The Edible Guide

Our picks for where to eat, drink and shop in Brooklyn.

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Colonia Verde

A Latin American inspired restaurant that emphasizes the social aspect of eating. Using fresh ingredients from local markets and time-tested cultural techniques, Colonia Verde…

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Although customers often swear loyalty to nearby Greene Grape, gentrified Fort Greene should be able to accommodate Olivino for affordable bottles too. The snug space has (surprise) pale-olive-green walls hung with local artwork, plus a portrait of namesake Olive, the owner’s pet pug.

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Sleek and modern, with a distinct Sicilian accent, this ristorante is a welcome answer to a perennial outer-borough question: Where to eat near BAM? Comfortable banquettes, a spacious bar, and uncommon offerings are already pleasing the neighbors.

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Habana Outpost

A flea market by day and rollicking outdoor boîte by night, the seasonal Habana Outpost is a business with a conscience. From your seat at one of the picnic benches—made from recycled lumber—under multicolored umbrellas, you can see the solar panels, which help keep the lights on, and the bike-powered blender, which helps produce the slushy cocktails.

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Sea to Table

Sea to Table partners with local fishermen from small-scale sustainable wild fisheries, finding better markets for their catch. Sea to Table delivers overnight direct from the dock and creates a direct connection from fisherman to chef.

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Brooklyn Cured

At Brooklyn Cured, they make small-batch charcuterie using sustainable meat and fine-dining technique, with a bit of Brooklyn swagger thrown in for good measure. They make sausages, hot dogs, bacon, smoked meats and classic charcuterie using meat raised with no antibiotics from farms that they trust.

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Fresh Fanatic

Fresh Fanatic is a grocery store that carries organic, all natural and local groceries and produce, fresh meat and fish, international cheeses and top notch deli meats. They also feature gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan, and sugar-free specialties. They get local produce straight from the farm, including local farms in upstate New York like Hepworth Farms and Lucky Dog Farm.

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Fort Greene Park Greenmarket

GrowNYC runs the largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market network in the country and is comprised of more than 50 markets with over 230 family farms and fishermen. Fort Greene Park Greenmarket is open Saturdays year round from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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For a few years after it opened in Fort Greene in 1999, Madiba was not just the only South African restaurant in Brooklyn, but the only one in New York. Today it enjoys the status of elder statesman in Gotham’s small South African culinary scene. But it still stands out as a Brooklyn destination; walk by on any sunny day and the outdoor patio is filled with happy eaters.

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