Sunset Park is one of the most diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn, with both a rich Chinese and Spanish population. You’d be right to assume that this neighborhood offers up really, really excellent food. From casual café eats, to banh mi, to killer al pastor tacos, here are the six best places for satisfying, no-frills eating in Sunset Park.
Green Fig Bakery Cafe
Neighborhood hipsters like this cozy spot, which fills the role of both bakery and café. Green Fig serves sandwiches, pastries, bagels, croissants, cookies, tarts, and a full beverage menu (including smoothies). Order to stay and enjoy the homey atmosphere and free Wi-Fi. The café also goes out of its way to cater to special diets, with a nice selection of vegan and gluten-free fare.
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Tacos El Bronco
Tacos El Bronco looks unassuming with its simple storefront facade. Venture inside for authentic, homestyle Mexican fare and you won’t be disappointed. Their al pastor taco has been called one of the best in the entire country, and all tacos are served with radishes, limes, cucumbers, onions, cilantro, and a heavenly green sauce. (There are also plenty of different meats to order, including steak, chicken, and chorizo.) The food is cheap and delicious, and the venue is unpretentious and comfortable. What’s not to love?
Braised pork noodles | Amy N. via Yelp
Yun Nan Flavor Snack
Located on the southern end of the neighborhood within Sunset Park’s Chinatown, Yun Nan Flavor Snack is worth the trek. This simple shop specializes in house-made Yunnanese rice noodles, served up cold and in various soups. The texture is chewy and slick and very delicious. So you know before your visit: there’s very little seating here, just a few stools placed by the window and against the walls.
La Fe Restaurant | Patrick R. via Yelp
La Fe Restaurant
Le Fe is a casual, unpretentious restaurant serving up Spanish standbys. Don’t miss the pollo al horno (oven roasted chicken), the sopa de pollo (chicken soup), arroz con camarones (rice with shrimp), or just a simple serving of rice and beans. Best yet, the price is right for these hearty, simple, and flavorful dishes offered in a family-owned setting.
Ba Xuyen | Mark B. via Foursquare
This diminutive storefront is best known for its Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. The banh mi is said to blow away most of its competition, with its rich and salty pork, sweet and sharp pickled veggies, and a nice crunchy crust. Don’t forget a squirt of sweet chili sauce, an avocado milkshake on the side, and you’ll find yourself in sandwich heaven.
Shrimp crabmeat ravioli | Cafe Zona Sur via Facebook
Cafe Zona Sur
You’ll get a little bit of everything at this breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner spot. Burgers and fries, crepes, tortas, mussels, tomato soup, and grilled cheese — it’s all good. Brunch is a particularly popular time to visit, with a nice menu of breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, huevos rancheros, and more. Overall, a relaxing restaurant with straightforward, quality eats.