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Bars & Restaurants
Everyone that lives in the neighborhood will probably tell you this is the best brunch. I used to think so, but now the waits are too insane and I've had a few "meh" brunches there in recent history. One thing that IS good there though, is the coffee—individual french presses.
135 N 5th St
Good cheap mexican. 999 Manhattan Avenue
Awesome record store, have a lot of vinyl. 181 Franklin St
Lavender Lemon Fizzy all the way.
Good for brunch but gets very crowded. Their coffee is just ok (stumptown) but the atmosphere is nice. 180 Franklin St
Good pizza, very creative white pizza toppings (anise creme, etc). Roberta's is still my fav, though since you have to wait so long for a table at Roberta's anymore, Paulie Gee's is nearing the top of my list. 60 Greenpoint Ave
Heathers' (east village) sister bar. Coffee during the day, though it's not my favorite in the neighborhood. 105 Franklin St
Studiomate afterwork bar of choice. 142 Franklin St
Awesome coffee (all espresso) and cookies. Beautifully decorated sugar cookies but my favorite are the Almond Lemon Macarons. 94 Franklin St
Beer bar, great for group gatherings. good backyard. 43 Franklin St
Great coffee in this part of the hood.
193 Meserole Ave
Wine and tasty italian meats and cheeses. This place is pretty low key and is great for quiet date nights, small groups, or when your parents are in town.
83 N 7th St
My standard breakfast is 2 poached eggs with a baguette and clotted cream. Excellent brunch and dinner all around, though it's usually really crowded.
18 Bedford Ave
632 Manhattan Ave
Excellent Cocktails. GREAT datemosphere. The designer of the space did a great job making it feel very jazz-age-ish, including a library ladder for accessing high up liquor bottles.hotel
82 Berry St
This place is a bit less hipstery, but the food is decent and their ribeye steak frittes is the stuff of gods.
105 N 6th Stb
Amazing brooklyn counterpart to the original san fran spot. Excellent coffee, terrible atmosphere.
160 Berry St
Everyone's favorite dive bar. Cheeseballs + erotic photohunt
212 Berry St
Pretty good to work in during the day, convenient location.
197 Bedford Ave
Delicious frozen margaritas but all the mexican food weirdly has sauce on it (even quesadillas).
195 Bedford Ave
I eat their hoagies like crazy (favorites being the BBQ pork, classic, and veggie) and go to the full restaurant for Pho a lot (the classic is the best, the chicken is a bit bland)
172 Bedford Ave
My everyday morning coffee. excellent croissants. This is probably my favorite coffee shop. Even though it gets a bit crowded, it has a really nice vibe.
158 Bedford Ave
Only for to-go margaritas on a hot day. drink them in McCarren park. Otherwise this is a dirtyoldman bar.
94 Bedford Ave
This place used to have awesome dancey nights but it's gotten a little douchey. Still like to revisit every now and again. It is notorious for thievery so keep your possessions close. I had both a coat and an iphone stolen from here on two different occasions. (am now sadly boycotting it because of that).
594 Union Ave
133 Roebling St
Love love love. great place to lunch-sketch during the day (but they do not have wifi) and an excellent place to take out of towners as it feels really "Brooklyn" (aka factoryish on the outside, warm and well decorated on the inside).
143 Roebling St
1/2 lb pulled pork + small potato salad + half-sour pickles + all the bourbon you could ever need.
354 Metropolitan Ave
Bar with giant backyard, photobooth, music venue area. hipsteriest hipsterbar but whatever i still like it. If you are single and attractive, this is your jam.
484 Union Ave
My "deathrow meal" is here: DuMac and Cheese (best mac and cheese in the city) and hanger steak. This is really a great restaurant (one of my favorites). They have decent cocktails, really good food, and a good atmosphere.
432 Union Ave
Fancyish cocktail bar near the Graham stop and the McGolrick park end of Greenpoint. Has a nice vibe and is waaaaay less crowded than Hotel Delmano.
451 Graham Ave
Good Bar, a little divey in a home-y way. If you visit the Graham stop, this is a great place to end up.
435 Graham Ave
Favorite bar to take large parties to. Always empty before "cool kid hour" (12:30am). A bit of a fun speakeasy feel when entering
295 Grand St
Great brunch and cocktails, has a speakeasy vibe.
247 S 1st St
Fried Chicken and Pie. This place is so awesome.
