Cross the Brooklyn Bridge for a Gastronomic Global Grand Tour

Brooklyn is a Gastronomic Giant: From old-school pizza to cutting edge regional American cuisine, and fusion cuisine. The one and only Museum of Food and Drink  opened in October. At the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge  is the pioneering River Cafe that debuted in the 1970s when the site was an abandoned dock but now has incomparable views of Manhattan and New York Harbor. 

First-time travelers to New York City may still be under the impression that Manhattan is New York City. This one-time outer borough is now a global powerhouse on many levels from dining to design to real estate to the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. The Brooklyn dining scene is off the charts: from a one-year old veggie-focused newcomer that grabbed a Michelin star almost immediately to a gourmet pizzeria that sprouted in an abandoned portion of Bushwick and has since spawned an upscale dining destination in its own backyard, tasting menus are having their moment, and fusion cuisine has never been fresher.

Brooklyn is a world unknown even to most native New Yorkers. The Brooklyn Bridge is a gateway to a plethora of neighborhoods from: Crown Heights to Greenpoint or Little Poland, Brighton Beach or Little Russia and Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and the unstoppable force that is Williamsburg for the most up-to-date action.

 There's a world outside Manhattan, and it's just a short bus, cab or subway ride away.




River Café

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for a memorable evening because once at the River Cafe, which was built on a barge, diners will be treated to a majestic skyline across the water. Inside, they find that service and food complement the wonderful...  Read More

Fette Sau, German for "fat pig," is a smoke-scented, coolly industrial barbecue joint in Williamsburg. Locally-bred meats include lamb. boar, and goat when in season; dine on lamb belly, pastrami, boar all rubbed lovingly with an amalgam of...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Yuko Torihara

Occupying a spot on Haverymeyer St., a neighborhood on the edge of change visitors will pass a tattoo parlor, a check-cashing place, an old-fashioned barber shop charging old-fashioned prices as diner head for Semilla to spend upwards of $200 on...  Read More

James Beard Award-winning, Portland-based chef Andy Ricker imported his enormously popular Pok Pok (and also the stellar Pok Pok Phat Thai down the block) in Brooklyn's remote Columbia Waterfront District, a vaguely made-up-sounding neighborhood...  Read More

Buttermilk Channel

Situated on a picture-perfect stretch of Brooklyn's Court Street, this neighborhood spot serves farm-to-table fare with a southern drawl. The kitchen specializes in elevated versions of crowd-pleasing American comfort foods including the brunch...  Read More

If you like pork dumplings, you'll love the version here, which are fried in a crisp, salty pretzel crust, and served with bracing dipping mustard. The pad thai is studded with thick-cut bacon, and seasonal items like brussels sprouts give...  Read More

Described by The New York Times as "one of the more extraordinary restaurants in the country" it occupies a former manufacturing building, and features communal seating and private tables. Chef Carlo Mirarchi reinvented this desolate block...  Read More

al di la Trattoria is based on a love story: Venetian Emiliano Copa first met Chef Anna Klinger when she studied at the cooking school he operated. One of the grand dames of our list, this popular trattoria has served a savvy crowd of local NYU...  Read More

Is it touristy? Yes. Old school? Absolutely. But sometimes, things are popular for a reason. For over 125 years, Peter Luger has been serving up mammoth porterhouses and fried German potatoes on a nondescript corner in Williamsburg. The...  Read More

As if "hiding in plain sight," this haute cuisine tasting table is tucked inside a large grocery store on an unassuming block of Boerum Hill. The 18-seat, stainless steel counter in a horseshoe shape encourages communal dining while overlooking...  Read More


Meet Maria Lisella

No matter how many countries Maria Lisella has visited (62), this native New Yorker finds the world at her doorstep in amazing Queens where its residents speak 138 languages.

Maria writes...  More About Maria

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