The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Brooklyn, New York City

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Photo of Alana Jajko
9 February 2017

As the third largest central business district in New York City, it’s no surprise that Downtown Brooklyn is one of the borough’s gastronomic hotspots. We profile the 10 best restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn.

Forno Rosso Pizzeria

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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The dishes served at this Italian restaurant were all conceived by Chef Giuseppe Marrone, who was born and bred in the heart of Naples. Forno Rosso Pizzeria brings authentic Neapolitan recipes to Downtown Brooklyn, capturing the essence of authentic Italian cooking. Pizza, of course, is the specialty. However, guests can also choose from a selection of salads, appetizers, pastas, and main dishes such as chicken scaloppini and braised lamb shank.

Jun Shokudo

Restaurant, Japanese
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Kick back with some sake and satisfy your cravings for teriyaki, sushi, and sashimi at this Japanese restaurant. Enjoy small plates like edamame, shrimp tempura, and miso-glazed wings. Indulge in a selection of hand-crafted sushi rolls, or sit down to a hearty meal like the chicken kuwayaki. Jun Shokudo offers a wide variety of Japanese cuisine, and about 15 kinds of sake to match. What more could you ask for?

Yaso Tangbao

Restaurant, Chinese, Asian
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Yaso Tangbao serves Shanghai-specific street food. The chefs here handcraft each dumpling — from stirring to rolling, folding, pinching, and steaming — true to traditional Chinese methods. Therefore, dumpling lovers flock from all over to this authentic spot. Other delicacies include a variety of noodle soups made with braised beef, braised pork meatballs, and chicken curry, among others.


Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Since the 1950s, Junior’s has attracted notable customers from all walks of life – mayors, presidents, Hall of Fame athletes, authors, singers, movie stars and more. This famous restaurant serves all kinds of all-American grub, from fried shrimp and chicken wings to burgers, sandwiches, and barbecue with all the fixings. Junior’s has also established a reputation for the best cheesecake in New York City. Whether you stop in for a huge slice or a full meal, you’re sure to see why Junior’s is a household name.

Bedouin Tent Restaurant

Restaurant, Kebab
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For Middle Eastern fare in Downtown Brooklyn, give Bedouin Tent Restaurant a try. With hospitality as warm and welcoming as the hot pita bread fresh from the oven, this family-owned restaurant serves up favorites. These include sandwiches stuffed with falafel or lamb merguez, spinach and cheese pie, lentil dishes, and humus. While draped fabric creating tent-like ambiance is cozy, you can also choose to dine on the back garden patio in the warmer months.

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Want to wine and dine like a royal? Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare has 18 seats situated right at the kitchen counter for guests to sample a 15-plus course menu featuring the cuisine of Chef Cesar Ramirez. As Brooklyn’s only Michelin-star restaurant, reservations are a must here. The experience lasts for approximately two hours, with a menu changing daily to reflect products in season. Formal business attire is required.

Don Nico’s Flautas

Restaurant, Mexican, American, $$$
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Located at Albee Square, Don Nico’s Flautas is a little outdoor stand that offers delicious, contemporary Mexican fare, including tacos, flautas, wraps, burritos, quesadillas, and imported beverages. While the food is packed with flavor, the stand itself is just as colorful, made out of a recycled shipping crates and painted by renowned street artist Steve Powers. You can take your meal to any of the shaded outdoor seating in the surrounding plaza for a memorable dining experience.


Sometimes a good, hearty sandwich really hits the spot. Boomwich puts a gourmet spin on this classic lunch favorite using quality ingredients, all prepared and assembled in-house. Sandwich options include the shrimp Po’boy made with Old Bay seasoning, mesclun greens, fried pickles, tomatoes, and tobacco aioli. There is also the BBQ brisket sandwich made with pulled smoked brisket, mac and cheese, pickled jalapeño, sweet potato chips, and BBQ aioli. Each hero is packed with flavor. A selection of sides, desserts, and drinks like the ‘boomin’ sweet tea only enhance the experience.

Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich | © Basheer Tome/Flickr