Baba’s looks like a place that would serve grain bowls in Soho or Midtown - a bright, all-wood space with speakers playing alt-rock and a menu by the register showing how to construct your order. But instead of zucchini noodles or ancient grains, this place does build-your-own pierogies. Choose your type (boiled or fried), your filling (standard ones like sauerkraut or unusual ones like mac and cheese), and your toppings (sauteed mushrooms or smoked bacon bits). Our go-to order is potato and cheese, fried, with caramelized onions and sour cream.
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Ample Hills Creamery
Ample Hills makes some of the best ice cream in NYC. And this Gowanus location has a roof. Go eat ice cream on it.
If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
Pig Beach is a BBQ spot in Gowanus with a huge outdoor area that’s best for day-drinking with a group.
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Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse
Sammy’s Roumanian is a Jewish/Eastern European spot on the Lower East Side that’s a fun place to celebrate a birthday.
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten
Pilsener Haus is a Hoboken beer garden that's ideal for day drinking outside with a big group.
B & H Dairy
B&H Dairy in the East Village is one of the last kosher lunch counters in the city, and they make fantastic tuna melts, latkes, and borscht.
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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Royal Palms is a great place to day drink while also doing an “activity.”
Court Street Grocers
Some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn. Court Street Grocers is a Carroll Gardens favorite, but it's good enough to travel for, too.
My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
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