Neighborhood

Mayflower

 
 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area.

 

If you’re feeling a little fancy and are craving a cocktail, Mayflower is the speakeasy-style neighborhood spot to indulge. It’s a tiny cocktail bar tucked behind Aita on Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill with seasonal cocktails, wine, and beer. We ordered a few drinks and slipped into a corner table to sip our mixologist’s magic. While there were just a few people there during our visit on a Sunday evening, we’re told it can get pretty crowded on more popular nights.

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Recommendations: Any of their seasonal cocktails! If you’re having a tough time deciding, ask the bartender for advice.

Cost: Cocktails are ~$12, select beer and wine available as well for slightly less.

Where: Turn the corner at 132 Greene Ave. on Waverly to find The Mayflower behind Aita - walk from Our Place in 15 minutes!

 

 

Samurai Papa

 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. What’s your favorite ramen spot? Let us know in the comments.

Samurai Papa is our go to ramen spot in BK and it’s not just because it’s half a block from our front door. This tiny counter-service spot serves up some of the best ramen and soba noodles around. Walk off the Brooklyn sidewalk and into Japan for a dinner that is authentically delicious.

Source: https://www.samuraipapabk.com/

Source: https://www.samuraipapabk.com/

Recommendations: Miso Ramen, Neku Soba

Cost: A bowl of ramen costs ~$12, lunchtime Bento boxes for $10.50

Where: 594 Lafayette (between Nostrand and Marcy Aves), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 3 minutes!

 

Sacred Brooklyn

 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. Where is your favorite place to practice yoga? Let us know in the comments.

Sacred is a movement studio in Bed-Stuy with a sister location in Fort Greene that offers hot yoga, vinyasa flow, pilates and other interesting movement classes like Inten-Sati and Capoeira. Living in the city can feel like it’s non-stop crazy, Sacred reminds one that there is time, there is space, & there is breath amidst all the chaos.

Recommendations: So many, but here are just a few...

For something strong but slowed down: Sacred Foundations (Heated Yoga) with Stephanie Battle on Thursdays at 10am (Bed-Stuy location)

To get to know your body whilst having a laugh or two & working your core like crazy: Pilates Mat Class with Molly Kelleher on Tuesdays at 1:30pm (Fort Greene location)

To relax and restore: Sacred Restorative with Kami Jones on Sundays at 4pm (Bed-Stuy location)

Cost: First time here? Take advantage of their amazing two week trial - $22 for unlimited classes at both locations. Single classes are $22 and they offer several membership options.

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Bombay Heights

 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. What’s your go to spot for Indian Food in Brooklyn? Let us know in the comments.

Bombay Heights is our favorite neighborhood Indian restaurant. Expect delicious food, large portions, and friendly staff. Call in your order and pick it up just 15 minutes later. If you decide to dine-in, there’s no shortage of Bollywood music videos to keep you entertained as you wait for your food.

Recommendations: Chicken makhani, samosas, naan!

Cost: A main dish will probably cost $12 - $15. Dine in Monday - Friday between 12p - 4p and save 25%!

Where: 1070 Bedford Ave Ave (between Clifton Pl and Greene Ave), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 2 minutes

 

Swell Dive

 
 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. Where do you get your tacos in Brooklyn? Let us know in the comments.

 
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Swell Dive has become a fast favorite - with their delicious tacos, fun cocktails, and sweet happy hour beer deals. It’s a small space with cool built-in booths, a handful or two of bar stools, and a cozy & colorful backyard. Surf videos projected on the wall, and the kayak hanging in the back add to the surf-shack vibe.

Come early to snag yourself a seat inside & take advantage of those happy hour deals. You should be prepared to wait on busy nights for your Filipino meets Tex-Mex tacos… but trust me, they’re worth the wait! In the meantime, sip your drink and grab a tabletop game from the back shelf to pass the time with friends. Don’t forget to try the hurricane fries!

 
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Recommendations: Any and all tacos - we like the pork sisig and the charred beef tacos & of course hurricane fries (a spiralized potato with the most awesome cheesy toppings).

Cost: Tacos cost around $4.75; cocktails are $10, a glass of wine is $9-$12 and beer is usually around $6/$7. Go during Happy Hour daily from 5p - 8p for $6 Narrangansett + Shot, or $8 for any taco + beer.

Where: 1013 Bedford Ave (between Lafayette Ave and Clifton Pl), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 1 minute or less!

 

 

Fort Greene Park

 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. Where do you go to get your fill of green space? Let us know in the comments.

The Northern corner of the Park with the Prison Martyr's Monument peaking through the trees

The Northern corner of the Park with the Prison Martyr's Monument peaking through the trees

The biggest little park in Brooklyn, Fort Greene Park is a neighborhood staple and the perfect place to pass a summer day. A great spot to exercise, relax in the grass, or have an afternoon picnic; its grassy knolls offer views of Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. With the Prison Martyrs Monument at the crest of its central hill, and it’s role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, there's plenty of interesting history to be had.

 
Farmer's Market - Saturdays from 8am - 4pm

Farmer's Market - Saturdays from 8am - 4pm

 
Spring flowers

Spring flowers

 

Fort Greene Park is the premier spot in the neighborhood for exercise with a one-mile perimeter dirt loop for running, a field often in use by soccer and frisbee players, basketball courts, a playground, yoga meetups, and some of Brooklyn's most popular tennis courts (note: tennis permit required). Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy the Fort Greene’s abundant green space, pups abound especially during leash-free hours after 9pm and before 9am.

 

If you're looking for an outing with a bit more structure, the park is also the site of outdoor movie screenings, a weekend artisanal and farmers market, and a variety of free walking tours.

Cost: Free!

Where: Washington Park St, Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 20 minutes or take an 8 minute bus ride

 
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Brooklyn Kolache Co.

 
 

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The friendly barista behind the counter told us that kolaches (which are baked fresh on site daily) are popular and well-known in Texas, thanks to their population of Czech immigrants. We’re so glad that Brooklyn Kolache Co. brought them to Bed-Stuy. You could try and make them yourself, or you could just go to BKC!

A kolache is a sweet doughy biscuit with yummy fillings. There’s not much more I can say except to go try one! They’re flipping delish. This artsy aesthetic cafe has other cool things going for it as well, like a back room with tables to sit at while you write your next novel, a backyard, and obviously coffee!

Recommendations: Personal fave is the savory Sausage & Cheese kolache. Staff recommends the Love Dip.

Cost: Kolaches fall around the $4 mark (go after 6pm for buy-one-get-one); a cup of coffee is about $2.50.

Where: 520 DeKalb Ave (between Bedford Ave and Skillman St), Brooklyn -

 
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Bike Slug

 
 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. Have a recommendation for our next spotlight? Let us know in the comments.

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https://www.bikeslug.com/

https://www.bikeslug.com/

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More than just funny sandwich board messages and friendly faces, the crew members at Bike Slug are knowledgeable, informative, and will affordably fix your bike.

Planning to cycle in NYC? Like any good bike shop, Bike Slug repairs more bikes than it sells. They do have a small curated selection of bikes for sale, but if you’d prefer something used, we’d recommend to stop in for advice on what kind of bikes to look for (and what to avoid), find your bike used on craigslist, and then stop back in for tune-ups / maintenance / gear.

Source: https://www.bikeslug.com/

Source: https://www.bikeslug.com/

Cost: A flat fix costs $18.30 including the tube; a full tune up costs $79 on a geared bike and $59 for a single speed; and a brake adjustment runs around $20. Pump your tires for free during open hours.

Where: 1050 Bedford Ave (between Lafayette Ave and Clifton Pl), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 2 minutes