Living in the city there are endless restaurants at your fingertips to try, but what I have discovered lately is how much I love heading across the water into Brooklyn to grab a bite to eat and walk around. It’s a completely different vice, and a nice change of pace. As you may know, Matt lived in Brooklyn during law school, so I used to spend a great deal of time over there, but we were both fresh out of school, broke, and tried to cook most of our meals instead of going out. Fast forward many years later, one of our favorite things to do is explore and find new places and try new restaurants. Brooklyn has so many great neighborhoods, but I have to admit that the Williamsburg area is one of my favorites, at least when it comes to food.
While I have talked about my favorite places to grab a bite in Manhattan (see posts here + here), I thought it would be fun to share 5 restaurants in Brooklyn I have tried and really loved. If coming from the city, one of my favorite ways to get into Brooklyn is the East River Ferry. It is a quick ride over and you get the most gorgeous skyline view of the city.
If any of you are Brooklyn lovers and have suggestions to add, I would love to hear them as I realize I’ve barely put a dent in the food scene there! Whether it is a coffee shop, breakfast spot or place to grab dinner, I am trying to make more of an effort to check out this part of town.
5 RESTAURANTS IN BROOKLYN TO TRY:
French Louie – I came here for brunch and as you can tell by the name, they serve a yummy French inspired cuisine. The atmosphere is cozy and they have a beautiful outdoor patio in the back as well.
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Brooklyn Crab – Nestled in Red Hook, my friends and I finally checked this place out last weekend. It has a open air concept (as well as indoor seating) and a super fun atmosphere. On the lower level you can hang out, grab a drink and play corn-hole and on the upper levels you can sit down and enjoy a delicious meal of seafood! The crab is a little pricey, and not as good as you will find in Maryland, but hey it’s a good alternative for the city (and you definitely won’t feel like you are in the city)!
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Sunday in Brooklyn – I came here for an event and I can’t wait to go back. It is a neighborhood gem that creates the perfect experience for each season. Do yourself a favor and make sure to order the toasted buns!
Gran Electrica – If you love Mexican as much as I do you have to give this place a try. Matt was in Brooklyn for work the other day and we met at this local Dumbo spot after for dinner, and it did not disapoint. Delicious margaritas as well.
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River Cafe – Hands down the most romantic restaurant in NYC, if not the country! Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge (literally on the water) with amazing views of the NYC skyline, it is truly a magical setting and the food is incredible! Matt and I first discovered this place when watching the Food channel, and finally made it there probably 5 years later when his parents surprised us with a gift card their for our first anniversary. Very pricey, so save this one for a special occasion!