Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Hackney
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Hackney restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 47 restaurants in Hackney and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hackney restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Hackney Restaurants
1. Duke’s Brew & Que Burgers, etc restaurant in Hackney 33 Downham Rd - N1
Housed in an 18th century pub in the heart of De Beauvoir Town, Duke’s Brew and Que combines Logan Plant’s obsession with authentic American BBQ and great beer. With the focus on the rub and the infusion of wood smoke, the meat is cooked ‘low and slow’ to perfection and p...
2. Hill & Szrok Steaks & grills restaurant in Hackney 60 Broadway Mkt - E8
“Sitting around a big butcher’s block doesn’t sound very romantic, but it gives you lots to talk about!” – this “butcher-by-day, meat-feast-at-night” in Broadway Market provides “an unusual and well-lit setting” for “a fantastic meat experience”.
3. Trangallan Spanish restaurant in Hackney 61 Newington Grn - N16
“None of the plates or cutlery match, but in the quaintest way”, at this Stoke Newington Hispanic; all reporters “love everything about the place” – “staff really know their stuff”, there’s “loads of interesting Spanish wines”, and the food’s “a revelation”.
4. The Empress British, Modern restaurant in Hackney 130 Lauriston Rd - E9
“A favourite stop-off after a bracing walk in Victoria Park” – this popular East End gastropub “always hits the mark” with its “different” cooking, “spot-on” service, and “great vibes”.
5. Buen Ayre Argentinian restaurant in Hackney 50 Broadway Mkt - E8
A carnivore’s delight, this “bare” and “noisy” Argentine ‘parrilla’ in Hackney provides a “fantastic informal atmosphere” – “tremendous steak (cooked just the way it should be)” and “a great choice of Malbec” help make it “impossible to get a table”.
6. Sager + Wilde British, Modern restaurant in Hackney 193 Hackney Rd - E2
“The nibbles are fine”, but it’s the “fabulous and intriguing wine selection”, “enthusiastic” staff and “relaxed vibe” which drive the appeal of this Haggerston “jewel”.
7. Tonkotsu Japanese restaurant in Hackney 382 Mare St - E8
“Delicious hot and warming bowls of noodles” are the mainstay of these cramped bars in Soho, and now in Bankside, Haggerston and Hackney Central too; there’s some dispute however as to whether they’re “taking ramen to a new level”, or are merely “fine”.
8. Lardo Italian restaurant in Hackney 197-201 Richmond Rd - E8
“Tattooed diners and china crockery” abound at this “classic Hackney hipster venue” near London Fields (now with nearby offshoot, Lardo Bebé) – but if you can withstand the beards and beanies then you’ll enjoy “pizza with gravitas”.
9. Franco Manca Pizza restaurant in Hackney 52 Broadway Mkt - E8
“Even my Italian girlfriend rates it!”; “amazingly yummy”, sourdough-based pizza (“how do they make it fluffy and crisp simultaneously?”) at “very keen” prices wins a ginormous fan club for this fast-expanding, “energetic” (“crowded and noisy”) chain; no bookings – “you queue out of the door most days”.
10. The Richmond British, Modern restaurant in Hackney 316 Queensbridge Rd - E8
Bargain bivalves (£1 an oyster at happy hour) are a mainstay of east London’s only raw seafood bar – a feature of Brett Redman’s new Hackney hang out (on the site of LMNT, RIP), which also boasts a “superb fish menu” and “good list of wines by the glass”.
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