This week’s Luckey Finds is a fun mix of bars with great happy hour and restaurants with delicious Italian food (I clearly have a weakness) in the Lower East Side & Brooklyn!
Boilmaker ($) – Located in the Lower East Side, Zach and I headed here with my aunt and uncle this past Friday for a few pre-dinner drinks and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was a mix of urban/rustic and old school NYC, which was totally the vibe we were going for. With a decent selection of happy hour cocktails (I recommend the Mamie Taylor) for $8 and beer for $4, it was the perfect Friday afternoon spot. Overall, the service was great and I will definitely be coming back here!
Lil Frankie’s ($$) – A recommendation from a friend, this is where we headed for dinner after our drinks at the Boilmaker (only a few doors down). We were seated in their back area, full of sunlights and hanging plants, which gave off the perfect rustic Italian vibe.
Now lets get to the food: we started off with the Antipasto Plate and the Fresh Calamari, which just happened to be the best choice. Both were extremely tasty, yet let just enough room for our entrees. I ordered the Gnocchi of the Day which was a potato gnocchi in a white cream sauce, while Zach ordered the Salsicca Pizza. To be honest, I couldn’t even decided which one that I liked better, both were extremely flavorful and satisfying. It ended up being the perfect spot for a family meal, but also a great place for date night.
Sunday in Brooklyn ($$$) – After passing this place on a few of our morning walks and constantly seeing swarms of people waiting outside to get in, Zach and I finally decided we had to make a reservation to see what all of the fuss was about. We set our res for Sunday brunch (how fitting, right?). Now, while both of us were expecting to spend a bit more than we usually do on brunch, we were not expecting a $6 iced coffee (I mean, how crazy is that?), so I opted for the basic iced matcha (only $4).
While I was debating on a few things for my entree, I ended up going for the Biscuits & Gravy, while Zach chose the Long Island Paddy Melt. Despite the fact that we waited 40 minutes for our food, I really enjoyed my biscuits & gravy. Although it didn’t look like much on the plate, it ended up being extremely filling and flavorful. Now Zach on the other hand, did not have the same experience. His sandwich was rather small and came with no sides. While it was a decent sandwich, it didn’t quite hit the spot. Overall, Sunday in Brooklyn is a cute neighborhood restaurant, but just didn’t live up to the hype.
Leave me a comment if you think there are any restaurants in the NYC area that I should check out!