Though I have been to New York many times, my only previous experience of Brooklyn was travelling over an hour to grab a slice from famous L&B Spumoni Pizzeria. After that first taste being such a success I could not wait to get my teeth into Brooklyn properly and see what foodie delights it had to offer.
Always trusting a local’s opinion over guidebooks and Googling, I got in touch with the lovely Melissa at Social Decay (an awesome Brooklyn based indie clothing brand) to ask for recommendations – and she came through! I will forever be grateful for the epic list of places she sent me as every one of them was a gem and really made our trip special. So, if your trip revolves mainly around tasting your way through a city keep, on scrolling…
(disclaimer some of the pictures are not up to my usual standard but the places are still totally worth sharing)
A basic, cash only cafe that is perfect to stop by for a bagel, coffee or cake pick me up.
Though small the cafe can be easily spotted with the huge swallow artwork covering the entire front which you can see in the feature image.
This restaurant/bar is the grooviest Grandma’s house in town; I respect my elders by giving this place it’s very own post.
We went for a delicious brunch but they also do an awesome happy hour with beer and a burger for only $10.
This is one of the most raved about pizza places in Brooklyn, and for good reason.
I loved it so much it was another one that got it’s very own post.
This pizzeria is massively popular so I would recommend getting there early or popping by during the week if possible.
New York’s first ever vegan only doughnut joint was inspired by Homer Simpson!
After watching an episode which left him craving Homer’s favourite snack, co-owner Christopher Hollowell joined forces with buddy Dan Dunbar to create a place that could nurture his need for a decent doughnut without using animal products or scrimping on flavour.
Whether you are vegan or not you will not be disappointed by these delicious doughnuts.
A tiny hole-in-the-wall Japanese joint with sharing tables.
This place serves up the best vegan ramen as well as other super fresh Japanese dishes and amazing cocktails.
A cool bar within an old carriage house.
This place has an awesome mixture of relaxed coffee place, workspace, eatery with a welcoming vibe, and great craft beer.
Comfort food set in a creative environment; whether you are stopping by for just for a drink or a full meal you can expect a warm welcome.
I can highly recommend the veggie burger!
Fantastic southern food for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
Even though my Chicken and Waffles were meat free they were so delicious they got their very own post.
After having the best vegan hot dog at Rosamunde San Francisco I had to check out their Brooklyn branch.
If you are not a veggie there are plenty of other options made from high quality meat without hormones or preservatives all sourced from free range farms.
Their menu has a huge variety of hotdogs and flavour combinations.
A simple place that does it right.
Another small chain that I first came across in San Francisco.
These guys are serious about coffee, specialising in roasting beans from a single source.
If you want to do more than just get your caffeine fix you can also learn how to brew here.
An independent cinema where food and drink is brought to you by servers whilst you kick back and enjoy the movie.
This was my absolute dream date night.
Heading more towards the Ridgewood area, and right around the corner from our Airbnb, this place became our local boozer of choice. Don’t expect anything too fancy, it is a great old school bar with a decent beer selection and good soft pretzels.
Brooklyn has a plethora of amazing places to eat, but if you want to hop across to Manhattan I also have a list of my favourite food spots there!
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