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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Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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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Bathhouse is an Eastern European restaurant in Williamsburg that serves some of the best food you can eat in a robe.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is a massive outdoor bar in Astoria that’s a great place to day drink with a group.
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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.
Runner & Stone
Don't make the trek down to Gowanus just for Runner & Stone, but if you want a reliable meal in the neighborhood, go for it.
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