It’s not news that Brooklyn’s dining scene is booming. And with the complete L shutdown having been shut down, there’s no better time to explore the eateries that are staying true to its culinary DIY culture. Whether you’re seeking expansive views of Manhattan (because, after all, the best way to take in the city’s fabled skyline is to be across the river) or soulful Italian on an intimate date night, OpenTable has you covered with these top Brooklyn restaurants. Not headed to what is arguably New York’s hippest borough? Find a restaurant near you on OpenTable.
Little Choc Apothecary, Williamsburg
The first fully vegan and gluten-free crêperie in the city of New York, Little Choc Apothecary is a place where eating clean – and well – is easy. With a creative selection of crepes sweet and savory, plus homemade baked goods, natural wines, and an apothecary-like selection of home-blended teas, Little Choc serves food that feels good. This is a 100% plant-based, made-from-scratch establishment that serves products that are sustainably sourced, local, organic, and fair-trade possible whenever possible – and it’s all free of chemical binders, gums, artificial flavors, and overly processed sugars and flours.
Rave restaurant review: “Very cozy candlelight, warm environment. Delicious tasting food.”
Make a reservation at Little Choc Apothecary.
Black Walnut, Boerum Hill
The past meets the present at this stylish public house, whose design exudes modern Brooklyn’s vibrant scene with a nod to its past with accents reflecting the 19th-century nautical rope factories that once characterized the neighborhood. New American cuisine is on the menu; think hearty burgers and inventive spins on pub fare, like short rib tacos and nacho arancini. For those into cocktail culture, you’ll find an array from which to choose, from the classic to the contemporary.
Rave restaurant rereview: “It was a great lunch. I had the Black Walnut cheeseburger and the crispy smashed potato skin. The burger was so juicy and in a pretzel bun. Food was delicious and the price is good. I recommend. The service was great. The food came really fast and the service was really nice.”
Make a reservation at Black Walnut.
Fausto, Prospect Heights
Helmed by chef Erin Shambura (former executive chef of L’Artusi) and restaurateur and wine expert Joe Campanale (formerly of dell’anima, L’Artusi, and Anfora), Fausto is a Brooklyn restaurant with an Italian soul. Chef Shambura’s regional Italian dishes and housemade pastas paired with Campanale’s critically acclaimed wine program, coined “one of the country’s most exciting,” creates a dining experience that is both familiar and fresh, warm and convivial. The heart of the restaurant is centered around two wood-burning ovens that coax flavor out of simple, seasonal ingredients and contribute to the upscale-yet-informal vibe.
Rave restaurant review: Eater’s Robert Sietsema called Fausto “one of Brooklyn’s most promising new meals.”
Make a reservation at Fausto.
Building on Bond, Boerum Hill
Housed in a historical building (hence the name!), Building on Bond, or B.O.B. as it’s also called, is an all-day restaurant with a solid neighborhood vibe. Serving food from 8AM-11PM, you can swing in to grab an egg sammie or some avo toast for breakfast or stop in to order from the lunch and dinner menus that are just big enough with something for everyone, from a portobello mushroom Reuben and Bob’s cobb salad to steak frites and oven-baked shells. There are raw bar offerings aplenty, and, bonus, all the sides are gluten-free. Even if you don’t live in Boerum Hill, this restaurant wants to be your local.
Rave restaurant review: “Incredible food. Service was gentle and kind — not overbearing and very patient. My wife is vegan and I’m paleo and we could both eat delicious food that suited our needs — and drink some delicious non-alcoholic drinks, too.”
Make a reservation at Building on Bond.
Atrium DUMBO, DUMBO/Vinegar Hill
You may find that you initially thought you were at Atrium for the views of the waterfront and Brooklyn Bridge Park, but the food and drink will equally wow you. Oenophiles will be delighted by the wine list (and cocktail offerings), curated by Alexander LaPratt, Brooklyn’s only Master Sommelier, and the new American menu offers one of the city’s most stunning seafood towers topped expertly with liquid nitrogen for an over-the-top touch (and, let’s be honest, a lit Boomerang). Pro tip: Don’t miss the oyster happy hour.
Rave restaurant review: “Amazing location with an approachable menu, incredible wine list, and friendly service.”
Make a reservation at Atrium DUMBO.
Beasts & Bottles, Brooklyn Heights
There are lovely pastas here and some of the very freshest fish, but someone at your table in the neighborhood gem must order one of the very fine roasted chickens, which come in different preparations, from buttermilk fried to Provencal. The ingredients are lovingly and locally sourced, from the vegetables to the proteins. You’ll find fantastic wine selections from the aforementioned somm LaPratt that expertly complement the dishes and the cozy-yet-cool ambiance. The applewood-smoked potato bread and cultured butter is a must-order.
Rave restaurant review: “This place has it together from food to the visuals. They have a rotisserie and know how to use it the chicken was so awesome I cannot stop thinking about it. Staff was very friendly and attentive.”
Make a reservation at Beasts & Bottles.
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Photo credits: Liz Clayman (Fausto); all other images courtesy of the featured restaurants.