Add a little spontaneity to your trip to NYC and hop the East River to Brooklyn. With an eclectic array of brand new dining options, BK is making a strong case for being the best food borough in the Big Apple. Here are the hottest new restaurants in Brooklyn right now.

Gran Sasso

Helmed by Chef Luca Casadio, with Michelin star experience across Europe, this Italian joint is the real deal. With vintage decor and exposed brick walls, there’s an old world feel that might make you feel like you left NYC for lo Stivale. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the made-on-site pastas like spaghetti vongole or pappardelle all’ anatra.

Gran Sasso. 65 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 388-6200

Sunday in Brooklyn

The industrial-chic theme inside Sunday in Brooklyn is reason enough to try this new restaurant-market hybrid creation. Drop by for a romantic dinner date and dine on the smoked wood-fired whole fish for two with smoked mussel butter. But as you might’ve guessed. the best time to come to Sunday in Brooklyn is for a weekend brunch, where you’ll devour arguably the best sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich in the city.

Sunday in Brooklyn. 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (347) 222-6722

Ichiran

Skip the flight to Tokyo and head to East Williamsburg instead. Famed for their individual booths, although they have regular tables as well, Ichiran crafts one of the most authentic bowls of ramen you’ll find stateside. Put pencil to paper on your personal order sheet and your tailor-made dish will be brought out in a flash. Enhance the experience with side dishes like Tonkotsu egg and pork belly or an iced matcha tea.

Ichiran. 374 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 381-0491

Sweet Polly

Sweet Polly is a sweet marriage of seafood and cocktails. With a mainly raw menu that serves as the perfect complement to an extensive craft cocktail list, Sweet Polly is the place you go to prepare for a night on the town. Dive into a platter of Wellfleet and Duxbury oysters on the half shell and share a selection of small plates—like beef tartare, peekytoe crab and yellowfin tuna crudo.

Sweet Polly. 71 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 484-9600

Samui

Symbolizing the renewal of the Clinton Hill neighborhood it calls home, Samui’s two-story building was once an old garage. Founded by a jewelry deisgner and a music producer the restaurant is about as artsy as you’d expect—featuring uniquely crafted works from local glassblowers, furniture makers and graffiti artists. The Thai Asian fusion dishes range from classic (pineapple curry fried rice) to trendy (fried chicken and waffles) but whatever you order you won’t be disappointed.

Samui. 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (917) 909-1032