15+ Best Restaurants in Cobble Hill

Carroll Gardens is one of New York City’s most charming neighborhoods, located on the border of Brooklyn neighborhoods Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Boerum Hill and Gowanus. This family-friendly neighborhood is filled with charming brownstones and some of the best restaurants in NYC, especially if you’re looking for Italian. I’ve put together a list of the 15+ best restaurants in Carroll Gardens, plus their average prices and location, so you’ll never have to wonder where to eat in Cobble Hill. 

Where is Cobble Hill? 

Cobble Hill is located in Brooklyn, NY, just south of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. It is surrounded by the nearby Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook. Just to the West of Cobble Hill you’ll find Brooklyn Bridge Park (and incredible views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge). The Cobble Hill zip code is 11201. 

How to Get to Cobble Hill

The best restaurants in Cobble Hill can be easily reached by the NY subway. The subway station at Bergen St is serviced by both the F and G subway lines. Alternatively you can take the 4/5 or 2 to Borough Hall.

You will need a metrocard to ride either the bus or the subway in NYC. A single ride on either costs $2.75. You can purchase a 7-day unlimited card for $33, which is a great deal if you plan to use public transportation frequently. Metrocards can be purchased at most subway stations. You can also use Apple Pay and ride using your cellphone.

Order the shaved celery salad from Colonie
Order the shaved celery salad from Colonie
Hot Chicken Milanese from Popina - one of the best restaurants in cobble hill ny
Hot Chicken Milanese from Popina

Best Restaurants in Cobble Hill

1. Colonie (the best restaurant in Cobble Hill)

I know this is the first restaurant on the list, but I recommend you pause what you’re doing and make a dinner reservation here right away! I specifically recommend getting a reservation at the pasta bar, which is Colonie’s version of a chef’s counter.

You’ll want to start with the shaved celery salad, as well as another seasonal veggie option. In the summer months there is a shishito watermelon salad, whereas fall welcomes a zucchini panzanella. You pretty much can’t go wrong with anything in the small plates section. Same goes for the pastas. Skip the entrees and opt for any of the delicious pasta dishes instead. And whatever you do, make sure that you finish up your meal with the sticky date cake.

The food here is some of the best, and I’m embarrassed to admit that it took over 2 years of living just a block away to finally visit. Although, this probably saved my wallet a bit because it is on the pricier end compared to the other restaurants on this list. Small plates, which are still decently large, range between $15-20, while their pastas are closer to $29-30 a plate.

Location: 127 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201

2. La Vara

La Vara is one of the best restaurants in Cobble Hill, and absolutely worth a visit. The restaurants serves Southern Spanish dishes with Jewish and Moorish influences. Dishes are served as Spanish tapas, or small plates. The octopus is my personal favorite, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

Most small plates range for $15-30 each. For a dinner for 2 they typically recommend 4-5 plates. Despite a high price tag, this spot is just about always busy. I recommend making a reservation ahead of time to secure your dinner.

Location: 268 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

3. Henry Public

Henry Public is your spot in Cobble Hill for excellent bar food, plus a great drink to wash it down. From their hamburger to their baked macaroni, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find a large selection of beer, wine, and classic cocktails. 

You can grab a burger and a beer for about $25. Not the cheapest spot in town, but a classic nonetheless.

Location: 329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. June

If you’re a fan of natural wines, then I highly recommend a visit to June Wine Bar. June offers an incredible selection of wines, including both organic and natural wines. June offers wine by both the glass and wine by the bottle. They have a small dinner menu as well, featuring small bites such as Buratta, Hummus and Pita, and an Escarole salad. 

Bottles start around $54/bottle and go up from there. You can grab a glass instead for around $15. 

Location: 231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Hand rolls from Hibino (the spicy tuna is a must!)
Hand rolls from Hibino (the spicy tuna is a must!)
Margarita pizza from Table 87 - one of the best restaurants in cobble hill
Margarita pizza from Table 87

5. Chez Moi

Chez Moi is another one of my “this just might be one of the best restaurants in Cobble Hill” restaurants. I know I know, they can’t all be the best, but I promise that Chez Moi is at the top of this list. Plus, they even have a speakeasy downstairs!

Chez Moi is a French restaurant on Atlantic Street that is known for their brunch and excellent dinner menu. All of their seafood is to die for, from their mussels to their escargot appetizer.

Location: 135 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

6. Cafe Chili

What is a neighborhood restaurant guide without a quality neighborhood Thai spot. Cafe Chili is my go-to for takeout Thai. Top recommendations include the penang curry, drunken noodles, and the papaya salad. At least, that is my go-to order.

If you’re planning on dining in, they have an adorable backyard setup. Plus, they’ve got a great lunch special for those dining in.

