Barclays Center is located in the heart of Brooklyn, so there’s no tailgating before games. But that doesn’t mean you and your friends can’t get together for a few drinks and a bite to eat before arriving at the Barclays Center. There are plenty of nearby restaurants and bars to choose from, so it won’t be hard to find the right one for your gang and make it to the game on time.
348 Flatbush Ave.
This sleek, upscale Italian restaurant is the perfect choice for a special pre-game dinner. It’s a good idea to make a reservation to avoid disappointment. It’s also a great spot to enjoy a post-game glass of wine or amaro.
Black Forest Brooklyn
733 Fulton St.
It always feels like Oktoberfest at this Fort Greene restaurant and biergarten. Its jovial staff serves up various wursts and other German classics, along with a wide selection of German beers. Reservations are suggested on game days.
450 Dean St.
This spacious pizzeria serves up delicious coal-fired pies, as well as lasagna, veal parmigiana, and other Italian standards. It’s one of the best choices for large groups.
Stonehome Wine Bar and Restaurant
87 Lafayette Ave.
If you’re looking for a romantic spot to take your beloved, this cozy restaurant will set the mood.
It has a well-curated selection of domestic and international wines to pair with its contemporary American cuisine.
25 Lafayette Ave.
This casual local taqueria chain serves up Yucatan-style tacos and good times. Enjoy various fillings inside fresh corn tortillas and wash them down with a Mexican beer or an agua fresca.
605 Carlton Ave.
This neighborhood favorite is known for its outstanding burgers and cocktails. Its slightly upscale menu also features small plates if you just want to grab a bite before the game.
McMahon’s Public House
39 Fifth Avenue
Located one block from the Barclays Center, McMahons is a warm, woody, inviting spot offering draft beer, pub food, and the feel of a traditional Irish bar. A great choice for before or after the game, either to celebrate a Nets victory or drown your sorrows.
58 5th Ave.
This popular local watering hole is a great place to grab a pint before or after the game. It has a rotating selection of intriguing, reasonably priced microbrews on tap, as well as cans and bottles. In good weather, try to snag a table in the back garden.
Food in Barclays Center FAQs
If you’re running low on time to grab dinner or a drink before you arrive at the arena, don’t worry. The Barclays Center offers plenty of options. We’ve put together this FAQ to steer you in the right direction.
Does Barclays Center have food?
Yes, you’ll find plenty of delicious food inside the venue, from sandwiches and snacks to sit-down meals.
What should I eat at Barclays?
The concessions and restaurants at the Barclays Center don’t sling the usual arena grub. You’ll find seriously good eats, which can make deciding what to have a challenge. Here are four fan favorites:
- Lobster roll: Grab a lobster or crab roll (or you can order a combo) at the Crabby Shack, located on the Suite Level North.
- Nathan’s hot dog: You don’t have to take a train all the way out to Coney Island to enjoy a Nathan’s famous hot dog (since 1916). Just make your way to one of the two Nathan’s stands in the Barclays Center — outside Section 17 or Section 207 — and don’t forget the fries.
- Chicken parm: If you want a sit-down meal, head to Parm on the Main Concourse inside the Barclays Center. Their chicken parm and other Italian favorites are to die for.
- Junior’s cheesecake: This classic Brooklyn dessert and other delectables are available at the Junior’s Restaurant outpost on the Main Concourse inside the Barclays Center.
Are the concessions open at Barclays?
Yes, there are lots of concession stands at the Barclays Center, including more than 50 food vendors that are part of the Brooklyn Taste program, which give fans the chance to enjoy a wide range of local flavors without traveling all over the borough.
Does Barclays Center have a bar?
Barclays has many bars, including the branded Casa Modelo Bar, the Corona Beach House, and the Jack Daniel’s Bar. If you’re in the mood for something more upscale, the 40/40 Club on Suite Level A is the place to be. And if you happen to have courtside tickets (lucky you), they’ll get you into the super-swanky Crown Room.
Reserve Your Spot with ParkMobile
Make sure to check out the ParkMobile App so you can reserve parking ahead of time for your next game or event at Barclays Center. Or, if you already found a spot, you can enter the spot number into the app and select the amount of time you’ll need. We’ll even send you an alert when time is about to expire.