Wednesday, September 14, 2011


(includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Coney Island, Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Midwood, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Park, Red Hook, South Side, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg & Windsor Park)

Almondine – 85 Water Street (Dumbo); 718-797-5026;; macaron especially good (chocolate has rich ganache center and thin sheet bittersweet chocolate; also, try peanut butter).
Ample Hills Creamery – 623 Vanderbilt Avenue (Prospect Heights, at St. Mark’s Avenue); 718-670-3346;; all-natural bubble-gum, chocolate stout with pretzels, maple-bacon, and salted caramel.
Baked – 359 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Dikeman Street); 718-222-0345;; “Main Street America” desserts; especially good are brownies and marshmallows.
Bakeri – 150 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg, at North 8th Street); 718-388-8037;; astonishing baked good selection, too.
Blue Bottle Coffee – 160 Berry Street (Williamsburg, at North 5th Street);; San Francisco import; single origin espresso; 5 Japanese slow drippers; all beans roasted on premises.
Blue Marble – 196 Court Street (Cobble Hill, at Wyckoff Street); 718-858-0408;; high-end soft-serve as well as traditional.
Breukelen Coffee House – 764A Franklin Avenue (Crown Heights, at St. Johns Place); 718-789-7070;; Stumptown coffee and Balthazar pastries during day; art and DJs at night.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain – 513 Henry Street (Carroll Gardens, at Sackett Street); 718-522-6260;; foremost champions of old-school dessert; kid-friendly soda fountain; try egg cream and red-velvet Twinkies (latter from local bakery).
Café Grumpy – 383 7th Avenue (Park Slope, at 11th Street); 718-499-4404;; widest coffee variety in city by cup.
Café Grumpy – 193 Meserole Avenue (Greenpoint, at Diamond Street); 718-349-7623;; widest coffee variety in city by cup.
Café Pedlar – 210 Court Street (Cobble Hill, at Warren Street); 718-855-7129;
Fine & Raw – 288 Seigel Street (East Williamsburg); 718-366-3633;; try ganache chocolate drink.
Five Leaves – 18 Bedford Avenue (Greenpoint, at Lorimer Street); 718-383-5345;; best affogato in city.
4 & 20 Blackbirds – 439 3rd Avenue (Gowanus); 718-499-2917;; Alain Ducasse recommends this pie shop.
Gimme! Coffee – 495 Lorimer Street (Williamsburg, at Powers Street); 718-388-7771;; Ithaca-based; among city’s best coffee bars; some single-origin cups.
Holy Cow – 7270 South Broadway (Red Hook); 845-758-5959.
Iris Café – 20 Columbia Place (Brooklyn Heights, at Joralemon Street); 718-722-7395;; hidden in 1 of Brooklyn Heights’ prettiest corners; great fresh sticky buns; try macchiato.
Jacques Torres Chocolate – 66 Water Street (Dumbo); 718-875-1269;; for best hot chocolate in USA.
Junior’s – 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension (Downtown); 718-852-5257;; best cheesecake.
Mast Brothers Brew Bar – 111 North 3rd Street (Williamsburg); 718-388-2625;; try cold-brew chocolate.
My Sweet Brigadeiro – 57 Porter Avenue (Bushwick, between Grattan Street & Harrison Place); 347-689-4402;; artisanal brigadeiros (Brazilian truffles); Brazilian delicacy offered along with coffee at this cool storefront.
Odd Fellows Ice Cream – 175 Kent Avenue (Williamsburg, at North 3rd Street); 347-599-0556;; exotic flavors; real egg creams served at counters where you sit on stools.
Prime Meats – 465 Court Street (Carroll Gardens, at Luquer Street); 718-254-0327;; coffee bar at breakfast time; gorgeous German pastries, especially pretzel with butter and sea salt.
Rabbithole Bakery & Bistro – 352 Bedford Avenue (Williamsburg, at South 3rd Street); 718-782-0910;; breakfast, lunch, and dinner items but baked goods best; try jam-stuffed cones, based on Julia Child recipe.
