Yeah, it’s technically not in the nabe, but Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 is just so close (like three blocks away!) that you make it part of morning routine. The pier is state-of-the-art and has hands down the best dog run in New York City. On the weekends, you are likely to come here to grab a couple drinks at Fornino’s just before boarding the Governor’s Island ferry. Today, it’s all about you though, and of course, all about your Golden Retriever simply taking in the fresh air and people (and dog) watching.
Alright. You may have snuck a cookie on your walk home, but if it was Margaret Palca’s, it surely hasn’t spoiled your appetite. Continue the decadent theme, and head on over to Mex Carroll’s Diner for breakfast. The Mexican diner is possibly the most popular breakfast locale in the area, with over 15 types of omelettes like their Jalapeño Omelette with jalapeño, bacon and onions. But if you know your Mex Carroll’s, you’ll opt for the Chilaquiles, fried tortillas with salsa and scrambled eggs. There’s also an impressive array of Belgian waffles, just so to make your choices more difficult the next time you come.
All the sports action has burned off those finger-licking Chilaquiles and now you are craving more grub. You heard the neighborhood’s newest culinary gem has opened, so naturally you make you way to Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen. Onwed by a former top chef participant and current TV personality, and the food at the eatery doesn’t disappoint. Delve right into probably the very best fried chicken you will have tasted in Brooklyn. The spot is BBQ-inspired but specializes in chicken and, more importantly, homemade hot sauces.
Time to shop? Your nabe has the most impressive boutique shops. The most unique is Bopkat Vintage, a female clothing store specializing in Bopkat fashion (read: 1950’s vintage garb.) Even if you don’t buy anything, the shop is definitely a must to browse. The original 1950’s-style clothing is at times so authentic that it may make you feel like you are in a museum.
If you don’t have the budget for a new motorcycle, work your way to Scooter Bottega. Guess what they specialize in? The Bodega has a long line of Vespa’s and plenty of other mini-motorcycle types like Kymco, Setella, Buddy, Blur and Genuine Scooter Company. Even better, Scooter Bottega doubles as a repair shop, and they offer a variety of affordable maintenance plans. For any scooter enthusiast, the Bodega remains their one an only one-stop shop.
There’s one thing you know the day you move to the Columbia Street Waterfront: you need to make a reservation (well in advance) if you plan to experience Pok Pok NY. Actually, this is really no secret. Everyone in New York City knows. The restaurant is possibly the most popular Northern Thai place in the Northeast, but you finally made it in the small corner restaurant. You dive into the Neua Naam Tok, a spicy flank steak salad and it’s an explosion of flavor. Boom Shakalaka!
Moments after leaving the Jalopy Theatre, you realize that there’s even the Jalopy Tavern. To appease curiosity and thirst, you enter with much enthusiasm. The rustic bar’s walls are filled with old murals and photographs, and there’s a bluegrass band in full tilt. Yes, please. The atmosphere is inviting so you stay longer for a couple craft beers. The cocktails are equally crafty but not overpriced, as more than half of the customer clientele are students.