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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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]

2. The Runner

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458 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 643-6500
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Last month, Andrew Burman, a Court Street Grocers vet, and Robert Honeycutt, former front-of-house manager at Gilt, 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]

3. 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]

5. Lachlan

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312 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 889-7002
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Restaurateur Carl McCoy recently 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]

6. 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]

7. 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]

8. 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]

9. Hill Country Barbecue Market

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345 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The new Brooklyn outpost of Hill Country has all the favorites from the original, plus a few new options like a whole hog Sunday supper, and a riff on Brooklyn Blackout cake for dessert. A new branch of Hill Country Chicken is also open next door. [Foursquare]

10. Union Pizza Works

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423 Troutman
Brooklyn, NY 11237
This new pizzeria from Italian-born restaurateur Giorgio Voglino serves classic Neapolitan pies, plus a few salads and pastas. The space has an industrial vibe, with lots of communal tables and an open kitchen, and right now, it's BOYB. The Yelpers love Union Pizza Works so far. [Photo: Foursquare]

11. 1 Knickerbocker

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1 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 417-1422
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1 Knickerbocker is the new gastropub from Bushwick bar owners Jesse Levitt and Aimee Arciuolo, and former Salume chef Steven Hubbell. The menu has a lot of shareable small plates and snacks, as well as entrees like crispy braised pork cheeks and roasted elk with spaetzle. The space was a speakeasy in a previous life, and the dining room still retains some of the details from that old bar. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Dover

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412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 987-3545
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Dover is the new 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]

14. Martha

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184 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 596-4147
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Chef Andres Valbuena and restaurateur Melissa Gorman recently turned their restaurant Brooklyn Sandwich Society into a new project called Martha. The sandwiches have been replaced by inventive, market-driven dishes that don't easily fit into any one category. In her glowing Hungry City review, Times critic Ligaya Mishan praised the congee with lamb meatballs, the egg noodles with ground duck, and the Brussels sprouts. [Martha Brooklyn]

15. Bergen Hill

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387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 858-5483
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Last fall, Ravi DeRossi reopened the old Bourgeois Pig space as a cozy bar and restaurant specializing in cocktails and raw fish. The menu has a handful of crostini and salads, plus composed seafood plates like shrimp ceviche, tuna confit with warm zucchini, and octopus with escarole and onion pureee. Sother Teague created cocktails that complement specific dishes on the menu. [Krieger]

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1. 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

2. The Runner

458 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Last month, Andrew Burman, a Court Street Grocers vet, and Robert Honeycutt, former front-of-house manager at Gilt, 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Lachlan

312 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Restaurateur Carl McCoy recently 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Hill Country Barbecue Market

345 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The new Brooklyn outpost of Hill Country has all the favorites from the original, plus a few new options like a whole hog Sunday supper, and a riff on Brooklyn Blackout cake for dessert. A new branch of Hill Country Chicken is also open next door. [Foursquare]
345 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Union Pizza Works

423 Troutman, Brooklyn, NY 11237
This new pizzeria from Italian-born restaurateur Giorgio Voglino serves classic Neapolitan pies, plus a few salads and pastas. The space has an industrial vibe, with lots of communal tables and an open kitchen, and right now, it's BOYB. The Yelpers love Union Pizza Works so far. [Photo: Foursquare]
423 Troutman
Brooklyn, NY 11237

11. 1 Knickerbocker

1 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
1 Knickerbocker is the new gastropub from Bushwick bar owners Jesse Levitt and Aimee Arciuolo, and former Salume chef Steven Hubbell. The menu has a lot of shareable small plates and snacks, as well as entrees like crispy braised pork cheeks and roasted elk with spaetzle. The space was a speakeasy in a previous life, and the dining room still retains some of the details from that old bar. [Photo: Facebook]
1 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

12. Dover

412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Dover is the new 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

14. Martha

184 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Chef Andres Valbuena and restaurateur Melissa Gorman recently turned their restaurant Brooklyn Sandwich Society into a new project called Martha. The sandwiches have been replaced by inventive, market-driven dishes that don't easily fit into any one category. In her glowing Hungry City review, Times critic Ligaya Mishan praised the congee with lamb meatballs, the egg noodles with ground duck, and the Brussels sprouts. [Martha Brooklyn]
184 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

15. Bergen Hill

387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Last fall, Ravi DeRossi reopened the old Bourgeois Pig space as a cozy bar and restaurant specializing in cocktails and raw fish. The menu has a handful of crostini and salads, plus composed seafood plates like shrimp ceviche, tuna confit with warm zucchini, and octopus with escarole and onion pureee. Sother Teague created cocktails that complement specific dishes on the menu. [Krieger]
387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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