In a borough known for its many scenic sections, there are few neighborhoods more charming than DUMBO. The name is an acronym for “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass” and, true to its moniker, the neighborhood runs beneath the bridge, bounded on the west with views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Understandably, these sights encourage long, lovely walks.
Of course, pounding the pavement can work up an appetite. Luckily, the neighborhood offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, and sandwich spots along its historic cobblestoned streets. Here, we’ve highlighted six of the best restaurants in DUMBO, boasting delicacies from banh mi to brunch, farm-fresh veggies to freshly baked cookies.
85 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
Whether you’re craving a croissant, baguette, quiche, or croque monsieur, Almondine has you covered when it comes to French treats. Both savory and sweet eats abound at this bakery and café on Water Street, and the lunch special (half a sandwich, a soup, salad, dessert, and half-price drink for $14.35) is particularly hard to beat.
147 and 151 Front Street DUMBO, Brooklyn
Speaking of lunch, Bread & Spread is no slouch if you’re looking for a delicious midday meal. Its menu ranges from classic Italian sandwiches to several varieties of banh mi, available to order online or pickup from the Front Street counter.
1 John Street, Brooklyn, NY
This airy restaurant, with waterfront views and sun-drenched tables, is perfect for your next drinks date or birthday dinner. Where the ambiance will welcome you in, the tantalizing Mediterranean menu and extensive list of wine and cocktails will encourage you to stay. Celestine is also available for private events and weddings, with bookings restarting this year.
126 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY
With a menu that changes daily and a rotating roster of art adorning the walls, Superfine is anything but stuffy. In fact, it is a living, breathing restaurant serving sustainable, seasonal food for brunch and dinner out of a former warehouse. Superfine fans can subscribe to its newsletter for news and updates on upcoming events (prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Superfine regularly hosted live music — here’s hoping for a fast and safe return).
72 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Named for the adjacent neighborhood of Vinegar Hill, this restaurant known for its comforting yet complex menu is nothing short of a DUMBO institution. Renowned for its cozy decor and lauded for its brunch offerings (specifically its sourdough pancakes), Vinegar Hill House is the quintessential neighborhood spot.
140 Plymouth Street #140B, Brooklyn, NY
If the clever name didn’t tip you off, this recent addition to DUMBO’s food scene is, in essence, a vegan bodega, slinging breakfast sandwiches and cheesesteaks with plant-based ingredients. In addition to its menu, Vodega also offers catering packages, weekly deliveries of farm-fresh produce and housemade snacks, and cooking classes to boot.
With a wide array of sit-down and to-go options throughout the neighborhood, you’ll never go hungry in DUMBO.