Top 10 restaurants near the Barclays Center

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As a sports reporter covering Brooklyn, I’m often asked about good restaurants and bars near the Barclays Center so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a helpful guide for everyone. Which is what this list is — it’s more of a guide than a traditional top 10 list.

Note: While this list is also great if you are going to a concert, it is meant more for a sports crowd. By that, I mean fancier restaurants like Kaz An Nou, which is BYOB, were left off the list. In that sense this is more of a top 10 list for sports fans. There are also a ton of great restaurants in the area so I tried to kept it to those within a short 10-minute walk of the Barclays Center (unfortunately, leaves off my personal favorites — Bonnie’s Grill and Dinosaur BBQ — which are both great if you want to venture a little bit further out). These are great places though especially if you want to meet up with friends for food and drinks before a game.

67 Burger (Prospect Heights)
WHERE: 234 Flatbush Avenue between Bergen Street and 6th Avenue
HOURS: Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
YELP RATING: 3.5 stars
MENU: Link
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Bacon cheeseburger with a side of sweet potato fries
WHAT THEY SAY: “Both times I’ve went I had a bacon cheeseburger, cooked medium, and both burgers were great. The burgers at 67 are large yet they don’t fall apart in your hands. There’s always a nice selection of beers on tap.”
– Yelp user Chey H.
HAPPY HOUR: $3 drafts during Nets games
THE RUNDOWN: Come here for the burgers because that’s what they do. They also have a choice of seven different salads, sides, milkshakes, and seven different beers on tap. If you want to be daring try the “Beershake”.

Morgan’s Barbecue (Prospect Heights)
WHERE: 267 Flatbush Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue
HOURS: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. – 1 am, Thu-Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
YELP RATING: 4 stars
WHAT THEY SAY: “The star of the show however for me was without a doubt the brisket, particularly the fatty, which was astonishingly good. Its infused with a wondrous deep smokiness, and melts in your mouth.” – Yelp user Brendan T.
THE RUNDOWN: A Texas BBQ joint that has slightly higher reviews than The Smoke Joint. A lot of people comment that this was the best BBQ place in the entire city. That’s debatable, but with so many people having great experiences it seems like a great place to try.

Bark Hot Dogs (Park Slope)
WHERE: 474 Bergen Street between 5th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
HOURS: Mon-Thu 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 10 .pm.
YELP RATING: 3.5 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Bark dog, Classic dog topped with our sweet pepper relish, yellow mustard, and diced red onion, and disco fries.
WHAT THEY SAY: “Hot dogs, burgers, and fries are their mainstay, with a variety to choose and a nice list of topping choices.  Seasonal specials are listed on a chalkboard on the side, often including some burgers, along with sides, salads, and chicken options.” – Yelp user Valery C.
THE RUNDOWN: They have a big variety of different hot dogs, sides, burgers, sandwiches, wine and beer. There are a few TVs and is a good place to come with a group.

Peperoncino (Park Slope)
WHERE: 72 5th Avenue between St. Marks Place and Warren Street
HOURS: Mon – Thu 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
YELP RATING: 3 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Brick oven pizza
WHAT THEY SAY: “The pizza I had (the salami one) was really good though. Nicely cooked, good flavors, fresh cheese. Can’t go wrong with that for a cool $11.” – Yelp user Bryan C.
HAPPY HOUR: Weeknights 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; specials on food, $4 beers and wine, $5 margaritas and mojitos.
THE RUNDOWN: A decent sized place that serves Italian food, but come here for the pizza. They also have a full bar and happy hour until 11:30 so it’s not a bad place to come after the game.

Bogota Latin Bistro (Park Slope)
WHERE: 141 5th Avenue between Lincoln Place and St. John’s Place
HOURS: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
YELP RATING: 4 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Arroz con Pollo
WHAT THEY SAY: “The food is unmatched if you love South American food. The drinks are incredible, happy hour is always a joy. The sauce they make for the plantain chips that you can buy by the bottle are divine.” – Yelp user Justin T.
HAPPY HOUR: All day Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends.
THE RUNDOWN: Very good Latin food. This place gets crowded during games so you might want to make reservations. Delicious Latin American food and people love their happy hour. The Arroz Con Pollo is the most popular, but the empanadas and mojitos are good too.

