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Where To Eat in Brooklyn

Our recommendations for Brooklyn restaurants to try during your vacation


Brooklyn is becoming a popular destination for visitors to New York City -- and with good reason. Many New York City vacationers are discovering all the wonderful things to see and do in Brooklyn, so we've put together a list of recommended restaurants in Brooklyn to ensure you're well fed while visiting the borough. Brooklyn has amazing culinary offerings, with options for nearly every palate and budget, whether you want to have great pizza or enjoy a top-notch tasting menu.

More: Things to See & Do in Brooklyn | Brooklyn Neighborhoods to Visit

al di là

Al Di La Vino
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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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Park Slope
Address: 248 5th Ave.
Phone: 718-783-4565
Reservations?: Only for parties of 6 or more
al di là Website: http://www.aldilatrattoria.com

Buttermilk Channel

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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Address: 524 Court Street
Phone: 718-852-8490
Reservations?: Only for parties of 5 or more
Buttermilk Channel Website: http://www.buttermilkchannelnyc.com/

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
Phone: 718-616-0766
Reservations?: Only for parties of 5 or more
Café Glechik Website: http://glechik.com

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Address: 200 Schermerhorn St.
Phone: 718-243-0050
Reservations?: Yes, taken 6 weeks out on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Marlow & Sons Website: http://www.brooklynfare.com/chefs-table/

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Pizzas Being Made at Grimaldi's Pizzeria
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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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: DUMBO
Address: Under the Brooklyn Bridge at 1 Front Street
Phone: 718-858-4300
Reservations?: No
Grimaldi's Website: http://www.grimaldis.com/

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Jacques Torres Chocolate in Dumbo
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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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: DUMBO
Address: 66 Water Street
Phone: 718-875-1269
Reservations?: No
Jacques Torres Chocolate Website: http://www.mrchocolate.com

Marlow & Sons

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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Address: 81 Broadway
Phone: 718-384-1441
Reservations?: No
Marlow & Sons Website: http://marlowandsons.com/

Peter Luger Steak House

Peter Luger Steakhouse
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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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Address: 178 Broadway
Phone: 718-387-7400
Reservations?: Yes, Recommended
Peter Luger Steak House Website: http://www.peterluger.com

The River Café

The River Cafe
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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.

Brooklyn Neighborhood: DUMBO
Address: One Water Street
Phone: 718-522-5200
Reservations?: Yes, Recommended
The River Café Website: http://www.rivercafe.com

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