Habana Outpost

Habana Outpost is not only a fun spot to grab delicious traditional Mexican and Cuban dishes, it is also the first solar powered restaurant and market in New York City. Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost is part of the global Habana brand which includes multiple restaurant locations in New York like the first Café Habana in NoLita, and a location in Dubai, as well as the non-profit organization Habana Works which aims to “promote urban environmentalism and contribute to the communities” in which Habana locations operate. Habana Outpost operates not only as a restaurant, but also as a community gathering space that hosts movie nights, baby breakfasts and events for kids.


One of the newer additions to the Fort Greene culinary scene, Evelina is a modern trattoria that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Distressed wood floors and wall paneling, coupled with the restaurant’s dimly lit interior, help to cultivate a romantic and elegant ambience, where diners can enjoy an Italian-influenced menu that changes based on what’s fresh in the market. This includes pasta dishes like the “Rigatoni with oxtail ragú” or “Ravioli di burrata” with Alaska King Crab and sea urchin, as well as mains like a whole Mediterranean Dorade and dry aged prime rib eye.

Executive Chef Lanfranco Paliotti (formerly of Daniel Boulud’s two Michelin-starred Daniel) is the mastermind behind the menu, which is split up by course and designed to encourage sharing amongst patrons. Make sure to also grab a drink at its L-shaped bar, where creative and seasonal cocktails are served to compliment the food offerings. Address: 211 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205

Black Iris

While there are plenty of neighborhood staples in Fort Greene — including beloved Italian restaurant, Roman’s — not all are forgiving on the wallet. Black Iris makes it onto our list because it’s a quaint Mediterranean restaurant that offers generous portions of food at reasonable prices.

It’s a casual, no frills kind of establishment: options like the chicken kebab and the assorted plated with salads are very popular, as is the freshly baked pita bread. But Black Iris also serves individual 10-inch “Pitzaas” (with baked pita bread as the crust), topped with ingredients like lamb, lemon marinated chicken and grilled eggplant. Perhaps one of the biggest draws is that the establishment is also BYOB, so grab a six pack and head over for a filling meal. Address: 228 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205