Where to Eat Near the Brooklyn Museum


The museum also has a great in-house restaurant, The Norm.

The Brooklyn Museum always has a great exhibit running, or a holiday pop-up market, or their First Saturday series to attend. And luckily, the surrounding neighborhood has no shortage of excellent dining and drinking options to keep folks fed, warm and happy during a winter visit during the holiday season—and beyond. Here, some options for every time of day and every group size. Remember, though, to check on whether the spot you’d like to go to requires reservations.


Cheryl’s Global Soul for hearty brunch-type fare; Tom’s for a perfect old-school diner; and Lincoln Station for coffee shop vibes. Each one is a quick hop from the museum and its subway station.


Riverdel offers excellent vegan sandwiches that can be eaten inside or on the museum steps on a particularly nice day. For Mexican, Chavela’s on Franklin; for burgers and beer, Franklin Park; for quirky, delicious New American fare, Hunky Dory; for pizza, Barboncino; for Caribbean food and rum, Glady’s; for French-Senegalese excellence, CafĂ© Rue Dix. (Many of these spots are also open for dinner!) It’s also a good idea to stay in the museum itself for The Norm.


Aita Trattoria has a massive lasagna to recommend it, and Mayfield is a go-to for oysters and superb French fries. If pasta is what you’re after, go to Cent’Anni. Walk a little farther for The Food Sermon, which serves up great heaping bowls with vegan and meaty options.


Butter & Scotch satisfies the need for both sweets and alcohol fabulously. Tooker Alley, Washington Commons, and St. Ends are also great nearby options.