Do, Eat, Drink: Brooklyn

Do, Eat, Drink: Brooklyn

 I’m not a “New Yorker” by any means, but I’ve lived in the city long enough to host quite a few visitors, plan several days of fun and start to find my favorite local haunts. Here are my favorite things to do, eat and drink in Brooklyn: I’ll update it whenever I find something new and noteworthy! 

Brooklyn Promenade in New York


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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

A lovely walk along the water with stunning views of Manhattan.

Fulton Street in Fort Greene

There’s a corner in Fort Greene that is just overwhelming with its colorful goodness: a solid sunny afternoon plan involves grabbing a burrito (although they’re so healthy, we nicknamed them “Cuban paninis”) and a frozen pina colada in Cafe Habana‘s delightful courtyard, ogling at the awesomely vibrant Biggie mural, wandering the (air-conditioned) stacks at Greenlight Bookstore and grabbing a sidewalk pint at Der Schwarze Kölner.

Brownstones in Brooklyn Heights

Cobblestone streets, window flower pots, towering trees: this neighborhood always makes me feel like I’m ages away from Manhattan. I like to head down here without any real agenda other than to wander, and perhaps rest my aching feet in the window seat at River Deli (with a glass of red wine, of course).

See the skyline from the Greenwood Cemetery

I adore the serenity of a cemetery: quiet and well-kept, I always enjoy a nice reflective walk through the tombs. The Greenwood Cemetery is particularly lovely to visit because it’s also the home of the highest point in Brooklyn–and a very cool view of the Manhattan skyline.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

It can get crowded, but it’s still such a romantic experience!

Relax at Brooklyn Bridge Park

One of my favorite places to take off my shoes and read a book.

One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, New York

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One Girl Cookies

The One Girl Cookies in Cobble Hill is the sweetest for a tea and cookie break!

Buttermilk Channel

The short rib hash is to die for, and the mimosas aren’t too shabby either. It’s definitely a “Brooklyn brunch” scene–lots of kidlets around!–but Buttermilk Channel is on my short list of breakfast favorites.

Black and Gold Coffee in Carroll Gardens, New York


Black Gold Records

No lattes here, but a killer record and antique shop that does a mean pour-over coffee and spicy hot chocolate. The perfect pick-me-up!

  • plus all the places along flatbush and along 5th ave 🙂 – park slope!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    I love a good cemetery as well. Okay, that might sound a bit strange. I’ll definitely be checking out Greenwood. I’ve always wanted to try a brunch place in Brooklyn so thanks for the recommendation! Have you eaten at Sea Thai? Their restaurant in Brooklyn is gorgeous and you can get a pretty affordable and delicious thai lunch.

  • camorose

    I know! So much more of Brooklyn to explore!

  • camorose

    No! Adding it to my list 🙂

  • I need to go visit the bro in the fall and get my nyc / brooklyn fix while i am at it.

  • sincerelykateb

    had i known our productive saturday was going to be a blog post i would have worn my leopard shoes and pink lipstick… oh wait! i did! 🙂 we should do another borough adventure day soon! how about harlem?

  • camorose

    Yes yes yes! Leopard print + lipstick shall be a requirement for all future productive Saturdays!

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