clock menu more-arrow no yes

The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn Right Now, December 2014

View as Map

Does 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.

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.
09/05/14: Added: Berg'n, Orleans, 2 Duck Goose.
10/03/14: Added: Kao Soy, Luke's Lobster, Le Fond
11/07/14: Added: Arrogant Swine, Semilla, Hunger Pang 12/05/14: Added: Sisters, Boomwich, The Finch

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Berg'n

Copy Link
899 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Smorgasburg founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler have finally opened their massive food and beer hall in Crown Heights. Inside the former garage are food counters from Mighty Quinn's, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger, and Pizza Moto, plus a well-stocked beer bar and plenty of picnic tables. There's also a coffee bar in the morning, oyster happy hours, weekend brunch, and the occasional DJ set. [Bess Adler]

2. Orleans

Copy Link
603 Hart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(718) 574-1000
Visit Website
This po' boy joint from a Roberta's vet is little more than a truck surrounded by a fence and some picnic tables, but Robert Sietsema reports that its New Orleans-style sandwiches are the real deal. The biggest hit is the French fry po' boy, which comes doused in a beef gravy that Sietsema describes as being "like someone who went to cooking school might make." [Robert Sietsema]

3. 2 Duck Goose

Copy Link
400 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
A modern Cantonese restaurant from a French Culinary Institute grad and Hong Kong Native. Chef Ben Pope's menu includes three different versions of pork char siu, and chicken salad with Sichuan peppercorn dressing, plus a whole roast duck can be ordered 24 hours in advance. So far the early word from tipsters and locals is very strong. [Photo Credit]

4. Wilma Jean

Copy Link
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. [Daniel Krieger]

5. Kao Soy

Copy Link
283 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 875-1155
Red Hook's first Thai restaurant has been drawing crowds since it opened last month. The menu includes northern Thai dishes like Pad Thai and the namesake Kao Soy, or curry noodles. [Yelp]

6. Le Fond

Copy Link
105 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-6859
Visit Website
This new French bistro in Greenpoint has been getting a lot of buzz in recent weeks. Chef Jake Eberle is a vet of the Lambs Club, and is turning out a menu of dishes like cheese beignets, rabbit terrine, and daube de boeuf. [Facebook]

7. Hunger Pang

Copy Link
1021 Church Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
When neighborhood favorite The Dogwood shuttered suddenly in September, the owners chose Hunger Pang's chef Medwin Pang to take it over. Now he's opened this "new American-Asian" restaurant, where the menu ranges from a classic Buddha's delight to a grilled hanger steak with miso butter fries. [Yelp]

8. Semilla

Copy Link
Read Review |
160 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-3474
Visit Website
After many months of operating his vegetable-heavy pop-up, Chez Jose, in the old Lake Trout space, José Ramírez-Ruiz has now taken the place over to open this permanent version of it. There are only 18 seats, and the $75 prix fixe menu changes regularly, but dishes are along the lines of things like grilled matsutakes with charred pear and kabocha-anchovy puree. Partner Pam Yung also makes bread from house-milled grains. [Instagram]

9. Arrogant Swine

Copy Link
173 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11101
Barbecue aficionado Tyson Ho, who got his start doing a whole hog pop-up, has now opened what he describes as a "church of pork." The restaurant specializes in Carolina-style whole hog barbecue, which is a rarity among New York's many Texas-style barbecue restaurants. From an early meal there, Robert Sietsema recommends the pork shoulder and the sausages. The bar centers on beer and whiskey, because isn't that what always goes with barbecue? [Nick Solares]

10. The Finch

Copy Link
Read Review |
212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Gabe McMackin, a vet of Roberta's, Gramercy Tavern, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is behind this big new Clinton Hill restaurant. His menu is forward-thinking New American, with dishes like shaved pork tongue salad with roasted celery juice, skirt steak and beef cheek wrapped in grape leaves, and trout with two kinds of winter squash. The space also includes a large open kitchen. [Photo]

11. Boomwich

Copy Link
311 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 643-9229
Visit Website
Peter Entner, a vet of No. 7 Sub and the chef behind bizarro Crown Heights pizzeria Pete Zaaz (which is currently preparing for its comeback) recently opened this sandwich shop on Atlantic Avenue. The sandwiches here are the kind of riffs on classics that one would expect from someone with Entner's resume. There's a falafel sandwich with red pepper sauce and lemon gelee, a cheesesteak with pickled jalapenos, pineapple, and hot Cheetos, and a chili con carne sub topped with "Frito gremolata." [Facebook]

12. Sisters

Copy Link
900 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 763-2537
Visit Website
Damon Gorton and chef Chris Nichols, the duo behind neighborhood favorite Flatbush Farm, recently opened this Clinton Hill restaurant and music venue. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the menu includes dishes like duck cassoulet, fried artichoke hearts, and Scotch eggs. The space, designed by hOmE, is also a real stunner — particularly the wood-paneled stage in the back. [Photo]

13. Threes Brewing

Copy Link
333 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 522-2110
Visit Website

Loading comments...

