Top 10 places to eat in Crown Heights

The diversity of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, lends to the neighborhood’s character in many ways: from its street fashion to its colorful storefronts to its art and, perhaps most notably, its plethora of cuisine.

Photo Credit: Shalom Serraf

Photo Credit: Shalom Serraf

The diversity of Crown Heights lends to the neighborhood’s character in many ways: from its street fashion to its colorful storefronts to its art and, perhaps most notably, its plethora of cuisine.

Indeed, when it comes to foodie destinations, you’d be hard fought to find one as agreeable as this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Whether you’ve just got a few bucks or want to indulge your gluttonous side with a multi-course meal, below see our picks for the top 10 spots to eat in Crown Heights.

Take a look to see the spots chosen by Diane Pham, from 6Sqft.


$ - CHEAP EATS

Reservoir Dogs

Photo Credit: Roger Brock

Photo Credit: Roger Brock

Reservoir Dogs is not your typical hot dog stand.

This diminutive joint serves up “classic and shishifufu hot dogs & sausages” dressed up in everything.

From cheddar, spicy mayo, banana peppers, guacamole, hot and sweet chili jam, to pico de gallo, sauerkraut, bacon, grilled onions…

Hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 1pm - 12am
Thursday – Saturday: 3pm - 3am
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

Location: 717 Franklin Avenue


Gueros Brooklyn

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Gueros Brooklyn is a cozy spot offering fast and easy Mexican fare and fabulous margaritas.

Not to be missed: the massive-enough-for-two order of nachos.

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 4pm - 11pm
Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 10pm

Location: 605 Prospect Place

www.guerosbrooklyn.com


Pine Tree Sushi

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In front, you’ll find the offering of your typical neighborhood grocer.

Nestled at the back of this market is a full sushi bar called Pine Tree Sushi.

The menu features all the classics plus some unique takes like the Rihanna Roll which features “eel, banana and crunch on unagi sauce.”

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 11pm

Location: 744 Franklin Avenue

http://pinetreesushi.net


Frenchy’s Finest Truck

This is a bold claim, but we’re gonna make it:

The best croissants outside of France are being baked in and sold from a red truck called Frenchy’s Finest Truck, parked at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

The Nutella-filled beignets are also not to be missed.

Location: 333 Eastern Parkway

www.facebook.com/Frenchy's


Covenhoven

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There is no shortage of craft beers or ciders at this chill and cozy Crown Heights bar.

But, beyond their tasty selection of beverages, Covenhoven boasts a magical list of ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches to choose from.

Enjoy it at their backyard area!

Tip: get the cheddar jack sandwich with bacon and add fig jam

Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm - 1am

Location: 730 Classon Avenue

www.covenhovennyc.com


Gloria's

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Caribbean food is a mainstay of Crown Heights and if you’re looking for the best of the best in the nabe, this hole-in-the-wall joint is sure to please.

Gloria's Caribbean Brooklyn explains:

“We specialize in crafting mouth-watering meals and providing superb customer service. Order online for delivery or pickup!”

Just be ready to wait in line!

Hours:
They have different delivery and take-out hours, so check their website.

Location: 764 Nostrand Avenue

http://gloriascaribbeanbrooklyn.com


$$ - MODERATE

The Food Sermon

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While we would characterize The Food Sermon as a Caribbean eatery, this special spot stands out for its healthful take on classics that have been elevated even further with fusion flair.

Foolproof pick: The jerk chicken bowl with coconut ginger sauce.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm - 10:30pm
Friday: 12pm – 5pm (Based on the sunset)
Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

Location: 355 Rogers Avenue

www.thefoodsermon.com


The Crabby Shack

Crab legs, crab cakes, crab tacos, crab BLTs, crab mac and cheese….

If you love crab, this sunny spot called The Crabby Shack will surely satisfy.

Hours:
Monday: 3pm - 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 3pm - 10pm
Saturday: 1pm - 11pm
Sunday: 1pm - 9pm

Location: 613 Franklin Avenue

http://thecrabbyshack.com


$$$ - HIGHER PRICING

Barboncino

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Some pizza spots in NYC claim as “the best pizza”, but are truly for pizza amateurs.

Barboncino Pizza serves up the best wood-fired pies, and it’s gotten the Solange seal of approval!

