The Best Restaurants in Brooklyn, According to our Tastemakers

With a rich cultural history, a young, ethnically diverse population, a booming economy and an enormous cache of cool, Brooklyn has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in America. The best restaurants in Brooklyn showcase a mixture of modern flavors and traditional cuisines influenced by its immigrants from Ireland to Eastern Europe and beyond. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Brooklyn going out to when craving something good to eat? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we have gathered information from in-the-know diners across the borough to curate a list of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. From local neighborhood diners, pubs and taverns to upscale, downtown fusion and cutting-edge cuisine spots, Brooklyn means business when it comes to cooking. Grab a table tonight and enjoy!

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Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
1,151 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

This Mediterranean-influenced hotspot right by the Williamsburg bridge is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. It's a casual and relaxed spot that's ideal for outdoor dining during the warmer mont...

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Healthy in Brooklyn

La Vara

$$$$·Spanish·
Cobble Hill
820 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Head down to Clinton Street by the Columbia Street Waterfront district to hit up La Vara, one of the coolest and best restaurants in Brooklyn. This intimate and colorful space offers up Spanish tapas ...

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Saint Julivert

$$$$·Seafood·
Cobble Hill
126 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

This stylish seafood restaurant off of Clinton Avenue is the perfect Brooklyn spot for a quiet dinner with friends and family. Grab a high-top chair at the bar for a glass of wine or the restaurant's ...

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Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
531 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

At the tip of the famed Greenpoint neighborhood, the decor and cuisine of Glasserie turn it into one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. This hip and popular spot was once a 1800s-era glass factory. ...

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Healthy in Brooklyn

River Cafe

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
8,488 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

Brooklyn's River Cafe, at the very top of the borough, offers some of the best views in the city. From its spot right on the East River, diners have remarkable views of Manhattan to enjoy alongside th...

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Best Food in Brooklyn
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
925 reviews
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Good for Anniversaries

The upscale William Vale hotel in Greenpoint is the home to Leuca, one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. It's an excellent spot for people-watching and a selection from its exceptional wine list. L...

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Great for Brunch in Brooklyn

Antica Pesa

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
1,132 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Antica Pesa is one of Brooklyn's finest Italian restaurants. This local Berry Street favorite is a lively local hotspot for traditional Italian dishes, with a high-energy atmosphere and menu of classi...

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Notable Wine List in Brooklyn

Cecconi's Dumbo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
2,692 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

Cecconi's in Dumbo is a great place for a meal and a view. Right on the waterfront in the Empire Stores market, Cecconi's features excellent Italian food and great looks at the water. The wood-fired p...

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Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
529 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

This taste of New Orleans in the middle of Brooklyn is a prime spot in the middle of Williamsburg. This is the perfect place for anyone catching a movie at the nearby Nitehawk or Williamsburg cinemas ...

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Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
943 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

For a prime rooftop bar experience, head out to Westlight in on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Not only is Westlight one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn, but it's also one of the best...

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Seamore's-Dumbo

$$$$·Seafood·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
174 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch

The Dumbo location of this New York City seafood favorite is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. This is the place to go for the borough's seafood lovers. Seamore's features the famed “Reel Deal”...

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D.O.C. Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
159 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

This charming and intimate Brooklyn location is one of the borough's best spots for a quiet and romantic dinner. The wine is the big draw at D.O.C., with a plentiful selection of reds, whites, and ora...

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Notable Wine List in Brooklyn

Atrium Dumbo

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
806 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

Only a few steps from the East River, the DUMBO hotspot called Atrium is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. This industrial-style location is lively and modern and features a green plant wall fo...

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Sofreh

$$$$·Persian·
Prospect Heights
458 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date

Head out to this Marks Avenue hotspot for one of the more unique meals in Brooklyn. Sofreh delivers a creative menu of Persian and Iranian favorites in a stylish, upscale atmosphere. It's one of the b...

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Have & Meyer | Vineria Naturale con cucina

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
277 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Cozy

Have & Meyer is a celebrated wine bar in the heart of Williamsburg. The restaurant specialized in bold, organic Italian wines and traditional classics with local ingredients. Grab one of the Have & Me...

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Notable Wine List in Brooklyn

Esme

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenpoint
154 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

This hidden gem in the middle of the blossoming Greenpoint neighborhood is a local favorite. Esme is intimate and quiet and is a perfect spot for a quiet dinner with family and friends. The classic Am...

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El Born

$$$$·Spanish·
Greenpoint
219 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

This quaint spot between Williamsburg and Greenpoint is the spot to go to for tapas in Brooklyn. Grab a glass of red wine or one of their excellent Spanish beers on draft and pair them with some of th...

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Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area

Taiki

$$$$·Sushi·
Boerum Hill
98 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Journey to the quiet Boerum Hill neighborhood to find some of the best sushi in Brooklyn. Taiki is an intimate and welcoming sushi restaurant with a lush, greenery-filled atmosphere for its guests to ...

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The Osprey

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
502 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date

“Fly” to the area around the Brooklyn Bridge to enjoy the hearty comfort food of The Osprey. This neighborhood favorite is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. It also boasts one of the best views...

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Sauvage - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Greenpoint
361 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

This Franco-American hot spot has an upscale, new-bistro feel in its Lorimer Street Greenpoint location. Start off the meal in this hip and happening restaurant with the daily oysters or the bread and...

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