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The Verrzzano Narrows Bridge looms up in nearly every Bay Ridge vista.
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Where to Eat in Bay Ridge, One of Brooklyn’s Most Dynamic Dining Neighborhoods

Killer birria tacos, grilled ocean fish with baba ganoush, and hot dogs named after Johnny Cash are all on offer in this southwest Brooklyn neighborhood

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The Verrzzano Narrows Bridge looms up in nearly every Bay Ridge vista.
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Bay Ridge is a neighborhood in southwest Brooklyn hemmed in by Dyker Heights on the east and Sunset Park on the north, facing the Verrazano Narrows and its famous bridge on the east, and Fort Hamilton on the south — a military base with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Acquired from the Nyack Native Americans by the Dutch in 1652, it was named Yellow Hook for the color of its clay until 1853, when a yellow fever epidemic motivated a name change to Bay Ridge, in acknowledgement of the glorious views overlooking New York’s Upper Bay.

In the late 19th and early 20th century it was a refuge for the rich, whose grand mansions can still be seen along Shore Road and 82nd Street, and later it was a haven for sailors and other Norwegian immigrants, of which a few traces remain. After the R train arrived in 1916, the floodgates opened, and today there are substantial Italian, Arab, Greek, Chinese, Irish, and Turkish communities, and a population that hovers around 80,000.

Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Bay Ridge, one of the city’s foremost dining neighborhoods.

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1. Kimchi Kooks Kate's Kitchen

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119 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

This neat little kitchen in a rather obscure corner of the neighborhood is a bit of a walk from the R stop at Bay Ridge Avenue, but well worth it. Formerly operating a Smorgasburg booth proprietor Kate Kook and her son, WooJae Chung, make all sorts of fermented and pickled Korean salads and banchan for carryout, neatly arranged for easy access in a refrigerator case. They also do a handful of hot dishes served with a choice of rice, such as beef bokkum and soft tofu hot pots.

Jars of colorful dishes in squarish plastic containers neatly lined up row by row.
Some of chef Kate Kook’s carryout selections.
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2. Coszcal De Allende

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6824 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 921-3523
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Coszcal De Allende has been around for over a decade, founded by Veronica and Luis Felipe after a career operating Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. It’s a quiet refuge from city hubbub, and channels the vibe of the World Heritage Site city of San Miguel de Allende in the Guanajuato state. The signature dish of the town (and restaurant) is enchiladas Sanmiguelense, stuffed with cheese and topped with more cheese.

Enchiladas smothered in cheese and sided with beans and rice.
The signature enchiladas of San Miguel de Allende.
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3. Tortas Morelos

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271 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 333-5222

Keeping up with the times, this small torta shop run by Juan Velasco and Blanca Gonzalez now offers birria, as well, configured as three tacos and a cup of consommé. The tacos were excellent, but then so were the sandwiches, including one that featured head cheese, deli ham, and stringy Oaxaca cheese, which was pure, squishy pleasure. Other antojitos available.

Three corn tortilla tacos with a dark soup on the side and garnished with bright red radish slices in foreground.
Birria tacos at Tortas Morelos.
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4. Bahary Sea Food

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484 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 680-8135

Inspired by a type of Egyptian seaside restaurant and named for a neighborhood in Alexandria, Egypt, Bahary incorporates a fish market and restaurant. The sales floor is an informal seating area, and diners have a choice of six or seven fish per day, either fried or grilled (striped bass, red mullet, and porgies are usually available). The choice of cooking method depends on the firmness and fineness of the flesh. Rudimentary accompaniments include baba ganoush, french fries, and salad dressed with vinaigrette.

Fish lined up side by side in a metal trough and partially covered in ice seen through the front window.
Find a choice of six or seven species every day at Bahary.
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5. Amuni

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7217 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 833-7833
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While Brooklyn has a few venerable Sicilian restaurants that also serve Neapolitan dishes, Amuni is a modern Sicilian spot, and the bedrock of its menu lies in rice balls, croquettes, sweet pastries, and sfincione, a type of bread-crumb pizza. There are plenty of pastas and salads on the menu, too, many evincing the Sicilian passion for vegetables, all via chef Vincent Dardanello.

A hero with cold cuts, rounds of bright white mozzarella, and green olives with one half held open by a gnarled hand.
A Sicilian sandwich from Amuni.
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6. Yemen Cafe

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7130 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 745-3000
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The original Yemen Cafe was founded in downtown Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue in 1981 (and is still there), but this branch sprang up a decade ago, as Yemeni businesses migrated to Bay Ridge. The restaurant concentrates on standards of the cuisine, rather than more-recognizable Middle Eastern fare. Try the salta — a bubbling pot of meaty gravy with a foamy fenugreek emulsion on top — into which the restaurant’s fresh, round, slightly charred flatbreads should be dipped; or glaba — lamb stir-fried with tomatoes and onions.

