As New York City’s second largest borough after Queens, Brooklyn is as rich in cultural and ethnic diversity as just about anywhere else in America. As a result, new tastes, flavors and textures are being introduced to the borough at a rapid rate. It seems like every day there’s a new and exciting restaurant opening its doors. Here are a few of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants that are sure to leave you satisfied.
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BELLY, on Grand Street, is Williamsburg’s premier destination for authentic Korean cuisine. It’s also the city’s only omasake, a meal (typically sushi) consisting of plates chosen by the chef, restaurant that specializes in solely bacon and pork-based dishes.
Unlike all of the city’s other big omasake restaurants, BELLY doesn’t take itself too seriously, instead opting for a casual, welcoming environment. Their goal is to guide eaters down a journey that explores different cuts, textures and preparations of pork that they may not be accustomed to.
Although they’re also open for lunch, BELLY’s dinner hours last from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., during which diners can indulge in a five-course tasting menu for just $35! The restaurant features delectable, cutting-edge dishes like:
- Original Bacon Sushi & Carpaccio
- Korean Chicharron
- Sweet & Sour Pork
- Katsu Two-Way & Salad
- Spicy Belly & Fried Rice
They also have desserts, saki, beer, wine and cocktails. There’s even a 12-room karaoke bar downstairs if you’re looking to keep the party going after your meal. Just remember, BELLY isn’t open on Sundays and parking is extremely limited.
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
This 11,000-square foot Dumbo locale will transport you all the way back to vintage Miami and Old Havana nights. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is the ideal setting for lunch, brunch, after-work cocktails, dinner, you name it.
They specialize in globally-inspired small plates made fresh from their open kitchen and wood-fired grills. Besides classic raw bar favorites like clams and oysters, make sure you try their unforgettably mouthwatering specialties such as:
- Creamy Duck & Foie Gras Rice
- Pig Ear Pad Thai
- American Wagyu Slider
- Pan Seared Sea Scallops
- Goat Cheese Croquettes
Sugarcane also has a 2,000-square foot outdoor patio and 18-seat bar that provides sprawling views of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. While reservations aren’t required, they are recommended, especially for larger parties.
Dekalb Market Hall
Last but not least, Dekalb Market Hall is a collection of over 49 vendors (and counting) that showcase the diversity and ethnicity of the borough with out-of-this-world cuisine.
With so many different options, you’re guaranteed to find at least something that you like! Maybe it will be Jackson Height’s famous Arepa Lady and her delicious Latin American snacks, or the historic Katz’s Deli old-school New York City sandwich.
There really aren’t many places in Brooklyn with innovative cooking and dining experiences like this. There’s also a cocktail bar and daily live programming. A full list of the vendors can be found here.
Brooklyn restaurants are a dime a dozen. Always make sure you’re choosing the right one by consulting this handy list of our top choices!