Spring has arrived here- minus a couple days of snowfall. Trees are blooming and tulips and daffodils as well as cherry blossoms are showing themselves. It's the perfect time to start riding a bicycle again if you aren't a hardcore cyclist. Brooklyn is so vast so it'd be almost impossible to write about all of Brooklyn but in the four months I've lived here so far, these are the places I'm loving.
Where to Eat:
1) Speedy Romeo- a bit of competition for the always popular Roberta's. Located in Clinton Hill, it's the perfect spot for a weekday lunch. They have a great appetizer + pizza lunch special for $25. Or expect a wait if you go at peak hours at night or on the weekend.
2) Otway- a newer restaurant also in Clinton Hill by a female owner/chef. The space is open and well-lit. The bar seems perfect for a date or drink with a friend and brunch wasn't crowded. They're freshly baked bread was incredible!
3) Rucola- an intimate and rustic Italian restaurant on a picturesque corner of Boerum Hill. I ate here in the early summer for a friends birthday and everything was delicious and the wine was perfectly suited for a group of industry folks. Meaning because we're extra particular, you'll have no trouble finding that lovely glass of wine and a well matched dish.
4) Vinegar Hill House- a seasonal New American restaurant located in Vinegar Hill that feels like you've gone out-of-town into the countryside
5) Miss Ada- An Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant in Fort Greene. There are various types of hummus and dishes to share with a friend. A must try, the whipped ricotta small plate.
Where to Drink:
1) Maison Premiere- a pretty space in Williamsburg and also the best place for happy hour because they have an oyster happy hour. And what goes best with oysters? Bubbles! I like it in the summer when outdoor seating is an option.
2) Huckleberry Bar- a spacious bar in Williamsburg with a backyard, great cocktails and a wonderful selection of spirits
3) Westlight at William & Vale- located on the top floor of a hotel in Williamsburg, this large and beautiful space is the ideal place to watch the sun set over Manhattan.
4) Karasu- an izakaya style bar and restaurant in Fort Greene. Grab some Japanese food and sip on cocktails with a Japanese twist or your favorite Japanese whisky.
Where to stay:
1) Airbnb- I try to use Airbnb whenever I travel (abroad or domestically). I have had wonderful experiences with hosts all over the world. Some of them have become friends even!
What about this sunny apartment in Bushwick? Neighborhoods I'd recommend for staying are Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant. These neighborhoods are all within a 20-25 minute commute to Manhattan.
2) 1 Hotel Brooklyn- Certainly pricier but it has an amazing view of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge