Cheap & Trendy Restaurants in Brooklyn

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Looking for a buzzing scene in Brooklyn that won't break the bank? Try one of these cheap and trendy restaurants.

Hometown Bar-B-Que
Red Hook · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

A “destination-worthy” home to “honest” BBQ, this Red Hook “champ” supplies “terrific” Texas-style meats (think “melt-in-your-mouth” brisket and “caveman-sized” ribs) in a “converted garage” with a “roadhouse party vibe” ; “energetic” crowds line up for the counter service, but the “smoky” “excellence” “rewards the wait.”
Roberta's
Pizza · Bushwick · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Legendary" by now, this this “hipster-chic” Bushwick destination is a “real standout” thanks to “expertly crafted” pizzas (try the “out-of-this-world” bee sting) and “equally amazing” Italian dishes, enhanced by homegrown produce; perpetual “crowds” make for “massive” waits, but once you're in it's “loads of fun.”
Saraghina
Pizza · Bedford-Stuyvesant · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

A Bed-Stuy “hidden treasure” , this “rustic” all-day “favorite” stands out with “wonderful” Neapolitan pizzas and other Italian dishes showcasing “top-quality ingredients” ; a “crowded” interior on weekends is alleviated in summer by the “cool backyard.”
GRAN ELÉCTRICA
DUMBO · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Simple but super-delicious” , the Mexican eats at this “pleasant” Dumbo denizen under the Brooklyn Bridge pair well with its extensive list of mezcals, tequilas and “killer” margaritas; Day of the Dead–inspired wallpaper adds to the “festive” vibrations, while the “fun patio” provides a “civilized respite from the noisy interior.”
Cafe Mogador Williamsburg
Middle Eastern · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Everything is delicious” at these “popular” Moroccan “standbys” that are especially known for their “unbeatable” brunches; “tight seating” and “long waits” are part of the deal, but “gentle prices” help, and Williamsburg's “cute indoor garden” is especially “charming.”