Our 10 Best Bushwick Restaurants

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The vegetarian arepa from Guacuco


7. Guacuco -- Named after a beach on Margarita Island, Guacuco is the perfect casual Venezuelan café, and you'll feel like you're on an extended vacation, with its darkened interior and potted plants. Styling itself an "arepera," it assembles sandwiches on the fleeciest white arepas you can imagine (the vegetariana is our favorite), but bigger feeds such as the national dish of pabellon criollo (shredded beef with beans, rice, plantains, and cheese) are also available, along with tart fruit juices. 44 Irving Avenue, 347-305-3300

6. Sol de Quito -- The "Sun of Quito" offers an Andean take on Ecuadorian, including reasonably priced omnibus platters featuring several delectable dishes at once, sometimes involving eggs in unexpected places. The apex of the menu, however, is chaulafan, a South American adaptation of Chinese fried rice. 160 Irving Avenue, 718-417-4174

5. Cholulita -- Whether you consider Cholulita to be located in Bushwick or Bed-Stuy is a matter for serious discussion, but suffice to say it's worth crossing the street to get some of the best Mexican food in town. Hand-formed from masa, and filled with a choice of main ingredients, the quesadillas, sopes, and huaraches are the soul of the menu, but the soups are excellent, too, and the new dining room seems splendid if you were accustomed to the old one. 888 Broadway, 347-435-0813


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Mole de olla at Cholulita comes with two tostadas.

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bushwickboi
bushwickboi

F*CK Roberta's ! Seriously! Sooo overrated. Let the sheep follow the sheep and the blind lead the blind until they all fall into a ditch. This is the brainwashed generation. 

Dpinho
Dpinho

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Some dude
Some dude

What pisses me off by this list is that El Mio Cid probably wasn't even mentioned nor eaten at. That restaurant has some of the best food I have eat in NYC - It would easily be 100 dollar a plate place in Manhattan. It's a shame they don't ever get the publicity the deserve. GO TRY IT. 

radhamesramos
radhamesramos

I know each and one of these restaurants, and by far the best in Bushwick is Tomo (Flushing Av, close to Knickerbocker).  La Isla is way overrated, and if you choose one, better the one on Broadway and Graham, for the great Empanadas and Alcapurrias.

alanisgoodandpopular
alanisgoodandpopular

Once again, Cholulita getting some well-deserved shine from the village voice. They actually have two other locations further into Bushick, one at 1481 Myrtle and 222 Wyckoff. Wish they'd get an alcohol license. Thanks for writing about them! Best taqueria in NYC period. 

Guest
Guest

Robertas= Overrated. Pizza is passable. The service is pretatious and atrocious. 

Smith & Ratliff
Smith & Ratliff

Anyone who goes to Roberta's for the pizzas alone is seriously missing out. While Northeast Kingdom is a good restaurant (for Bushwick), Roberta's is on par with some of the best in the city, I think. Check out some of their current (non-pizza) offerings: http://ow.ly/5fDJG

Mjohnston76
Mjohnston76

this neighborhood is a complete ghetto and any whiteperson that lives there is a complete dumbass

dana
dana

The Morgan, which opened recently on Bogart St, puts North East Kingdom to shame.

Guest
Guest

roberta's is great, but pizza is just not that hard to make well, and there's no way it's worth the wait. you can't even come close to comparing them with nek, which is original, seasonal, refined, delicious, and a great value. their preparations actually require real skill, and they pull it off most every time. but who am i trying to convince? i'm happy if as many people as possible stay with the drunken hordes at roberta's. ;-)

guest
guest

I agree about the Northeast Kingdom burger. But I won't ever go back there because the staff is a bunch of dicks. No clue how to treat another human being.

KSo
KSo

I've had wonderful dishes at NE Kingdom, but it's so hit-or-miss I've stopped going. I wonder if Sietsema's opinion would change were he were to visit a couple more times? Otherwise, great, think I might just eat my way through this list over the weekend!

some dude
some dude

Robertas is overpacked, doesn't take reservations, wait time enormous. Pretentious while being just above average. Doesn't deserve to be ahead of Momo in my list. 

Ms. Megan
Ms. Megan

Don't sleep on the newest addition to the 'hood, Café Ghia!! Great food, good lookin' and Anna is a real sweetheart. @ 24 Irving Ave.

http://www.cafeghia.com/about-...

Tandem also has some pretty tasty food and drink; unfortunately, certain staff is obnoxiously self-righteous and the owners appear to condone it. Will not be going back!

ramona
ramona

been eating at both for years, and NEK does win. robertas pies are great, but after eating there 5, 6, 7 times the pizzas really lose their magic (unlike, say, motorino). the roberta's menu is ridic meat-heavy, especially for brunch, and the menu has marginally changes with the seasons (they rotate the same dishes in and out). and the wait times are ridic for often straight up bad service. 

guy
guy

Sietsema: You're more retarded than usual if you think northeast kingdom is better than robertas. also, dos hermanos is in no way worth the trip.

Steven
Steven

wow i am so surprised-- i am always kinda touched by how sweet and low-key the staff are

rafi
rafi

they are not very nice at tandem and would it kill them to have a female bartender jesus

 

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