Here They Are: The Best Eats in Brooklyn Heights 2016

Your nominations have been tabulated, and after due consideration by the BHB Food Editorial Board, here are the Best Eats in Brooklyn Heights 2016:

Best Restaurant:  Jack the Horse Tavern

Close Runners-Up:  Henry’s End and Noodle Pudding (So good, it doesn’t need a website or a sign outside.)

Honorable Mentions:  Colonie and Chez Moi

Best Newcomer:  Pinto

Close Runner-Up:  Kogane Ramen


Best Italian:  Noodle Pudding

Close Runner-Up:  Sociale

Honorable Mentions:  Queen and River Deli



Best Mexican:  Gallito’s Kitchen

Close Runner-Up:  Gran Eléctrica

Best Diner:  Teresa’s

Close Runners-Up:  Clark’s Restaurant and Park Plaza Restaurant

Best Breakfast:  To Go – Cranberry’s  |  To Sit – Tazza

Best Lunch:  Tie between Hanco’s and Mile End Delicatessen

Best Burger:  Tie between Five Guys and two8two Bar & Burger

Best Pizza:  To Go – Fascati’s (Controversial pick! Readers either love it or hate it, but it got the most votes hands down.)  |  To Sit – Dellarocco’s

Close Runner-Up:  Table 87

Best Dessert:  Almondine

Best BBQ:  Hill Country (Not much competition in the area, true, but as reader “St. Georgette” notes, it’s the “best place to eat AND hear great live music, and with good drinks too.”)

Best Japanese:  Iron Chef

Close Runners-Up:  Ani Sushi and Hibino (As reader “Resident” notes, the only Japanese restaurant in the area “run by real Japanese people.”)

Best Thai:  After best newcomer Pinto – Tie between Lantern Thai Kitchen and Joya

Best Chinese:  NONE. As reader “Studio Brooklyn” says, “Go to Flushing Queens and bring a friend who speaks Mandarin.” Or take Karl Jungersfeld’s advice and eat “Chinese food in Chinatown either on 8th Ave in Bklyn or Downtown Manhattan.” Although, if you’re in no mood to trek to Sunset Park or another borough, “St. Georgette” recommends Yaso Tangbao in downtown Brooklyn, and the BHB Food Editorial Board wholeheartedly agrees.

Last But Not Least:  As reader “Jorale-man” wisely comments, “a general vote for the Middle Eastern restaurants that survive amid the gentrification on Atlantic.” Reader “AbeLincoln” also nominates “all the Middle Eastern places on both Hicks and Henry.” Indeed, we applaud them all, all equally good, including Tutt Café, Yemen Café, Sultan, Tripoli, Mocha Hookah, Fatoosh, Darna Falafel, and Heights Falafel. Plus, according to “Grace Court Jester” – “that Halal Cart on the corner of Joraleman and Court has great lamb.”

Thanks to all for participating. Let’s go out and eat!



Share this Story:


  • Concerned

    Not sure. I’ve been to Ohio several times and always to Columbus. This is a place I always go. Great food, great cocktails and solid patrons.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    “Solid patrons”? You mean they’re fat, right? A lot of Ohioans are fat. Gritty, but fat.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Best basketball courts in Brooklyn Bridge Park?

  • MadeInBrooklyn

    Yeah, not a fan of Five Guys whatsoever. Plus it’s a chain. I prefer to give my cash to mom and pop businesses. And give the Ale House another shot with their new menu.

  • MadeInBrooklyn

    Really? I like their food. Nothing earth-shatering but their burger is damn good, as is the cobb salad.

  • Concerned

    True. But I was referring to a more cosmopolitan crowd…for Ohio. Which means no fights, no tobacco spit, no bridesmaid’s parties, no fraternity bros, no sweatpants, no mentions of George W. Bush being right after “all is said and done”, and jagr bombs in moderation.

  • Concerned

    LOL!! I was thinking “most entertaining crimes to watch from BornHere’s co-op on Joralemon”, or Arch Stanton’s favorite: “Most beloved areas for the St. Anne’s teens to smoke”.

  • DIBS

    At least we don’t get comments like this one about a new Oaxacan place in Ditmas Park here:

    “Beautiful decor, but this is the best of example of “Cultural Appropriation” in our neighborhood: this white couple in Kensington is profiting from the ideas and culture that come from the poorest and most marginalized region of Mexico, without giving back to that community!

    “Taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission. This can include unauthorized use of another culture’s dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc. It’s most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects.” taken from

    How many of you know what’s happening in Oaxaca today? I’d love to read about how the owners of the Loba Cantina are helping the Oaxacan families who taught them how to cook this food!”

  • Greg

    That’s some interesting intel, thank you for sharing.

    I used to really like Facsati’s but eventually came to the conclusion that their eat-in slices just weren’t all that compelling any more. I’ve never tried delivery from them and would be curious to test the difference.

    Living in the south Heights, I invariably choose MLP over Fascati’s for obvious reasons. And I love Table 87 to death – I think a serious argument can be made that they kick it up a few notches over Fascati’s. But indeed it’s a very different kind of pizza and aiming for a very different kind of thing.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    MLP is among the best pizza in the borough! And the friendliest delivery guy I’ve ever met.

  • gc

    Their Supreme round pie is the best in the neighborhood! LUV the delivery guy!

  • redlola

    Food is delicious. Could use a bit more of it tho lolol

  • redlola

    I live by there and only remember it being an italian restaurant which i liked

  • redlola

    What is mlp

  • redlola

    I went to concise on business and stayed at some historic hilton maybe downtown. The hotel restaurant turned out to be a fancy well regarded place as i learned eating in sweatpants while ppl in cocktail garb were celebrating engagements and birthdays.

  • Arch Stanton

    I do go to the Ale House and like the food, I just don’t think it wins best in any of the categories.

  • Bornhere

    And individual, lean-on-the-windowsill pillows for all!

  • gc

    My Little Pizzeria

  • Mary Kim

    Not a classic steakhouse, but Libertador on Henry and Baltic has excellent Argentinean steak and nice people running the place.

  • Arch Stanton

    Funny (and frightening), but it begs the question, how did you find that, do you do nothing else but cruz blogs of neighborhoods you don’t live in?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    At this writing this thread has reached 80 comments (not counting this one). The original post calling for nominations reached 32.

  • francesco

    lol i hear you

  • Concerned

    LOL! There’s data for you. What’s your analysis?

  • Peter Loibl

    I went to OSU in the mid 90s, and I was broke! So while my palate has improved in my “mature years,” my Cbus stomping grounds centered around more chill spots like the Thurman Cafe, Mama’s Pasta and Brew and Schmidt’s when I wanted to “splurge.” Also spent plenty a boozey late night at La Bamba and Adriatico’s … ahhh memories! haha.

    PS, Columbus has some diverse areas: spend time in Dublin, Upper Arlington or New Albany, and it will feel a lot like Brooklyn Heights (well, in affluence and attitude anyway) … when you head south to Grove City (or below), that is when the, umm, more “interesting” folks rear their heads.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Yes! I’d liken parts of Clintonville, especially near Weber and Valhalla, to this hood.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    For sale. ;)

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Also Grandview, if the architecture is discounted and instead just the vibe is taken into account.

  • St. Georgette

    best nail salons!

  • Moni

    Entirely agree regarding Heights Cafe. Lousy food, indefensible prices.

  • du75

    you left out one of the best Indian Restaurants in the city : AsYA on Henry Street. It’s terrific and deserves support.