Restaurants

Miss Favela

 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. What’s your favorite place for good food and live music? Let us know in the comments.

Williamsburg, a must-stop while in NYC, is home to a particularly energetic place. Samba, caipirinhas, feijoada and great vibes are Miss Favela’s offer to locals and visitors. A real taste of Brazil!

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

Miss Favela is a cozy restaurant inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s bars concept. It offers a great cuisine selection, Brazilian common drinks and beer, and a vibrant environment.

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

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We visited on a Saturday afternoon and by 3 pm the place was already full, so, if you are going on a Saturday, you may want to consider arriving a little early to grab a seat.

This spot is for everyone, there were families having lunch, couples having a drink or cup of coffee, friends celebrating birthdays (us!) and even though every seat was taken, more and more people kept coming in!

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So if you’re you looking forward to a warm, relaxed, and cheerful evening… go check out Miss Favela and dance the day away to the sound of live Samba music!

Recommendations:

  • Live music days: Thurs. Sat. and Sundays starting at 2 pm.

  • Everything on the menu

Cost: beer from $7 - cocktails $12 + / Appetizers: $6 - $12 / Brunch: $14 fixed price / Mains: $20 - $24

Happy Hour: 2 for 1 drinks at the bar until 7 - Tuesdays and Fridays

Where: 57 S 5th St Brooklyn, NY, 11211 (a 19 minutes bus ride from Our Place)

 

Kottu House

 
 

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Kottu House is a cozy spot to pop in on Broome St. in the Lower East Side if you need a quick but delicious bite. We went on a Tuesday night around 6pm - there was no one else in the restaurant at the time, although they were fielding online orders. This was my first time having Sri Lankan food, and while I can’t attest to its authenticity, I can say that the dish I ordered was delicious (and not to spicy thanks to the “extra mild” option). We loved that the menu had more vegetarian & pescatarian options than meat dishes and that dinner was served in a cardboard carton which made taking leftovers a breeze.

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Recommendations: We had the lentil patties to start with some really delicious mint hibiscus tea. I had the Sneaky Pineapple for my main which was a little sweet and a lot of yum. Check at their menu, which offers lots of vegetarian options + some gluten free.

Cost: Mains are $10 - $12 while small plates or $6 - 9.

Where: 250 Broome St. (between Orchard and Ludlow) New York, NY 10002 (about a 30 min subway ride from Our Place, or 25 minutes on a bike)

 

 

 

Mekong BK

 
 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. This edition takes us to the border of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene for Vietnamese eats.

Mekong BK is a fairly new (and welcome) addition to the Fort Greene dining scene. In an area that can get pricey, Mekong BK offers traditional Vietnamese fare at reasonable prices. Stop by for noodles or a big bowl of pho and then enjoy some drinks at the bar in this relaxing spot.

Recommendations: Bun with crispy spring rolls (vermicelli with delicious sauce); Pho (hearty Vietnamese soup); Bahn Me (Vietnamese sandwich on Baguette with pork and pickled veggies)

Cost: $15 for soup or noodles, $23 for more refined entrees

Where: 250 DeKalb Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 - walk from Our Place in 17 minutes or bike in 5

 

Samurai Papa

 

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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!

 

Bombay Heights

 

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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

 

Toad Style

 
 

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Toad Style is a tiny vegan sandwich shop located in the heart of Bed-Stuy. They also operate a food truck out of the backyard of Marco’s in Bushwick. Order at the counter and then snag a seat while you wait for the goods. There’s a laid back retro vibe to the place, with old VHS & toys of the past decorating the walls.

 
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Their tasty, made-from-scratch sandwiches are delicious, and if you’re a meat-eater, you may consider converting. They’ll serve any sandwich as tacos or a salad for those of you who are gluten-free. Don’t forget to try a side dish or, if you’re there before 4pm, grab something off the Brunch menu. It’s a little off the beaten path, but well worth it.

Recommendations: The guy behind the counter recommended the Bahn Mi sandwich and it was delicious, as was the [gluten-free] cheeseburger salad.

Cost: Sandwiches are between $7-$11 & sides average about $6.

Where: 93 Ralph Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11221 - bus from Our Place in ~25 minutes or bike in 12

 

BenYam - an Ethiopian Restaurant in Harlem

 
 

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Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

BenYam is a small family-run Ethiopian restaurant located in Harlem - we took the subway up on a Wednesday night to check it out. This is not a place to go for a quick bite; one of the wonderful things about it is that the staff is not rushed and neither are you. Take your time, chat with your friends, enjoy the food.

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

The woman who took our order & the man who brought our food were extra friendly, checking back to make sure that we liked each dish and bringing us extra injera. Injera is a spongy, pancake like bread that you use to pick up & eat the food. No forks!! And the food is delicious - if you’re looking for a good place to give Ethiopian food a try, go to BenYam.

Recommendations: The honey wine is sweet & scrumptious. We ordered the Meat / Veg Combo for 2 which came with doro wot, beg alicha, siga wot, gomen, and mesir. Looking for vegetarian options? BenYam has plenty! Check at their menu for a detailed description of each dish.

Cost: The combo for 2 cost $30, single dishes will run you $16 - $18. Go during happy hour to get great deals on honey wine & sangria.

Where: 2795 Frederick Douglas Blvd (between 148th & 149th) Harlem, NY 10039 - about an hour train ride from Our Place

 

 

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

 

Mike's Coffee Shop

 
 

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Mike's Coffee Shop Diner

This classic diner in Clinton Hill is the perfect spot to grab some American breakfast. Like a diner should be, it’s cheap and classic. Mike & his brother have run the place for decades, and locals (including Biggie Smalls!) have dined at their counter over the years.

If you’re visiting from abroad and looking to give the Diner experience a try, grab a friend and slide into a booth at Mike’s… or go solo and plop yourself on a stool at the counter. Best for breakfast and a mug of hot coffee that the staff will make sure never empties.

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Recommendations: Pancakes, sausage, eggs. You might need to head to the park for a nap after, diner food is HEAVY!

Mike's Coffee Shop Counter

Cost: Hearty breakfast specials including coffee and small juice are around $7-9

Where: 328 DeKalb Ave (corner of St James Pl), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 12 minutes