Lobo (Park Slope)
WHERE: 188 5th Avenue between Lincoln Place and Degraw Street
HOURS: Mon-Wed & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
YELP RATING: 3 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST:  Tequila. They have a large tequila menu.
WHAT THEY SAY: “Having lived in Texas for 6 years, I was dying for some good Tex-Mex when I moved here and had been disappointed until I found this place. This is easily some of the best in New York City and the margaritas are incredibly.” – Yelp user Andrew J.
THE RUNDOWN: A small Tex-Mex joint. You might be rubbing elbows with your neighbors, but the food is good and they have plenty of beer, margarita and tequila options.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Fort Greene)
WHERE: 139 Flatbush Avenue inside the Atlantic Terminal Mall
HOURS: Call for hours, (718) 943-9453
YELP RATING: 3 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Buffalo wings
WHAT THEY SAY: “The wing flavors are delicious and you can combine flavors with spices. Can you say drool fest?? The wings are usually well-cooked and the fries are not bad at all. They have a decent selection of beer and multiple big screen TV’s set on ESPN for game lovers.”
– Yelp user Tashana S.
HAPPY HOUR: Wing specials all day on Tuesday and 60 cent boneless wings all day Thursday.
THE RUNDOWN: This is a chain, sports bar and can be very crowded at times, but it’s a great place to get some wings, beer and watch a game. It’s also immediately across the street from the Barclays Center.

The Smoke Joint (Fort Greene)
WHERE: 87 S Elliott Place between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue
HOURS: Sun-Thurs: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
YELP RATING: 3.5 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Brooklyn wings
WHAT THEY SAY: If you like BBQ, this place is right up your alley. Try the sweet and spicy Brooklyn wings, which are baked, not fried. So tender and juicy, and the sauce is finger-lickin’ good! – Yelp user Sunny B.
THE RUNDOWN: A popular BBQ joint in the area that is a little closer than Dinosaur BBQ. People seem to like the wings better than the traditional BBQ options though.

Pequena (Fort Greene)
WHERE: 86 S Portland Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street
HOURS: Mon-Thu 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sun 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
YELP RATING: 3.5 stars
WHAT THEY DO BEST: Black bean dip
WHAT THEY SAY: “My shredded chicken tacos were tender and flavorful, wrapped with corn tortillas, served with some crispy slaw on top and guacamole that was magical. Also served with rice and beans, it was a huge portion for only $11. My friend got sweet plantain quesadillas which were unbelievable” – Yelp user Sarah R.
HAPPY HOUR: $5 beer, wine, sangria and margaritas from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays.
THE RUNDOWN: This place is not the best for groups, but they have good Mexican food and $5 margaritas before 7 p.m.


Olea (Fort Greene)
WHERE: 171 Lafayette Ave between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue
HOURS: Mon-Thu & Sun 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
YELP RATING: 4 stars
WHAT THEY SAY: “Delicious food. Intimate but a little tight inside. I had the Green Eggs and Lamb it was great, lots of cilantro in it! The service was fast and attentive. Their home fries were excellent -not too salty like most other places. Their food taste fresh and homemade.” – Yelp user Sheleeza K.
HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; cheap beer, wines and sangria, $1 oysters, and $3-6 tapas.
THE RUNDOWN: A great Mediterranean place, the falafel comes highly recommended and $1 oysters during happy hour are amazing. People also like the brunch here so if you are going to an afternoon game on the weekend then this place is a good spot.

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  1. D.Wilbs October 31, 2014 8:50 am  Reply

    Most articles on places to eat and drink near Barclays Center seem to miss the establishments on Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic Avenue is the main route and crosses Flatbush ave at the Barclays Center. The Hollow Nickel Bar/Kitchen was missed and other great places on Atlantic.

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