Renowned foodie guide Zagat has released their 2017 edition, and it lists 26 noteworthy restaurants in southern Brooklyn. This is the amount of restaurants listed in the print guide and searchable on the website, mind you. No southern Brooklyn restaurants actually ranked in the elite guide’s best of list.
While Zagat’s gets props for accurately locating restaurants in their respective neighborhoods (they even list L&B Spumoni Gardens as being in Gravesend, which is correct, if tough to admit for some locals) they lose points for listing majority Italian and American spots, for the most part completely ignoring southern Brooklyn’s impressive Russian, middle eastern, and Chinese eateries.
Of all the southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, Bay Ridge is apparently the most frequented by Zagat reviewers, with 12 area restaurants listed. That list includes classic Italian bakery Paneantico with a 4.5 out 5 rating, white tablecloth Areo with a 4.4, and middle eastern favorite Tanoreen with a 4.7. (In the world of the Zagat 1 to 5 rating range, a 4.6 to 5.0 means “extraordinary to perfection” and a 4.1 to 4.5 means “very good to excellent”.)
Not a single Dyker Heights or Boro Park restaurant made the list. (In past editions, however, Papa Pasquale has merited a shout out.)
While the good turnout of restaurants for southern Brooklyn may make it seem as though Zagat has finally realized we’ve got tons of incredible food down here, they still pay inordinately more attention to eateries in artisanal heavens like Williamsburg, where close to 100 restaurants were ranked.
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UPDATE: Councilman David G. Greenfield has sent out a hilarious press release written in the style of a Zagat review, with the more sober critique that the guide includes “zero kosher options in Brooklyn”.
In the entire guide, according to Greenfield, there are only eight kosher restaurants.
“I urge the editors of Zagat to seek out a more diverse array of dining options in New York, and particularly in Brooklyn,” Greenfield said. “We have some of the finest restaurants in the world in Brooklyn, and many happen to be kosher. But you wouldn’t know that from reading the Zagat Guide. Update your Guide! Your customers – and your stomachs – will be glad that you did.”