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Where To Eat In Brooklyn

Though I have been to New York many times, my only previous experience of Brooklyn was travelling over an hour to grab a slice from famous L&B Spumoni Pizzeria. After that first taste being such a success I could not wait to get my teeth into Brooklyn properly and see what foodie delights it had to offer.

Always trusting a local’s opinion over guidebooks and Googling, I got in touch with the lovely Melissa at Social Decay (an awesome Brooklyn based indie clothing brand) to ask for recommendations – and she came through! I will forever be grateful for the epic list of places she sent me as every one of them was a gem and really made our trip special. So, if your trip revolves mainly around tasting your way through a city keep, on scrolling…

(disclaimer some of the pictures are not up to my usual standard but the places are still totally worth sharing)

Swallow Cafe

A basic, cash only cafe that is perfect to stop by for a bagel, coffee or cake pick me up.

Though small the cafe can be easily spotted with the huge swallow artwork covering the entire front which you can see in the feature image.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks


This restaurant/bar is the grooviest Grandma’s house in town; I respect my elders by giving this place it’s very own post.

We went for a delicious brunch but they also do an awesome happy hour with beer and a burger for only $10.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks


This is one of the most raved about pizza places in Brooklyn, and for good reason.

I loved it so much it was another one that got it’s very own post.

This pizzeria is massively popular so I would recommend getting there early or popping by during the week if possible.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Dun-Well Doughnuts 

New York’s first ever vegan only doughnut joint was inspired by Homer Simpson!

After watching an episode which left him craving Homer’s favourite snack, co-owner Christopher Hollowell joined forces with buddy Dan Dunbar to create a place that could nurture his need for a decent doughnut without using animal products or scrimping on flavour.

Whether you are vegan or not you will not be disappointed by these delicious doughnuts.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Samurai Papa

A tiny hole-in-the-wall Japanese joint with sharing tables.

This place serves up the best vegan ramen as well as other super fresh Japanese dishes and amazing cocktails.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

61 Local

A cool bar within an old carriage house.

This place has an awesome mixture of relaxed coffee place, workspace, eatery with a welcoming vibe, and great craft beer.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Building On The Bond

Comfort food set in a creative environment; whether you are stopping by for  just for a drink or a full meal you can expect a warm welcome.

I can highly recommend the veggie burger!

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Sweet Chick

Fantastic southern food for both meat eaters and vegetarians.

Even though my Chicken and Waffles were meat free they were so delicious they got their very own post.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

After having the best vegan hot dog at Rosamunde San Francisco  I had to check out their Brooklyn branch.

If you are not a veggie there are plenty of other options made from high quality meat without hormones or preservatives all sourced from free range farms.

Their menu has a huge variety of hotdogs and flavour combinations.

A simple place that does it right.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Blue Bottle Coffee

Another small chain that I first came across in San Francisco.

These guys are serious about coffee, specialising in roasting beans from a single source.

If you want to do more than just get your caffeine fix you can also learn how to brew here.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Nitehawk Cinema

An independent cinema where food and drink is brought to you by servers whilst you kick back and enjoy the movie.

This was my absolute dream date night.

Where To Eat In Brooklyn Emma Inks

Old Stanleys

Heading more towards the Ridgewood area, and right around the corner from our Airbnb, this place became our local boozer of choice. Don’t expect anything too fancy, it is a great old school bar with a decent beer selection and good soft pretzels.

Brooklyn has a plethora of amazing places to eat, but if you want to hop across to Manhattan I also have a list of my favourite food spots there!

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Have you guys been to New York? Where should I eat on my next trip?


  1. I love 61 Local, my boyfriend’s office is right down the street! Also great in that area is Joya Thai, which doesn’t have a sign so it’s tricky to find, but it’s super cheap, massive portions of REALLY GOOD Thai food!

    You need to spend a day eating in Greenpoint! I swear we have more Michelin ratings per square acre than any other neighborhood in Brooklyn! From the fantastic paella and tapas at El Born, to the vegan- and gluten-free-friendly Balinese restaurant Selamat Pagi, to the hip vibe and unbeatable cocktails at Oaxacan/Taiwanese fusion joint Lucky Luna (the go-to brunch spot), I could go on and on and on!!

    1. Emma says:

      Sounds amazing I will add it to my list of places I need to check out next time I am back over

  2. I’m so hungry, and even more so now! I’ve never been to America, but New York is definitely top of my list. One day. One day.

    1. Emma says:

      You HAVE to go it’s my favourite place in the world

  3. Sian says:

    When I visited Brooklyn it was only for a day trip whilst staying in New York City. I can’t believe I missed out on all this foodie goodness! If/when I’m lucky enough to return to Brooklyn, Nitehawk Cinema is at the top of my list of places to go! 🙂

    1. Emma says:

      Before this visit Brooklyn was a day trip for me too but it is totally worth staying, there so many awesome independent places to check out

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