9 Great Brooklyn Restaurants To Try This Year

January 15, 2021

WIth a huge choice of restaurants on offer in Brooklyn (up to 7,000 according to the lastest NYC Health Department data), it's not easy to trawl through the listing sites to determine where you absolutely need to eat on a visit to the borough. So we've done it for you, below are the 9 best restaurants in Brooklyn right now that we think you should try.

Alchemy

Pan Seared Scallops, Alchemy, NYC
Mouth watering pan seared Scallops from alchemy, Brooklyn

Alchemy is a relaxed, comfortable pub/restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This refurbished, dark wood eatery serves a small, yet creative menu alongside cocktails, beers and wines. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner outdoors in the garden or on the sidewalk and Happy Hour from 4pm – 6.30pm from Monday to Friday. With delicious appetisers such as butternut squash soup and PEI mussels in white wine and mains including ravioli with spinach and ricotta, pan-seared salmon or Vegan & Gluten free veggie burger with all the trimmings, there’s something for everyone.

Alta Calidad

Veal parm taco set, Alta Calidad
The simply stunning veal parm taco set from Alta Calidad in Brooklyn

Alta Calidad means for “high quality” in Spanish and offers innovative, delicious Mexican cuisine in the Prospect Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Chef Akhtar Nawab’s goal is to provide authentic cuisine and delivers with charred steak tacos, pumpkin blossom quesadillas and Mexican roti with chorizo verde and black beans. This hip Brooklyn restaurant also has an extensive cocktail, champagne, wine and beer menu, and if you don’t fancy dining in, you can have food delivered to your home.

Bernie’s

Bernie’s Diner Brooklyn
The Classic American Diner, Bernie's in Brooklyn

This laid-back old school restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn offers the opportunity to dine in a bygone era. With red vinyl booths, tiffany style light fixtures and checked table cloths, it’s a comfortable, casual diner with exceptional food. With plenty of home-cooked favourites for lunch and dinner like baked clams, stacked onion rings, cheeseburger deluxe and fudge brownie sundae, it’s a place to dine with family and friends. This restaurant has featured in Thrillist’s ‘best restaurants in New York’ in 2018 and Bon Appetit’s ‘Restaurant’s we loved in 2018’ and Bernie’s still continues to impress regulars and tourists to this day.

Claro

Typical dish from Claro Brooklyn
Empenadas-huitlacoche, queso fresco and salsa roja⁣ from Claro in Brooklyn

Claro is a Michelin star restaurant in Brooklyn where Oaxaca, Mexico meets New York. Chef T.J. Steele’s love of Mexican food and its culture has, over the years evolved this restaurant into a world-class eatery. He used to live in Oaxaca and visits regularly to source hand-picked non-GMO corn for Claro’s menu from local farms. The restaurant curates everything by hand from chorizo to cheeses and moles and all of Claro’s meat is organic and locally sourced wherever possible. Each area of the restaurant has Mexican influence, with woodcut prints and murals on the walls to hand crafted bar tiles. Diners can watch tostadas and memelas cooking on the wood-fire in the backyard and see tortillas being pressed before being served with delicious fillings. In short, if you’re looking for a unique Mexican dining experience in Brooklyn, Claro is the place to be.

Daigo Hand Roll Bar

Hand Rolled Sushi
Some of the best hand rolls in New York at Daigo Hand Roll Bar

Sushi lovers in Brooklyn go to Daigo Hand Roll Bar at Dekalb Market. This establishment is renowned for having some of the best hand rolls in NYC and there are plenty to choose from with spicy salmon, eel avocado and Alaskan snow crab all on offer. You can sample Daigo’s Special Bowl or even treat yourself to a rice cup if you fancy something different. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday every week from 12 noon until 8pm and even sell gift cards if you know someone else with a penchant for sushi!

Oxomoco

Oxomoco
Some of the delicious food on offer at Oxomoco in Brooklyn

This stylish Mexican inspired eatery on Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn is lodged between two brownstones with a verdant outdoor patio and chic interiors. In 2019, Oxomoco was added to NYC’s exclusive list of Michelin star establishments, thanks to a unique menu and the creative flair of Chef Justin Bazdarich and his team. Oxomoco’s varied offerings feature inventive dishes like beet chorizo tacos, broccoli tamal, and Arrachera flank steak, with a selection of accompanying salsas. Their cuisine filled plates are akin to colourful works of art, and for ardent foodies, this place is a must visit for that alone. Oxomoco is open from 12 noon until 3pm for brunch and from 5.30 until 10pm for dinner service 7 days a week.

Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats

Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats
A great choice of Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats

For freshly prepared, traditional Italian recipes just like nonna used to make, head for Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats. The owner Giovanni Tafuri was raised in a Brooklyn-Italian household, and when you step inside the restaurant you may feel like you are dining in their home. From the vintage family photos and antique heirlooms to fresh ingredients prepared with a passion for Italian cuisine, you know you’re in for a special treat. Whether you dine indoors in the family-friendly, exposed brick wall restaurant or prefer to be alfresco on the sidewalk watching the world go by, Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats caters to it all. With authentic dishes to choose from like bruschetta, steamed mussels in wine sauce, lasagne and nonna’s famous meatballs, this is a restaurant you’ll return to again and again.

Northern Bell

Northern Bell Brunch
Some of the brunch selection you can expect at Northern Bell

Northern Bell is a charming restaurant and bar in Brooklyn with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy delicious dinners and drinks. They are purveyors of fine beer and even have their own ‘Mug Club’ with benefits and special evenings for members. You can dine indoors or outdoors on the pretty patio, feasting on dishes like Peachwood pork tacos, 13 hour brisket and fried chicken sandwiches, plus there are sharing plates available for larger groups. It’s also worth mentioning that Northern Bell was recently voted to have the best wings in NYC – so don’t leave without sampling some with their famous sauces!

Parlor Coffee Roasters

Parlor Coffee Roasters
Stop by Parlor Coffee Roasters at the weekend for an immersive coffee experience

And finally... In 2012, Dillon Edwards founded Parlor Coffee with one espresso machine and a dream to roast the finest coffee in the city. Initially located in the back of a barber’s shop in Williamsburg, it soon became one of the most talked about coffee bars in town and quickly became the supplier for hotels and restaurants throughout NYC. Today, Parlor are tucked away inside a repurposed carriage house near Brooklyn Navy Yard, roasting quality coffee for shops and brewers around the world. Although this doesn't fit into the 'restaurant' category of the article, the roastery is open on weekends as a tasting room, so if you’re eating out in Brooklyn we suggest you stop by here for your coffee fix. If you simply can’t wait, their website has merch and roasted coffee beans for sale, delivered right to your door. Currently you can stop by the canteen at the weekend from 9am to 3pm to check out their freshly roasted coffee or pick up some home brewing gear. Check their website or facebook page for most up to date opening hours.

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