Skyice – 63 5th Avenue (Park Slope, at St. Mark’s Avenue); 718-230-0910;; black sesame seed, caramel salt, coconut, mixed vegetables (such as durian and mangosteen), and Thai coffee.
Southside Coffee – 652 6th Avenue (Windsor Park, at 19th Street); 347-599-0887; friendly, bare-bones coffee bar; nice outside chair area.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream – 81 Bergen Street (Boerum Hill); 718-701-1630;; artisanal, organic ice creams.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream – 632 Manhattan Avenue (Greenpoint, at Bedford Avenue); 718-701-1630;; artisanal, organic coffees, baked goods, and ice creams.
Variety Coffee & Tea – 145 Driggs Avenue (Greenpoint, at Russell Street); 347-689-3790;; excellent coffee, especially cappuccino.

Bell House – 149 7th Street (Gowanus); 718-643-6510;; dance club.
Black Horse Pub – 568 5th Avenue (Park Slope); 718-788-1975;; British-Irish; at least 16 on-tap brews; soccer games.
Brooklyn Inn – 148 Hoyt Street (Boerum Hill, at Bergen Street); 718-522-2525; featured in movie Smoke; monumental carved wood bar transplanted from Germany in 1870s (and rarely dusted since then) imparts sepulchral allure to this high-ceilinged, drinking relic; truly eclectic jukebox; pool table in back room provides relief from elbow-jostling 20-somethings and hoary regulars.
Clover Club – 210 Smith Street (Cobble Hill);; 718-855-7939; dark wood, leather banquettes, pressed tin ceiling.
Dram – 177 South 4th Street (Williamsburg); 718-486-3726;; at Williamsburg Bridge’s base; try Oaxaca Old-Fashioned.
Fort Defiance – 365 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Dikeman Street); 347-453-6672;; pub food; great Irish coffee.
Henry Public – 329 Henry Street (Cobble Hill, at Atlantic Avenue); 718-852-8630;; pub that honors Brooklyn’s past.
Isa – 348 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg, between 4th & 3rd Streets); 347-689-3594;; warm, welcoming.
Maison Premiere – 298 Bedford Avenue (Williamsburg, between 1st & Grand Streets); 347-335-0446;; 30 types oysters and “curated” absinthe selection.
Prime Meats – 465 Court Street (Carroll Gardens, at Luquer Street); 718-254-0327;; try Manhattan (100 proof Rittenhouse rye, Dolin sweet vermouth, and bitters made out of lemon citrus fruit called Buddha’s hand).
Red Hook Winery – 175-204 Van Dyke Street (Red Hook, at Pier 41, 325A); 347-689-2432;; in fair weather, when 19th Century pier’s doors are open, and you can watch ferries and tugs crossing harbor, very pleasant.
Rocky Sullivan’s – 34 Van Dyke Street (Red Hook, between Dwight and Otsego Streets); 718-246-8050;; popular neighborhood bar.
St. Mazie – 345 Grand Street (Williamsburg); 718-384-4807;; filled with beautiful, salvaged wood from 150 year-old all-girls Catholic School in West Virginia, along with rain-washed remnants of abandoned Marseillaise cafes; big on atmosphere (live flamenco, New Orleans street jazz, tub-thumping banjo).
Sharlene’s – 353 Flatbush Avenue (Prospect Heights); 347-350-8225; TV-less operation run by Sharlene, who has nearly 20 years of suds-slinging behind her belt; try Russian Standard on rocks; quirky jukebox; wooden bar top, grainy municipal-looking floor, and sort of indoor gloaming; 12 beer taps, but minimal food.
Sidecar – 560 5th Avenue (Park Slope); 718-369-0077;; bartenders mix “mean drinks” at this “bustling, original cocktails” purveyor; warm atmosphere; late hours.
