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Bars & Restaurants
The most delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, onion rings—and don't forget about the milkshakes!
My favorite: cheese fries! and believe it or not, their burgers are pretty darn good.
474 Bergen St
One side is a restaurant, the other “the BARn” is a bar that serves a smaller menu. The menu is fairly seasonal and local. If it’s warm out, make sure to sit in their beautiful backyard.
My favorite: the drink, Mo Stormy, a blend of a mojito and a dark n’ stormy.
76 Saint Marks Ave
One of the first restaurants in the city to elevate the art of pizza. Franny’s is the ultimate when it comes to seasonal, fresh and ethical ingredients and you can taste it. A note, they say the pizzas are individual, but I have yet to see anyone complete one in a single sitting. They’re definitely sharable, the problem is narrowing it down to just one.
My favorite: the house olives and the Tomato, Mozzarella and Sausage pizza.
295 Flatbush Ave
Delicious cocktails that change with the season. Food is more like elevated bar food, not complete dinners.
210 Smith St
Oh sweet goodness. Bourbon and barbeque, you just can’t go wrong. Even the intoxicating smell of this place will make you want to move in.
My favorite: House smoked spare ribs with side of bacon-jalapeño cornbread & baked beans.
196 Smith St
Delicious seasonal food in a lively atmosphere. The service can be a bit off, but I swear the food is worth it. They now have a late night happy hour (11pm-2am) with $6 cocktails, free popcorn and a late night menu.
My Favorite: if it's winter, brussel sprouts. seriously, get them, they’ll rock your world. if it's summer, get the curried cauliflower. oh, and the peppers are good in any season.
570 Vanderbilt Ave
Chances are you’ll walk right by this bar, since it has no sign. Luckily it’s white-tiled facade it stand out. Cocktails are made with homemade syrups and precise measurements. Try it out on a weeknight, the weekends tend to get a little crowded. If it’s warm out, check out their backyard patio.
My Favorite: a classic old fashioned… it's simple and perfect.
Italian comfort food with a menu that changes daily. Brunch is delicious and different than the traditional eggs and bacon fare…
menu changes weekly.
243 Dekalb Ave
Barbeque that will blow your mind. If you like meat, this shouldn’t be missed. They also have a great selection of beer.
354 Metropolitan Ave
From the same owners of Roman’s in Fort Greene, Marlow & Sons right next door and Marlow & Daughters down the street, this little restaurant looks like a dive from the outside but has amazing food. Menu changes daily.
212 W 57th St
Do or Dine
One of the most inventive, delicious and exciting restaurants I've been to in a long time. Not only is the food great, but the atmosphere is laid back and great for groups. It's deep in brooklyn, but worth the trek.
My favorite: E666S, deviled egg with a baby octopus in the yolk.
1108 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn knows how to barbeque, and this place is no exception. All meat is smoked in-house, so it smells like a little piece of heaven inside.
My favorite: Brooklyn wings and spiced french fries.
87 S Elliot Pl
Delicious and seasonal food. Great cocktails.
247 S 1st St
Shops & Food Shops
From the owners of Franny’s and right around the corner from Bark Hot Dogs, the Larder is full of delightful snacks, delicious cheeses and charcuterie along with handmade basics like stocks, peanut butter and ice cream. They also serve freshly made sandwiches and prepared dishes.
My favorite: The peanut butter ice cream is amazing as are any of their sandwiches.
228 Flatbush Ave
Local and artisanal foods complete with an in-house butcher.
This slightly out of the way shop is work the visit, it’s a mecca to all things food and cooking related. From cookbooks and cookware to hard-to-find ingredients and an in-house butcher, you’ll certainly find something to like. Plus they have a wide-range of affordable classes ranging from knife skills to homemade bitters.
100 Frost St
Step in and get swept away by the amazing smell. Sample the chocolate and buy a bar to go.
My favorite: Sea Salt
105 N 3rd St
A fantastic bookstore in Fort Greene. The staff is always helpful.
686 Fulton St
They've got every spice you could imagine and a crazy bulk section where you can get dried fruit, nuts and candy. It's unlike any other store in Brooklyn.
187 Atlantic Ave
I'm still a fan of the classic flea in Fort Greene. You'll find everything from vintage clothing, furniture and bikes to the artisanal soda and lobster rolls. Tons of tasty, unique food vendors. Great for lunch.
176 Lafayette Ave
The all-food Williamsburg extension of the Brooklyn Flea. Tons of delicious, unique food vendors. Great for lunch.
Mens and womens clothing from designs like APC, Acne, and Steven Alan.
85 Lafayette Ave
Awesome women's clothing.
46 N 6th St