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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.
12/07/13: Added: Dover, Grindhaus, Martha.
01/03/14: Added: 1 Knickerbocker, Luzzo's, Black Forest Brooklyn
02/07/14: Added: Lachlan, Emily, El Born, River Cafe, Hill Country, Union Pizza Works.
03/07/14: Added: French Louie, The Runner, Egg, Colonia Verde.
04/04/14: Added: Docklands, Max, Lucky Luna.
05/02/14: Added: Glady's, Okonomi, Dotory, Dziupla.
06/06/14: Added: Meat Hook Sandwich, Delaware and Hudson, Montana's Trail House.
07/03/14: Added: Meadowsweet, Pacifico's Fine Foods, Shake Shack Dumbo, Bar Chuko, Donna, Ganso Ramen.
08/08/14: Added: Littleneck Outpost, Wilma Jean, Humboldt & Jackson, The Gorbals.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Gorbals

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98 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 387-0195
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Former Top Cheftestapant Ilan Hall just opened this outpost of his LA restaurant in Williamsburg's massive new Urban Outfitters concept store. The menu leans somewhat over-the-top, with dishes like banh mi poutine and chicken schnitzel with the talon on, but Robert Sietsema found some hits and plenty of potential on a recent visit. [Photo: Krieger]

2. Humboldt & Jackson

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434 Humboldt St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 349-3355
This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. There's also a space filled with long banquet tables in the back, where Reed will have guest chefs like Brendon Doyle of Pork Slope serve their menus of small plates on a rotating weekly or bi-weekly basis. [Photo: Krieger]

3. Wilma Jean

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345 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Wilma Jean is the casual spinoff of Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond's hit Southern restaurant Seersucker, which they closed down last month in order to relocate their Vietnamese restaurant, Nightingale 9, into the larger space. Now Wilma Jean occupies the former Nightingale 9 space, offering a menu of dishes like fried chicken, braised collards, tater tots, and a fried bologna sandwich. [Photo: Krieger]

4. Littleneck Outpost

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128 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 522-1921
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Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin recently opened this cafe offshoot of their hit Gowanus seafood shack. It's a daytime spot, serving coffee and breakfast dishes like baked beans with a soft egg, plus sandwiches ranging from the classic lobster roll to chicken confit with bacon jam on ciabatta. There's also a corner full of retail items like aprons and dry goods. [Photo: Krieger]

5. Meadowsweet

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149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-0673
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Polo Dobkin makes his return to the old Dressler space with Meadowsweet. He and his wife, Stephanie Lempert, have brightened up the space, added an herb garden, and are now turning out dishes like chicken and dumplings and a hand-rolled ravioli. Robert Sietsema is already a fan. [Krieger]

6. Pacifico's Fine Foods

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798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 966-2670
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Former Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico's new restaurant is a serious addition to this booming section of Crown Heights. The Brazilian and American menu includes fresh fava bean dip, yuca-pork fritters, and squid a la plancha. [Instagram]

7. Ganso Ramen

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25 Bond St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 403-0900
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Owner Harris Salat has teamed up with chef Tadashi Ono, formerly of La Caravelle and MaisonO, to revamp the menu at his popular ramen spot. The restaurant is now Ganso Ramen, and the new menu includes chicken broth-based ramens as well as buns, wings, gyoza, and other snacks. Salat and Ono currently have two more Ganso offshoots in the works. [Official]

8. Bar Chuko

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565 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 425-9570
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The team behind ramen hot spot Chuko recently opened this izakaya up the street. Bar Chuko serves cocktails and Japanese bar food like pork jowl yakitori and okonomiyaki with bacon. [Instagram]

9. Meat Hook Sandwich

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495 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-4665
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Celeb butcher Tom Mylan and the rest of the Meat Hook team have just opened this tiny sandwich shop offshoot of the Williamsburg butcher shop. So far the word is very good on the menu of offbeat sandwiches, which includes a gyro-flavored sausage and steak tartar on a roll. Go for broke and tack on a whole lobster for an extra $40. [Photo: Robert Sietsema]

10. Delaware and Hudson

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135 N. 5th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-8191
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Former iTrulli chef Patti Jackson has opened Delaware and Hudson in the space that once held Egg (which has now moved to North 3rd Street). She serves a $48 four-course menu, which includes a choice of entree, family-style sides like chickweed pie and rabbit terrine, and desserts. [Foursquare]

11. Montana's Trail House

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445 Troutman St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
A new restaurant with cowboy leanings in Bushwick. The space looks like a saloon and the menu, from Al Di La and Union Square Cafe vet Nate Courtland consists of "Appalachian" style food like root beer braised brisket and roasted trout with country ham. There are also switchels on the cocktail menu and a patio out back. [Facebook]

