Brunch: The Sunburnt Calf
Runner Up: Buttermilk Channel
Forget about humdrum Belgian waffles and congealed eggs Benedict—this Aussie by-way-of Southeast Asia eatery has got the hookup on ginger and pork congee and unlimited moo-mary’s and moo-mosas!
Runner Up: East River Seafood Palace
Forget about your corner Yummy Garden or Sichuan Delight—chow down on chicken feet, hundred-corner shrimp balls and Hong Kong-style fried frogs with yams at this top Sunset Park dim sum house and restaurant.
Mexican: Tortillera Mexicanas Tres Hermanos
Runner Up: Cariño
This tiny taqueria behind a terrific tortilla factory serves top-notch tacos, taquitos, tostadas and tortas!
Italian Old school: L&B
Sauce-topped squares and tri-color dairy desserts are only the tip of the iceberg—exemplary Southern Italian fare is served in the clamorous dining room.
New school: Brucie
Runner Up: Franny’s
We really love Brucie’s part-restaurant, part-grocery, all-charm model. But mainly we love its perfect, impossibly creamy burrata and their pork and butternut lasagna. Really, we love it all.
Middle Eastern: Tanoreen
Runner Up: Mogador
It’s no wonder this acclaimed outer-outerborough joint has become a dining destination—Chef-owner Rawia Bishara serves the best shish kebab this side of Lebanon. And kibbe, and shulbato, and baba ghanouj…
Japanese: Chuko Ramen!
Runner Up: Ki Sushi
Morimoto’s former exec chef and sous are currently doing their master proud in Prospect Heights, serving up pristine bowls of unfussed, fairly priced ramen.
Runner Up: Hope and Anchor
On the outside, this sister restaurant of Marlow & Sons looks very much like a roadside diner. But inside, the smell of old fryer grease and stale coffee are replaced with sizzling burgers and boozy cocktails shaken up at the swivel-stooled bar. It’s a nouveau revival of the diner, as it were, serving its particular clientele in Brooklyn just what it wants.
BBQ: Char No. 4
Runner Up: Mable’s Smokehouse
Their signature house-cured lamb pastrami’s only your first stop amid all the delicious specialties this small yet so spot-on restaurant serves. The smoked chicken and chopped pork sandwich are juicy and tasty enough to stand on their own, with simple seasonings and sides, and they take reservations for whole suckling pig roasts for parties as well.
Vietnamese: Ba Xuyen
Runner Up: Bep
This no-frills banh mi shop has at least half a dozen varieties of the Franco-Vietnamese sandwich, all served on a heated and crusty baguette with plenty of crunchy, pickled, spicy and fresh toppings. There’s not much room to sit, should you want to linger, but for less than $5 a pop, every sandwich is a sure investment in deliciousness.
Seafood: Maison Premiere
Runner Up: Red Hook Lobster Pound
We have proof positive that oysters are an aphrodisiac: our fanatical obsession with this sultry absinthe house’s incomparable dollar happy hour.
Food Truck: Solber Pupusas
Runner Up: Endless Summer
Before Smorgasburg, the Grand Army Plaza Food Truck Rally and the Brooklyn Flea, there were the Red Hook Ballfields. The benevolent rulers of those ballfields? The Vendy Award-winning Solber Pupusas.
Tapas: Palo Cortado
Runner Up: La Vara
This warm, atmospheric Carroll Gardens spot is as close to a classic Mala Saña tapas bar in New York as we can think of: an impressive sherry selection, spot-on bacalao and patatas bravas, plus an amazing goat cheese croquette with truffle-honey. Si.
Runner Up: Le Barricou
Liberté, égalité, fraternité! This sassy Williamsburg brasserie is a Francophile’s dream, boasting antique lighting, a gorgeous rooftop garden, and a mean moules and frites.
Runner Up: Peter Luger
Move over Luger—these waiters actually smile when they plunk down your porterhouse with creamed spinach, wild mushroom spaetzle, and goat cheese potato puree.
Gastropub: The Vanderbilt
Runner Up: Allswell
Restaurateur Saul Bolton certainly has the Midas touch—who knew a Michelin-starred chef could turn out such charmingly humble, stick-to-your-ribs fare?
Latenight: No-Name Bar
Runner Up: ExtraFancy
What’s in a name? Well, nothing, if you’re talking about this divey Greenpoint bar—but the superiority of its subterranean noodle parlor speaks volumes.
Runner Up: Maimonide of Brooklyn
There might be more refined, even more adventurous vegetarian fare in Brooklyn, but for consistency and sheer deliciousness we have to go with V-Spot in Park Slope. Honestly, their Bandeja Paisa (Columbia variety plate!) is our favorite single vegetarian entree in the entire city.