A bubbling pot of foamy brown good with a charred flatbread on the side.
Salta and bread at Yemen Cafe.
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7. Schnitzel Haus

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7319 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 836-5600
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The once-common German restaurants of Yorkville, Glendale, Staten Island, and eastern Queens are now few and far between in New York City. This well-decorated spot fielded by Fred and Amber Urban is one of the best remaining, a barroom with a magnificent beer selection, and roster of Teutonic dishes that offers quality and volume, but little in the way of surprises. There are wursts and schnitzels galore, plus one of those gigantic hot pretzels.

A pair of dissimilar sausages on a bed of sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and mustard on the side.
Schnitzel Haus’s wurst platter.
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8. Leske's Bakery

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7612 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 680-2323
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Founded in 1961 by Hans and Ella Leske, a German baker and his Italian wife, the bakery was long famous for its Scandinavian specialties — now mainly available around holiday time. Most customers go for kaiser rolls, strudel pastries, Danish sweet rolls, pretzels, cannoli, and a well-regarded version of the black-and-white cookie.

A bright blue awning with yellow lettering and two people underneath exiting the premises.
The bright blue awning of Leske’s Bakery.
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9. Istanbul Bay

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8002 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(929) 242-4241
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This corner Turkish classic in Bay Ridge (there are other branches in Brooklyn and Manhattan), offers a full menu of salads, hot and cold appetizers, bread dips, grilled meats, and oven-baked pides — a leavened flatbread — so there are many routes a snacking session or full meal can take. Iskender kebab is a favorite, smothering sliced gyro in yogurt and tomato sauce, served with a grilled tomato and long green chile.

Shredded meat smothered in tomato sauce and yogurt.
Iskender kebab at Istanbul Bay.
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10. Georgian Dream

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Georgian Cuisine, 8309 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 333-5363
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While one might go searching in Brighton Beach or Greenwich Village for Georgian food, Georgian Dream in Bay Ridge is another solid choice, owned by Besik Petriashvili and Valerian Ghachava. The inside is tricked out like a Caucasus village, much of the baking is done on the premises, and the menu includes all the Georgian classics, from adjaruli khachapuri and puckered khinkali dumplings to herb-bearing meat stews like veal chakapuli. The garden out back is very pleasant on a summer’s day.

Assorted dishes turn at a 45 degree angle and aligned, including dumplings, composed salads, and meat stews.
An assortment of dishes from Georgian Dream.
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11. Ayat

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8504 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 831-2585
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The city has rarely had a restaurant that looked so much like it was actually located in the thronged streets of a Middle Eastern city, with its topical murals, informal tables inside and out, twirling shawarma cylinders, and display of bread dips and olive oils. The menu, ordered at a counter and delivered to your table, is both familiar (kebabs, baba ganoush, triangular spinach pies) and less so, particularly in its home-style Palestinian meals like mansaf (yogurt-marinated lamb) and kefta bi tahina (meatballs and potatoes in a lemony sauce), via owners Abdul Elenani and wife Ayat Masoud.

Several shallow brown clay dishes with rice, kebabs, a yellow stew, with bright white yogurt sauce in the middle.
An assortment of dishes from Ayat.
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12. Le Sajj

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8221 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 833-7255
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Opened in 2006 by restaurant industry veteran Marwan Dagher, Le Sajj mainly preserves the rococo, carved-wood decor of an earlier establishment, to nostalgic effect. The menu is Lebanese, presented in greater depths than most other establishments on a menu of roast baby lamb; compact, meat-stuffed dumplings sided with yogurt; and several types of kibbeh, including the rarely offered variety consisting of ground lamb tartare.

A number of bowls on a white tablecloth among which baba ganoush, long stuffed grape leaves, and pink pickle radish can be seen.
Vegetarian appetizers at Le Sajj.
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13. Karam

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8519 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 745-5227
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Some Lebanese restaurants in town have been sanitized of the offal that is so popular in that part of the world, but not Karam. With an informal ambiance and counter that extends the entire depth of the place, plus a small dining room in the next storefront (no waiter service), it’s an ideal destination for a dash-in falafel, shawarma sandwich, or complete feast. Maybe choose a brain, tongue, or liver sandwich, or one of the topped flatbreads cooked in its pizza oven. Plenty to chose from here at reasonable prices for the neighborhood.