1. Berg'n

899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Smorgasburg founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler have finally opened their massive food and beer hall in Crown Heights. Inside the former garage are food counters from Mighty Quinn's, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger, and Pizza Moto, plus a well-stocked beer bar and plenty of picnic tables. There's also a coffee bar in the morning, oyster happy hours, weekend brunch, and the occasional DJ set. [Bess Adler]
899 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. Orleans

603 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
This po' boy joint from a Roberta's vet is little more than a truck surrounded by a fence and some picnic tables, but Robert Sietsema reports that its New Orleans-style sandwiches are the real deal. The biggest hit is the French fry po' boy, which comes doused in a beef gravy that Sietsema describes as being "like someone who went to cooking school might make." [Robert Sietsema]
603 Hart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

3. 2 Duck Goose

400 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
A modern Cantonese restaurant from a French Culinary Institute grad and Hong Kong Native. Chef Ben Pope's menu includes three different versions of pork char siu, and chicken salad with Sichuan peppercorn dressing, plus a whole roast duck can be ordered 24 hours in advance. So far the early word from tipsters and locals is very strong. [Photo Credit]
400 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

4. 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. [Daniel Krieger]
345 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

5. Kao Soy

283 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Red Hook's first Thai restaurant has been drawing crowds since it opened last month. The menu includes northern Thai dishes like Pad Thai and the namesake Kao Soy, or curry noodles. [Yelp]
283 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

6. Le Fond

105 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
This new French bistro in Greenpoint has been getting a lot of buzz in recent weeks. Chef Jake Eberle is a vet of the Lambs Club, and is turning out a menu of dishes like cheese beignets, rabbit terrine, and daube de boeuf. [Facebook]
105 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

7. Hunger Pang

1021 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218
When neighborhood favorite The Dogwood shuttered suddenly in September, the owners chose Hunger Pang's chef Medwin Pang to take it over. Now he's opened this "new American-Asian" restaurant, where the menu ranges from a classic Buddha's delight to a grilled hanger steak with miso butter fries. [Yelp]
1021 Church Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218

8. Semilla

160 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Read Review |
After many months of operating his vegetable-heavy pop-up, Chez Jose, in the old Lake Trout space, José Ramírez-Ruiz has now taken the place over to open this permanent version of it. There are only 18 seats, and the $75 prix fixe menu changes regularly, but dishes are along the lines of things like grilled matsutakes with charred pear and kabocha-anchovy puree. Partner Pam Yung also makes bread from house-milled grains. [Instagram]
160 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Arrogant Swine

173 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11101
Barbecue aficionado Tyson Ho, who got his start doing a whole hog pop-up, has now opened what he describes as a "church of pork." The restaurant specializes in Carolina-style whole hog barbecue, which is a rarity among New York's many Texas-style barbecue restaurants. From an early meal there, Robert Sietsema recommends the pork shoulder and the sausages. The bar centers on beer and whiskey, because isn't that what always goes with barbecue? [Nick Solares]
173 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11101

10. The Finch

212 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
Gabe McMackin, a vet of Roberta's, Gramercy Tavern, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is behind this big new Clinton Hill restaurant. His menu is forward-thinking New American, with dishes like shaved pork tongue salad with roasted celery juice, skirt steak and beef cheek wrapped in grape leaves, and trout with two kinds of winter squash. The space also includes a large open kitchen. [Photo]
212 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Boomwich

311 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Peter Entner, a vet of No. 7 Sub and the chef behind bizarro Crown Heights pizzeria Pete Zaaz (which is currently preparing for its comeback) recently opened this sandwich shop on Atlantic Avenue. The sandwiches here are the kind of riffs on classics that one would expect from someone with Entner's resume. There's a falafel sandwich with red pepper sauce and lemon gelee, a cheesesteak with pickled jalapenos, pineapple, and hot Cheetos, and a chili con carne sub topped with "Frito gremolata." [Facebook]
311 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. Sisters

900 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Damon Gorton and chef Chris Nichols, the duo behind neighborhood favorite Flatbush Farm, recently opened this Clinton Hill restaurant and music venue. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the menu includes dishes like duck cassoulet, fried artichoke hearts, and Scotch eggs. The space, designed by hOmE, is also a real stunner — particularly the wood-paneled stage in the back. [Photo]
900 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. Threes Brewing

333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
333 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Related Maps