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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:


04/05/13: Added: Xixa, Mama Joy's, OTB
05/03/13: Added: Alameda, Franny's, Fritzl's Lunch Box
06/07/13: River Styx, The Grand, The Bounty, Old School Brooklyn
07/12/13: The Elm, Glasserie, King Noodle, Motorino

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Elm

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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.

2. Glasserie

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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.

3. KING NOODLE

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1045 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 456-6543

King Noodle is the inexpensive new Asian restaurant from Nick Subic, who previously worked at Roberta's and Do or Dine. Roberta's pastry chef Katy Peetz is overseeing the dessert program, and Keith Kenji Cochran of The Narrows is in charge of the cocktail program, which has a Tiki slant. The menu includes things like kimchee carbonara, Spam fried rice, glazed ribs with pineapple, and green curry flat noodles.

4. Motorino

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191 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-8899
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The new and improved Motorino Brooklyn is bigger and brighter than the East Village location, and this one's got a fully-stocked bar. The menu includes all the classic Motorino pizzas, plus a few dishes that you can't find in the East Village like chicken wings and a porchetta calzone.

5. River Styx

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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.

6. The Grand

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647 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Like a lot of the places on this map, The Grand feels more like a bar than a restaurant, but the food is worth seeking out. The menu includes oysters, bar snacks like chicken wings and braised pork ribs, and entrees like veal meatloaf, roasted chicken, fried rabbit, and a terrific steak frites. You can try a lot of things here for under $40 per person. The chef at The Grand previously worked at Dressler and Miller's Tavern.

7. The Bounty

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131 Greenpoint Avenue
New York, NY

Head to this new bar and restaurant from the owners of The Drink for cocktails, oysters, and a serious cheeseburger. The menu also includes whole fish, cheese plates, and a few seasonal salads and vegetable dishes. The Bounty has a nautical vibe, but thankfully, the owners didn't go overboard with the decor here.

8. Alameda

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195 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 227-7296

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.

9. Fritzl's Lunch Box

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173 Irving Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Fritzl's Lunch Box is the Bushwick luncheonette from Fatty 'Cue veteran Dan Ross-Leutwyler. The eclectic menu has sandwiches, salads, pastas, and snacks. So far, the early word is very strong, and the prices can't be beat — most dishes are around $9, and the most expensive dish is just $13.

10. Franny's

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348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0221
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A few months ago, Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg moved their beloved restaurant Franny's up the block to a much bigger space that includes a downstairs room that can be reserved for private parties and large groups. (The old space is going to become their new Southern Italian restaurant, Marco's.) Although the vibe is slightly different, the menu is exactly the same. If you haven't had a pizza at Franny's in a while, now is a great time to reacquainted.

11. Nightingale 9

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345 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 689-4699

Kerry Diamond and Robert Newton of Seersucker recently opened this hip Vietnamese restaurant on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. The menu has noodle soups, fried chicken, salads, rice dishes, banh mi-like sandwiches, and shareable meat and fish entrees, all made with locally-sourced ingredients. Newton occasionally folds in elements of American cuisine, but all of his dishes have those big, bright flavors that you find in traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

12. OTB

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141 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

OTB is the new racetrack-themed bar and restaurant from the team behind Post Office. There are classic cocktails, a menu of bistro dishes from Momofuku Ssäm alum Sam Glinn (coq au vin, steak frites), and old-school payphones.

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1. 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

2. 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

3. KING NOODLE

1045 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

King Noodle is the inexpensive new Asian restaurant from Nick Subic, who previously worked at Roberta's and Do or Dine. Roberta's pastry chef Katy Peetz is overseeing the dessert program, and Keith Kenji Cochran of The Narrows is in charge of the cocktail program, which has a Tiki slant. The menu includes things like kimchee carbonara, Spam fried rice, glazed ribs with pineapple, and green curry flat noodles.

1045 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

4. Motorino

191 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The new and improved Motorino Brooklyn is bigger and brighter than the East Village location, and this one's got a fully-stocked bar. The menu includes all the classic Motorino pizzas, plus a few dishes that you can't find in the East Village like chicken wings and a porchetta calzone.

191 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. 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

6. The Grand

647 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Like a lot of the places on this map, The Grand feels more like a bar than a restaurant, but the food is worth seeking out. The menu includes oysters, bar snacks like chicken wings and braised pork ribs, and entrees like veal meatloaf, roasted chicken, fried rabbit, and a terrific steak frites. You can try a lot of things here for under $40 per person. The chef at The Grand previously worked at Dressler and Miller's Tavern.

647 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. The Bounty

131 Greenpoint Avenue, New York, NY

Head to this new bar and restaurant from the owners of The Drink for cocktails, oysters, and a serious cheeseburger. The menu also includes whole fish, cheese plates, and a few seasonal salads and vegetable dishes. The Bounty has a nautical vibe, but thankfully, the owners didn't go overboard with the decor here.

131 Greenpoint Avenue
New York, NY

8. 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

9. Fritzl's Lunch Box

173 Irving Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Fritzl's Lunch Box is the Bushwick luncheonette from Fatty 'Cue veteran Dan Ross-Leutwyler. The eclectic menu has sandwiches, salads, pastas, and snacks. So far, the early word is very strong, and the prices can't be beat — most dishes are around $9, and the most expensive dish is just $13.

173 Irving Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

10. Franny's

348 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A few months ago, Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg moved their beloved restaurant Franny's up the block to a much bigger space that includes a downstairs room that can be reserved for private parties and large groups. (The old space is going to become their new Southern Italian restaurant, Marco's.) Although the vibe is slightly different, the menu is exactly the same. If you haven't had a pizza at Franny's in a while, now is a great time to reacquainted.

348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Nightingale 9

345 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

Kerry Diamond and Robert Newton of Seersucker recently opened this hip Vietnamese restaurant on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. The menu has noodle soups, fried chicken, salads, rice dishes, banh mi-like sandwiches, and shareable meat and fish entrees, all made with locally-sourced ingredients. Newton occasionally folds in elements of American cuisine, but all of his dishes have those big, bright flavors that you find in traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

345 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

12. OTB

141 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

OTB is the new racetrack-themed bar and restaurant from the team behind Post Office. There are classic cocktails, a menu of bistro dishes from Momofuku Ssäm alum Sam Glinn (coq au vin, steak frites), and old-school payphones.

141 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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