Restaurant/bar/sightseeing recommendations in Brooklyn NY?
February 22, 2015 6:48 AM   Subscribe

Seeking recommendations for great food, bars, and any must-see sights in Brooklyn, NY. This is for a visit starting tomorrow.

A girlfriend and I are driving up from Baltimore to Brooklyn, and would love some suggestions for where to eat, where to hang out, and what to see. We'll be arriving around 3pm tomorrow (Monday) and are hoping to explore some cool stuff on foot (yes, we'll be bundled up!) tomorrow afternoon/night. Recommendations for some sights to see, a great place to eat dinner and a cool bar to hang at afterward would be great. Also hoping to find a fabulous breakfast spot for Tuesday morning - I'll be in a tattoo appointment for about 9 hours on Tuesday afternoon/evening, so fuel is necessary! Also hoping to find a very casual spot for a late dinner/drinks on Tuesday night. We are returning Wednesday afternoon.

We will be staying at the McCarren Hotel on N. 12th St., and are hoping to be able to leave the car there and just walk or take cabs or whatever. If it's helpful, my friend and I are both in our late 30s, fairly hip (but not hipster) and we love great food - no dietary restrictions - and beer/cocktails, as well as live music, dancing, etc. This is both of our first time in Brooklyn.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
posted by justonegirl to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Well, that is my neighborhood...

I'm no hipster, interestingly enough, and I don't really drink, but restaurants that I've enjoyed in the area, in no particular order, include:

--El Amacen (Argentinean)
--Sweet Chick (southern cormfort food)
--All's Well (rotating menu)
--Reynard's (rotating menu)
posted by dfriedman at 7:57 AM on February 22, 2015

Whoops, one more restaurant: Cafe Mogador (Moroccan)
posted by dfriedman at 8:06 AM on February 22, 2015

Kinfolk 90 is mixed-use space that is excellent for coffee and captures the Williamsburg vibe quite well. It's also fun for drinks in the evening and tends to feature good music.
posted by beisny at 8:21 AM on February 22, 2015

Full disclosure that's not my neck of Brooklyn so I don't know it quite as well as some (though if you wanna come down to Crown Heights I could give you the full rundown), but your hotel is right around the corner from Brooklyn Brewery. The do pretty great tours but you need to register in advance.

Also Brooklyn Bowl isn't too far, if you want to either take in a show or just get drunk and go bowling. It's a bowling alley/bar/music venue, and it's always a lot of fun.
posted by Itaxpica at 9:32 AM on February 22, 2015

Smith st. in Boreum Hill is a great food and drink crawl, say hi to the gang at Ceol for me. And check out the Brookyn Inn at,,,Bergen and Hoyt I think?
posted by vrakatar at 11:10 AM on February 22, 2015

Barcade is not too far. Great beer selection & vintage video arcade games.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:30 AM on February 22, 2015


Is a great beer bar specializing in evil twin. A limited but tasty menu.
posted by TheAdamist at 11:45 AM on February 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is fantastic, everyone. Thank you!
posted by justonegirl at 1:17 PM on February 22, 2015

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