Our 10 Best Restaurants Near Brookyn's Barclays Center
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The Velveeta double burger at No. 7 is perfect pre-sports fare.
One of the first impressions you'll get of the Barclays Center is how stunning the exterior of the building is, and how proud you feel exiting the subway and seeking out the front doors. But once inside, you'll find a cramped interior, nosebleed seats so close to each other you'll be able to count your neighbor's ear hairs, and a vending area that offers some beguiling choices, but few places to sit down and eat. (Believe us, it would be a dexterous and dangerous challenge to try to carry food to your seat.)
Accordingly, dine in the vicinity of the stadium in a relaxed atmosphere before entering the fray. Here are 10 commendable places to do so, some only a block away, some further, but all easily walkable.
10. No. 7 - This small restaurant with a charming bar up front has spawned a chain of nouvelle hero shops, but go to the source for some memorable Brooklyn farm-to-table cooking. Of course, there's also the transgressive double-decker burger (top of the page): dense, gooey, and flavorful. From a choice of Swiss cheese or Velveeta, guess which we chose? 7 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-522-6370
9. Buffalo Boss - Want to buy into the Jay-Z mystique? Not only does he own a piece of the Barclays Center, he also owns this wing shop, and what could be better to fortify you for a sports event than wings? Not much seating, but who needs it? And you can get them just as hot as you want. 554 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-624-BOSS
8. Not Ray's Pizza - This old-timer resolutely resists "Famous Rays" and its ilk. No thick layer of polyethylene cheese, just a satisfying traditional plain cheese slice of the kind that's harder and harder to find in this part of the borough. 690 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-8206
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