A flatbread unrolled to show pickles, greenery, and white codiment almost indistinguishable from the off-white mashed brains.
The veal brain sandwich unrolled at Karam.
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14. Plaka

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406 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 680-3056

What if a Greek diner only served Greek food? That’s the idea behind this bustling spot named after an Athens neighborhood. It’s configured with a kitchen on the street and very plain dining room in back, where mashed potatoes become garlicky skordalia (have it with the fried dogfish), and gyro and pork shish kebab plates stand in for the burger deluxe. It’s a great, inexpensive option for vegetarians with all the bread dips, spinach pies, and falafel.

A platter with various kinds of chunked meat along with french fries.
Typical meat and french fry platter at Plaka.
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15. Pizza Wagon

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8610 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 836-5725

Sporting a stamped tin ceiling and menu that concentrates solely on pizza, Pizza Wagon was founded in 1966, placing it early in the neighborhood pizza era and making it an enduring Bay Ridge landmark. The square Sicilian pies are especially good, with a winning sweetness in the sauce and copious quantities of cheese cascading over the sides of each slice, once cut into.

A thick rectangle of pizza slice with cheese cascading over the sides.
The PIzza Wagon is famous for its cheesy Sicilian slice.
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16. Paneantico

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9124 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 680-2347
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Paneantico has an old-fashioned, last-century vibe that makes it seem much older than its 21 years, with glass display cases of Italian cookies, round breads and hero rolls, and Neapolitan pastries commanding the spotlight. Deeper inside, find composed salads, baked pastas, and a small grill where its famous heroes are concocted. Of the dozens available, a favorite is the one made with garlicky and smoky grilled steak that sits upon pads of fresh mozzarella. Some say ask for grilled onions, too.

A hero roll held open to show hashmarked steak and mozzarella underneath it.
Steak and mozzarella sandwich at Paneantico.
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17. Lock Yard

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9221 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 333-5282
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Every surface decorated with historic memorabilia, Lock Yard represents the transition of plain neighborhood Irish bars to modern gastropubs. There’s a beer garden out back, and though the food menu still concentrates on hamburgers, dressed french fries, and burgers, it does so with a bewildering number of permutations and fancifications. Wieners feature themes like Johnny Cash (a chili cheese dog), Seattle Sound (with everything-bagel seasoning), and the Bay Ridge Ripper (referring to the Jersey method of deep-frying frankfurters until a rip appears).

A glistening hot dog in a bun with pickled jalapenos and green sweet relish.
The Bay Ridge Ripper at Lock Yard.
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18. Espresso Pizzeria

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9403 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 833-8750

This small, charming pizzeria in the vicinity of Fort Hamilton excels at plain cheese slices and garlic knots, fulfilling the roll of neighborhood pizzeria with panache. And yes, it sells good espresso beverages, or you can wash your slice down with Boylan’s sodas in a variety of flavors. The strombolis and calzones are worth checking out, too.

Orange pizzeria storefront with customers visible through window and open door, and a guy standing outside a pizza window, as a woman with a furry dog looks on and yawns.
Espresso Pizzeria’s plainish storefront.
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1. Kimchi Kooks Kate's Kitchen

119 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Jars of colorful dishes in squarish plastic containers neatly lined up row by row.
Some of chef Kate Kook’s carryout selections.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This neat little kitchen in a rather obscure corner of the neighborhood is a bit of a walk from the R stop at Bay Ridge Avenue, but well worth it. Formerly operating a Smorgasburg booth proprietor Kate Kook and her son, WooJae Chung, make all sorts of fermented and pickled Korean salads and banchan for carryout, neatly arranged for easy access in a refrigerator case. They also do a handful of hot dishes served with a choice of rice, such as beef bokkum and soft tofu hot pots.

119 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

2. Coszcal De Allende

6824 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Enchiladas smothered in cheese and sided with beans and rice.
The signature enchiladas of San Miguel de Allende.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Coszcal De Allende has been around for over a decade, founded by Veronica and Luis Felipe after a career operating Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. It’s a quiet refuge from city hubbub, and channels the vibe of the World Heritage Site city of San Miguel de Allende in the Guanajuato state. The signature dish of the town (and restaurant) is enchiladas Sanmiguelense, stuffed with cheese and topped with more cheese.

6824 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

3. Tortas Morelos

271 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Three corn tortilla tacos with a dark soup on the side and garnished with bright red radish slices in foreground.
Birria tacos at Tortas Morelos.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Keeping up with the times, this small torta shop run by Juan Velasco and Blanca Gonzalez now offers birria, as well, configured as three tacos and a cup of consommé. The tacos were excellent, but then so were the sandwiches, including one that featured head cheese, deli ham, and stringy Oaxaca cheese, which was pure, squishy pleasure. Other antojitos available.

