Brooklyn is becoming a more popular destination for visitors to New York City -- and with good reason. There are many wonderful things to see and do in Brooklyn, fantastic neighborhoods to explore, and really great restaurants. Here, we've assembled a list of great Brooklyn restaurants to try during your NYC vacation.
1. al di là
If you want to feel like a local Brooklynite, al di là is a great choice. Located in Park Slope, this trattoria serves delicious Venetian-inspired cuisine and you'll be enjoying your dinner alongside lots of neighborhood residents who love this place. They only take reservations for parties of 6 or more, but you can wait for your table at nearby al di là vino.
After exploring Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, refuel at Buttermilk Channel with their signature fried chicken & cheddar waffles or duck meatloaf. Be sure to save room for their pecan pie sundae, which is sweet and satisfying. Buttermilk Channel welcome families (they have a children's menu and high-chairs), though I recommend dining early if you're coming with young ones. Deal-seekers will love their $25 prix-fixe dinner on Monday nights.
3. Café Glechik
If you want to experience a taste of Eastern Europe while visiting Brooklyn, you will love dining at Café Glechik. The food is simple, but filling, delicious and affordable Ukrainian cuisine, most famously its delicious dumplings: vareniki and pelmeni.
Brooklyn Neighborhood: Brighton Beach
Address: 3159 Coney Island Avenue
Reservations?: Only for parties of 5 or more
Café Glechik Website: http://glechik.com
The only Brooklyn restaurant to have received two Michellin stars, The Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare offers diner an exciting and intimate dining experience. With only 18 spaces, it's not an easy reservation to get, but if you do you'll be rewarded with a prix-fixe dinner consisting of 18-20 small plate courses. The restaurant is BYOB, but they are happy to suggest appropriate wine pairings.
Brooklyn Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Address: 200 Schermerhorn St.
Reservations?: Yes, taken 6 weeks out on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Marlow & Sons Website: http://www.brooklynfare.com/chefs-table/
5. Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Located right near Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and just a short distance from the Brooklyn Promenade, it's no surprise that there is nearly always a line of folks waiting to sample the great NYC pizza at Grimaldi's. If you want to avoid the crazy wait, I suggest arriving just before opening on the weekends, or try to go on a weekday for lunch or an early dinner.
Technically, you might not have dinner at a chocolate shop, but no list of where to eat in Brooklyn would be complete without mentioning Jacques Torres Chocolates. One of New York City's best chocolate shops, the DUMBO shop was their first location where visitors can enjoy chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate, while stocking up on gifts for their friends back home.
Marlow & Sons draws diners from the neighborhood and beyond with briny oysters, creative cocktails, and greenmarket inspired daily specials. It's a popular choice, so be prepared to wait for a table, since they don't take reservations.
8. Peter Luger Steak House
Peter Luger Steakhouse has been drawing steak lovers to this fairly desolate spot near the Williamsburg Bridge since 1887 for it's top quality steak. Peter Luger's is most famous for its porterhouse steak, but if you want to experience Peter Luger's for a fraction of the price, consider trying the burger (available only at lunch). The bacon and creamed spinach are also well worth experiencing.
Temporarily Closed Due To Damage Sustained During Hurricane Sandy. One of New York City's most romantic restaurants, The River Café is consistently raved about for its wonderful views of Manhattan. First opened in 1977, The River Cafe has been drawing both Manhattanites and NYC visitors to Brooklyn to experience its atmosphere and delicious cuisine.