Plus, it has a backyard!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm - 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 1am
We Have Two Happy Hours Daily: 4pm - 7pm & 11pm - 1am

Location: 781 Franklin Avenue

www.barboncinopizza.com


BKW by Brooklyn Winery

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An offshoot of the popular Williamsburg wine bar, BKW by Brooklyn Winery offers delicious American fare that will tantalize taste buds you’ve yet to activate.

Our favorites: the barbacoa braised short ribs and bacon double cheeseburger.

You also can’t go wrong with any of the wines.

Hours:
Are varied, so take a look here.

Location: 747 Franklin Avenue

www.bkwnyc.com

 

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all Venues and Roger Brock (for Reservoir Dogs)

Three NYC Vegan Restaurants You Have to Try

Did you know that New York City is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world?  Whether you follow a plant-based diet, or you simply want to have some healthy meals, this is the place to be!

Our contributor, Sarah Zhao - who is a vegan herself - shared the three vegan restaurants you have to try.

Named after the idea that peace begins with the source of one’s food, Peacefood Café was founded by Eric, an antiques dealer, and Peter, an interior designer. They believe that “the awareness of non-violence can be spread through feeding people with delicious vegan food,” and their dishes are definitely delectable!

Upon discovering the hidden gem tucked away from the busy University Place, I have already gone back with several of my friends. I especially recommends the Un-Chicken and Waffles, made with a special seitan only sold to vegan restaurants. It’s not found in grocery stores and it’s topped off with saccharine yet fresh agave syrup!

Peacefood Cafe’s first location opened in 2009, on the Upper West Side. Following its success, a second location was opened near Union Square, in 2013. Now, food lovers around New York City can enjoy a delicious vegan meal!

Hours:

Both locations are opened every day from 10am – 10pm.

Location:

460 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side

41 East 11th Street, Greenwich Village near Union Square

www.peacefoodcafe.com

Ronen Seri and Pamela Blackwell founded Blossom in an intimate and historic Chelsea townhouse, in 2005. Back then, vegan food was nowhere near as popular as it is today, and their actions were motivated by their love for animals and passion for entrepreneurship.

All of Blossom’s choices are not only heavenly, but are also creative in their use of soy, tofu, and seitan. They use these ingredients to recreate meat dishes, ensuring vegans do not miss out on the tastes and texture of bacon, eggs, or chicken. After your main course, I recommend getting the Tiramisu, which I think is even better than the non-vegan versions. Believe it or not!

Blossom has also opened as second location on Columbus, featuring a full bar with wine and beer. Most importantly, all of their ingredients are fresh, organic, and sourced from local farms and small distribution companies!

Hours:

Chelsea:

Lunch/Brunch: 12pm - 2:45pm daily

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9:30pm | Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 10pm | Sunday: 5pm - 9pm

Upper West Side:

Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am - 4pm

Brunch and Lunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:30am - 4pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm | Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm

Location:

187 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea

507 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side

www.blossomnyc.com

If you’re looking for a vegan restaurant in the serene Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, look no further than Sun in Bloom!

Realizing the incredible connection between the food she was eating and the way she was experiencing life, Chef Aimee decided to make a change. The restaurant opened its doors on January 1st, 2010 and the rest was history!

They integrate macrobiotic philosophy into their plant-based, raw-living foods, and they are known for their gluten-free vegan baked goods. I love their Macro Bowls, and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, definitely try their Raw Vegan Cheesecakes!

Sun in Bloom also has a second location in TriBeCa, and both make their foods in their kosher in-house kitchen.

Hours:

Park Slope:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10am - 5pm

TriBeCa:

Monday – Friday: 7am - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Locations:

460 Bergen Street, Park Slope

165 Church Street, TriBeCa

https://suninbloom.com

 

So, what are you waiting for?

Go out and try all the amazing NYC Vegan Restaurants that New York City has to offer!

As I mentioned, New York is the perfect city to explore all the Vegan and Vegan-Friendly options. You might want to try some of the best cupcakes at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop, the original creations by Chef Anthony Mongeluzzi at Avant Garden, and still the Michelin-starred Nix.

But wait! Did you even know that Vegan Fashion exists? Go to Vaute, to see what it’s all about.