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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:

The restaurants on the Eater Heatmaps are listed by opening date, not heat rank, although all of them are extremely hot right now.

For a guide to Manhattan's restaurants-of-the-moment, check out the Manhattan Heatmap, and stay tuned for the Queens map this weekend.


04/05/13: Added: Xixa, Mama Joy's, OTB
05/03/13: Added: Alameda, Franny's, Fritzl's Lunch Box

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Alameda

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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.

Desnuda

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The new Williamsburg location of Ravi DeRossi's Latin-American restaurant offers over 20 types of ceviche, plus raw bar items. Chaim Dauermann is the beverage director, and Sother Teague and Aaron Polsky make occasional guest appearances behind the bar. The space has a lot of interesting details and great lighting — it's a good choice for date night.

Fritzl's Lunch Box

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Fatty 'Cue alum Dan Ross-Leutwyler recently opened this stylish Bushwick luncheonette. The eclectic menu includes 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.

Franny's

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Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg recently 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.

Nightingale 9

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Kerry Diamond and Robert Newton of Seersucker recently opened this hip Vietnamese restaurant on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. The menu includes 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.

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

The opening of Aska was the big Brooklyn surprise of fall 2012 . This new restaurant operates out of Kinfolk Studios at night (during the day, the space is used as a coffee shop and design studio). The chef here is Fredrik Berselius, a young gun who earned critical acclaim for Frej, his pop-up restaurant with Richard Kuo. Berselius's menu of modern Scandinavian food includes dishes like mackerel with "soured cream," pork ribs with rutabaga, and fried broccoli with oyster cream. The food and drinks are sophisticated, but the vibe here is super relaxed.

Mama Joy's

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A southern-inspired gastropub in Bushwick that recently earned a rave review from the Robs at New York magazine. In that piece, the critics praised the fried chicken, tender short ribs, buttery cornbread, "soul-soothing" grits, and mac 'n' cheese with duck confit.

Runner & Stone

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Runner & Stone is the all-day restaurant and bakery from two up-and-coming chefs: Peter Endriss (formerly of Per Se and Bouchon) and Chris Pizzulli (formerly of Blue Ribbon Brasserie). The restaurant serves sweet and savory pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads for lunch, and a menu of Italian-influenced American fare at night. The dinner options include homemade spaghetti with conch ragu, pancetta-wrapped blackfish, fettuccine with duck sausage, and a grilled ribeye with roasted potatoes. It's an ambitious project, and an unusual one for the neighborhood, but so far people love what's coming out of the kitchen.

Heather Heuser and Jason Marcus have followed up their restaurant Traif with Xixa. This new project offers freewheeling, adventurous takes on items from the Mexican canon, bringing in influences from all over the world. Times critic Ligaya Mishan called it "dangerously likable."

BrisketTown

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After hosting a string of successful pop-ups, pitmaster Daniel Delaney decided to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant specializing in brisket. Delaney learned how to smoke meat from Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue. Brisket is of course the specialty here, but the sides are also very good, and so are the breakfast tacos and sandwiches, which are served during the day time. A must-try for any barbecue buff.

Zizi Limona

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This new Williamsburg restaurant serves vibrant and at times very quirky Mediterranean fare. Make sure to order the "Crazy Baba," which is made with feta cheese and basil, and the classic shawarma, which sits on a bed of excellent homemade hummus. The food at Zizi Limona is very affordably priced — two people can try a lot of dishes for under $40 — and the room is cool and comfortable. [Photo]

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Alameda

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.

Desnuda

The new Williamsburg location of Ravi DeRossi's Latin-American restaurant offers over 20 types of ceviche, plus raw bar items. Chaim Dauermann is the beverage director, and Sother Teague and Aaron Polsky make occasional guest appearances behind the bar. The space has a lot of interesting details and great lighting — it's a good choice for date night.

Fritzl's Lunch Box

Fatty 'Cue alum Dan Ross-Leutwyler recently opened this stylish Bushwick luncheonette. The eclectic menu includes 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.

Franny's

Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg recently 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.

Nightingale 9

Kerry Diamond and Robert Newton of Seersucker recently opened this hip Vietnamese restaurant on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. The menu includes 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.

OTB

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

Aska

The opening of Aska was the big Brooklyn surprise of fall 2012 . This new restaurant operates out of Kinfolk Studios at night (during the day, the space is used as a coffee shop and design studio). The chef here is Fredrik Berselius, a young gun who earned critical acclaim for Frej, his pop-up restaurant with Richard Kuo. Berselius's menu of modern Scandinavian food includes dishes like mackerel with "soured cream," pork ribs with rutabaga, and fried broccoli with oyster cream. The food and drinks are sophisticated, but the vibe here is super relaxed.

Mama Joy's

A southern-inspired gastropub in Bushwick that recently earned a rave review from the Robs at New York magazine. In that piece, the critics praised the fried chicken, tender short ribs, buttery cornbread, "soul-soothing" grits, and mac 'n' cheese with duck confit.

Runner & Stone

Runner & Stone is the all-day restaurant and bakery from two up-and-coming chefs: Peter Endriss (formerly of Per Se and Bouchon) and Chris Pizzulli (formerly of Blue Ribbon Brasserie). The restaurant serves sweet and savory pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads for lunch, and a menu of Italian-influenced American fare at night. The dinner options include homemade spaghetti with conch ragu, pancetta-wrapped blackfish, fettuccine with duck sausage, and a grilled ribeye with roasted potatoes. It's an ambitious project, and an unusual one for the neighborhood, but so far people love what's coming out of the kitchen.

Xixa

Heather Heuser and Jason Marcus have followed up their restaurant Traif with Xixa. This new project offers freewheeling, adventurous takes on items from the Mexican canon, bringing in influences from all over the world. Times critic Ligaya Mishan called it "dangerously likable."

BrisketTown

After hosting a string of successful pop-ups, pitmaster Daniel Delaney decided to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant specializing in brisket. Delaney learned how to smoke meat from Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue. Brisket is of course the specialty here, but the sides are also very good, and so are the breakfast tacos and sandwiches, which are served during the day time. A must-try for any barbecue buff.

Zizi Limona

This new Williamsburg restaurant serves vibrant and at times very quirky Mediterranean fare. Make sure to order the "Crazy Baba," which is made with feta cheese and basil, and the classic shawarma, which sits on a bed of excellent homemade hummus. The food at Zizi Limona is very affordably priced — two people can try a lot of dishes for under $40 — and the room is cool and comfortable. [Photo]

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