2007_02_dineinbk.jpgFrom beastly brisket sandwiches to Bruni-sanctioned shrines to pork, Brooklyn has established itself as a dining destination worthy of a restaurant week all its own. Now in its fourth year, Dine in Brooklyn (Monday, March 19, through Friday, March 30) offers an opportunity to sample nearly 200 of the borough’s best at $21.12 (honoring Brooklyn’s zip code, ‘112’) for three courses.

Participating restaurants range from perennial favorite and harbinger of sustainable cookery Applewood to Park Luncheonette, a Greenpoint institution since 1931. It’s an excellent list, but if you’re only going to cross the river once, we recommend these stand-outs:

NoNO Kitchen
Chef Gregory Tatis’ spicy jambalaya and traditional Creole fare has caught some attention recently. Just steps off the 7th Avenue stop on the F, it’s convenient enough for the most stubborn of city-folk.

Well worth the haul to Bay Ridge, Tanoreen elevates the standards of Middle Eastern cuisine far beyond the confines of the common falafel. Chef Rawia Bishara has been called the Joël Robuchon of fried eggplant. Let that sink in.

This Fort Green gem has enjoyed its share of praise but maintains the rustic and humble charm that has made it a Gothamist favorite since its 2004 opening. If the weather calms, you might enjoy your meal in the quiet and leafy garden that so beguiled our man Bruni.

A smaller list offers 2 for $21.12 specials at spaces like Chip Shop and Smoke Joint, but in the grand tradition of Restaurant Week hidden costs, gratuity, tax and beverages are not included.