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

Home-spun Cuban recipes are whisked efficiently to the hungry diners and bar flies populating this boozy Bed-Stuy eatery. Roasted meats, flavorful stews and seasonal fish dominate, always with mouth-watering Cuban creole garnishes and abundant garlic. At weekends, chefs toy with brunch standards: the Cuban-Irish breakfast combines tamales with blood sausage, and the eggs Benedict is served in crispy plantain cups.

Fun fact: Pilar takes its name from Hemingway's fishing boat, a hand-crafted vessel that made it all the way from Coney Island to Havana.