South – 629 5th Avenue (Park Slope, (between 17th & 18th Streets); 718-832-4720;;; half dozen taps, plus dozens and dozens bottles; comfy, dark wood, Edison bulbs, kitschy sign reminding cowboys to leave their guns at bar (owner from Texas); chill backyard, plus board games.
Sunny’s Bar – 253 Conover Street (Red Hook); 718-625-8211;; beer and whiskey joint that offers, during colder months, excellent spiked hot cider.
Tørst – 615 Manhattan Avenue (Greenpoint); 718-389-6034;; rotating beer selection, many of which never sold in US.
Way Station – 683 Washington Avenue; 347-627-4949;; Doctor Who-themed bar.
Weather Up – 589 Vanderbilt Avenue (Prospect Heights); 212-766-3202;; storefront church; classic cocktail temple; try Brooklynite.

Red Hook Food Vendors – 160 Bay Street (Red Hook, at Red Hook Recreational Area & Clinton Street);; Saturdays & Sundays in season.

Nu Hotel – 85 Smith Street (Brooklyn Heights); 718-852-8585 or 800-677-9329;; sleek, boutique in downtown Brooklyn; make sure to ask for room at back to avoid extreme traffic noise; near East River; functional and shockingly affordable; no room service.
Wythe Hotel – 80 Wythe Avenue (Williamburg, on waterfront); 718-460-8000;; redbrick waterfront building that was 19th Century “cooperage”; leftover wooden barrel staves used to make beds and ceilings; roof has giant glass cube that lets onto open-air bar; 72 rooms; try to get North 7th or North 8th Loft (best views on high floors).

Ai Di La Trattoria – 248 5th Avenue (Park Slope, at West 28th Street); 718-636-8888;; graceful renditions of northern Italian cuisine; no reservations but pleasant wine bar.
Aska – 90 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg-North Side); 718-388-2969;; “renovated” Scandinavian cuisine.
Aurora Ristorante – 70 Grand Street (South Side); 718-388-5100;; amazing, northern Italian food.
Battersby – 255 Smith Street (Carroll Gardens); 718-852-8321;; great Italian food prepared in postage-stamp-sized kitchen.
Black Horse Pub – 568 5th Avenue (Park Slope); 718-788-1975;; features British-Irish eats washed down with at least 16 on-tap brews; full English breakfast on sidewalk; soccer games.
Blanca – 261 Moore Street (East Williamsburg, Bushwick, between Bogart & White Streets, inside Roberta’s); 646-703-2715;; sort of dinner-theater-type experience; 28 small courses over 3 hours.
Buttermilk Channel – 524 Court Street (Carroll Gardens); 718-852-8490;; try duck meatloaf.
Café Kiev – 1739 West 7th Street (Gravesend, at Kings Highway); 718-336-8800;; Russian.
Café Mogador – 133 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg, at North 8th Street); 718-486-9222;; Moroccan, notable for tagine; affordable.
Calexico Carne Asada – 122 Union Street (Carroll Gardens, at Columbia Street); 718-488-8226;; Tex-Mex; makes carne asada quesadilla with flavor punch so intense, can’t order anything else.
Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches – 27 North 6th Street (Williamsburg, between Wythe & Kent Avenues); 646-504-2187;
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare – 200 Schermerhorn Street (Boerum Hill, at Hoyt Street); 718-243-0050;; 2 Michelin stars.
Coney Island Taste – 2580 Coney Island Avenue (Coney Island, near Gravesend Neck Road-Avenue W intersection); 718-339-8371; decor suggests luncheonette and American food served but this is primarily Peruvian restaurant.
Cubana Social – 70 North 6th Street (Williamsburg, between Wythe and Kent Avenues); 718-782-3334;; owned by Ted Nugent’s illegitimate son.
DeFonte’s – 379 Columbia Street (Red Hook, between Coles Street & Luquer Street); 718-625-8052;; ask for roast beef and mozzarella with fried eggplant.
