Best in Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill

April 3, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

In between all the brownstones are a lot of good restaurants. Here are our picks for the very best.

Emily - Brooklyn
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.
The Finch
American · Clinton Hill · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

A Gramercy Tavern alum “flies high” with “sophisticated, creative and delicious” seasonal American dishes at this Clinton Hill brownstoner, overseen by a “friendly” team; though “small” -ish portions come at “Manhattan” prices, the “minimalist” space with a marble bar exudes “neighborhood charm.”
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.
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.
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.”
Bar Bolinas
Californian · Clinton Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

The Allswell team is behind this "relaxed" Clinton Hill New American, where the "sophisticated" yet "casual" cooking is inspired by the Northern California coast; the compact space features exposed-brick walls, beachy white beams and a leafy back patio, plus a redwood bar pouring "top-quality" cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
Walter's
American · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Embodying Brooklyn's “Socratic ideal of a neighborhood place” , these “pub-ish” spots supply “solid” , spiffed-up American comfort fare and “killer” cocktails; “reasonable” prices and “comfortable” interiors seal the deal – they “care about the details and it shows.”
METTĀ
New American · Fort Greene · $$$

Open-flame South American cooking is the main event at this Fort Greene spot by chef Norberto Piattoni, highlighting local produce and natural wines. Crisply designed with wood, brick and tile, it has a chef’s counter for prime viewing.
Karasu
Japanese · Fort Greene · $$$

Hidden behind a door at Walter’s in Fort Greene, this elegant Japanese izakaya serves eclectic contemporary bites to go with sake, whiskey and beautifully presented cocktails. The setting is dark and softly lit, with vinyl records adding to the speakeasy mood.
Miss Ada
Mediterranean · Fort Greene · $$$

Chef-owner Tomer Blechman (formerly of Gramercy Tavern and Bar Bolonat) puts a savvy spin on recipes from his native Israel at this Fort Greene Mediterranean where the dishes and cocktails are garnished with herbs from the on-site garden. A marble-topped bar, open kitchen and woodsy surroundings with a muraled patio complete the picture.