Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, Gateway to 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 here less than two years ago and is flourishing at a time when Brooklyn's culinary stars are at their brightest.

We don't want to overwhelm you so we mention a few Michelin-star-studded restaurants – this year 13 Brooklyn dining spots were awarded  – but we want to give you a sense of the variety of Brooklyn and want you to feel comfortable dining in neighborhoods, backyards and not as if every morsel is an investment. This is a tip of the proverbial iceberg that we encourage you to explore on your own: ethnic enclaves like Chinese Sunset Park, Syrian restaurants and shops like Sahadi and Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop and Russian eateries in Brighton Beach. Rather, this is a mainstream list for the taking, but consider it just a start.

 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 stunning New York Harbor. And even earlier, Peter Luger, the famous steakhouse that never grows old.

 The Brooklyn dining scene is off the charts: from a Michelin star Nordic newcomer to a gourmet pizzeria that sprouted in an abandoned portion of Bushwick that has 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 the 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 that some say simmered in the past year, but has rediscovered its groove.

 There's a world outside Manhattan, and it's just a short bus, cab, subway ride or jaunty walk across the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. 



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



Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge over the river and into a dream because once at the River Cafe, diners will be treated to a majestic skyline across the water. Inside, they find that service and food complement the wonderful view. Try Colorado...  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



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



Described as "one of the more extraordinary restaurants in the country" Roberta's occupies a former manufacturing building, and features communal seating and private tables. Chef Carlo Mirarchi reinvented this desolate block installing an urban...  Read More



Across the bridge in Bay Ridge, Chef Rawia Bishara has consistently enjoyed rave reviews since she opened her Tanoreen back in 1999. Specializing in an amalgamation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, Bishara created her own, unique...  Read More



Ever since Missy Robbins opened, restaurant reviewers have been raving that finally she's finally cooking pasta again. Born into a family of hosts, travelers and cooks, Missy Robbins that brings the best of Italy to Williamsburg where wood...  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



Helmed by chef wonder Andy Ricker, Pok Pok NY is Thai food for hungry hipsters and the people who love them. Ricker's made a name for himself with his interesting menu and gaggle of celebrity endorsements (including a visit from Bourdain), but...  Read More



Located in an 1860's restored warehouse building at the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge, Aska is a modern Brooklyn restaurant run by Michelin-starred Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius. Two years ago, Berselius closed Aska in North Williamsburg to...  Read More


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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.

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