166 S 4th St
Pure deliciousness. The brick chicken could convert any vegetarian, great oysters, great cocktails, great desserts, great all around. One of my favorites.
Classic New York awesome pizza.
19 Old Fulton St
Good cocktails and pool table!
335 Smith St
aka Frankies 457. Homemade italian food at its very very very best.
457 Court St
I had the best hot toddy in the entire world here.
365 Van Brunt St
For beer snobs and non beer snobs alike. It's lbeike a fancy wine bar for beer people.
427 7th Ave
Awesome restaurant. Went here on valentine's day 2010.
605 Carlton Ave
Coffee shop, used to be "The Archive" but now they have a new (terrible) name. The inside did get A LOT nicer though, so there's that. They're open pretty late, and have free wifi.
361 Smith St
AMAZING PIZZA. Great atmosphere, good for large groups / parties if you book in advance. Lately the waits here have been out of control because they got a few writeups in the New York Times. Prepare to wait at least an hour for a table if you go during proper dinner hour (even during the week).
261 Moore St
Food is consistently ok. Nothing fantastic just good basic stuff and open late. Their Huevos Merida is awesome for brunch.
983 Flushing Ave
Bushwick's first cocktail bar. good drinks good food good atmosphere (except for the occasionally too-loud live music)
236 Troutman St
Awesome little speakeasy style cocktail bar in Bushwick. You feel so fancy in here.
1037 Flushing Ave
Awesome "hipster homestyle" grub. great brunch and dinner, even has a good lounge in the basement for when they are crowded. they show cartoons down there during brunch. This place is really wonderful and is one of my favorite restaurants. The chef can do no wrong.
18 Wyckoff Ave
Little coffee shop, not a lot of seating area but has a good feel.
30 Wyckoff Ave
Where i do all of my letterpressing! they do private lessons and workshops as well for those that want to learn. The owner Dan Morris is super great and a good friend of mine.
281 N 7th St
It is too easy to spend $500 here. They have both women's and men's clothing and accessories, though more for the ladies. This is a great gifty shop, though a bit expensive. Their clothes are the stuff of small-boobed girls' dreams. 1924 W Division St
Women's clothing shop, the men's is across the street. 140 Franklin St
Favorite Bookstore, handsdown. The staff is helpful and non-judgy and they host a lot of events and even a book-lovers singles mixer! 126 Franklin St
One of my favorite shops in the city. They have a huge selection of independent books, magazines, art books and zines. I never leave empty handed! 46 N 6th St
Kind of a clusterfuck but you can find good things here. Curated vintage clothes along with newish used duds. They have a ton here, so plan on being here for at least a half hour / hour.
88 N 11th St
Record store. Also has a great site for reviewing new albums.
44 Berry St
Fun arty housewares and furniture.
111 N 6th St
This place is a bit too cool for me, but they have the best "random gifty shit" ever. Tons of Japanese miniproducts + vintage clothes.
103 N 3rd St
Cute kitcheny store, a little pricey.
231 Bedford Ave
141 N 4th St
Good independent bookstore with a really good amount of art / design books and magazines.
218 Bedford Ave
Awesome girl store. Lots of fun jewelry and little home accessory stuff. This is my go-to girl gift shop.
219 Bedford Ave
Vintage furniture and knicknacks. It's pretty hit or miss, but is always fun to explore.
214 Bedford Ave
The lovely building where I work. Other super talented friends in the building include Josh Cochran, Jennifer Daniel, Sam Weber, Christopher Silas Neal, Grady McFerrin, Leif Parsons, James Gulliver Hancock, Gilbert Ford, Joel Speasmaker, Alex Eben Meyer, Sarah Knotz, Ted McGrath, Kim Bost, Neil Swaab, and others. 61 Greenpoint Ave
Great old school feeling bowling alley in Williamsburg. Feels like the opposite of Brooklyn Bowl, which is much slicker.
200 N 14th St
aka McCarren Park. On a nice day, the pathway through the park close to Bedford is a veritable catwalk of fashiony young folks. For being a relatively ugly park, it is one of the most highly trafficked parks I've ever seen.m
780 Lorimer St
Good haircuts, a bit pricey. I've been getting my haircut here for a few years and never had a bad one, despite the fact that i usually see a different stylist every time.
196 N 10th St
Awesome place to get tattooed.
47 Second Ave