With its up-and-coming art scene and buzz, DUMBO is becoming one of Brooklyn’s most frequently visited neighborhoods. Situated ‘Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’ on the East River, this area is full of places to grab brunch, lunch or dinner. Here are ten of the best to hunt out.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
Long before eating organically was the newest trend, Superfine was serving locally grown and organic foods. Opening its doors in 1998, this restaurant has always been ahead of the curve, and in 2011, the owners also converted the dock that led to their restaurant into a lounge, bar, and art gallery. The menu alters daily, depending on which fresh and in-season foods are at their disposal. Enjoy an early afternoon here surrounded by local artists’ creations while chowing down on some quality food for a good price. For those who are seeking an experience and not just a meal, The River Café is the spot for you. This is one of DUMBO’s more elegant restaurants with a romantic feel; it is filled with piano music and art pieces. The brunch menu features dishes made from fresh ingredients and covers everything from classic golden pancakes to an unconventional duck breast dish.
New Yorkers run on ambition, creativity, and, most importantly, coffee. Bread and Spreadserves one of the best cups in Brooklyn, along with their legendary brunch. This café dishes out gourmet sandwiches for a very reasonable price. With a casual and friendly ambiance and a convenient location where Pearl and Bridge Streets meet, Bread and Spread is a great location for families and friends to gather in one of the best places Brooklyn has to offer.
Found off of Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Atrium offers indoor and outdoor seating and serves French and American food at a reasonable price. Visiting here not only offers an incredible dining experience but also an artistic one. The inside of this restaurant have string lights across the ceiling plus original art adorning the walls. Brooklynites rave about this place due to its mouthwatering food and tasty drinks and it’s a real locals’ haunt.
For a straight-to-the-point meal with no excessive frills, AlMar is the place to go. This casual, cash-only restaurant is the perfect place to have a meal with friends and family. AlMar is known for its hip and trendy atmosphere and delicious tasting and looking entrées.
Vinegar Hill House is based in one of the most rustic and historical parts of Brooklyn, giving it real atmosphere and making it a great place to stop for brunch. Although the restaurant may be tucked away and out of sight, it’s well known and popular with locals. Chef Mike Poiarkoff supplies all the necessities for a satisfying meal, in the art-filled space with its pretty garden.
Grimaldi’s secret weapon is the brunch pizza, a legendary menu option, and served in pies, not slices. The other items on the menu include great salads and there is a good selection of wine and beer. All of the food here is made fresh, and the choice of pizza toppings is unbeaten in the area.
One of the most well-known bakeries in Brooklyn, Almondine is a charming little café that has gained a reputation for its croissants, coffee, and other delectable pastries. One of the most impressive and unique features at this bakery is an order-in service, coined ‘room service’.
Restaurant, Mexican, Central American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
GRAN ELÉCTRICA, New York
In the heart of DUMBO is Gran Electrica, a hot spot that serves a variety of authentic Mexican food. The lively restaurant is accented by Mexican music and art covering the walls. Gran Electrica may be tucked away in an unassuming building, but once you enter, you become part of a can’t-miss food experience. Customers rave about all items, from their guacamole to the pescado estilo Ensenada, allmade by Chef Robert Stauning.
This inspired restaurant is located on the land that has experienced more history than any other part of Brooklyn and Buttermilk Channel has incredible tales to tell. Although you must try their much-talked-about fried chicken, the highlight options are found in their undeservingly underrated brunch menu. Whether you’re trying a Bloody Mary or their fried pork chop and cheddar waffles, any item on this menu is a hit.