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If you spend any time near the northern end of Prospect Park, you’ve probably noticed something over the past year or so: the proliferation of brag-worthy restaurants that draw in diners from all over the city. Anchored by Olmsted, arguably the first restaurant to get our Manhattan friends to come out this far, the charming Brooklyn nabe has quietly become a foodie destination in the past few years. Here, six newish spots to check out.

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Sofreh

It’s best to plan in advance if you want to get into this hot spot: Word of chef-owner Nasim Alikhani’s home-style Persian cooking has spread like wildfire, which means reservations can book up weeks out. It’s worth the wait, though, for dishes like braised duck in pomegranate sauce, tahini and date salad, and smoked eggplant with slow-roasted tomatoes and poached eggs.

75 St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn; sofrehnyc.com

Meme's Diner

We love a good diner (shout-out to old-school institution Tom’s down the block), and this already beloved year-old haunt does great things with the age-old greasy-spoon formula. Brunch starts with a complimentary bowl of cereal to snack on and gives way to Frito migas, everything-bagel babka and a mean patty melt.

657 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; memesdiner.com

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Fausto

A stone’s throw from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, this spot lives up to its tagline, “aBrooklyn restaurant with an Italian soul.” Along with the type of dishes we could eat anytime, anywhere—meatballs with broccoli rabe pesto, whole roasted porgy, and lamb ragù tagliatelle—there’s a wine list that manages to be both impressive and approachable.

348 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn; faustobrooklyn.com

Sushi Lin

Opened by two seasoned sushi veterans—both named Lin—this unassuming newcomer is one of our favorite spots in the area to get our fish fix. You can order à la carte, but the move here is one of the four chef-curated omakases, ranging from a $28 mini version to the whole shebang for $100.

335 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn; sushilinny.com

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Margarita Garcia Acevedo

Oxalis

Here’s a Brooklyn origin story for you: Oxalis first launched as a mystery dinner pop-up that regularly sold out for its inventive (and affordable) prix fixe meals. Now the team has its own brick-and-mortar location inspired by lively European bistros. The dining room serves a chef-selected “carte blanche” menu, while the bar room features snackable items like house-made brioche and charred winter greens with cheddar toast.

791 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; oxalisnyc.com

Lowerline

After working up an appetite strolling Prospect Park or contemplating the art at the Brooklyn Museum, mosey over to this snug storefront, where you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and heartyNew Orleans–inspired eats. Think po’ boys loaded with fried oysters or roast beef and gravy, and seafood and okra gumbo. (Pro tip: Get both in the Peoples Street Special.)

794 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; lowerlinebk.com

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