The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights
Photo by Zachary Feldman
As Brooklyn's borough-wide gentrification sweeps farther and farther east, it's crystal clear that Crown Heights is under the hazy glow of kale-and-yoga tinted spotlights. Long known for its abundance of West Indian specialties, in recent years the bustling neighborhood has experienced a surge in nouveau New American eateries, a Carob Spring if you will, that's helped solidify its place among the desirable Brooklyn enclaves. Luckily, the old guard stands strong, thanks to still-gentle rents and supportive local clientele, and for now, it seems the community will support both endeavors -- which means more great restaurants for everyone. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Crown Heights.
10. Syd's Serious Sandwich Shop, (759 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-305-3086)
Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Syd Wayman now spends most of his days making sandwiches that harken back to that city's hoagie'd past. Wayman realized his dreams in 2010 using winnings from a business plan competition. And although decor is spare and space is limited, he's found favor with area residents for his loaded cheesesteaks (including a vegetarian variety) and cold cut sandwiches. In a nod to his surroundings, there's also a satisfyingly allspice-y jerk chicken hoagie available. And if you thought the bacon, egg, and cheese was the king of breakfast sandwiches -- wait until you meet (and eat) the steak, egg, and cheese.
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9. Chop Chop Grub Shop, (638 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-493-1700)
This Nostrand Avenue takeout joint run by chef Malcolm Sanz replaced a fish and chips shop earlier this year. And while there's no battered cod or haddock, sea-loving diners can indulge in madras-spiced salmon and a mayo-rich lobster roll. If you're lucky enough to snag one of six counter seats, the narrow space provides a respite for spinach or lobster omelets -- but since this is gentrifying Crown Heights and not Midtown, that scrambled egg pancake filled with the king of crustaceans only costs $12. Dinner prices are modest, too, maxing out at $24 for ribeye steak.
8. Pacifico's Fine Foods, (798A Franklin Avenue, 917-966-2670)
After a seven year run working under greenmarket pioneer Peter Hoffman at Back Forty in the East Village and SoHo, chef Shanna Pacifico has decamped to Brooklyn to this airy Franklin Avenue space serving a menu of South American-inspired New American food. Her chicken chicharrones are shatter crisp, and they come with spicy slaw at dinner or a craggy biscuit at brunch. The chef also brings her formidable butchery skills to the neighborhood, pairing heritage pork chops with piri piri sauce.
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