These days, very rarely does the travel-savvy Manhattanite gripe about going to Brooklyn. The stigma of the past long gone, the borough across the river offers a trove of riches, from culture to shopping to some of the very best food you will have in all of New York City. From our SIXTY posts, these restaurants are, granted, a trip under a tunnel or over a bridge, but we promise the dishes you’ll find at all are worth the journey indeed.
Conveniently located just off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway for those cabbing in, Pheasant comes courtesy of chef Vincent Fraissange, previously of the now-shuttered (though definitely excellent) Isa. If the plants and brightly colored tile that beckon from the sidewalk aren’t enough indication, Mediterranean rules here. Expect excellent fish offerings, plenty of veg, and fresh flavors.
445 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Med–along with Italy–is also the source of inspiration for Evelina Restaurant, a gorgeous gem of a place in Fort Greene. The menu changes often, but trust that you’ll always find great fish, pastas, cheeses, and more. Our tip? Definitely start the meal with a perfectly baked focaccia.
211 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Chez Ma Tante
Occupying a once-forgotten corner in a once-quiet neighborhood, Chez Ma Tante is a new Greenpoint restaurant with staying power. The Calyer Street spot is helmed by Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber, previously of SIXTY favorite Cafe Altro Paradiso. The menu is a hearty mix of American and Canadian fare, with plenty of meats to delight all carnivores, from grilled veal tongue to pig head terrine.
90 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
In winter, sometimes pasta offers the only real comfort from the chill. Good thing Popina, which opened recently in the Columbia Waterfront District, offers comfort in spades, with irresistible platefuls of the carby stuff. Fettuccine with venison bolognese or squid ink tagliatelle are just what you need to warm up this season. Make sure to bundle up before you go there; the wind off the East River is a force to be reckoned with.
127 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Fausto feels, in many ways, like Brooklyn’s answer to King, who we caught up with later last year (read it here). The space, like King, is exquisitely simple in its design. (Who knew camel-on-camel could be so inspiring?) But, of course, it’s what’s on the plate–and in the glass–that matters. Fausto combines the talents of sommelier Joe Campanale and chef Erin Shambura an Italian restaurant that is appealing in every possible way.
348 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Sunday in Brooklyn
Though we, as mentioned above, miss Isa, Sunday in Brooklyn, the American restaurant which replaced it, is not an inferior replacement by any means. The rustic space is as charming as it ever was–the ideal place to hole up and let a snowy day flurry past the window. Vegetables are treated like queens here, though skill and care is taken with everything.
348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Photo courtesy of Yonghyun Lee