Here is a list of some of my favorite spots in Brooklyn. I love living here and I plan on adding more spots, the more I explore!
–No. 7 (Fort Greene) – Probably Brian and I’s favorite restaurant. They have a super small kitchen and thus a small menu but everything is delicious. Do not miss out on the broccoli tacos, even broccoli haters will enjoy!
–Aita (Fort Greene) – This tiny Italian place has great pasta and great main dishes, the decor is super cute and they have a great brunch!
–Olea (Fort Greene) – Delicious Mediterranean dishes! All the tapas are really good and make for a reasonably priced meal when split among friends!
–Walter’s (Fort Greene and Williamsburg) – New American done right. I love the mushroom pasta and the chicken & waffles at brunch!
–Black Forest Brooklyn (Fort Greene) – German food and beer. Also has a delicious brunch! I love the schnitzel with eggs and Brian likes the French toast.
–Milk Bar (Prospect Heights) – Not to be confused with Momofuku Milk Bar, this place has the most amazing brunch ever. This little place is an Australian coffee shop that serves delicious poached egg dishes. I love love love the salmon toast with avocado and Brian likes the cheddar biscuit.
–Le Gamin (Prospect Heights) – French food. I’m a big fan of savory crepes and this cute place delivers! (It’s also right next to the most Brooklyn shop ever – Empire Mayonnaise.) Ahh this location is currently closed! There’s also one in Greenpoint though!
–Blue Marble (Prospect Heights) – My favorite ice cream place! Simple and delicious flavors, my favorite is the ginger.
–Ample Hills Creamery (Prospect Heights) – I think Brian would be mad if I didn’t also include Ample Hills for ice cream. If you’re more of a fantastic flavors person then Ample Hills is for you. At least try the Salted Crack Caramel – it’s my friend Katherine’s mom’s Toffee Cracker Cookies in ice cream form.
–Barboncino (Crown Heights) – Really good wood fired pizza. I really like the mushroom and sausage one. Garlicy and delectable!
–Almondine (DUMBO) – Little French bakery with good soup, sandwiches and quiche. Great for grabbing something to go eat at the Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
–Chip Shop (Brooklyn Heights) – Amazing fish and chips (or shrimp and chips!), known for frying any and everything, so come hungry!
–Dub Pies (Windsor Terrace + food truck) – Australian pie shop (love the breakfast pie and the sausage roll!) with good coffee.
–Pickle Shack (Gowanus) – Vegetarian food, good beer, and mostly importantly fried pickles!!
–Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene) – I love independent book stores and this one has a great selection!
–Smorgusburg/Brooklyn Flea (multiple locations) – A flea market and/or food bazaar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, and Crown Heights. Lots of great vendors for cool jewelry, vintage, and food.
–Color BKLYN (Prospect Heights) – A little store with trinkets and jewelry, great for presents!
–Pink Olive (multiple locations) – A super cute pink store with cards and gifts.
–Powerhouse Books (DUMBO and Park Slope) – Another bookstore, this one has a more curated selection of books and gift items.
–Steward and Stand (DUMBO) – Very similar to Color BKLYN (they may be owned by the same people?) but lots of cool housewears and stuff.
–Black Bear (Windsor Terrace) – Unique gifts and cool vintage.
–Bellocq (Greenpoint) – This place is kind of in the middle of nowhere but their tea is great and their decor is even better.
–Habana Outpost (Fort Greene) – Frozen margaritas and a beautiful patio space, need I say more?
–DSK (Fort Greene) – A German “beer garden” that’s also cozy in the winter.
–Konditori (multiple locations) – Really good Swedish coffee chain.
–Brooklyn Roasting Company (multiple locations) – No joke maybe the best coffee I’ve ever had. My love for BRC knows no bounds.
–Depanneur (Williamsburg) – Good coffee and good sandwiches!
–Devoción (Williamsburg) – Colombian coffee and a beautiful café.
–Brooklyn Bridge Park – All along the East River from Brooklyn Heights to DUMBO. Great views of lower Manhattan. You can take the East River ferry to Williamsburg for a nice summer ride and to see the Midtown sights.
–Prospect Park/Grand Army Plaza – The Central Park of Brooklyn. There’s a nice farmer’s market on Saturdays which can supply a really nice picnic.
–Brooklyn Botanic Gardens – I love coming multiple times during the summer and seeing how different it is each time.
–Coney Island – Coney Island is great, though rough around the edges. I highly recommend going at sunset so it’s not too hot because the beaches are gross and you’re not going to swim. Get there just before sunset, get a caramel apple and/or Nathan’s hotdogs and ride the Wonder Wheel as the sun goes down.