plus many dishes that aren't served down the block. Whiskey Soda Lounge also has a long list of cocktails, and plenty of salty snacks to go along with them.

10. Shalom Japan

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310 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-4012
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Shalom Japan is the new Williamsburg restaurant from chefs Aaron Israel (Torrisi, Mile End) and Sawako Okochi (Annisa, The Good Fork). As the name implies, the food here has strong Japanese and Jewish influences. The menu changes daily, but recently it included things like chickpea tofu with eggplant, tuna tataki with black tahini, lamb ribs with panko and caraway, pastrami-stuffed chicken, and chilled udon with pork and kale. So far, the early word is very strong.

11. Mile End

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97A Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 852-7510
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Noah Bernamoff and his crew recently revamped the original location of Mile End in Boerum Hill so that now it's basically a beer bar with deli-inspired pub grub. Lunch and breakfast are gone, and the evening menu includes things like schmaltzed hot wings, fried corn, poutine, charred lamb's tongue skewers, and a fried artichoke salad. The wildly popular smoked meat sandwich is still available, of course.

12. Atrium

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15 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-1095
Atrium Dumbo is the airy new restaurant from DB Bistro Moderne veterans Laurent Kalkotour, Alexander LaPratt, and Leslie Affre. The menu includes things like oysters on the half shell, quinoa tagliatelle, marinated scallops, pork tortellini, grilled trout, roasted free-range chicken, and a strip steak with fries. LaPratt's wine list has over 100 selections, and the bar is serving cocktails created by PDT veteran Payman Bahmani. The space has a ground-level dining room, plus a mezzanine that looks out onto the Brooklyn waterfront.

13. Luksus

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615 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-6034
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Chef Daniel Burns recently opened a 26-seat Nordic-influenced restaurant in the back of Greenpoint beer bar Tørst. The chef is serving a $75 tasting menu made up of four courses plus several snacks. The menu at Luksus changes frequently, but recently Burns served things like roasted baby gem lettuce with pea broth and egg yolk, and razor clams with bone marrow. Luksus is already a very hot ticket.. Call the restaurant or visit the Luksus site to check for reservation availability.

14. The Elm

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160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7500
Corton's Paul Liebrandt makes the jump from Manhattan to Brooklyn with this new stylish, casual restaurant in the King & Grove hotel. Liebrandt's menu features things like Swiss chard angolotti, duck with pickled cherries, a chicken for two served "Kiev style," and pork belly with squid and pan con tomate. This is the first time that a chef with two Michelin stars has opened a restaurant in Brooklyn.

15. Glasserie

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95 Commercial Street
Greenpoint, NY
(718) 389-0640
Restaurateur Sara Conklin and chef Sara Kramer recently opened this spacious new Mediterranean restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of a century-old warehouse near Newtown Creek. It's an unusual, but very charming location. The menu includes a lot of vegetable dishes, as well as things like lamb tartare, flatiron steak with trout roe, and a whole rabbit for two. Make sure to order the fresh breads and the lamb and bulghur croquettes.

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1. Saul

200 Eastern Pkwy (Brooklyn Museum of Art), Brooklyn, NY 11238
After a 14-year run on Smith Street, chef Saul Bolton recently packed up his acclaimed New American restaurant Saul and moved it to spacious new digs inside the Brooklyn Museum. The dinner menu includes things like celery root soup, a foie gras terrine, chicken with black trumpet mushrooms, striped bass with mussels, and venison with walnut bread pudding. The cocktails from head bartender Dan Carlson are getting some great buzz right now. Consider the Red Leaf, made with Banks 5 Rum, Cocchi Americano, and Campari.
200 Eastern Pkwy (Brooklyn Museum of Art)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. Bergen Hill

387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Ravi DeRossi recently reopened the old Bourgeois Pig space as a cozy bar and restaurant specializing in cocktails and raw fish. The menu includes a handful of crostini and salads, plus composed seafood plates like shrimp ceviche, tuna confit with warm zucchini, and octopus with escarole and onion pureee. Sother Teague created cocktails that complement specific dishes on the menu.
387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. The Randolph BK

104 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The people behind The Randolph on Broome and Randolph Beer just opened this stylish sister establishment in Williamsburg. The space has red vinyl booths, vintage TVs, and and retro graffiti. The menu is full of American comfort food favorites made with local ingredients, and the beverage list has original cocktails plus 12 draft beers. Try the pan fried chicken with collards if it's available.
104 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

4. Ethiopian Lunch Box at Mama Joy's

1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
No too long ago, this southern-inspired gastropub started hosting an Ethiopian vegan lunch pop-up during the week called Ethiopian Lunch Box. Guests can choose four dishes for $8, seven for $12, or eight for $14 (a meal meant for two). Ligaya Mishan recently filed a very positive review of Ethiopian Lunch Box in the Times. The regular nighttime menu is also worth checking out — get the shrimp and grits or the excellent fried chicken. [Photo]
1084 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

