6 Sheepshead Bay Restaurants That’ll Make You Want to Hop on the Q, Stat
From the seafood slingers at Randazzo’s to the Anthony Bourdain–approved deli Jay & Lloyd’s, Sheepshead Bay is full of old-school Brooklyn joints. But the past few years have seen the addition of newer restaurants as the area bounced back from Superstorm Sandy. As it has evolved, so too have the food offerings. Next time you head to this waterfront neighborhood, be sure to check out these spots.
1. Lagman House
The family-owned operation specializes in Dungan cuisine, a blend of Chinese Muslim and Central Asian cooking. Its namesake lagman (or la mian in Chinese) are hand-stretched noodles that appear in salads, soups and stir-fries. The manti dumplings—especially the ones stuffed with a velvety pumpkin filling—are another essential dish to try.
2612 E. 14th St., Brooklyn; lagmanhouse.com
2. Orso Coffee
Sheepshead Bay got its first third-wave coffee shop in the form of this sunny, industrial-chic café. Tucked just off the Belt Parkway, Orso offers up all the usual coffee drinks—cold brew, hot and iced espressos—in addition to wellness lattes and kombucha on tap. Make a pit stop here before or after a long walk by the water.
1745 Sheepshead Bay Rd., Brooklyn; orsocoffee.com
3. Luda’s Dumplings
The dumplings offered here are pelmeni, tiny pockets of dough typically stuffed with meat. At Luda’s—named after the mom of one of the owners—the traditional Russian specialty has gotten a modern makeover, using organic ingredients for both the hand-rolled dough and theassorted fillings such as wild shrimp, chicken breast or farmer’s cheese. Before you leave, grab a bag from the freezer case so you can get your pelmeni fix at home.
3371 Shore Pkwy., Brooklyn; ludasdumplings.com
4. Terra Cafe
Terra Cafe is hands down the best brunch option in the neighborhood, with a menu that’s extensive without creeping into diner territory. Choose from several variations on eggs Benedict, an excellent fried chicken sandwich or, for those with a sweet tooth, the custardy crème brûlée French toast.
1716 Sheepshead Bay Rd., Brooklyn; terrabrooklyn.com
5. Gourmanoff Artisan Bakery
Opened by the European supermarket NetCost, the elegant café makes all of its baked goods on premises, resulting in flaky croissants, cheesy spinach pastries and colorful macarons that are as fresh as possible. This airy stand-alone location has seating for those who want to linger, but there’s also a to-go outpost inside the NetCost that’s closer to the bay (there are two in the neighborhood).
1601 Gravesend Neck Rd., Brooklyn; gourmanoffbakery.com
6. Over Greens
For a healthy pick-me-up, grab a smoothie or juice from this fast-casual spot. Over Greens brings the upscale salad bar concept to southern Brooklyn, offering both fresh mixed greens and grain bowls. Customize your own or go for one of the house combos like the Grandma Bowl (kale, wild rice, beets, pumpkin seeds, tofu, portobello and sesame-ginger dressing).
1505 Sheepshead Bay Rd., Brooklyn; overgreens.com