This American bistro inspired by Persian cuisine is a great spot for brunch, dinner, or happy hour. Try the lamb burger or Persian-spiced chicken wings for some exotic flavors. Be sure to watch out for the specials, like barbecue pulled-pork pizza. Wide windows bring in lots of light, and the colorful furniture adds a fun touch to the decor. Make sure to check out Bijan’s live music, art shows, and other events.
Bijan’s, 81 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 855 5574
Hollow Nickel has a great selection of drinks and comfort food, complete with a backyard garden that’s open all day and night. This American pub serves brunch and dinner, and you can always come for drinks with a group of friends before heading to Barclays Center. Enjoy a classic burger and fries or a BLT, or check out the daily tapas specials. The chalkboard menu and brick walls add a rustic feel to this cozy venue.
Hollow Nickel, 494 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 236 3417
Looking for traditional Italian cuisine? Rucola is the perfect spot in Boerum Hill. Open for every meal of the day, Rucola offers a variety of authentic dishes at reasonable prices. For breakfast, choose from a selection of pastries and espresso drinks or a more substantial dish like the broccoli rabe and cheese scramble. For dinner, choose from one of the fresh salads or mouthwatering entrees like the roasted chicken with smoked pancetta. The atmosphere at Rucola is quaint and perfect for a date night. Try sitting outside or by the wrought-iron-gated window for extra sunshine during lunch.
Rucola, 190 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 576 3209
For vegans and vegetarians, M.O.B. is the ideal place to settle down for a bite to eat. The menu is full of creative takes on classic American dishes. Customers rave about the burgers, both the roasted corn and pinto bean burger and the mushroom burger. The interior design is inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge and the general idea of the American Dream, with an American flag mural and a collection of cultural artifacts.
M.O.B., 525 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 797 2555
Bedouin Tent Restaurant
A local favorite, Bedouin Tent offers a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. Those looking for a place to get a quick and cheap meal will find it at Bedouin Tent. The menu is full of delicious pita sandwiches and falafel sandwiches, along with chicken and lamb plates. The casual interior may be small, but the colorful and intricate tapestries on the walls bring the room to life. Be sure to stop at the ATM, because Bedouin Tent is cash only.
Bedouin Tent Restaurant, 405 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 5555
Known for its Neapolitan-style pizza, Sottocasa is a great little Italian place for lunch or dinner. The pizza has a thin crust with fluffy edges and fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on top. The pizzas come with a variety of toppings, like spicy Italian sausage and prosciutto. The main dining room is bright and welcoming, and Sottocasa also has an enclosed greenhouse in the back with gauzy white curtains that block direct sunlight. Try the cappuccinos for a pick-me-up after the meal.
Sottocasa, 298 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 8758
This French-American restaurant may be pricey, but its exquisite dishes are hard to resist. Start with a French appetizer like foie gras, and follow it up with one of the mouthwatering entrées, from steak frites to Parisian gnocchi. Try the profiteroles with caramel for a delectable dessert. French Louie is a great place to celebrate a special occasion, whether it’s a birthday or a wedding anniversary. The candlelit tables give a romantic touch to the dining experience. The backyard garden patio is a welcoming place to relax.
French Louie, 320 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 935 1200
Bacchus Bistrot à Vins
A little less expensive than some other French cuisine restaurants, Bacchus offers just as good a selection of French food. Try escargot as an appetizer and ask the waiter for daily selections of meat and cheese. This spot features a backyard dining area with string lights and overhanging trees, taking you out of Brooklyn and transporting you to France. Bacchus is a great place for small and large parties; the atmosphere is intimate but lively.
Bacchus, 409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 1572
This Japanese restaurant serves a variety of ramen dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The long, wood-paneled dining room puts the kitchen on view for customers. If you aren’t a fan of ramen, or you just want to try another dish, the braised short rib buns are a customer favorite. End the meal with Ganso’s selection of mochi ice creams, a soft and squishy rice dessert.
Ganso Ramen, 25 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 403 0900
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Chef’s Table offers the ultimate upscale dining experience. At each tasting, 18 people sit at the kitchen counter while the chef prepares and serves the food. While this place will definitely put a dent in your wallet, customers only give good feedback. The elaborate, 15-course meal will leave you satisfied, and each plate will make you appreciate the chef’s work.