Miss Ada

Mediterranean in Brooklyn: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill & Bed-Stuy

One of the newest stars in Fort Greene's dining constellation is this cozy restaurant from chef-owner Tomer Blechman, formerly of Gramercy Tavern. He presents Mediterranean dishes from his native Israel given a new spin with Latvian influences (a nod to his parents' place of birth) and flavored with herbs grown in the large backyard, which features canopied dining in warmer months.

Hits on the menu include zaatar-spice-blend-crusted salmon served with labneh (a creamy cheese), charred shallots and Japanese eggplant, and chraime, a Sephardic Jewish dish of cod in a spicy heirloom-tomato sauce with scallions and cilantro. Natty bartenders make serious cocktails at the marble-topped bar while your dishes are whipped up in the snug open kitchen.