Bay Ridge is a large neighborhood known for its diverse population and excellent food. Its strong Italian influence and laudable Chinatown have elevated the neighborhoods’ status on foodies’ radars. But the neighborhood is also home to excellent Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and American pub food. Here are some celebrated neighborhood restaurants to consider dining at if you decide to check out Bay Ridge on your visit to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Beet Company

Brooklyn has a number of excellent burger joints. Brooklyn Beet Company in Bay Ridge is one of them. Their most famous burger consists of a beef patty topped with applewood-smoked bacon, Emmenthaler, organic ale mustard, and a dill pickle. All of that is deep fried. If the Korzo Burger sounds too heavy for you, the steamed mussels and organic quinoa trout salad get rave reviews as well.

7205 3rd Avenue; (347) 492-0020

Casa Pepe

This Spanish seafood restaurant is the closest you can get to Valencia in Brooklyn. Menu highlights include seafood tapas, authentic Paella Valenciana, mussels, and spicy Spanish sausage. Margarita lovers have an extra reason to try Casa Pepe. They serve 16 margarita flavors, as well as neighborhood-famous sangria.

114 Bay Ridge Avenue; (718) 833-8865

Campania Coal Fired Pizza

Open seven days a week, Campania’s coal-fired, thin crust pizza is popular in Bay Ridge, Staten Island, and Miami. Campania’s serves red and white pies, as well as quality pasta and wings. The decor gives this Bay Ridge restaurant an elegant ambience.

9824 4th. Ave; (347) 517-4868

Cebu

An American bistro with an eclectic American menu, Cebu is is a good option for dinner or late-night grub. Cebu is also renowned for its brunch menu, which features classics like french toast, as well as creative plates to share, hearty sandwiches, and fresh salads. The brunch cocktails here are also pretty popular.

8801 3rd Ave.; (718) 492-5095

Embers Steakhouse

Less expensive and easier to get a table at than many New York steakhouses, Embers serves premium cuts of beef carved by the butcher next door. Embers’ warm and comfortable atmosphere further enhances the dining experience.

9519 3rd Ave.; (718) 745-3700

Gino’s Restaurant

This long-standing Bay Ridge Italian kitchen is a must-try for pizza connoisseurs who make it out to Bay Ridge. Drop in for to-go slices, enjoy a pleasant sit-down experience, or inquire about catering if you happen to planning or hosting an event during your stay in New York.

7414 5th Avenue; (718) 748-1698

Ho’Brah

This surf-themed taco joint serves California-style tacos burritos. Ho’Brah’s menu also features small Mexican plates like quesadillas, empanadas, ceviche, nachos, and plantain chips. Their drink menu includes seven margaritas, a mojito, and house special Pineapple Express. Go to this Bay Ridge joint for affordable, reliably good food and drinks in a casual setting.

8618 3rd Avenue; (718) 680-8226

Shangri-La Vegetarian

Bay Ridge is not Brooklyn’s most veg-friendly neighborhood, making Shangri-La something of a vegetarian oasis. The veg mushu is mouthwatering, and the soba and udon noodles with tofu and seaweed savory and filling.

7400 3rd Ave.; (718) 836-0333

Tanoreen

A Bay Ridge resident favorite, Tanoreen serves richly flavored Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals and desserts. Falafel, baked eggplant, spiced round lamb, and kabobs are all on the menu. Knafeh, sweet and cheesy pastry, is Tanoreen’s top dessert. Tanoreen is also known for its service. Friendly owner Rawia Bishara frequently checks in on diners to ensure they’re enjoying themselves and their food.

7523 3rd Ave.; (718) 748-5600