Rows of celebrated restaurants and cafés are one reason why New Yorkers flock to Boerum Hill, a favorite culinary locale for natives and newcomers alike. Some of the world’s top chefs, and one the city’s best bakeries, make the neighborhood a bona fide beacon for cuisine.
PAISANO’S MEAT MARKET
162 Smith Street
Paisanos is an excellent neighborhood butcher shop offering traditional Italian foods.There you’ll find prime beef, imported cheeses, and the signature hero sandwiches you’ll eat on your way home.
120 Smith Street
A neighborhood treasure for authentic French baguettes baked in-house three times daily. Not to be overlooked, Bien Cuit’s spectacular croissants, tarts, and desserts are considered among the finest in the city. Traditional French breads are also applied to made-to-order café sandwiches, along with a stellar menu of savory bites—all made with locally sourced ingredients. Bien Cuit is an artisan staple of the New York food community, supplying many top restaurants with pastries and fresh bread.
255 Smith Street
Unassuming in appearance, the charm of Battersby can be found in the whimsical tasting menus crafted daily by its owners, veteran chefs of Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse.
20 Columbia Place
In a borough famed for a seemingly endless array of slow-food, farm-to-table restaurants, Iris Cafe manages to break free of the pack with a rustic lunch menu laden with comfort classics like impeccable pastrami and sauerkraut sandwiches, local greens, and some of the best sticky buns this side of the Atlantic.
148 Hoyt Street
The Brooklyn Inn brings a gold standard to the local watering hole with an antique carved wood bar imported from Germany, a billiards room, and most importantly, a high-end selection of brews.
190 Dean Street
Farmhouses in Brooklyn might be few and far between, but Rucola’s reclaimed-wood interior, homemade pastas and Northern Italian-inspired fare comes pretty close to the real deal.