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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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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]

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
Fonda's Roberto Santibanez just opened this cozy restaurant serving drinks and Mexican small plates ("botanas"). The menu has a handful of salads and snacks, plus things like a Spanish-style potato omelette, a charcuterie plate, smoked trout with pickled vegetables, and a charred eggplant dip with toasted pita. Most of the plates are under $10. La Botaneria serves wine, beer, and cocktails that are mixed with locally-made spirits. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]

4. 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]

5. 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]

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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Fitzcarraldo is the new all-day bar and restaurant inside 3rd Ward from Rucola's Henry Rich and Julian Brizzi. Although the menu changes frequently, you can always expect a few pastries and market-driven egg dishes in the morning, sandwiches in the afternoon, and a dinner menu that has charcuterie, cheeses, and Italian seafood dishes. The design of Fitzcarraldo was at least partly inspired by the Werner Herzog film of the same name. [Photo: Facebook]

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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Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson's charming Red Hook wine bar was out of commission for nine months because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, but now the restaurant is back in action. Head here for a few glasses of wine and a cheese plate after work, or settle in for a full meal. Home/Made serves terrific grilled flatbreads topped with artisanal cheeses and market vegetables, most of which are priced in the mid teens. [Photo: Home/Made]

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
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

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
Fonda's Roberto Santibanez just opened this cozy restaurant serving drinks and Mexican small plates ("botanas"). The menu has a handful of salads and snacks, plus things like a Spanish-style potato omelette, a charcuterie plate, smoked trout with pickled vegetables, and a charred eggplant dip with toasted pita. Most of the plates are under $10. La Botaneria serves wine, beer, and cocktails that are mixed with locally-made spirits. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]
427 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

4. 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

5. 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

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
Fitzcarraldo is the new all-day bar and restaurant inside 3rd Ward from Rucola's Henry Rich and Julian Brizzi. Although the menu changes frequently, you can always expect a few pastries and market-driven egg dishes in the morning, sandwiches in the afternoon, and a dinner menu that has charcuterie, cheeses, and Italian seafood dishes. The design of Fitzcarraldo was at least partly inspired by the Werner Herzog film of the same name. [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
Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson's charming Red Hook wine bar was out of commission for nine months because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, but now the restaurant is back in action. Head here for a few glasses of wine and a cheese plate after work, or settle in for a full meal. Home/Made serves terrific grilled flatbreads topped with artisanal cheeses and market vegetables, most of which are priced in the mid teens. [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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