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Best Restaurant in Fort Greene/Vinegar Hill/Clinton Hill

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If the Finch is Clinton Hill’s “rock star” newcomer to the restaurant scene, Marietta is the chill girl, not to be taken for granted. Created by the folks who brought show-stopping soul food to surrounding neighborhoods (the Smoke Joint in Fort Greene and Peaches in Bed-Stuy), Marietta has been holding it down since 2013 with new takes on Southern classics and good old-fashioned hospitality. When stopping in for brunch, snag a plate of perfectly poached eggs on a pastrami benedict with chow chow (a tangy-sweet veggie relish) or a crepe with bourbon-soaked peaches. Dinner is just as delectable, featuring rib eye with oxtail sauce and mild, smoky fresno chiles; an inky black-rice surf ‘n’ turf with marinated octopus and hefty chunks of pork belly; and lemon-honey-brined fried chicken. Meanwhile, the spicy mayo “Comeback” sauce, aptly named for its addictive, must-return allure, is perfect for pretty much anything with a bun, from the three-fillet Long Island whiting sandwich to the mouthwatering Marietta burger, to which the addition of liver mousse or pork cheek is an option, should the blend of smoked short rib, sirloin, and rib eye somehow fail to satisfy the meatiest of cravings. 285 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn 11238, 718-638-9500, bcrestaurantgroup.com/marietta

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