Best Restaurants in Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

On the block: These restaurants are top-rated favorites in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.

Pizza · DUMBO · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

From “pizza legend” Patsy Grimaldi, this “old-school” joint turns out “premium” pies via a coal oven ( “it’s the char!” ) in “casual” digs beneath the Brooklyn Bridge; since it “looks like everyone knows” , don’t be surprised to see lines “down the block.”
The River Café
American · DUMBO · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.6

“Is there a more beautiful setting in NYC?” swoon fans of this Dumbo waterfront “classic” whose “romantic” dining room offers “unbeatable” views of Manhattan, as well as a fairy-lit “Garden of Eden” just outside; “elegant” prix fixe–only American cuisine and “exceptional” service complete the “high-end” experience – for which an “expensive” price tag is “to be expected.”
Almondine Bakery
Bakery · DUMBO · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

It “feels like Paris” at this “authentically French” Dumbo cafe where the “delicious baked goods” include “excellent” croissants and some of the “best baguettes in Brooklyn” ; the “small” brick-walled space also has a few tables – ideal for sampling from the “nice variety” of soups, salads and quiches.
American · Brooklyn Heights · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“Vibrant atmosphere meets inspired menu” at this Brooklyn Heights New American, where a seasonal lineup of “exceptional locavore” dishes pairs with “top-notch” service in a space sporting a “lush garden” wall; it's an acknowledged “keeper” , though the “energetic” crowds and “tight” quarters can make it “hard to snag a table.”
Henry's End
American · Brooklyn Heights · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.3

A “neighborhood fixture” since 1973, this “cozy” Brooklyn Heights American mixes “delicious” “old-school” favorites (including “superb wild game” in season) with more “inventive” options; if the “closet-size” space seemingly “hasn’t changed since the Nixon administration” , most don’t mind, especially given the “friendly” service and relatively “reasonable prices.”
Luzzo's BK
Pizza · Brooklyn Heights · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Fans “thank the pizza gods” for these separately owned joints, where “superior” Neapolitan-style pies emerge from coal-fired ovens with enough “authenticity” to “make an Italian grandma proud” ; they're “no-frills” and often “jammed” , but the Brooklyn Heights locale has a back patio.
Noodle Pudding
Italian · Brooklyn Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.3

An “enduring favorite” that “never gets old” , this cash-only Brooklyn Heights “winner” is a hit with locals thanks to its “sublime” traditional Italian cooking and “wonderful energy” ; the “crowds never cease” and regulars “wish they took reservations” , but “moderate” tabs are the payoff.
Fornino At Pier 6
Pizza · Brooklyn Heights · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

In the eternal “NY pizza wars” , these Brooklyn “favorites” are “strong players” thanks to “decadent” toppings and “perfectly done” wood-fired crusts; “price-is-right” tabs enhance their “can't-go-wrong” reputations.