Di Fara’s – 1424 Avenue J (Midwood, at East 15th Street); 718-258-1367;; unforgettable pizza.
Diner – 85 Broadway (South Williamsburg); 718-486-3077;; retro railcar environs & seasonal New American; best burger in Brooklyn.
Fort Defiance – 365 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Dikeman Street); 347-453-6672;; pub food; great Irish coffee.
Franny’s – 295 Flatbush Avenue (Prospect Heights); 718-230-0221;; great for brunch.
Frankies 457 Spuntino – 457 Court Street (Carroll Gardens); 713-403-0033;; fresh Italian.
Giuseppina’s – 691 6th Avenue (South Slope, at 20th Street); 718-499-5052; pizza shop; simple corner restaurant with brick oven; chef-owner, Chris Iacono, is brick-oven royalty: his brother is Mark Iacono, who owns Lucali; serves calzone and pies only.
Good Fork – 391 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Coffey Street); 718-643-6636;; intimate Korean neighborhood spot with charm; terrific chive and pork dumplings.
Gowanus Yacht Club – 323 Smith Street (Carroll Gardens); 718-246-1321; beer garden.
Henry’s End Restaurant – 44 Henry Street (Brooklyn Heights); 718-834-1776;; founded in 1973; known as hangout with great ginger burgers, omelettes, and chocolate decadence; features annual Wild Game Festival and superb American wine list in a friendly and bustling dining room.
Home/Made – 293 Va Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Pioneer Street); 347-223-4135;; brunch only, on Saturdays & Sundays; great French Toast.
iCi – 246 Dekalb Avenue (Fort Greene); 718-789-2778;; charming, French; breakfast.
Isa – 348 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg, between 4th & 3rd Streets); 347-689-3594;; warm, welcoming, dining room smells great, and, despite hard benches and chairs, fairly comfortable; restaurant’s 2 rooms consist of sedate dining room with long wooden bar; quirkiness begins in ingredient combinations.
Jimmy’s Diner – 557 Union Avenue (Williamsburg, North Side, between Frost & Richardson Streets); 718-218-7174;; best fried chicken in Brooklyn, as well as burgers, coffee, french fries, pie, shakes, tater tots & waffles.
Junior’s – 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension (Downtown); 718-852-5257;; best cheesecake.
Lovin’ Cup Café – 93 North 6th Street (Williamsburg, at Berry Street); 718-302-1180;; homey, American food prepared with grass-fed, free-range philosophy.
Lucali – 575 Henry Street (Carroll Gardens); 718-858-4086; considered pizza royalty’s home; this is celebrity-magnetic establishment (owner recently stabbed by Genovese crime family member); calzone and pizza only.
Luksus – 615 Manhattan Avenue (Greenpoint); 718-389-6034;; tiny restaurant in back of Tørst; small plates.
Marlow & Sons – 85 Broadway (Williamsburg); 718-384-1441;; café by day and restaurant/raw bar by night; packed.
Mile End Delicatessen – 97 Hoyt Street, Suite A (Boerum Hill, between Atlantic Avenue & Pacific Street); 718-852-7510;; hipster deli (quality meats).
Mimi’s Hummus – 1209 Cortelyou Road (Ditmas Park, at Westminster Road); 718-284-4444;; sunny café serves more than hummus; Moroccan food with Iraqi-Kurdish influences.
Cafe Moto – 394 Broadway (Williamsburg); 718-599-6895;; beneath J/M/Z train in humble flatiron building; exterior all mesh and peeling paint; inside, Belle Époque as seen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; curving bar, battered wood, slate tables, antique glass, and wrought iron accents; jazz bands play regularly, set up in corner; immensely transporting restaurant; mostly French bistro menu (steamed mussles, chicken dijonaise); thick homemade chocolate pudding almost like tub of store-bought frosting.
Number 7 – 7 Greene Avenue (Fort Greene, at Fulton Street); 718-522-6372;; cheap, luxe, American nouvelle food; few selections.
