Our 11 Best Places to Eat in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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The mofongo de camarones at the musical-sounding La Fe comes with an extra large cup of Creole sauce to moisten the mashed plantain.


Presenting the fare of two opposing hemispheres -- the East and the West -- in a segregated setting, Sunset Park is unique in New York's gastronomic demimonde. In other words, the Domincan, Mexican, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, and Salvadoran places, and the stray diner and Hasidic spot, are all tumbled down the hill toward the Upper Bay, while an ever-expanding Chinatown on top lures you with Vietnamese, Yunnan, Sichuan, Cantonese, Malaysian, and the occasional Thai place. You pick. Either way, dinner will be cheap and tasty. Sunset Park is one of the city's great unsung food destinations.


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11. La Fe -- Though it flies the flags of a dozen Spanish-speaking countries in its comfy dining room right on the corner of 36th Street and Fourth Avenue, La Fe represents the Dominican Old Guard that once dominated the neighborhood. You can dash in for a snack from the steam table or a Cuban sandwich, or order one of the more elaborate Latin-Caribbean preparations, such as mofongo de camarones (shown above, originally a Puerto Rican dish), arroz con gandules, or the vinegar-laced chicharrones de pollo. 941 Fourth Avenue, 718-788-0139


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10. Ba Xuyen -- The beloved Vietnamese sandwich shop is open only from 7:30 a.m. till 6:30 p.m., but I've known people to hurry home from work just so they could score a banh mi for supper. Dark-horse favorite is the one made with canned sardines. It works. Over the last few years, the place has added sidelines that make good apps (spring rolls, for instance) to its original one: Chinese pastries and cakes in the Hong Kong style. 4222 Eighth Avenue, 718-633-6601


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9. Green Fig Bakery Café -- Conveniently located just uphill from the 36th Street express stop, this newcomer is seen by some as a sign of gentrification around Green-Wood Cemetery, by others as an excellent source of coffee, overstuffed sandwiches, darling little square slices of pizza, and even vegan cakes, cookies, and pastries. And you know what? Everything is solidly good. 462 36th Street, 718-369-8937


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Found among the vegan baked goods at Green Fig is some seriously tasty stuff.


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RestlessResident
RestlessResident

It's incredible... I pass by some of these places all the time and it takes me reading this article to go inside. I sampled Ba Xuyen yesterday and it was really good. Though I must say, they don't show the front of Mai Thai because of it's B rating. A lot of restaurants on that avenue have B and even C ratings which I will not subject myself to because I know what has to go wrong in the kitchen for them to earn those poor ratings. Thankfully, Ba Xuyen and most of the others on this list are A, for Absolutely try! And I plan to.

Theresa Vitale
Theresa Vitale

I second the Green Fig Bakery and Cafe!  They are new, fresh and they satisfy the need for a lounge coffee shop with artisan sandwiches. One of my favorite things is their prosciutto hand rolled artisan bagel. Yum! And their pignoli cookies are delicious too!

check them out!

Rena
Rena

Also, you should try Eclipse at 4314 4th Avenue.  Definitely my favorite Mexican delivery place. More upscale menu options than most places but still really cheap prices. Garlic shrimp...  Absolutely amazing...  www.eclipsebrooklyn.com

Tatsuya McCoy
Tatsuya McCoy

Bill- you should check these places out. If you haven't already...

AED
AED

Wong Wong noodles at 5410 ( I think) 8th Ave!Hand pulled and peel noodles in a wide selection of broths. And the pork bone broth comes with a giant bone sticking out of it and tastes like bacon soup.

Joe annaruma
Joe annaruma

I grew up in Sunset Park in the 60s and 70s. we always had good Chinese and some Puerto Rican spots. when I was a kid, SP was predominently Puerto Rican from 6th ave down and Chinese, Norwegian, and Irish from 7th on up. It's interesting to note that after 40 years, those same demographics have solidified. love the photo of the view from SP, brought back memories of the park I grew up playing in. Great article.

Jrod
Jrod

They missed Tacos El Bronco (the truck on 45th and 5th), the best taco in Sunset IMO.

jibaro
jibaro

Mofong is and always be a Puerto Rican dish even if it is prepared by somebody else, though it does not surprise me that you cannot give any credit to the colonials....

AED
AED

Also, thanks for this great list!

Jrod
Jrod

Oops, 43rd and 5th...

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

I'm adding that -- though Dominicans have definitely made it one of their own passions. Thanks, hillbilly!

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