My 13 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

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You're never without a fresh hot flatbread at Yemen Cafe.


By my estimate, there are at least 15,000 restaurants in Brooklyn, and I love about 200 of them at any given time. So this list reflects ephemeral choices, what I want to eat now as I sit at my desk, breakfast-less, and dream about climbing on the train and heading to neighborhoods like Bath Beach, Bed-Stuy, and Bushwick.

Here are my 13 favorite places to eat in Brooklyn. Ask me tomorrow and the list will be different.

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13. Yemen Café - Bring a crowd, because a meal at Yemen Café is a communal experience, from the charred humongous pitas that arrive throughout the meal, to the creamy baba ganoush, to the smoky kebabs at bargain prices, to the bubbling pot of meat, vegetables, and goo called saltah, shown above. Dip away! 7130 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge, 718-745-8000


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12. BrisketTown - What could be better than a big fatty hunk of beef cooked 14 hours or more at low temps over hardwood, then served with nothing but bread, pickles, and onions? And now Austin breakfast tacos during the day. 359 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-701-8909


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11. Pete Zaaz - Since when did pizza become so much fun? The zany pies fly from the oven at this Crown Heights maverick (including the baked potato pie shown above), and there's nothing better in the summer than chowing down in the breezy back yard. 766 Classon Avenue, Crown Heights, 718-230-9229
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Location Info

Yemen Cafe

7130 5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Briskettown

359 Bedford Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Pete Zaaz

766 Classon Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Chick P

490 Bergen St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Nargis Cafe

2818 Coney Island Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Vanderbilt

570 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Roman's

243 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mitchell Soul Food

617A Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Parish Hall - CLOSED

109 N. 3rd St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Yun Nan Flavour Snack Shop

774 49th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano

1524 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Oasis

161 N. Seventh St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant


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5 comments
Amøs Türnür
Amøs Türnür

Too bad you fired the best food writer in NYC. At least you can wring a few more clicks out of him.

fioriface
fioriface

Luciano's at 15 Metrotech Center has great food!  You need to check them out.  Delicious dishes...

eliseanne246
eliseanne246

Right now the sidewalks are rolled up on the North Fork but we have some kick ass dining spots here in the boonies!  When things start reopening I will take some pics & show those of you living "up island" & in the boroughs what culinary tidbits are happening here.

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