Essential Fort Greene Restaurants

February 06, 2013 | by —Simona Rabinovitch | Homepage

It's no secret that foodies love Fort Greene. This dynamic, multi-cultural Brooklyn neighborhood's bevy of international restaurants includes everything from Ethopian to German to South American to French. And whether you’re checking out a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), whose onsite restaurant, BAM Café, serves a delightful pre-show menu, or just exploring the neighborhood, these three tried and true picks will keep you coming back for seconds. 

Executive chef Dave Gould's Italian menu changes daily and, in true Brooklyn culinary tradition, features fresh, local ingredients. Standout openers often available include burrata with marinated spigarello, marinated prawns, and fried polenta with taleggio fonduta. Pasta selections such as lasagna are particularly comforting this time of year, and main courses include seafood and meat dishes backed up by reliably good sides like bruschetta. You'd expect no less from the team behind Brooklyn mainstays Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughers, Diner, and Reynard. 243 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, 718-622-5300

Serving South African love since 1999, this wonderfully eclectic restaurant is inspired by informal South African dining halls where locals hang out together after work and enjoy food and drink. Owners Mark and Jenny Henegan combine products imported from their homeland with locally sourced ingredients. Favorite dishes include seared wild salmon marinated in rooibos tea, served with pearl couscous and greens, and a variety of delectable curries and traditional South African dishes. Seafood is a highlight, and there's a terrific wine list, all, say the owners, in tribute to Nelson Mandela and the future of South Africa. 195 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, 718-855-9190

The General Greene
Emphasizing local and organic ingredients, The General Greene is quintessential Brooklyn foodie heaven. Named after Nathanael Greene, the Rhode Island general whose Battle of Long Island victory once upon a time also gave this neighborhood its name, the restaurant’s simple decor allows the menu to speak for itself. Regulars swear by The General Greene burger, made with grass-fed Angus beef, caramelized shallots, and herb mayo. And in addition to excellent vegetarian options, including warm haricot vert salad, kale salad, and beet salad with goat cheese and pine nuts, The General Greene also serves homemade pickles. 229 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, 718-222-1510

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