Pacificana Chinese Restaurant – 813 55th Street (Borough Park, at 8th Avenue); 718-871-2880; beautiful and seriously good dim sum.
Peter Luger Steak House – 178 Broadway (Williamsburg); 718-387-7400;; steaks, duh.
Pies & Thighs – 166 South 4th Street (Williamsburg); 347-529-6090;; great fried chicken.
Prime Meats – 465 Court Street (Carroll Gardens, at Luquer Street); 718-254-0327;; impeccable cocktails and emphasis on charcuterie.
Rabbithole Bakery & Bistro – 352 Bedford Avenue (Williamsburg, at South 3rd Street); 718-782-0910;; breakfast, lunch, and dinner items but baked goods best; try jam-stuffed cones, based on Julia Child recipe.
Randazzo’s Clam Bar – 2017 Emmons Avenue (Sheepshead Bay); 718-615-0010;; landmark for over 75 years; outstanding.
Red Hook Lobster Pound – 284 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Verona Street); 718-858-7650;; order from lobster tank, then carry down street to dining room; if you go nowhere else in Brooklyn, go here.
Reynard – 80 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg at Wythe Hotel, between 12th & 11th Streets; 718-460-8004;; upscale New American eatery offers seasonal eats in airy room.
River Cafe – 1 Water Street (Dumbo); 718-522-5200;; 1 of most beautiful settings and restaurants in NYC.
Roberta’s – 261 Moore Street (East Williamsburg, Bushwick); 718-417-1118;; even though known as pizzeria, OK to skip pizzas, not that there’s anything wrong with them; nicely singed pizzas in wood-burning oven; kitchen also turns out subtle and polished dishes in back; looks like cinderblock bunker; beer and wine served in jelly jars, but food as confident and relaxed as scruffy clientele.
Roman’s – 243 DeKalb Avenue (Fort Greene, at Vanderbilt Avenue); 718-622-5300;; interesting but uneven; owners run Marlow & Sons.
Saltie – 378 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg, at Havemeyer Street); 718-387-4777;; tiny sandwich shop that bakes own bread; tremendous desserts.
Saraghina – 435 Halsey Street (Bedford-Stuyvesant, at Lewis Avenue); 718-574-0010;; trattoria; try bluefish ragu.
Saul – 200 Eastern Parkway (Prospect Heights, at Brooklyn Museum); 718-935-9842;; Michelin-starred.
Sidecar – 560 5th Avenue (Park Slope); 718-369-0077;; warm atmosphere; American comfort food (buttermilk fried chicken, chicken fried steak), prepared in open kitchen visible from copper-topped bar; ultimate local haunt; late hours.
Stone Park Cafe – 324 5th Avenue (Park Slope); 718-369-0082;; try Cobb salad.
Talde – 369 7th Avenue (South Slope); 347-916-0031;; Asian fusion; try pretzel & chive dumplings and oyster & bacon pad thai.
Vinegar Hill House – 72 Hudson Avenue (Vinegar Hill, at Front Street); 718-522-1018;; wood-burning oven prepared, confident, flavorful food; worth waiting.

Baked – 359 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook); 718-222-0345;; bakery; try Diner Double Dark brownies.
Cacao Prieto – 218 Conover Street (Red Hook); 347-225-0130;; chocolates from Dominican Republic source only.
CB I Hate Perfume – 318 Maujer Street #3 (East Williamsburg, between Waterbury Street & Morgan Avenue); 718-384-6890;; .
Chocolate Room – 269 Court Street (Cobble Hill); 718-246-2600;; homemade chocolate caramel popcorn, as well as assorted chocolates.
Dry Dock Wine & Spirits – 424 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Van Dyke Street); 718-852-3625;; liquor shop that carries, in particular, Red Hook-made spirits.
Fairway Market – 480-500 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, at Reed Street); 718-254-0923;; cheeses, olive oils, etc.; outdoor terrace has bay view; café not that great.
