New eats in the neighborhood
December 12, 2014
Downtown Brooklyn is a hive of activity every day. Hundreds of thousands of people head in to work at one of the fastest-growing technology and business zones in America. They’re attending classes, seminars, and symposia at the area’s 11 academic institutions. They’re patronizing the Brooklyn Academy Music, Brooklyn Historical Society, BRIC Arts | Media, and the rest of the neighborhood’s cultural venues.
And, increasingly, they’re going out to eat. Downtown Brooklyn is a rising destination for food and drink lovers, with a growing number of new restaurants and bars that are keeping employees, students, and patrons in the neighborhood past dinnertime (and beyond).
We know you have turkey and stuffing on your mind this week, but here is a rundown of some of the newest spots to open their doors in Downtown Brooklyn (also be sure to check out our previous post on the grand opening of Rocco’s Tacos). Chances are, you will find yourself in the neighborhood, to work, play, or learn—and you might be hungry.
- Amarachi Prime, at 189 Bridge Street, offers a culinary experience that you won’t find in too many other restaurants. The menu fuses African and Caribbean cuisines, boasting high-quality produce, meats, and spices. The atmosphere is sophisticated and relaxed, the service is cordial and attentive, and the views of the two bridges stretching across the glittering East River are stunning.
- Brownstone Bar + Restaurant, at 277 Gold Street, is the perfect after-work hangout. The menu features all-American cuisine like burgers and pasta, and the bar is extensive. Come for happy hour or to watch a sporting event on one of the many televisions around the space.
- Forno Rosso is the newest pizzeria in Downtown Brooklyn, located at 327 Gold Street. Brought to you by the team behind Prospect Heights favorite, Woodland, it has a spacious dining and bar area, a gorgeous wood-fired brick oven, and a relaxed, casual ambiance, making it the perfect place to come with work friends or with a family. Forno Rosso recently expanded its hours, so now you can enjoy their delicious thin crust pizzas, salads, and antipasti for lunch as well as dinner. Don’t sleep on the cocktail menu, either, which boasts creative concoctions like the Spaghetti Western (tequila, campari, blood orange, basil, and lime).
- Pollo D’Oro, at 306 Gold Street, is the place to go for authentic Peruvian food—a rarity even in a culinary oasis like New York City. Have a business lunch? There are many delectable options on Pollo D’Oro’s pre-fixe menu. Want a quick dinner to bring home? Pollo D’Oro’s signature rotisserie chicken, hot, juicy, and cooked to perfection, is the perfect healthy meal for the entire family. After work, Pollo D’Oro transforms into a romantic candlelit affair—invite your sweetheart to meet you there for an idyllic date.