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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Docklands Restaurant & Bar

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789 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 483-9998
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Docklands is the stylish new Crown Heights cafe from first time restaurateur Kwhame Gittens. The menu includes bar bites like sweet and spicy chicken wings, grilled shishito peppers, and chili meatballs, as well as entrees like a pan-seared chicken leg with vegetables, and sea scallops with white and yellow corn. The bright, clean space has a small bar up front and a cluster of tables in the back. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]
740 Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 987-3645
A year after shuttering Max in the East Village, Luigi Iasilli has opened a new version of his casual neighborhood restaurant in a rustic, slightly industrial Williamsburg space. All of the traditional Italian salads, pastas, and meat dishes made the move across the river, and thankfully, the prices are still low by neighborhood standards. [Foursquare]

3. Lucky Luna

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167 Nassau
Brooklyn, NY 11222
This Greenpoint newcomer serves an unusual mix of Mexican and Taiwanese fare, like a Peking duck bao plate with chicharrònes, and shiitake “moo shu” tacos. Lucky Luna was recently the subject of a positive Hungry City review from Ligaya Mishan. The critic suggests that the Asian dishes are the standouts here. [Photo: Lucky Luna]

4. 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]

5. 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]

6. 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]
109a N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 302-5151
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Restaurateur George Weld and chef Evan Hanczor recently moved their beloved Williamsburg cafe Egg into the space that formerly housed their other restaurant, Parish Hall. Now, guests can enjoy Hanczor's market-driven American fare in a more relaxed, spacious setting. The new version of Egg is open for lunch and breakfast during the week, and brunch on the weekends. [Daniel Krieger]

8. Lachlan

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312 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 889-7002
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Earlier this year, restaurateur Carl McCoy turned his troubled restaurant Gwynnett St. into an affordable gastropub with a menu from Allswell vet Alexis Krisel. In addition to bar snacks and shareable plates, Lachlan serves hearty dishes like braised short ribs with polenta, gemelli pasta with mushrooms, and a fried chicken sandwich. So far, early diners are digging the new menu and the cocktail program. [Facebook]

9. The River Café

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5200
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This floating fine dining restaurant took a beating from Hurricane Sandy, but now River Cafe is back with a completely revamped space. The $115 prix-fixe menu includes options like wagyu steak tartare, rabbit crepinette, poached lobster, and mushroom Wellington. And, of course, River Cafe offers unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. [Photo: The River Cafe]

10. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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Emily is the new Clinton Hill Italian restaurant from husband and wife team Matthew and Emily Hyland. Matthew spent time in the kitchens of Public and The Breslin before learning about pizza-making at Pizzamoto and Sottocasa. His menu includes 13 wood-fired pizzas, as well as fresh pasta dishes, salads, and a few meaty starters like rabbit rillettes and crispy pig ears. [Krieger]

11. El Born

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651 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 844-9295
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El Born is the new contemporary Spanish restaurant from chef Diego Gonzalez and restaurateur Elena Manich. Gonzalez, formerly of Socaratt Paella Bar, has put together a tapas menu that's heavy on the vegetable dishes, but you'll also find lamb chops, foie gras with quince, quail with chocolate, and crispy rabbit. [Photo: Bess Adler]

12. 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]

13. 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]

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1. Docklands Restaurant & Bar

789 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Docklands is the stylish new Crown Heights cafe from first time restaurateur Kwhame Gittens. The menu includes bar bites like sweet and spicy chicken wings, grilled shishito peppers, and chili meatballs, as well as entrees like a pan-seared chicken leg with vegetables, and sea scallops with white and yellow corn. The bright, clean space has a small bar up front and a cluster of tables in the back. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]
789 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. Max

740 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
A year after shuttering Max in the East Village, Luigi Iasilli has opened a new version of his casual neighborhood restaurant in a rustic, slightly industrial Williamsburg space. All of the traditional Italian salads, pastas, and meat dishes made the move across the river, and thankfully, the prices are still low by neighborhood standards. [Foursquare]
740 Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Lucky Luna

167 Nassau, Brooklyn, NY 11222
This Greenpoint newcomer serves an unusual mix of Mexican and Taiwanese fare, like a Peking duck bao plate with chicharrònes, and shiitake “moo shu” tacos. Lucky Luna was recently the subject of a positive Hungry City review from Ligaya Mishan. The critic suggests that the Asian dishes are the standouts here. [Photo: Lucky Luna]
167 Nassau
Brooklyn, NY 11222

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. Egg

109a N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11249
Restaurateur George Weld and chef Evan Hanczor recently moved their beloved Williamsburg cafe Egg into the space that formerly housed their other restaurant, Parish Hall. Now, guests can enjoy Hanczor's market-driven American fare in a more relaxed, spacious setting. The new version of Egg is open for lunch and breakfast during the week, and brunch on the weekends. [Daniel Krieger]
109a N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

8. Lachlan

312 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Earlier this year, restaurateur Carl McCoy turned his troubled restaurant Gwynnett St. into an affordable gastropub with a menu from Allswell vet Alexis Krisel. In addition to bar snacks and shareable plates, Lachlan serves hearty dishes like braised short ribs with polenta, gemelli pasta with mushrooms, and a fried chicken sandwich. So far, early diners are digging the new menu and the cocktail program. [Facebook]
312 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. The River Café

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This floating fine dining restaurant took a beating from Hurricane Sandy, but now River Cafe is back with a completely revamped space. The $115 prix-fixe menu includes options like wagyu steak tartare, rabbit crepinette, poached lobster, and mushroom Wellington. And, of course, River Cafe offers unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. [Photo: The River Cafe]
1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Emily

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Emily is the new Clinton Hill Italian restaurant from husband and wife team Matthew and Emily Hyland. Matthew spent time in the kitchens of Public and The Breslin before learning about pizza-making at Pizzamoto and Sottocasa. His menu includes 13 wood-fired pizzas, as well as fresh pasta dishes, salads, and a few meaty starters like rabbit rillettes and crispy pig ears. [Krieger]
919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. El Born

651 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
El Born is the new contemporary Spanish restaurant from chef Diego Gonzalez and restaurateur Elena Manich. Gonzalez, formerly of Socaratt Paella Bar, has put together a tapas menu that's heavy on the vegetable dishes, but you'll also find lamb chops, foie gras with quince, quail with chocolate, and crispy rabbit. [Photo: Bess Adler]
651 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

12. 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

13. 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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