The Best Brooklyn Dishes at Any Price Point 


Although a few Manhattan media lackeys still insist on throwing shade at Brooklyn’s dining scene (we’re looking at you, Josh Ozersky!), we remain immensely proud of it. Because where else can you travel from Sicily to Phuket to Oaxaca to the Deep South in the course of one city block? So allow us to honor the borough’s best dishes (at restaurants both old and new) at a wide range of prices, from an 80-cent beef patty at a bakery in Flatbush to a $52 plate of Kiev-style chicken in Williamsburg.

Under $5


Imaculee Bakery Beef Patties (80¢)
We’re not big on Cheezit-orange patties crammed with globs of ground-down mystery meat. But Immaculee’s flaky, buttery, housemade pastries are a different species entirely, sporting a fragrant interior of curried beef or, more interestingly, swordfish. 1411 Nostrand Avenue, Flatbush

Taqueria Izucar Tacos al Pastor ($1)
There’s not much you can get for a dollar nowadays, even at 99-cent stores. (What’s up with that?) But the perfectly proportioned tacos at Taqueria Izucar can be had for $1 a pop, filled with pineapple-strewn al pastor, lime-marinated braised veal or spicy chorizo. 1503 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick

Under $5 (continued)


Whiskey Soda Lounge Deep-fried Dried Anchovies with Sriracha ($3)
If you don’t count the cost of the cocktails you’ll inevitably want to pair them with, these salty, dessicated fishies are as wallet-friendly as it gets. Just think of them as a piscine version of chips and dip. 115 Columbia Street, Columbia Street Waterfront District


Ba XÛyen Meatball Banh Mi ($4.50)
How many places in the city sell overstuffed sandwiches for under five bucks? Sunset Park is a treasure trove of cheap eats, especially Banh Mi specialist Ba Xûyen, who pile Italian-style pork meatballs with pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeño, mayonnaise, and (if you like it spicy) an especially incendiary hot sauce. 4222 Eighth Avenue, Sunset Park

Polonica Zurek ($4.50)
Polish food is always a good go-to if you’re looking to fill your belly for a song. And the inexpensive soups at Polonica are totally meal-worthy, especially the Zurek, a white version of borscht that comes with meat, boiled eggs, and a plate of onion-flecked mashed potatoes meant for dumping inside. 7214 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge

Under $10

Brennan and Carr Gargulio Burger ($6.45)
Although the iconic roast beef sandwiches almost make the under $5 category, we can never resist going for the upgrade to the Gargiulo Burger, in which that same jus-slathered beef gets piled on top of a hamburger, then finished off with sautéed onions and melted cheese. What’s an extra dollar? 3432 Nostrand Avenue, Sheepshead Bay


606 R&D Grilled Donuts ($8) (VEG)
Is there anything more snoozeworthy than a ricotta crostini? 606 R&D turns the tired menu item on its head by swapping out crusty bread for a pair of their killer cake-donuts, which get zapped on the grill and spread with fresh ricotta cheese, honey and thyme. 606 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights

Under $10 (continued)


Mimi’s Hummus Mushroom Hummus ($9) (VEG)
Hummus isn’t this tiny eatery’s namesake for nothing. And you don’t even need to be a vegetarian to appreciate the appealingly earthy mushroom hummus, a silky smooth paste crowned with an aromatic stew of coarsely chopped funghi flavored with olive oil, onion and cumin. 1209 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park

Mtskheta Café Khinkali ($9)
Bath Beach has become home to a bunch of Georgian restaurants, uniquely inspired by the flavors of the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Western Asia. And the culinary traditions of each area merge particularly well on the meat and broth-filled Khinkali, a type of soup dumpling meant to be picked up by its doughy topknot. 2568 86th Street, Bath Beach

King Noodle Ma Po French Fries ($9)
Granted, many of the dishes at this Day-Glo Bushwick funhouse are calibrated for maximum shock value, but this spicy love child of ma po tofu and chili cheese fries is surprisingly nuanced—and dangerously addictive. 1045 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick

Under $20


Glady’s Brocc’Obama ($10) (VEG)
Why do so many “vegetable” sandwiches translate to grilled planks of off-season zucchini, inundated with rivers of pungent balsamic? Thank goodness for this assortment of creamy ricotta, smoky grilled broccoli, tangy mustard vinaigrette and sprightly greens; hardly a sad, meat-free substitute for the artery-clogging Abra Kebabra (porchetta topped with fries). We think FLOTUS would approve. 788 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights


