Like most of Brooklyn, the existence of a good coffee shop in your own neighborhood… is of utter importance. The PLG Coffee House and Tavern provides some of the best overall coffee house experiences in NYC. First off, the vibe is super chill, yet vibrant in the morning. Secondly, everything – from the coffee beans to the lettuce – is organically produced. Lastly, the place carries many Brooklyn-made products: the bagels are from Terrace Bagels, pastries from Colson Patisserie and the coffee from Kitten Coffee.
Diverse dining abound – plenty of Caribbean bakeries and restaurants dot the streets in PLG. There’s also a newbie called Kulushkät (“Shut up and Eat”) an organic Middle Eastern eatery that has become one of the more popular spots in your area. The restaurant samples bits from a variety of Middle Eastern countries – e.g. Israeli salad or a classic falafel or burrekas. But don’t – I repeat, DON’T – pass up the chance at the falafel, specifically the Gilly falafel (Kulushkät's own concoction of mushrooms, spinach and spices.)
The heart and soul of you newest home is its community, and its Caribbean influences, which brings you to MangoSeed. The eatery specializes in gourmet Caribbean cuisine with standout dishes like mango pico de gallo jerk salmon, jerk fish tacos, goat roti, and, of course, braised ox tail. But MangoSeed is proof that Caribbean cuisine is more than jerk chicken. It is their service, the friendly demeanor and welcoming hospitality that are sure to turn you into a regular.
You may have already taken in some live acts before dinner, but there’s nothing like going to The Owl Music Parlor, located at 497 Rogers Avenue. The music venue, which only serves beer and wine, features all types of live music – from small orchestras to acoustical guitar to violinists. More importantly, many of these acts could be your neighbor! The Owl also promotes locals artists’ work, displaying their latest artwork on its walls.