Overall, prices are super reasonable for large portions. Plus, you can book through Seated for extra cashback rewards.

Location: 172 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

7. Popina

A visit to Popina is worth it just for a taste of their Hot Chicken Milanese. I recommend starting the meal with a pasta dish and a Paper Plane cocktail. Next up the star of the show: the hot chicken. And don’t miss out on a slice of their famous Chocolate Chess Pie.

Prices are on the slightly higher end for the area with pasta dishes set at $24, $27-35 for the main dishes, and $10 for the desserts.

Location: 127 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

8. Lillo Cucina

Take a step into Lillo Cucina and you’ll immediately be transported to Italy.

The menu changes daily but there are a few staples that you can always expect like the gnocchi and the classic cacio e pepe. Sandwiches range from $7-15, while most entrees range from $10-20. They also have some delicious, freshly baked desserts that are always worth checking out.

Note: Lillos only accepts cash so make sure to come prepared.

Location: 331 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

9. Hibino

Hibino is easily my favorite Japanese restaurant in Cobble Hill, and a go-to for fresh and high quality sushi. They always have great specials, but I tend to gravitate towards their simple hand rolls.

Expect to pay $6-9 for a hand roll, $24-28 for an entree.

Location: 333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Table 87

There are a number of pizza spots to choose from in Cobble Hill, especially with the proximity to Carroll Gardens. but Table 87 is a classic. The pies are huge! Make sure to get the complimentary roasted peppers and garlic to top your pizza.

$29 for a classic 20″ margherita pizza. Pastas start at $19 and the plates around $25.

Location: 87 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. Shelsky’s of Brooklyn 

Shelsky’s is a classic Jewish deli in the heart of Cobble Hill NYC. If you plan on stopping by on the weekend, I recommend arriving early, as the line can get quite long! 

I recommend a bagel with their famous belly lox, plus a jar of their Gus’ half sour pickles. Bagel sandwiches average $14 or $15, while a quart of pickles is $6.

Location: 141 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. Gersi 

Gersi is a neighborhood favorite, sitting on the border of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. You will fall in love with the food at Gersi’s from the very first bite. And I mean that because they serve the most delicious garlic bean spread with their complimentary bread basket.

There is plenty of great food on Court Street, but Gersi is some of the best in my book. If you’re looking for a classic Italian Cobble Hill dinner, Gersi should be high on your must-try list.

Prices are super reasonable, with their famous lemon spaghetti priced at just $12.99 for a large plate!

Location: 316 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

13. Darna Falafel

I’ve craving a cheap, healthy, quick meal – Darna Falafel is for you. There is limited seating, so I prefer to pick-up rather than dine in. Their classic Darna Falafel sandwich is only $9 and always a winner. They also have salads and platters, all at a good price point.

Location: 200 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. Luzzo’s

I know we’ve already got a pizza spot on the list, but Luzzo’s is a great option for when you’re looking for something slightly more upscale than Table 87, yet still casual. I’m always a sucker for a classic margarita, they’ve got over 15 different options to choose from. There are also some delish apps and entrees, but I typically stick with a pie and an aperol spritz, or three.

$16-21 for a 12 inch pie, $22-27 for a 16 inch pie.

Location: 145 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

17. The Long Island Bar

The Long Island Bar is one of the oldest establishments in Cobble Hill. The bar, which has been around since 1951, is famously known for their frozen cosmopolitan. Swing by to grab a drink before or after a nearby dinner. Or if you want to dine here as well, there are some delicious fried cheese curds and a classic burger, among other smaller bites.

Cocktails range $16-18, beer goes for $8.

Location: 110 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

18. Sultan

Sultan is my go-to for a no frills, hearty mediterranean meal. They have a large backyard, which is perfect for groups. I recommend ordering a number of dishes to share with a group, as many of their small plates are my favorite. A few notable dishes include the falafel, tabbouleh, eggplant salad, and hummus.

All of the dishes are super affordable! It is also BYOB (a good reason to add it to the list of best restaurants in Cobble Hill), so make sure to bring along a bottle of your favorite wine or beer to pair with the meal.

Location: 144 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

19. Vekslers

I’m sad that it took me so long to finally check out this spot for dinner. Located a bit off the main road on Hicks St, Vekslers offers a cozy vibe with delicious (and affordable) food and drinks. They are known for their fried chicken and kung pao chicken, but the buffalo cauliflower is my favorite.

You can’t go wrong with $10 classic cocktails, including a delicious negroni.

Location: 521 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Taylor is a NYC-based solo traveler and travel blogger. Taylor shares travel tips and itineraries from the 70 countries she’s visited around the world.

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