271 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

4. Bahary Sea Food

484 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Fish lined up side by side in a metal trough and partially covered in ice seen through the front window.
Find a choice of six or seven species every day at Bahary.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Inspired by a type of Egyptian seaside restaurant and named for a neighborhood in Alexandria, Egypt, Bahary incorporates a fish market and restaurant. The sales floor is an informal seating area, and diners have a choice of six or seven fish per day, either fried or grilled (striped bass, red mullet, and porgies are usually available). The choice of cooking method depends on the firmness and fineness of the flesh. Rudimentary accompaniments include baba ganoush, french fries, and salad dressed with vinaigrette.

484 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

5. Amuni

7217 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A hero with cold cuts, rounds of bright white mozzarella, and green olives with one half held open by a gnarled hand.
A Sicilian sandwich from Amuni.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

While Brooklyn has a few venerable Sicilian restaurants that also serve Neapolitan dishes, Amuni is a modern Sicilian spot, and the bedrock of its menu lies in rice balls, croquettes, sweet pastries, and sfincione, a type of bread-crumb pizza. There are plenty of pastas and salads on the menu, too, many evincing the Sicilian passion for vegetables, all via chef Vincent Dardanello.

7217 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

6. Yemen Cafe

7130 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A bubbling pot of foamy brown good with a charred flatbread on the side.
Salta and bread at Yemen Cafe.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The original Yemen Cafe was founded in downtown Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue in 1981 (and is still there), but this branch sprang up a decade ago, as Yemeni businesses migrated to Bay Ridge. The restaurant concentrates on standards of the cuisine, rather than more-recognizable Middle Eastern fare. Try the salta — a bubbling pot of meaty gravy with a foamy fenugreek emulsion on top — into which the restaurant’s fresh, round, slightly charred flatbreads should be dipped; or glaba — lamb stir-fried with tomatoes and onions.

7130 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

7. Schnitzel Haus

7319 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A pair of dissimilar sausages on a bed of sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and mustard on the side.
Schnitzel Haus’s wurst platter.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The once-common German restaurants of Yorkville, Glendale, Staten Island, and eastern Queens are now few and far between in New York City. This well-decorated spot fielded by Fred and Amber Urban is one of the best remaining, a barroom with a magnificent beer selection, and roster of Teutonic dishes that offers quality and volume, but little in the way of surprises. There are wursts and schnitzels galore, plus one of those gigantic hot pretzels.

7319 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

8. Leske's Bakery

7612 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A bright blue awning with yellow lettering and two people underneath exiting the premises.
The bright blue awning of Leske’s Bakery.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Founded in 1961 by Hans and Ella Leske, a German baker and his Italian wife, the bakery was long famous for its Scandinavian specialties — now mainly available around holiday time. Most customers go for kaiser rolls, strudel pastries, Danish sweet rolls, pretzels, cannoli, and a well-regarded version of the black-and-white cookie.

7612 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

9. Istanbul Bay

8002 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Shredded meat smothered in tomato sauce and yogurt.
Iskender kebab at Istanbul Bay.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This corner Turkish classic in Bay Ridge (there are other branches in Brooklyn and Manhattan), offers a full menu of salads, hot and cold appetizers, bread dips, grilled meats, and oven-baked pides — a leavened flatbread — so there are many routes a snacking session or full meal can take. Iskender kebab is a favorite, smothering sliced gyro in yogurt and tomato sauce, served with a grilled tomato and long green chile.

8002 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

10. Georgian Dream

Georgian Cuisine, 8309 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Assorted dishes turn at a 45 degree angle and aligned, including dumplings, composed salads, and meat stews.
An assortment of dishes from Georgian Dream.
A. E. Davis/Eater NY

While one might go searching in Brighton Beach or Greenwich Village for Georgian food, Georgian Dream in Bay Ridge is another solid choice, owned by Besik Petriashvili and Valerian Ghachava. The inside is tricked out like a Caucasus village, much of the baking is done on the premises, and the menu includes all the Georgian classics, from adjaruli khachapuri and puckered khinkali dumplings to herb-bearing meat stews like veal chakapuli. The garden out back is very pleasant on a summer’s day.

