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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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8 Restaurants
Updated February 25, 2020
Restaurants:Meadowsweet, River Cafe, Leuca
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Williamsburg, DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
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Meadowsweet

$$$$
American
Williamsburg
4.8
1443 reviews
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 months. Stop from Sundays-Thursdays to get a taste of the five-course Meadowsweet tasting menu or head in during the week or weekends for some of the restaurant's intriguing cuisine. Highlights include Scottish salmon with roasted tomato, zucchini, roasted peppers, and kaffir lime and spiced duck breast with mole poblano. Stick around for the vanilla panna cotta dessert.

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River Cafe

$$$$
American
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
4.8
8088 reviews
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 their food and drinks. The cuisine at the River Cafe is the equal of the views. Head in for lunch to enjoy the River Cafe's trademark Crescent Farms duck with roasted root vegetables or pan-roasted organic chicken with caramelized onion agnolotti dishes. For dinner, go for the Nova Scotia lobster with salad, asparagus panna cotta tartlet, and Chardonnay sauce, or the Mediterranean sea bass fillet with wild shrimp crust.

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Leuca

$$$$
Italian
Williamsburg
4.5
955 reviews
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. Leuca also boasts an extraordinary variety of wood-fired pizzas. Go for the classic with tomato, mozzarella, and basil, or the "Philly" with porchetta and peppers. Leuca is also one of Brooklyn's best brunch spots. Head in on the weekend to enjoy pizzas, tuna crudo, and eggs al forno and one of their special Bloody Mary selections.

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Cecconi's Dumbo

$$$$
Contemporary Italian
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
4.4
3753 reviews
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 pizzas are a must-get at Cecconi's. Go for the traditional with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, and basil, or one with spicy salami, mozzarella, and tomato. Cecconi's is also the place to go for plant-based vegetarian or vegan eating. The menu features chilled heirloom soup, avocado dip, and vegan mozzarella pizza with zucchini and olive. There's also a "wood and charcoal" menu with brick chicken, short ribs, and branzino.

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Westlight

$$$$
American
Williamsburg
4.6
943 reviews
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 restaurants in Brooklyn. This stylish, hip restaurant features a menu of creative cocktails. Go for the "Vicious Circle," with Dorothy Parker gin, Dolin blanc, and green chartreuse. The old-fashioned style "Cafe Juarez" features Illegal Mezcal, coconut, coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. The bites menu includes chickpea hummus, local fish ceviche, spiced chicken empanadas, and rock shrimp.

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D.O.C. Wine Bar

$$$$
Italian
Williamsburg
4.6
189 reviews
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 oranges from around Italy. Grab a glass to go with one of the restaurant's superb small appetizer plates, like grilled octopus, wild salmon tartare, or herb-marinated olives. The restaurant also features a hearty menu of classic main dishes. Try the malloreddus, Sardinian pasta with homemade pork sausage, tomato sauce, and pecorino.

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Have & Meyer | Vineria Naturale con cucina

$$$$
Italian
Williamsburg
4.8
332 reviews
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 & Meyer negronis or their Orange Spritzer to go along with pasta dishes like white truffle and cheddar gnocchi, tagliatelle with ragu, or squid ink taglioini. There's also an exceptional cheese board menu with American and international selections alongside marmalade and fresh fruit.

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El Born

$$$$
Spanish
Greenpoint
4.6
311 reviews
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 the classic small plates. Favorites include house-marinated Spanish olives, chicken liver pate with quince marmalade, pumpkin soup with codfish confit, and fried green tomatoes with goat cheese. Don't miss the "pop a la Pedra," grilled octopus with potatoes, herbs, paprika, and charcoal salt.

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