There are two types of Manhattanites that I’ve come across. The ones who don’t go above 14th street, and the ones who don’t go below it.
What do they both have in common? Missing out on some of the best food, cocktails, and desserts served at Brooklyn restaurants. This weekend, grab your bae and leave your comfort zone. Find out just what exactly inspired famous quotes like ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn,’ and try out one of these six Brooklyn restaurants that are worth the weekend commute. Because we can all agree that MTA, is the actual worst.
La Vara – Cobble Hill
@lavarany | Owned by Alex Raij + Eder Montero
For the perfect date, birthday dinner, or just a great night out, La Vara is a small, bustling restaurant in Cobble Hill where you’ll be proud to be seen. It sits discreetly on a quiet block, but it’s no secret to true New York foodies. La Vara showcases the Jewish and Moorish influences in southern Spanish cooking and has been awarded a coveted Michelin star every year since 2015. The menu is bold, contemporary, and authentic with wine and cocktails to match.
Brooklyn Farmacy – Carroll Gardens
@brooklynfarmacy | Owned by Sibling Duo Gia Gasullo + Peter Freeman
If you’re like me and enjoy watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s just to make yourself inevitably cry, then this is a place where your heart and belly can be full. Brooklyn Farmacy is a contemporary soda fountain housed in a restored 1920s apothecary. The menu features creative and delicious sundaes, house-made small batch sodas mixed on the spot, as well as delicious savory sandwiches. This is a place I’ve taken boyfriends, best friends, and children that I’ve babysat, and each one fell in love. Old New York vibes will always win.
Juniper – Williamsburg
@juniperbrooklyn | Owned by Tom Mak
If you found your way to New York via any southern states, this BYOB restaurant is a must visit. Juniper is a chef-driven restaurant owned and operated by Tom Mak. The menu includes delicious seasonal salads with local ingredients and southern soul food with a New Orleans influence. Their Mac ‘n cheese is made from scratch with each order and perfect for sharing so you can try another delicious entree.
Leyenda – Carroll Gardens
Leyenda is a pan-Latin cocktail bar that levels up to any Manhattan speakeasy. Its cozy neighborhood vibe and menus speak for themselves, creating an atmosphere with no need to be pretentious. The cocktail menu is creative and classic as well as the fantastic food menu by the acclaimed Chef Sue Torres.
Saraghina – Bedford-Stuyvesant
@saraghinabrooklyn | Owned by Edoardo Martinelli
Every time someone talks to me about great pizza in New York, I genuinely feel bad for them if they haven’t been to Saraghina. I’m a little biased because this restaurant is in my neighborhood, and I used to work there. But, there’s a lot of restaurants that I used to work at that are not listed here so, there’s that. In addition to authentic Italian pizza, the full menu changes weekly with dishes that feature the freshest local ingredients. Hurry and stop by before their summer patio closes.
Gran Eléctrica – DUMBO
@granelectrica | Owned by Tamer Hamawi, Elise Rosenberg, and Emelie Kihlstrom
Gran Electrica takes on regionally-influenced Mexican cuisine with a menu crafted to showcase a diversity of dishes from across the country. Hand-pressed tortillas, heirloom corn, house-made crema, and spicy chorizo are all made on site, keeping techniques rooted in authentic Mexican cooking. The cocktail menu delivers Mexican flavors and seasonal ingredients featuring tequila and mezcal by small-batch and artisan distillers. The cherry on top? The interior celebrates the vibrancy of Mexican art with carefully designed wallpaper inspired by famous Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada. You’ll find yourself immersed inside the classic Day of the Dead themes – set in none other than a Brooklyn landscape.