Frankie's Spuntino, aka Frankie's 457, is one of the best known New York restaurants in Cobble Hill. This rustic Italian eatery is a neighborhood institution, so reservations are recommended. The house-made gnocchi is a must, and the Sunday brunch is one of the best in Brooklyn.
La Vara on Clinton Street is one of the hottest new restaurants in New York, run by Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Highlights from the Basque-style dining at La Vara are the flavorful tapas and adventurous entrees like albondigas (lamb meatballs in mint yogurt) and fiduea (a noodle paella with shrimp, squid and clams).
A walk down Smith Street, Cobble Hill's restaurant row, presents visitors with wallet-friendly options from all over the globe, but you may also find long waits at the more popular places. Use our New York Restaurants search tool to browse Cobble Hill dining options, read reviews, and sort by price and ratings.
If you prefer something that's actually on the water, you can do that, too—treat yourself to something sweet at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory on the Fulton Ferry Pier. One of the most popular pizzeria restaurants in New York is in DUMBO, too. You'll have to fight crowds to get a slice at Grimaldi's, but this Brooklyn institution is worth the wait.
At night, you'll find DUMBO much more subdued than during the busy lunch rush. Keep in mind that while the neighborhood is generally safe, cabs are scarce at night. The dining scene here is much more geared toward lunch. Use our New York Restaurant search tool to browse DUMBO restaurants, read reviews, and sort by price and ratings.