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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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]

2. 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]

3. 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]

4. 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]

5. Okonomi

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150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Okonomi is the tiny new Williamsburg restaurant from Yuji Ramen's Yuji Haraguchi. Right now, Chef Yuji is serving a set menu, which includes a simple assortment of fish, vegetables, rice, and soup for just $9. In the coming months, the chef will expand the menu to include ramen, street food, and omakase tastings. For the time being, Okonomi is only open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend. [Facebook]

6. dotory

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353 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-1399
At this South Williamsburg newcomer, chef Haegeen Kim serves playful versions of traditional Korean dishes. The menu has sandwiches, bibim bop, pancakes, noodles, and snacks. In her Hungry City review, Ligaya Mishan praises the taco-like crispy nori with vegetables and creamy tofu. [Facebook]

7. Dziupla

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194 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Chef/restaurateur Krzysztof Drzewiecki recently expanded his North Brooklyn empire with the opening of this Polish cafe on Bedford Avenue. The chef, who previously worked for Nobu, has created a menu of greatest hits from his other restaurants. Options include salmon tartare, boar ribs, goulash-stuffed potato pancakes, and pierogies galore. Dziupla is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Dziupla]

8. French Louie

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320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 935-1200
For their follow-up to Buttermilk Channel, Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo opened a cozy French bistro on Atlantic Avenue. The menu has raw bar paltes, a foie gras and country ham terrine, snails with house-cured bacon, three versions of steak frites, and several vegetable-based entrees. French Louie is an ideal choice for date night. [Krieger]

9. The Runner

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458 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 643-6500
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Andrew Burman, a Court Street Grocers vet, and Robert Honeycutt, former front-of-house manager at Gilt, recently opened this tavern-like New American restaurant on Myrtle Avenue. Burman is using a wood-fired oven to cook hearty dishes like bone marrow with escargot, suckling pig with sauerkraut, and lamb shoulder with plum sauce. [Krieger]

10. Colonia Verde

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219 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 689-4287
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The new Fort Greene restaurant from the Comodo team specializes in shareable meat dishes with a Latin accent. Options include lamb sliders with cheese bread, coffee-rubbed cochinita, grilled steak with salsa, and crispy chili-rubbed chicken. [Photo: Colonia Verde]

11. Dover

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412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 987-3545
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Dover is the Carroll Gardens restaurant from Battersby chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern. The chefs are working with a much bigger kitchen this time, and the dining room is about twice the size of the one at their Smith Street critical darling. Ogrodnek and Stern recently served dishes like hamachi crudo, Maine sea urchin with soba, cod with smoked bacon and beets, pork belly with roasted fruit, beef ribeye, and duck with black kale. In addition to the a la carte menu, a five-course tasting is also available for $75. Pete Wells recently gave Dover two stars.[Krieger]

12. Grindhaus

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275 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
After years of delays, restaurateur Erin Norris finally opened this cozy Red Hook bistro in December. Chef Aaron Taber and sous chef Leon Douglas are serving rustic dishes like pork cheeks with white beans, merguez with chickpeas and artichokes, and mushrooms en papillote. Taber and Douglas are making all the breads and pastas in-house. [Krieger]

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Okonomi

150 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Okonomi is the tiny new Williamsburg restaurant from Yuji Ramen's Yuji Haraguchi. Right now, Chef Yuji is serving a set menu, which includes a simple assortment of fish, vegetables, rice, and soup for just $9. In the coming months, the chef will expand the menu to include ramen, street food, and omakase tastings. For the time being, Okonomi is only open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend. [Facebook]
150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

6. dotory

353 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
At this South Williamsburg newcomer, chef Haegeen Kim serves playful versions of traditional Korean dishes. The menu has sandwiches, bibim bop, pancakes, noodles, and snacks. In her Hungry City review, Ligaya Mishan praises the taco-like crispy nori with vegetables and creamy tofu. [Facebook]
353 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. Dziupla

194 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Chef/restaurateur Krzysztof Drzewiecki recently expanded his North Brooklyn empire with the opening of this Polish cafe on Bedford Avenue. The chef, who previously worked for Nobu, has created a menu of greatest hits from his other restaurants. Options include salmon tartare, boar ribs, goulash-stuffed potato pancakes, and pierogies galore. Dziupla is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Dziupla]
194 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. French Louie

320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For their follow-up to Buttermilk Channel, Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo opened a cozy French bistro on Atlantic Avenue. The menu has raw bar paltes, a foie gras and country ham terrine, snails with house-cured bacon, three versions of steak frites, and several vegetable-based entrees. French Louie is an ideal choice for date night. [Krieger]
320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

9. The Runner

458 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Andrew Burman, a Court Street Grocers vet, and Robert Honeycutt, former front-of-house manager at Gilt, recently opened this tavern-like New American restaurant on Myrtle Avenue. Burman is using a wood-fired oven to cook hearty dishes like bone marrow with escargot, suckling pig with sauerkraut, and lamb shoulder with plum sauce. [Krieger]
458 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

10. Colonia Verde

219 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
The new Fort Greene restaurant from the Comodo team specializes in shareable meat dishes with a Latin accent. Options include lamb sliders with cheese bread, coffee-rubbed cochinita, grilled steak with salsa, and crispy chili-rubbed chicken. [Photo: Colonia Verde]
219 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

11. Dover

412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Dover is the Carroll Gardens restaurant from Battersby chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern. The chefs are working with a much bigger kitchen this time, and the dining room is about twice the size of the one at their Smith Street critical darling. Ogrodnek and Stern recently served dishes like hamachi crudo, Maine sea urchin with soba, cod with smoked bacon and beets, pork belly with roasted fruit, beef ribeye, and duck with black kale. In addition to the a la carte menu, a five-course tasting is also available for $75. Pete Wells recently gave Dover two stars.[Krieger]
412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

12. Grindhaus

275 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
After years of delays, restaurateur Erin Norris finally opened this cozy Red Hook bistro in December. Chef Aaron Taber and sous chef Leon Douglas are serving rustic dishes like pork cheeks with white beans, merguez with chickpeas and artichokes, and mushrooms en papillote. Taber and Douglas are making all the breads and pastas in-house. [Krieger]
275 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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