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.