I’m excited to bring this new series to the blog and frankly, it’s way overdue. If you follow me on Instagram/Insta Stories, you already know that my favorite thing to do on the weekends is explore. Whether it’s checking out a new restaurant in town, stopping in a cute bar on the way home from the grocery store or popping in a trendy coffee shop, I love checking out all of the new spots in and around the neighborhood.
So, in order to help you avoid countless hours scouring Yelp for a recommendation, I’ll be sharing all of the spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn that I’ve tried recently and giving you my honest opinions on all of them. This week, I’m starting the series off in Brooklyn – enjoy!
- 12 Chairs ($$)– Located on Wythe Ave in Williamsburg (& right across the street from the popular ‘Sunday in Brooklyn’), you can usually find this spot packed with people. We popped in here around 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday and were seated at the bar, which happened to be the only seats in the house. Though our orders were taken relatively quickly, we waited a good 40 minutes for our food to come out. While I love the vibe of the place and really enjoyed our plates of French Toast, we just couldn’t get past the fact that our drinks and food took so long to come out. Definitely a good spot if you’re looking to have a leisurely brunch with friends, but not the place to go if you’re in a time crunch.
- Cape House ($$) – We were initially drawn to this spot because of the exterior décor and the open-air backyard with bar and picnic seating. Though we weren’t in the mood for food at the time, the menu offered a range of lobster rolls, fried clams and chicken and other items you’d find on a typical beachside restaurant menu, aka this was my heaven. Food prices were mid-range, while the drinks were relatively cheap but what really stood out was the summery/beach vibe of the place, which everyone knows is my favorite. We’ll definitely be heading back here sometime soon to check out the food.
- Four Five Six ($$) – Tucked away on a side street in Williamsburg, this garage-turned bar is the perfect spot for a first date or a night out with friends. The indoor bar area is rather small but is lined with couches and intimate lighting, while in the summer months it opens up to a large outdoor seating area flooded with the cutest rustic décor. Cocktails here are unique and will run you around $10 (nothing compared to Manhattan prices), with a glass of wine or beer running you anywhere from $6-12. Overall, a great neighborhood spot with reasonable prices and one that I will definitely be frequenting on a regular basis.
- Supercrown Coffee Roasters ($) – Although we didn’t end up actually getting any coffee or treats from here, I knew I had to include it in this round-up because it’s one of the cutest coffee shops I’ve seen in a while. Located in Bushwick, it’s a little off the beaten path, but definitely a spot I plan on going back to sometime soon. Definitely a spot to check out if you’re in the area and have a hankering for some cold brew.
- Tom & Joan’s ($$)– A relatively new spot to the Williamsburg area, we popped in here late-night with a friend to enjoy a night cap and were not disappointed. The bartender was extremely friendly and helpful, recommending a variety whiskeys for us to try. Not only that, but my whiskey ginger was a pretty big pour and was not nearly as expensive as most similar spots. It’s safe to say, this is not the last time I’ll be ending the night here.
Let me know if any of you have tried these spots yourself, or if you have any recommendations for spots that you’d like to see in a future review!