One of the many joys of living in Brooklyn is its cosmopolitan culture. Living in one of the world’s great melting pots means that you get to enjoy arts, culture — and yes, food — from all over the world.
Navy Green, the new development of condos and townhomes that now stand across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is situated in the middle of some of Brooklyn’s most multicultural neighborhoods. Located on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, in a historic area known to some as Wallabout, Navy Green gives its residents the chance to step out and get a taste of world cuisines only a short walk from their front door.
Café Paulette photo by Lio B. via Yelp
For your first culinary adventure, savor all of the robust flavors that the Caribbean has to offer in Mojito. This restaurant, occupying a space that was formerly home to a chocolate factory home, built its reputation on such fine Cuban dishes as pastelitos (stuffed Cuban pastries), ropa vieja (stewed beef with vegetables) and of course their famous tres leches cake.
If you’re looking for a more European dining experience, take a leisurely walk past Fort Greene Park to Café Paulette for a traditional French bistro experience that will make you feel as if you’re on the Rue des Barres. Sample their ratatouille or delight in a brunch that features a rich croque monsieur, and don’t forget to try their selection of organic wines.
Oaxaca Taqueria via Facebook
Brooklyn has seen a rise in the prominence of Mexican cuisine over the past decade, so it’s no surprise that you can find good tacos close to Navy Green. Oaxaca Taqueria‘s Claremont Avenue location has wowed many with their tacos and other Mexican fare.
If you’re one of those who periodically succumb to sushi cravings, you’re in luck. Sushi D is minutes away on Dekalb Avenue. Voted as the best Japanese restaurant in all of Brooklyn, Sushi D boasts an impressive sushi and sashimi bar as well as great Asian fusion entrees to tantalize your palate.
SoCo via Facebook
You can’t talk about global cuisine in the neighborhood without mentioning Madiba. The South African restaurant, named for the clan name of late activist and global leader Nelson Mandela, has been a fixture on Dekalb Avenue for over 15 years. Madiba’s menu captures the wondrous diversity of that nation’s traditional dishes, from bobotie (spiced minced meat with an egg-based topping) to the curried dishes inspired by those in the city of Durban.
American regional cuisine is also well represented. SoCo on Myrtle Avenue offers its patrons snazzy dishes emblematic of a new cuisine on the rise: Southern Fusion. SoCo’s Southern Fusion dishes combine the comforting flavors of creole and barbecue, in dishes like their Carolina shrimp rolls and the enticing steak frites with creole butter.
Wegmans supermarket rendering | Beyer Blinder Belle via Brownstoner
On the other side of Navy Green, there are exciting things on the horizon. At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to support existing institutions as the motion picture and television studio complex Steiner Studios, as well as upcoming attractions like the new Wegmans supermarket and a sizeable complex for shared workspace company WeWork, developers are building a new food court at BLDG 77. The 60,000-square-foot space, designed by Marvel Architects, will no doubt feature some of the leading lights of Brooklyn’s thriving DIY foodie scene.
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