12. Glady's

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788 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0249
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Michael Jacober recently turned his Crown Heights sandwich shop Gladys into a sunny Caribbean restaurant. The menu has jerk chicken and lobster, curry goat, smoked duck sausage, and oxtail stew. The prices are low, and so far diners seem to be digging the new menu. [Photo: Gladys]

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1. The Gorbals

98 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Former Top Cheftestapant Ilan Hall just opened this outpost of his LA restaurant in Williamsburg's massive new Urban Outfitters concept store. The menu leans somewhat over-the-top, with dishes like banh mi poutine and chicken schnitzel with the talon on, but Robert Sietsema found some hits and plenty of potential on a recent visit. [Photo: Krieger]
98 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

2. Humboldt & Jackson

434 Humboldt St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. There's also a space filled with long banquet tables in the back, where Reed will have guest chefs like Brendon Doyle of Pork Slope serve their menus of small plates on a rotating weekly or bi-weekly basis. [Photo: Krieger]
434 Humboldt St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Wilma Jean

345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Wilma Jean is the casual spinoff of Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond's hit Southern restaurant Seersucker, which they closed down last month in order to relocate their Vietnamese restaurant, Nightingale 9, into the larger space. Now Wilma Jean occupies the former Nightingale 9 space, offering a menu of dishes like fried chicken, braised collards, tater tots, and a fried bologna sandwich. [Photo: Krieger]
345 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

4. Littleneck Outpost

128 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin recently opened this cafe offshoot of their hit Gowanus seafood shack. It's a daytime spot, serving coffee and breakfast dishes like baked beans with a soft egg, plus sandwiches ranging from the classic lobster roll to chicken confit with bacon jam on ciabatta. There's also a corner full of retail items like aprons and dry goods. [Photo: Krieger]
128 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

5. Meadowsweet

149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Polo Dobkin makes his return to the old Dressler space with Meadowsweet. He and his wife, Stephanie Lempert, have brightened up the space, added an herb garden, and are now turning out dishes like chicken and dumplings and a hand-rolled ravioli. Robert Sietsema is already a fan. [Krieger]
149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

6. Pacifico's Fine Foods

798A Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Former Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico's new restaurant is a serious addition to this booming section of Crown Heights. The Brazilian and American menu includes fresh fava bean dip, yuca-pork fritters, and squid a la plancha. [Instagram]
798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

7. Ganso Ramen

25 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Owner Harris Salat has teamed up with chef Tadashi Ono, formerly of La Caravelle and MaisonO, to revamp the menu at his popular ramen spot. The restaurant is now Ganso Ramen, and the new menu includes chicken broth-based ramens as well as buns, wings, gyoza, and other snacks. Salat and Ono currently have two more Ganso offshoots in the works. [Official]
25 Bond St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8. Bar Chuko

565 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
The team behind ramen hot spot Chuko recently opened this izakaya up the street. Bar Chuko serves cocktails and Japanese bar food like pork jowl yakitori and okonomiyaki with bacon. [Instagram]
565 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. Meat Hook Sandwich

495 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Celeb butcher Tom Mylan and the rest of the Meat Hook team have just opened this tiny sandwich shop offshoot of the Williamsburg butcher shop. So far the word is very good on the menu of offbeat sandwiches, which includes a gyro-flavored sausage and steak tartar on a roll. Go for broke and tack on a whole lobster for an extra $40. [Photo: Robert Sietsema]
495 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

10. Delaware and Hudson

135 N. 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Former iTrulli chef Patti Jackson has opened Delaware and Hudson in the space that once held Egg (which has now moved to North 3rd Street). She serves a $48 four-course menu, which includes a choice of entree, family-style sides like chickweed pie and rabbit terrine, and desserts. [Foursquare]
135 N. 5th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. Montana's Trail House

445 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A new restaurant with cowboy leanings in Bushwick. The space looks like a saloon and the menu, from Al Di La and Union Square Cafe vet Nate Courtland consists of "Appalachian" style food like root beer braised brisket and roasted trout with country ham. There are also switchels on the cocktail menu and a patio out back. [Facebook]
445 Troutman St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

12. Glady's

788 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Michael Jacober recently turned his Crown Heights sandwich shop Gladys into a sunny Caribbean restaurant. The menu has jerk chicken and lobster, curry goat, smoked duck sausage, and oxtail stew. The prices are low, and so far diners seem to be digging the new menu. [Photo: Gladys]
788 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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