Best in Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

These restaurants earn top ratings among Fort Greene and Clinton Hill's culinary best.

Emily
Pizza · Clinton Hill · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

This “vibrant” pizzeria duo serves “out-of-this-world” Neapolitan pies with “perfectly charred” crusts and “inventive” toppings – though some swear the “killer” (but limited-supply) burger is the real “showstopper” ; the Clinton Hill original specializes in rectangular pies, while the West Village outpost offers round too, but both spots are "tight" , so make a reservation or expect "absurdly long" waits.
Olea
Mediterranean · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“On the keeper list” in Fort Greene, this BAM-area “favorite” features “delightful” Med plates (including notably “wonderful tapas” ) set down in “cozy” , “colorful” digs by an “accommodating” crew; since “everyone in the neighborhood” knows about it, be ready for “bustling” crowds and “long waits” , especially for brunch.
Speedy Romeo
Pizza · Clinton Hill · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

Though it’s “tempting” to stick to the “amazing” pizzas, regulars urge you to “give some love” to the other “fantastic” wood-grilled fare at these “cool” Italian kitchens; an “unpretentious” staff furthers the “comfortable” vibe, so the “cozy” setups suit “kids” and “hipsters” alike.
Locanda Vini & Olii
Italian · Clinton Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

The “former pharmacy” setting lends “old-fashioned but stylish appeal” to this “refreshingly distinctive” Clinton Hill Northern Italian, home to “expertly prepared” pastas and other “authentic” fare delivered by a “hands-on” staff; it’s a bona fide “hidden gem” where regulars “leave full and happy.”
Aita
Italian · Clinton Hill · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

These “homey” trattorias produce “excellent” pasta-centric Italian fare highlighting ingredients “straight from the farmer’s market” ; while the “intimate” Clinton Hill original is a “neighborhood favorite” and the newer Crown Heights locale is a “good entry to the scene” , both are favored for their “must-try” brunch.
Caffe e Vino
Italian · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Delightful” , “rustic” Italian food is the thing at this “tiny” Fort Greene trattoria near BAM; the “unpretentious” setting (complete with “requisite brick wall” ) can be “cramped” , but the “attentive” servers will “get you out well-fed” before curtain time.
Madiba
African · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

The “down-home” South African dishes are “strangely addicting” at this pioneering Fort Greene “original” , where “friendly” folks bring on the “hearty” traditional meals; “fun” digs with plenty of “relaxed” personality help keep “everyone very happy.”
Habana Outpost
Cuban · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.
HABANA TO GO
Mexican · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.