Public Records is a big restaurant/bar in Gowanus that feels like a communal space you’d find in a utopian condo building. It has high ceilings and a huge skylight in the middle, there’s a great sound system, and the ceilings are lined with shelves of records (which seems impractical, but looks cool). There’s also a venue in the back that hosts ticketed shows (DJs, mostly), as well as a full vegan menu in case you want to sit down for dinner. Try this place when you want to have some casual daytime drinks and listen to good music with a group, or stop by on a weekend night when you’re looking for a place where you can potentially dance.
Where we've featured it
More spots in GowanusSee more
Fletcher's Brooklyn BBQ
Fletcher's serves up some great pulled pork, and is a solid local BBQ stop if you're around Gowanus. We just wouldn't travel for it.
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.
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.
More Vegetarian spotsSee more
All of the food at Dirt Candy is vegetarian, but you should come to this East Village tasting menu spot no matter how you feel about meat.
Superiority Burger is a tiny vegetarian counter-service place in the East Village with a decent veggie burger, great sides, and excellent gelato.
Jajaja is a vegan Mexican restaurant on the LES. Is it the best Mexican in the city? No. But if you’re a vegan, you’ll probably be into it.
Suggested by our writers
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Royal Palms is a great place to day drink while also doing an “activity.”
Mission Dolores is a dog-friendly beer bar with an indoor/outdoor space in Park Slope.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more