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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Marco's

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295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-0427
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2. 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.

3. La Botaneria

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427 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 965-1196
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4. Onomea

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84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 844-9559
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5. Morgan's

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267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 622-2224
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6. 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. Like its Columbia Street sibling, Whiskey Soda Lounge is slammed most nights, so be prepared to wait.

7. 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.

8. Fitzcarraldo

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195 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 233-2566
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9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. home/made

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293 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 223-4135
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14. 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.

15. River Styx

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21 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 383-8833

The team from the Roebling Tea Room recently opened this laid-back restaurant near Trasmitter Park in Greenpoint. Chef Dennis Spina's menu includes a number of roasted fish and meat dishes, as well as things like fish stew, fried squid in a peppery "suave" sauce, fancy nachos, and a cheese and coppa-topped baked dough creation he calls the Big Chef. Spina has a bit of a whimsical streak, but he's a talented chef and his food is never fussy. Many of the entrees are priced under $20.

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1. Marco's

295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
[Photo: Krieger]
295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

2. 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

3. La Botaneria

427 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
[Photo: Marguerite Preston]
427 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

4. Onomea

84 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
[Photo: Marguerite Preston]
84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. Morgan's

267 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY
[Photo: Krieger]
267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY

6. 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. Like its Columbia Street sibling, Whiskey Soda Lounge is slammed most nights, so be prepared to wait.

115 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7. 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

8. Fitzcarraldo

195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
[Photo: Facebook]
195 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. home/made

293 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
[Photo: Home/Made]
293 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

14. 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

15. River Styx

21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

The team from the Roebling Tea Room recently opened this laid-back restaurant near Trasmitter Park in Greenpoint. Chef Dennis Spina's menu includes a number of roasted fish and meat dishes, as well as things like fish stew, fried squid in a peppery "suave" sauce, fancy nachos, and a cheese and coppa-topped baked dough creation he calls the Big Chef. Spina has a bit of a whimsical streak, but he's a talented chef and his food is never fussy. Many of the entrees are priced under $20.

21 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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