Martin Greenfield Clothiers – 239 Varet Street (Williamsburg); 718-497-5480;; where Bill Clinton and Martin Scorsese buy suits.
Nunu Chocolates – 529 Atlantic Avenue (Boerum Hill); 917-776-7102;; single origin chocolates with exotic fillings.
Papel New York – 225 Court Street (Cobble Hill); 718-422-0255;; sleek paper goods.
Smorgasburg – 90 Kent Avenue (Williamsburg, on waterfront between North 6th & North 7th Streets);; Saturdays; open-air, food “flea market”; try Nana’s frozen bananas or Rob & Anna’s banana-ice-cream treats.
Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies – 185 Van Dyke Street (Red Hook); 718-858-5333;; try Swingle, mini-Key Lime pie impaled on Popsicle stick and dipped in chocolate.
Fork & Pencil – 221a Court Street (Cobble Hill); 718-488-8855;; housewares, toys, and antiques.

Bell House – 149 7th Street (Williamsburg); 718-643-6510;; live event and music venue.
Brooklyn Museum – 200 Eastern Parkway (Prospect Heights); 718-638-5000;; at 560K' square, holds New York City’s 2nd largest art collection with roughly 1.5M works; founded in 1895, Beaux-Arts building, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was planned to be world’s largest art museum; significant collection areas include antiquities (specifically Egyptian) and American art (heavily represented, starting at Colonial period); artists represented include Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Max Weber; also Memorial Sculpture Garden, featuring salvaged architectural elements from throughout New York City; make sure to see Ralph Albert Blakelock’s Moonlight.
Cameo – 93 North 6th Street (Williamsburg, at Berry Street); “performance space.”
Coney Island – Surf Avenue at Atlantic Shore;
Glasslands Gallery – 289 Kent Street (Williamsburg); 718-599-1450;; live music venue.
Green-Wood Cemetery – 500 25th Street (Greenwood Heights); 718-768-7300;; R train to 25th Street and then walk 1 block; F.A.O. Schwartz, Samuel Morse, Charles Ebbets, Boss Tweed, and Louis Comfort Tiffany; monk parrots live on grounds; booklets sold on site that provide walking tour guides.
Jane’s Carousel – Dock Street (Dumbo, at Brooklyn Bridge Park); 718-222-2502;; beautifully-restored merry-go-round (1922) housed in glass structure; great for kids.
Kings Theatre – 1027 Flatbush Avenue (Flatbush, between Duryea Place & Tilden Avenue);; movie palace-type theater opened in 1929 & closed since 1977; scheduled to reopen in 2015 following complete renovation; originally among 5 “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” in New York metropolitan area; opened September 7, 1929 with program that included film Evangeline, live stage show, orchestra & solo pipe organ; film’s star, Dolores del Rio, made special live appearance; signature French-influenced baroque style; many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn & went to area high schools worked as ushers there; among them were Sylvester Stallone & Henry Winkler.
Knitting Factory – 361 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg); 718-347-6696;; live comedy and music.
Music Hall of Williamsburg – 66 North 6th Street (Williamsburg); 718-486-5400;; fancy face-lift has stretched space to 3 levels (with bars to match); balcony seating and optimal acoustics.
Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument – 295 Willoughby Street (Fort Greene, in Fort Greene Park); 718-965-8900; or; 15-story granite column, topped by big metal urn marking mass grave.
Prospect Park – Prospect Heights (between Park Slope, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park, Windsor Terrace & Flatbush Avenue, Grand Army Plaza & Brooklyn Botanic Garden); 718-965-8951;; 585-acre public park.
Transit Museum – Boerum Place (Brooklyn Heights, at Schermerhorn Street); 718-694-1600;; historical artifacts of New York City Subway, bus, commuter rail, and bridge & tunnel systems; located in decommissioned Court Street subway station.

No comments:

Post a Comment