The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Dumbo, New York

Short rib served with grits, collard-green kimchi and a soft-boiled egg
Short rib served with grits, collard-green kimchi and a soft-boiled egg | © Amy Mikler / Alamy Stock Photo
Julia Goicochea

Known for its breathtaking views, Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) serves up more than just a feast for the eyes. Cross the bridge for restaurants, a pizzeria, and even a rooftop farm providing a taste of New York – and dine like a Brooklynite.

1. Brooklyn Grange

Botanical Garden

Dumbo is home to the world’s largest rooftop soil farm – and some deliciously fresh fare. The journey from farm to table isn’t a long one at Brooklyn Grange, grower of more than 50,000 pounds of organic produce a year and host of eating events like dumpling making and homemade jam workshops. Tip: You can also snag fresh produce from the farm for your table by joining Brooklyn Grange’s Veggie CSA Share.

2. Vinegar Hill House

Restaurant, American

Outdoor Garden at Vinegar Hill House
© Vinegar Hill House
Its secluded location within Dumbo micro-neighborhood Vinegar Hill hasn’t kept Vinegar Hill House from becoming one of New York City’s top restaurants. The New American eatery uses ingredients sourced from “like-minded produce, meat and fish producers” to make timeless dishes such as cast iron chicken and Red Wattle pork chops feel – and taste – fresh.

3. Westville Dumbo

Restaurant, American

New York City’s favorite farm-to-table chain has finally landed in Brooklyn. Westville Dumbo doles out all the healthified American eats you’ve come to expect from the chain, including warm lentil salad with carrots and onion, veggie chili, and burgers served on Portuguese muffins.

4. Colonie

Restaurant, American

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It makes sense that the name of this local- and regional-focused farm-to-table restaurant in Brooklyn Heights is also the name of Albany, New York’s most populous suburb. Colonie’s commitment to “support the New York food community” is made evident by menu items such as ricotta with Catskills honey, cheese from local dairies, and craft beers from the state’s best breweries.

5. VHH Foods

Cafe, American

The same team behind Vinegar Hill House brings you VHH Foods, a fast-casual café serving food worth lingering over. This riverfront eatery boasts some of the same great ethical eats as its parent restaurant, but it’s VHH exclusives such as charred carrots with honey and steak sandwiches with vinegar onions and blue cheese that shine brightest.

6. Beasts & Bottles

Restaurant, American

At Brooklyn Heights’ Beasts & Bottles, “Brooklyn green market meets classic rotisserie.” What exactly does this entail, you’re wondering? It includes roasted organic chicken from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, smoked Long Island duck, and grass-fed burgers with Vermont cheddar – all washed down with “responsibly made wines” handpicked by Brooklyn’s only Master Sommelier.

7. Juliana’s

Pizzeria, Italian

When seeking out farm-to-table fare, the pizzeria is often overlooked. The local, housemade, and international ingredients at Juliana’s, however, cannot be forgotten, as illustrated by the Dumbo eatery’s loyal fanbase who returns time and again for produce-focused thin crust pizzas and seasonal housemade soups.

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