Georgian Cuisine, 8309 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

11. Ayat

8504 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Several shallow brown clay dishes with rice, kebabs, a yellow stew, with bright white yogurt sauce in the middle.
An assortment of dishes from Ayat.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The city has rarely had a restaurant that looked so much like it was actually located in the thronged streets of a Middle Eastern city, with its topical murals, informal tables inside and out, twirling shawarma cylinders, and display of bread dips and olive oils. The menu, ordered at a counter and delivered to your table, is both familiar (kebabs, baba ganoush, triangular spinach pies) and less so, particularly in its home-style Palestinian meals like mansaf (yogurt-marinated lamb) and kefta bi tahina (meatballs and potatoes in a lemony sauce), via owners Abdul Elenani and wife Ayat Masoud.

8504 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

12. Le Sajj

8221 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
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A number of bowls on a white tablecloth among which baba ganoush, long stuffed grape leaves, and pink pickle radish can be seen.
Vegetarian appetizers at Le Sajj.
Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater NY

Opened in 2006 by restaurant industry veteran Marwan Dagher, Le Sajj mainly preserves the rococo, carved-wood decor of an earlier establishment, to nostalgic effect. The menu is Lebanese, presented in greater depths than most other establishments on a menu of roast baby lamb; compact, meat-stuffed dumplings sided with yogurt; and several types of kibbeh, including the rarely offered variety consisting of ground lamb tartare.

8221 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

13. Karam

8519 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A flatbread unrolled to show pickles, greenery, and white codiment almost indistinguishable from the off-white mashed brains.
The veal brain sandwich unrolled at Karam.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Some Lebanese restaurants in town have been sanitized of the offal that is so popular in that part of the world, but not Karam. With an informal ambiance and counter that extends the entire depth of the place, plus a small dining room in the next storefront (no waiter service), it’s an ideal destination for a dash-in falafel, shawarma sandwich, or complete feast. Maybe choose a brain, tongue, or liver sandwich, or one of the topped flatbreads cooked in its pizza oven. Plenty to chose from here at reasonable prices for the neighborhood.

8519 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

14. Plaka

406 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A platter with various kinds of chunked meat along with french fries.
Typical meat and french fry platter at Plaka.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

What if a Greek diner only served Greek food? That’s the idea behind this bustling spot named after an Athens neighborhood. It’s configured with a kitchen on the street and very plain dining room in back, where mashed potatoes become garlicky skordalia (have it with the fried dogfish), and gyro and pork shish kebab plates stand in for the burger deluxe. It’s a great, inexpensive option for vegetarians with all the bread dips, spinach pies, and falafel.

406 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

15. Pizza Wagon

8610 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A thick rectangle of pizza slice with cheese cascading over the sides.
The PIzza Wagon is famous for its cheesy Sicilian slice.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Sporting a stamped tin ceiling and menu that concentrates solely on pizza, Pizza Wagon was founded in 1966, placing it early in the neighborhood pizza era and making it an enduring Bay Ridge landmark. The square Sicilian pies are especially good, with a winning sweetness in the sauce and copious quantities of cheese cascading over the sides of each slice, once cut into.

8610 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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16. Paneantico

9124 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A hero roll held open to show hashmarked steak and mozzarella underneath it.
Steak and mozzarella sandwich at Paneantico.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Paneantico has an old-fashioned, last-century vibe that makes it seem much older than its 21 years, with glass display cases of Italian cookies, round breads and hero rolls, and Neapolitan pastries commanding the spotlight. Deeper inside, find composed salads, baked pastas, and a small grill where its famous heroes are concocted. Of the dozens available, a favorite is the one made with garlicky and smoky grilled steak that sits upon pads of fresh mozzarella. Some say ask for grilled onions, too.

9124 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

17. Lock Yard

9221 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
A glistening hot dog in a bun with pickled jalapenos and green sweet relish.
The Bay Ridge Ripper at Lock Yard.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Every surface decorated with historic memorabilia, Lock Yard represents the transition of plain neighborhood Irish bars to modern gastropubs. There’s a beer garden out back, and though the food menu still concentrates on hamburgers, dressed french fries, and burgers, it does so with a bewildering number of permutations and fancifications. Wieners feature themes like Johnny Cash (a chili cheese dog), Seattle Sound (with everything-bagel seasoning), and the Bay Ridge Ripper (referring to the Jersey method of deep-frying frankfurters until a rip appears).

9221 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

18. Espresso Pizzeria

9403 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Orange pizzeria storefront with customers visible through window and open door, and a guy standing outside a pizza window, as a woman with a furry dog looks on and yawns.
Espresso Pizzeria’s plainish storefront.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This small, charming pizzeria in the vicinity of Fort Hamilton excels at plain cheese slices and garlic knots, fulfilling the roll of neighborhood pizzeria with panache. And yes, it sells good espresso beverages, or you can wash your slice down with Boylan’s sodas in a variety of flavors. The strombolis and calzones are worth checking out, too.

9403 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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