Welcome to TrulyBrooklyn’s Best Picks of 2019 so far!!
If you’re visiting from Manhattan I would jump on the East River Ferry and get off in Greenpoint to grab a Coffee from Charlotte Patisserie, a Brooklyn gem tucked away in what was once known as “the Polish community”. This cozy spot near McCarran Park is a real staple in the neighborhood with full espresso bar, pastries and so much more. Here’s a tip: The back yard is Open for the Summer, and there’s free Wi-Fi. But for all the Subway riders going towards East Williamsburg or Bushwick on the L or G trains, hop off and head up to Settepani Bakery for complex Custom Cakes and traditional pastries for your next social event. Located: 602 Lorimer Street.
Already in the borough, and you want that fresh juiced power smoothie or an excellent nibble for the early morning grumbles? Show your support for our friends over at BKLYNBLEND where you can find the most gourmet breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, and the healthiest juices around. Located: 194 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
If Breakfast is the most important part of the day for you then get off the Ferry at the Williamsburg dock and walk up to the Mogador Cafe, it’s a long time favorite of mine and right on Kent Street, which is located every so lovely in between the waterfront and the main strip, Bedford Ave.
Shop around a little before heading to Grand Street where you’ll find some amazing little neighborhood shops sharing the street with the likes of Fools Gold and Supreme located: 152 Grand Street. poppin with their camo T-shirt. Two big brands that just jumped on the scene on Grand Street. Worth a look for sure!
Another uniquely Brooklyn spot would be “Wooden Sleepers” A boutique old school gear, not vintage per se, but very chic! Did I just say old school gear can be chic!? Yup! Go check it out for yourself! Located: 395 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Five Leaves may seem a little understated on the outside, which I love, but inside it is all kinds of fantastic. It’s an amazing down to earth restaurant that takes great pride in its heritage and upscale home cooking cuisine. Ingredients that are farm-to-table fresh and a beautiful presentation are not the only stars in the kitchen! The decor and ambience are really cool, so stop by for a morning Brunch, Oysters in the afternoon, or later for a wonderful dinner! This place is so great it’s one of my favorite indoor outdoor #Breakfast and #brunch spots in #Greenpoint and scores major points if you like people watching! This Comfy spot is warm with character with their boutique and somewhat chic-rustic look. The food is so good…. Simply delicious! Here’s a tip: It’s close to McCarren park, so cross the street take in the park and walk off those Ricotta pancakes! Yummm! Located: 18 BEDFORD AVE., GREENPOINT, BK, 11222
Maybe you want to start your day out with a quick morning walk? stretch your legs and smell the crisp morning air on your way to the nearest farmers market. There you will not only be supporting your local growers, you’ll also be doing your body good! the produce available at these markets are so fresh, they’re worth coming out for, it’s truly a real win win!
If you’re in or near Brooklyn Heights the farmers market is at Court Street and Montague Street. From there you can meander on over to the promenade in Brooklyn Heights and stroll down to the Brooklyn Bridge Park for ice cream at the famous Ice Cream factory. After a nice cold ice cream lay a throw a blanket down in the grass there on the lawn to soak up some sun overlooking the Manhattan skyline. When you’ve had your fill head over to DUMBO for Jane’s Carousel and end up at the Brooklyn Flea! You can grab a bite there or stop in at the old trusted Restaurant and bar, SuperFine located: 126 Front St. Brooklyn NY 11201
For drinks on a hot day head on over to the Brooklyn Cider House, and ask for a tasting of their ridiculously delicious Cider collection! You can surely grab a bite and enjoy their brand new outdoor deck as you ponder just how #uglyapples could taste so dang good!! #uglyapplestastebetter
Vinegar Hill House On an old cobblestone street, The Vinegar Hill House is a charming space with a cozy feel to it that has proven to be a great neighborhood spot for a lovely sit-down brunch or dinner. For a little outdoor action have a seat in the back garden, and ask your server about the cast-iron chicken and spinach dish, with the Guinness chocolate cake for dessert! OMG! Located: 72 Hudson Ave. Here’s a tip: For a quickie, you can also Grab a coffee or snack from VHH Foods in Empire Stores.
We all need to have a for a fancy feast every now and then! We’ve found Sunday in Brooklyn for just that. This quaint little spot is a newbie, which is rare for us. But bring your sweet tooth and be prepared for a sensory delight!! The Chicken Drumsticks were a huge hit!… OMG! Located: 348 Wythe Ave.
For the James Dean or “Jane” adventurer in you, you’ll want to head over to another favorite of mine! Jane Motorcycles where you’ll find some of the coolest brands in Motorcycle gear and apparel. This place is the “Go2” in Brooklyn for custom Motorcycles. These guys Collab with the likes of #BMW because they’ve got their own take on what a Biker needs, and you know what…. They’re right. Here’s a tip: There is free Wi-Fi, they have sandwiches for sale and they’ll give you a free cappuccino with the purchase of one of their custom motorcycles. Located: 396 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Sweet Science This cozy neighborhood spot is a perfect place for a quality meal and a great beverage selection. Classic comfort food menu makes you feel right at home while the ambience and great crowd bring it all together! Here’s a tip: discover the basement speakeasy “featherweight”. Located: 135 Graham Ave.
If you’re in Ft. Green you’ll find a truly Brooklyn staple that not only gets cozy, but sometimes it’s downright” hot in here!!” The Brooklyn Moon has a rich history in Ft. Greene and close ties with the community in the neighborhood. This spot is a nice place to cozy up and chill out over a nice meal or cocktail at the bar. Located: 745 Fulton Ave. Here’s a tip: This is a great place to stop in before or after a visit to BAM or a walk around Ft. Greene Park.
Hungry, and have a taste for divine adventure? then Bati is for you! This Ethiopian cuisine has become more and more popular over the last decade and we are happy to share this particular spot with you. Bati is located on Fulton Ave. in Ft. Greene and is the only kitchen that I know of that can boast having the “Black Injera”, which is a delicacy back on the continent. Here’s a tip: You can’t just walk in and get the black teff injera so call ahead a few days and request it with your reservation…. yes, a few days, and they’ll have it prepared for you when you arrive with your party. It’s well worth it! Another personal favorite is AWASH Located: 242 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Amazing Chef, and We have so much history!!
For you film buffs, or if it’s cold or rainy I would wrap it up with dinner and a movie at the one and only NiteHawk Cinema where they have the best Brooklyn made #beefjerky and dinner is served at your table in the theatre. Dinner isn’t the only choice you’ll make, with four theaters full of edgy and off the beaten path films occasionally sprinkled with some of your all-time favorite classics, assuring there’ll always be something to please your palette. Located: 136 Metropolitan Ave.
Or the Rooftop bar at the Wythe Hotel, where you will find the fashion hip and trendy, mixed with whatever upscale rock stars just came from the Brooklyn Bowl across the street! Here you can party outdoors with one of the world’s best waterfront views of Manhattan. Located: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249.
Public transportation from there: you can jump in an Uber, or Green Cab, catch the Ferry, get the L rain, CitiBike, or walk to the J M on Marcy Ave.
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