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
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.
Forno Rosso Pizzeria, 327 Gold Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 451 3800
Pizza | © russellstreet/Flickr
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?
Jun Shokudo, 306 Gold Street #C2, Brooklyn, NY, USA + 1 718 855 0988
Sushi | © Harald Groven/Flickr
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.
Yaso Tangbao, 148 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 929 337 7599
Dumplings | © Charles Haynes/Flickr
Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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.
Junior’s, 386 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 5257
Cheesecake | © Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr
Bedouin Tent Restaurant
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.
Bedouin Tent Restaurant, 405 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 5555
Falafel | © momo/Flickr
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
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.
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, 200 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 243 0050
JOH_6878 | © Johnn/Flickr
Don Nico’s Flautas
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.
Don Nico’s Flautas, 9-43 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 288 0107
Mondays at Il Forno : Flautas | © Alex Dugger/Flickr
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.
Boomwich, 311 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 643 9229
Located on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, Shake Shack offers a selection of burgers, hot dogs, fries, and of course, shakes. With multiple locations throughout the city, Shake Shack is a popular lunchtime go-to for a reliable meal.
Shake Shack, 409 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 307 7590
Shake Shack burger and fries | © m01229/Flickr
Ganso is a Japanese restaurant serving sophisticated versions of ramen noodles and Japanese comfort food. Each bowl is served hot, from beef-based broth and braised short ribs to seafood. The thick sapporo noodles combined with fresh ingredients make each bowl flavorful — perfect for a rainy day.
Ganso, 25 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 403 0900