Brooklyn Heights restaurants are some of the best in the borough, and if you're looking for a delicious dinner, these picks won't disappoint.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein
Don't be put off by the strange-sounding name: This always-crowded, family-friendly Italian restaurant is a neighborhood favorite. With a reasonably-priced menu that offers excellent Italian basics (like a perfect spaghetti marinara and melt-in-your-mouth homemade gnocchi), locals come for the great food while tourists looking for a bite to eat after walking the Brooklyn Bridge are often pleasantly surprised when they stumble upon the humble-looking hotspot. Noodle Pudding's one flaw? Reservations aren't accepted, so expect a wait.
Ask any Brooklyn Heights local where the best BBQ in the neighborhood is, and they'll probably direct you to Atlantic Avenue's Waterfront Ale House. This popular bar and restaurant dishes out some of the neighborhood's best pub food with an extensive beer list to match. If you're in the mood for dessert, try the restaurant's bread pudding, which is hands down the best I've ever had.
Queen has been serving its rustic Italian fare to Brooklynites since 1958, and meals here are as hearty (imagine heaping servings of pasta doused in rich, cream-based pasta sauces) and fulfilling as they are delicious. A long-time favorite of food critics, the restaurant has been deemed one of Zagat's "top 1,000 Italian restaurants in the country." My advice? Don't miss out on the fresh mozzarella appetizer, and arrive with a big appetite in tow.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the River Deli doesn’t serve up pastrami, but dishes out some of the tastiest Italian food in the Heights. When two Sardinian expats transformed an old corner deli into a delightful Italian restaurant, they kept the name. Located on a charming cobblestone street, a couple of blocks from scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park, River Deli is a neighborhood staple and gem. The intimate 42-seat restaurant has an extensive wine selection and is also open for brunch. The exposed brick walls and the view of brownstone-lined Joralemon Street, makes this an ideal spot to take a date. You can leave the credit cards at home because it’s cash only at The River Deli.
Jack the Horse is often noted for its delicious cocktails, but to ignore this cozy restaurant's food menu would be a crime. That said, I give you three words: Macaroni. And. Cheese. Jack the Horse's bacon-filled version of this comfort food staple is absolutely amazing. One bite and you'll become a restaurant regular.