5. Marco's

295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Marco's is the new restaurant from Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg in the space that previously housed the original location of their restaurant Franny's. The chef here is Danny Amend, who has worked for Stephens and Feinberg for over six years. It looks like Francine, Andrew, and Danny are going for something slightly more sophisticated than Franny's here. The menu features regional dishes from all around Italy, including things like grilled oysters, tagliatelle with prosciutto, pici with broccoli, chicken cacciatore, and spit-roasted pork loin. [Photo: Krieger]
295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

6. Hometown

454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hometown is the massive Red Hook barbecue restaurant from pitmaster Billy Durney and Warren 77 restaurateur Christopher Miller. Durney's menu includes things like brisket, ribs, smoked jerk chicken, half hog (chopped East Carolina-style), and a few sandwiches, including a smoked lamb belly banh mi. Durney describes his style as "classic American barbecue steeped in tradition and history yet done with a little Brooklyn flair." So far, the 'cue aficionados have nothing but great things to say about Hometown.
454 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

7. Onomea

84 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Onomea is the new Hawaiian cafe from restaurateur Crystalyn Costa. Many of the dishes on the menu are thing that Costa's family cooked when she was growing up in Hawaii. The options change frequently, but recently, Onomea served poke, loco moco, and tempura ahi rolls. The space is clean and stylish, and the prices are low. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]
84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Morgan's

267 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue is the new Prospect Heights restaurant from pitmaster John Avila and restaurateurs Joe Bolden and Chris Morgan. Avila previously worked for the famed Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. He's serving smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and sausage, available by the pound or as sandwiches. Although the restaurant has only been open for a few weeks, it's already extremely popular with the locals, and the early word is very strong. [Photo: Krieger]
267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY

9. Whiskey Soda Lounge NY

115 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Whiskey Soda Lounge is the hip new bar and restaurant from Pok Pok's Andy Ricker. The menu includes a few favorites from Pok Pok, plus many dishes that aren't served down the block. Whiskey Soda Lounge also has a long list of cocktails, and plenty of salty snacks to go along with them.
115 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Shalom Japan

310 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Shalom Japan is the new Williamsburg restaurant from chefs Aaron Israel (Torrisi, Mile End) and Sawako Okochi (Annisa, The Good Fork). As the name implies, the food here has strong Japanese and Jewish influences. The menu changes daily, but recently it included things like chickpea tofu with eggplant, tuna tataki with black tahini, lamb ribs with panko and caraway, pastrami-stuffed chicken, and chilled udon with pork and kale. So far, the early word is very strong.
310 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. Mile End

97A Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Noah Bernamoff and his crew recently revamped the original location of Mile End in Boerum Hill so that now it's basically a beer bar with deli-inspired pub grub. Lunch and breakfast are gone, and the evening menu includes things like schmaltzed hot wings, fried corn, poutine, charred lamb's tongue skewers, and a fried artichoke salad. The wildly popular smoked meat sandwich is still available, of course.
97A Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

12. Atrium

15 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Atrium Dumbo is the airy new restaurant from DB Bistro Moderne veterans Laurent Kalkotour, Alexander LaPratt, and Leslie Affre. The menu includes things like oysters on the half shell, quinoa tagliatelle, marinated scallops, pork tortellini, grilled trout, roasted free-range chicken, and a strip steak with fries. LaPratt's wine list has over 100 selections, and the bar is serving cocktails created by PDT veteran Payman Bahmani. The space has a ground-level dining room, plus a mezzanine that looks out onto the Brooklyn waterfront.
15 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

13. Luksus

615 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222
Chef Daniel Burns recently opened a 26-seat Nordic-influenced restaurant in the back of Greenpoint beer bar Tørst. The chef is serving a $75 tasting menu made up of four courses plus several snacks. The menu at Luksus changes frequently, but recently Burns served things like roasted baby gem lettuce with pea broth and egg yolk, and razor clams with bone marrow. Luksus is already a very hot ticket.. Call the restaurant or visit the Luksus site to check for reservation availability.
615 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

14. The Elm

160 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Corton's Paul Liebrandt makes the jump from Manhattan to Brooklyn with this new stylish, casual restaurant in the King & Grove hotel. Liebrandt's menu features things like Swiss chard angolotti, duck with pickled cherries, a chicken for two served "Kiev style," and pork belly with squid and pan con tomate. This is the first time that a chef with two Michelin stars has opened a restaurant in Brooklyn.
160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

15. Glasserie

95 Commercial Street, Greenpoint, NY
Restaurateur Sara Conklin and chef Sara Kramer recently opened this spacious new Mediterranean restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of a century-old warehouse near Newtown Creek. It's an unusual, but very charming location. The menu includes a lot of vegetable dishes, as well as things like lamb tartare, flatiron steak with trout roe, and a whole rabbit for two. Make sure to order the fresh breads and the lamb and bulghur croquettes.
95 Commercial Street
Greenpoint, NY

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