Other Brooklyn Spots to Explore:
- Brooklyn Public Library
Perks: At the café, Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pies are featured!
Find it: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
- Greenlight Bookstore
Find it: 686 Fulton Street at S. Portland, Brooklyn, NY 11217
- Sprout Home
Perks: This pint-sized flower store offers whimsical and sweet arrangements using exotic buds.
Find it: 59 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
- Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood
Perks: Famous for the homes of Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Patti Smith, walking tours of the neighbourhood are offered for $15/person.
Find it: Meet in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall, located at 209 Joralemon Street
- Grand Ferry Park
Perks: The views of downtown Manhattan are beautiful from this quieter spot in Brooklyn. Bring a picnic for dinner and stay for the sunset.
- PACE/MacGill Gallery
Perks: Offers a diverse array of photography exhibitions
Find it: 32 East 57th Street, 9th floor, 10022
Open: M-Th, 9:30am-4:30pm, Friday: 9:30am-4pm
- Nitehawk Cinema
Perks: Known as New York’s first “cinema eatery,” this unique movie theater offers gourmet concessions, hand-crafted cocktails, and full meals along with your movie. When I first read about this spot, I immediately thought of this.
Find it: 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Perks: Described as the “Woodstock of Eating” by The New York Times, this popular food market is a spin-off of the famous Brooklyn flea market launched in 2008. Smorgasburg showcases over 100 local and regional food vendors, including Chalait (known for their matcha lattes) and the increasingly renowned Spaghetti-in-a-cone.
Find it: Check it out on Saturdays at the East River State Park and on the Williamsburg waterfront or Sundays at Prospect Park. Both locations are open from 11am-6pm.
Try: The Bee Sting pizza
Perks: For the quintessential hole-in-the-wall experience, travel to Roberta’s in Bushwick. Although everything on the menu is wonderful, the Bee Sting pizza – aptly named for the drizzle of honey that adorns the pie – is known to be superb. The restaurant also offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Find it: 261 Moore St., Brooklyn, NY 11206
Try: The bread pudding and the cappuccinos
Find it: 150 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11211, United States
- La Superior
Try: The Masa chips and tacos
Find it: 295 Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
- Mile End
Try: The poutine or smoked meat sandwich
Find it: 97 A Hoyt Boerum Hill
- Iris Café
Try: The sticky buns
Perks: Breakfast is offered until 4pm
Find it: 20 Columbia Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11201
- Caputo’s Bake Shop
Try: A cup of coffee and buttered onion roll
Find it: 329 Court Street between Sackett and Union
- Smith Canteen
Try: The Counter Culture coffee and fruit tarts
Find it: 343 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
- Ferdinando’s Focacceria
Try: The chickpea fritters and the Manhattan Special, an espresso soda made in Brooklyn since 1895
Find it: 151 Union Street, Brooklyn NY
- Court Pastry Shop
Try: The Italian cookies
Find it: 298 Court Street, Brooklyn NY
- Ted & Honey
Try: the brunch/breakfast
Find it: 264 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
- Dough Doughnuts
Try: The lemon poppy-seed doughnut
Find it: 448 Lafayette Ave. at Franklin Ave., NY 11205 Brooklyn
- Radegast Hall and Beirgarten
Perks: Happy Hour: 3pm-7pm
Find it: Located on the corner of North 3rd St. and Berry
- Brooklyn Brewery
Perks: The brewery offers free tours on Saturdays and Sundays; just pick up a free ticket an hour/hour-and-a-half prior to the tour. Outside food is allowed.
Find it: 79 N 11th St, New York, NY 11249
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