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The River CafÉ

1 Water St between Furman & Everit Sts
(718) 522-5200

The River Café is a Brooklyn staple that offers diners gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline from its position under the Brooklyn Bridge, and has recently reopened after... Read More

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Diner

85 Broadway at Berry St
(718) 486-3077

Another addition to the Andrew Tarlow family of restaurants & markets is Diner, the neighbor of Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg. Started in 1998, Diner has done Brooklyn fare right long before... Read More

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Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave between South 1st and Grand St
(347) 335-0446

The real draws at this Williamsburg hotspot from La Barricou’s Joshua Boissy are the absinthe and oysters, despite delicious dinner and weekend brunch menus. A U-shaped marble bar frames the... Read More

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Achilles Heel

180 West St at Green St
(347) 987-3666

Brooklyn scene-maker Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons wakes up the underserved Greenpoint waterfront with a nautical dive that draws fans of Tarlow’s brand of farm-to-table cuisine. Housed in a... Read More

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Five Leaves

18 Bedford Ave at Lorimer St
718-383-5345

Brought to fruition thanks to the estate of late actor Heath Ledger, a friend of owner Jud Mongell, this café in Greenpoint has a casual vibe with nautical décor, and homey Australian accented... Read More

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Paulie Gee’s

60 Greenpoint Ave between West & Franklin Sts
(347) 987-3747

Paul Gionnone’s spin on Neapolitan-style pizza at his namesake restaurant in Brooklyn has attracted plenty of attention from the pizza experts over the years. But these pies, with names like... Read More

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St. Anselm

355 Metropolitan Ave near Havemeyer St.
718-384-5054

St. Anselm, located in Brooklyn’s thriving neighborhood of Williamsburg, is the adventurous cousin of most typical New York steakhouses. In a casual, unassuming environment of wood shingles... Read More

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Blanca

261 Moore St at Bogart St
(347) 799-2807

Blanca, the fashionable Bushwick tasting room that opened on the grounds of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, is the brainchild of the formerly anonymous chef Carlo Mirarchi, who, along with two partners, has... Read More