It certainly comes as no surprise to any Brooklyn resident that the borough serves up some of NYC’s best grub. However, more and more people are taking the trip across the water for an evening meal or a weekend lunch. It now seems like culinary news about Kings County trendsetters travels over the bridge quicker than it does around the borough. Eleven of Brooklyn’s best eateries were at the top of their category in this year’s Zagat Survey-voted in by 40,569 New York local foodies.
“The quality of food in Brooklyn is increasingly better-Brooklyn restaurants have taken over a lot of top spots,” said Zagat Survey CEO Tim Zagat according to the Brooklyn Paper. “Brooklyn restaurants are cooking the kinds of food people really love to eat day in and day out,” he added.
Among the top restaurants honored were several surprises, including the Boerum Hill Montreal-style smoked meat deli Mile End, which wrested the coveted Top Deli recognition from New York institutions Barney Greengrass, Katz’s, Carnegie Deli, and 2nd Ave Deli. And Sunset Park restaurant Pacificana which took the top spot in both the Dim-Sum and Chinese categories.
“People are going to Brooklyn to set up good restaurants because it’s cheaper to do it in Brooklyn than it is in Manhattan. Brooklyn restaurants focus more on value,” stated Tim Zagat according to the NY Daily News.
Other Brooklyn eateries getting top honors from Zagat voters were Fette Sau in Williamsburg for best BBQ, Egg for best soul food, DiFara for best pizza, Peter Lugar for best steak, Tanoreen in Bay Ridge for best Middle Eastern, and Café Habana shared top Caribbean honors with its sister restaurant Habana Outpost in Fort Greene.
Kristen Brown, Simply the best! Mile End leads Bklyn to top of Zagat Survey, The Brooklyn Paper
Jacob Osterhout, Brooklyn restaurants reign supreme and other surprises from Zagat Survey, NY Daily News