The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

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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.

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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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Chop Chop Grub Shop

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.

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Zachary Feldman

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.

Location Info

Pacifico's Fine Foods

798a Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mayfield

688 Franklin Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Barboncino

781 Franklin Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Catfish

1433 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Islands

803 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Chavela's

736 Franklin Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Glady's

788 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Glenda's Home Cooking

854 Saint John's Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
daniellemasters
daniellemasters

sorry Syd your not that serious about steaks if you don't have wiz on the menu


fuzzy
fuzzy

White chef sets up in a Caribbean neighborhood, and gets #1 serving Caribbean food?  It's not even the best Caribbean in the area (Islands has it beat easily, and is BYOB).  This list manages to ignore everything east of Nostrand (Glenda's is a real hidden gem tho - ask for it spicy).  Gloria's is amazing too.  Pacifico's review is a joke too - it has the best seafood I've had anywhere. 

Jennifer Angeline
Jennifer Angeline

Oh mannnn I've been to a bunch of those but not all.. The ones I've gone to are awesome.

dcallum
dcallum

There goes the f*cking neighbourhood!!!

Safiye Derinsu Ayhan
Safiye Derinsu Ayhan

it was the first time in NYC as a student, 90s, and it doesn't matter how much you got in your bank account you always have to watch your budget and looking things to read belongs to city's daily flow. I wasn't looking anything free because until I met with Voice I didn't know such a paper with all that info could be free. And after that it was my no 1 paper almost for everything, looking for a part time jobs, renting a apartment, house, night life etc.this paper was one of my great weekly excitement, thanks to the all authors, photographers, designers, whoever works for it...APO

lilern
lilern

How did Cent'Anni get left off this list? 

rschwim295
rschwim295

Where are those shrimp from on the first page?


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