Onomea Loco Moco ($14)
We’re on the fence about Spam (as in, we flat out don’t like it), but there’s more to Hawaiian food than gelatinous pork byproduct. And really, there’s nothing not to love about the Loco Moco—a teriyaki burger served on a bed of rice with a sunny side egg and topped with gravy—currently served at Brooklyn’s first restaurant dedicated to the Aloha State. 84 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg

Under $10 (continued)


Hibino Anago Hako Sushi ($15)
You can get maki rolls at Duane Reade nowadays, but the sushi at Hibino is really something special, particularly the Hako, an ancient variation of sushi developed in Osaka. Try the gorgeous Anago: sea eel placed on top of rice, compressed in a box, and topped with a gossamer nest of omelet threads. 333 Henry Street, South Brooklyn

Atrium Dumbo Quinoa Tagliatelle ($16) (VEG)
You know Atrium is paying a pretty penny for the glorious, glassed-in space in DUMBO that formerly housed Governor, which makes this hearty plate of pasta—a tumble of tagliatelle made from nutty quinoa topped with more toasted quinoa and interspersed with lemon, cumin, and cauliflower cream—feel like a particular steal. 15 Main Street, DUMBO

Motorino Porchetta Calzone ($18)
The revamped Motorino marks the return of old favorites like the Pugliese; a stracciatella, broccolini and sweet sausage pie. But we’re partial to this indulgent menu newbie, a burnished dough pocket concealing a full 14-ounces of Italian pulled pork. 139 Broadway, Williamsburg

Under $30


Marco’s Squid in the style of Venice ($21)
The newest restaurant from the Franny’s team forgoes wood-burning pizza pies in favor of regional Italian antipasti, primi, secondi and contorni. Particularly lovely is the Venetian-style squid: tender cephalopod braised in a simple sauce of tomatoes and white wine. 295 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Heights

Tanoreen Squash Yogurt ($21)
Chef/owner Rawia Bishara knocks Middle Eastern staples like falafel, kibbe and babaganouj out of the ballpark at this acclaimed Bay Ridge spot, but we especially love her unique, homestyle creations like baby squash stuffed with spiced lamb and nuts, stewed in a housemade yogurt-garlic sauce. 7523 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge

La Slowteria El Negrito ($23)
Mole is already one of Mexico’s most respected and complex dishes, often containing up to 20 ingredients in the sauce alone. Hugo Orozco ups the ante with his El Negrito, a duck confit smothered in rich, dark mole, then plated with deconstructed elements of that same mole, like grated chocolate, grilled onions, almonds, plantains and figs. 548 Court Street, South Brooklyn

Hometown Barbecue Brisket ($25/lb.)
The darkly crusted, finely marbled brisket is the thing to get at this new Red Hook barbecue joint, cooked over white oak and cherrywood in a 3000-pound, 10-foot long smoker. 454 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook


Gwynnett St. Cobia cauliflower, tarragon, grape and sea lettuce ($27) New chef Owen Clark is picking up where Justin Hilbert left off with dishes that favor obscure ingredients (sea lettuce? really?) but still manage to be fully approachable and entirely delicious. 312 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg

$30 and Up


Peter Luger The Porterhouse ($46.95)
Peter Luger’s famous porterhouse, which arrives sizzling on a plate and pooled in its own juices, is the reason the restaurant has maintained its Michelin star year after year. 178 Broadway, Williamsburg


Maison Premiere Shellfish Plateau ($50+)
Raw seafood of any sort will generally set you back a pretty penny, but at Maison Premiere, they actually put more effort into their plateau than just shucking a variety of shellfish. Look for chilled, composed items like geoduck with white soy and avocado, and razor clams with chorizo and coco beans. 298 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg


The Elm Chicken “Kiev Style” ($52)
Don’t expect Paul Liebrandt to present you with anything as kitschy and pedestrian as butter-sluiced chicken breast. His version of Kiev comes deconstructed in a Dutch Oven: a rolled breast; a deboned, fried wing; and a chicken thigh croquette. And it’s almost worth ordering for the side of Aligot, a bowl of intensely cheesy whipped-potatoes topped with fried chicken skin. 160 N. 12th Street, Williamsburg

$30 and Up (continued)


Glasserie Whole Rabbit ($72)
Once you get over your hangups about seeing a whole roasted bunny plopped on a plate, it’s pure pleasure to pile the meat on homemade slabs of flaky, buttery flatbread. 95 Commercial Street, Greenpoint


Blue Ribbon Paella Royale ($98)
You’d think that sushi would be the big ticket item at Blue Ribbon, but it’s actually this absurdly luxe paella, topped with whole lobster, shrimp, salmon, striped bass, chicken, chicken sausage, mussels and clams. 280 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope

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