+ Brooklyn Spots

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Outside of Egg, a breakfast shop next door to the Mast Brothers Chocolate Shop

Other Brooklyn Spots to Explore:

TO VISIT: 

  1. Brooklyn Public Library

Perks: At the café, Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pies are featured!

Find it: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

  1. Greenlight Bookstore

Find it: 686 Fulton Street at S. Portland, Brooklyn, NY 11217

  1. Sprout Home

Perks: This pint-sized flower store offers whimsical and sweet arrangements using exotic buds.

Find it: 59 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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

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TO EAT: 

  1. Smorgasburg

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.

  1. Roberta’s

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

  1. Bakeri

Try: The bread pudding and the cappuccinos

Find it: 150 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11211, United States

  1. La Superior

Try: The Masa chips and tacos

Find it: 295 Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

  1. Mile End

Try: The poutine or smoked meat sandwich

Find it:  97 A Hoyt Boerum Hill

  1. Iris Café

Try: The sticky buns

Perks: Breakfast is offered until 4pm

Find it: 20 Columbia Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11201

  1. Caputo’s Bake Shop

Try: A cup of coffee and buttered onion roll

Find it: 329 Court Street between Sackett and Union

  1. Smith Canteen

Try: The Counter Culture coffee and fruit tarts

Find it: 343 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

  1. 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

  1. Court Pastry Shop

Try: The Italian cookies

Find it: 298 Court Street, Brooklyn NY

  1. Ted & Honey

Try: the brunch/breakfast

Find it: 264 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

  1. Dough Doughnuts

Try: The lemon poppy-seed doughnut

Find it: 448 Lafayette Ave. at Franklin Ave., NY 11205 Brooklyn

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View of the Williamsburg Bridge from the East River Parkway

TO DRINK: 

  1. Radegast Hall and Beirgarten

Perks: Happy Hour: 3pm-7pm

Find it: Located on the corner of North 3rd St. and Berry

  1. 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

TO KEEP READING: 

I consulted these guides on Williamsburg and Carroll Gardens.

Also loved this review of Smorgasburg.

Check out this party on a lawn.

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Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

 

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