A Guide to Michelin’s Affordable Restaurants in Brooklyn

Miss Ada. Courtesy of Grace Dinka.

If you love a good feast and don’t want to break the bank you’re in luck. The Michelin guide published their more affordable list of excellent restaurants, The Michelin’s Bib Gourmand. These joints offer high quality meals for $40 or less (before tax and tips). Brooklyn is no stranger to this list with our diverse and unique eats: Here’s who made it to the 2020 selection.

Bay Ridge

Georgian Dream Cafe 

8309 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Get your fill of a variety of khachapuri and khinkali dumplings at this classic Georgian joint. Comfort food of the USSR, this is a perfect spot for a cozy autumn date.

Tanoreen 

7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Discover Palestinian and Middle Eastern flavors here, a restaurant committed to respect their culinary heritage. Enjoy sujok, tabbouleh, zatar-spiced bread, and smoky eggplant baba ghanouj.

Boerum Hill

Mile End Delicatessen 

97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This Montreal-style deli offers a combination of Jewish classics with Canadian cuisine, inspired by grandma’s cooking.

Bushwick

Bunker

99 Scott Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 

Authentic homestyle Vietnamese food in a playful, bright setting, with a modern twist. Don’t skip the pho, papaya salad, and summer rolls. 

Falansai 

112 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237  

A Vietnamese restaurant with French influence. Get playful with your pho by adding on extras from all over the world, and make sure to try tamarind-tomato lotus roots and Chinese okra.

Roberta’s 

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

A neighborhood staple famous for its wood-fired pizzas. Their kitchen is seasonal and inventive, try their rotating root vegetable and squash dishes during fall and winter and save room for their thought out desserts.

Win Son 

159 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

An adored Taiwanese-American joint, where you can try classics like stinky tofu (if you’re adventurous like that) and have contemporary twists like their sloppy bao. Check out their new bakery across the street, Win Son Bakery, for luscious pork knuckle breakfast sandwiches and chewy mochi donuts.

Carroll Gardens

Buttermilk Channel

524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

An American Bistro offering hearty comfort food and known for its brunch. Expect classics like buttermilk fried chicken, fresh pasta, and flavorful chicken liver mousse and beer-steamed mussels.

Frankies 457 Spuntino 

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

A tiny, cozy Italian joint serving Tuscan food with a beautiful garden. Try their hearty pasta dishes like cavatelli with hot sausage and pappardelle with braised lamb.

Ugly Baby 

407 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Authentic Thai food in a modern setting, with Thai chili paste made in-house. The heat will leave you sniffling, but you’ll be back again for their lush curries.

Cobble Hill

Saint Julivert Fisherie 

264 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Enjoy Spanish- and Japanese-inspired seafood dishes in this tiny, but eclectic joint.

Sottocasa  

298 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Get your fill of Italian antipasti  brick-oven pizza.

Crown Heights

Gladys 

788 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A small and tropical neighborhood staple, exuberant with sunny island vibes. Masterful tiki cocktails are paired with Caribbean classics like jerk chicken, curry goat, and fried plantains.

Ditmas Park

Purple Yam 

1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

A Pan-Asian spot known for its twist on traditional Filipino fare. Try lumpia, pancit, and garlic fried rice.

Lea

1022 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218 

A wood-fired oven imported from Naples is the heart of this kitchen, where they bake fresh bread, slow-roast meats, and finish off pizza. Here, simplicity is the key to a beautiful meal.

Dumbo

Gran Eléctrica 

5 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This Mexican joint is known for its tequila and mezcal and seasonal produce, in a chic and rustic interior. Try their braised goat tacos and house-made chorizo.

Fort Greene

Miss Ada

184 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Local and seasonal ingredients are used to create a unique twist on modern Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy dips and spreads, falafel, and lamb shawarma. 

Gowanus

Haenyeo 

239 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Korean seafood classics, in a joint named after female divers in the province of Jeju.

Runner & Stone 

285 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

A neighborhood favorite, this American joint is known for fresh bread and pasta, as well as seasonal offerings.

Greenpoint 

Glasserie 

95 Commercial St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Try Mediterranean fare in a former glass factory with rustic decor and ambiance.

21 Greenpoint 

21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

A casual American fare spot with wood-fired pizza and seasonal offerings of local meat, seafood, and produce. Best enjoyed after a stroll at WNYC Transmitter Park.

Park Slope

Convivium Osteria 

68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

You’ll fall in love with this rustic Italian taverna: from the farmhouse decor to their wine cellar and garden. Enjoy braised rabbit and various seafood options.

Prospect Heights

Maison Yaki

626 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Enjoy a yakitori where French and Japanese cuisines meet in a relaxed setting with a backyard patio. Don’t miss the skewered pork belly.

Olmsted 

659 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Known for using produce grown from their own backyard, they serve modern American fare with a global influence. Try the Kale Crab Rangoon and Carrot Crepe.

Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Italian wood-fired pizza joint, enjoy their many warm vegetable appetizers skillfully thrown onto the grill.

Red Hook

Hometown Bar-B-Que

454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Authentic, pit-smoked meats prepared in a classic Southern style with counter service. Enjoy the large, barn-inspired restaurant and order the melt-in-your-mouth brisket.

Sunset Park

Chuan Tian Xia 

5502 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

A modern take on Chinese fare, this Szechuan joint offers dishes with a lot of heat. Try the spicy chicken and garlic eggplant.

East Harbor Seafood Palace 

714 65th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

This Chinese staple offers dim sum and a variety of seafood including shark fin, scallops, sea cucumber, and even jellyfish for the adventurous. 

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Williamsburg

Ammazzacafe

702 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Try lesser-known Italian bites here: prawn skewers, pork shoulder ragu with house-made pasta, and sunchokes with hazelnuts. Finish your meal with an amaro while you enjoy live jazz every Sunday night.

Egg 

109 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This farm-to-table restaurant serves breakfast food in the tradition of the Low country in an industrial setting. Seasonal menu, with locally sourced goods.

Klein’s 

97 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

American fare in a mid-century interior with an inviting atmosphere. Try their twists on classics, like smoked salmon and whipped ricotta. 

Llama Inn 

50 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A Peruvian restaurant with a beautiful rooftop garden serving shareable plates and complex cocktails with traditional pisco. Don’t miss the beef heart skewer, quinoa and banana salad, and their whole branzino. 

Shalom Japan 

310 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 

A unique Japanese and Jewish fusion, in a small space with creative dishes. Try the tuna tataki with black tahini and the panko-caraway lamb ribs.

Xixa

241 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Stylish joint serving upscale Mexican fair with a list of mezcals and tequila. Try their fruity ceviche, carrots “elote,” and their tacos.

UPDATED to reflect proper neighborhoods of Miss Ada, Convivium Osteria, and Gran Eléctrica.

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Irina Groushevaia

Irina Groushevaia is the Managing Editor and covers Bushwick, Williamsburg, and beyond. Questions & tips: Irina@bklyner.com

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