Aurora

Price guide: Mid-range

70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, 11211

Price guide: Mid-range

Aurora

By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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#23 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Singles, No fuss, Trendiness

Expert review of Aurora

One of the best eateries in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has plenty of good and not-so-good restaurants. Aurora is one of the area's best. Since 2003, locals have flocked here for the savory and inexpensive Italian dishes. Brunch is a culinary highlight. 

Food and drink: 

It's standard Italian fare but made with care and love. Everything is savory and flavorful and I've never been disappointed. The wine list is small but carefully chosen to match the food.

Recommended dishes: 

I liked the spicy Crystal Valley chicken with cannellini beans. My friends chose several pasta dishes with the orecchiette with pork sausage being their favorite. The mixed beets with Greek yogurt is also my favorite appetizer.

Ambience: 

Rustic and casual; it has a very welcoming atmosphere and you'll see a lot of locals here. Manhattanites head here if they've stayed overnight in the area. 

Service: 

Service can be a bit slow at times but the staff are eager to please, so I tend to cut them a little slack.

Location: 

On a bustling street in Williamsburg's south side. It's close to the subway and there are plenty of places at which to enjoy an after-dinner drink. 

Price advice: 

Dinner is about $50-$60 for two. Brunch is better, in my opinion, and is about $20 cheaper for two. The Eggs Benedict or Florentine brunch special includes coffee and a cocktail and is only $15 per person.

Tables to book: 

The outdoor garden is the place to be year-round. It's really romantic and cozy.

Other useful branches: 

The owners opened a branch in Soho in 2007.

More information on Aurora:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, 11211
Telephone:
718-388-5100
Website:
http://www.auroraristorante.com
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thu noon-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-midnight; Sat 11am-4pm, 6pm-midnight; Sun 11am-4pm, 6pm-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Aurora? Would you recommended it?