This is a long one… Enjoy!
A few weekends ago, my best pal and her hubby came into town and we spent the day eating, drinking, and shopping in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. Here is the best of where we went:
Roberta’s—This place needs very little introduction, but it’s some of my favorite pizza in New York. The wait is a bit of a doozy, but I promise it’s worth it. There’s a great vibe inside and I’ve throughly enjoyed the pizza every single time I’ve been there. Highlights for me include their Romaine salad, the Bee Sting pizza (I get it without the sopressata), and the good ole’ Margherita. This time we got the house-made english muffin and it’s AMAZING.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds— After we ate at Roberta’s, we took the G train down to the Gowanus/Park Slope area to visit Four & Twenty Blackbirds, a wonderful little pie shop in Gowanus. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but the pies were delicious. We got the Salted Caramel Apple and the Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pies. Special shout out to the Pecan Pie—it was to die for.
Swallow— We walked up to Smith Street and immediately stumbled into Swallow. This place is filled to the brim with trinkets, dinnerware, vases, home goods, jewelry, and pretty little treasures. Swallow has a vintage, earthy, and rich vibe to it. A lot of the pieces were made with colorful rocks and crystals—super pretty! I especially loved all the different vases and vessels. I kept walking through the store imagining setting my entire dining table with pieces from here.
Atmosphere— A few doors down from Swallow, Atmosphere is a home goods and gifts store that combines vintage and modern styles perfectly. They have a wonderful collection of rugs, pillows, jewelry, dinnerware, and bath products. Once I have a place of my own, I’m going to fill my bathroom with fancy, wonderfully packaged bath products. My favorite item in the store were these wooden hot air balloons that came in tons of colors. I can imagine a few of them hanging off the ceiling of a child’s bedroom and looking wonderfully whimsical.
Lanie Lynn Popup Shop— We randomly stumbled upon this popup shop and went in because they were passing out free champagne. Once we got there, we were greeted by a wonderful collection of vintage and original jewelry by artist and owner, Elena Schelich. She has a great eye for statement pieces when it comes to curating her vintage selection. My friend got herself a great brass ring, an orignal by Elena, and I treated myself to some fun gold and white vintage earnings.
Clover Club— After we got tired of walking, we headed over to the Clover Club. This place is the bee’s knees. It’s a wonderful cocktail bar filled with dark wood, great music, and fantastic drinks. It feels like it’s been there forever and served drinks to patrons in the 20′s. A lot of times cocktail bars feel like they are trying too hard, but this place just feels right. Their namesake drink, Clover Club, is delicious. Tip: Try to sit in the back room if there is no private event going on. We somehow managed to score seats near the fireplace, and it was a fantastic place to have conversation.
Let me know if you have checked out any of these places or know of more gems in Bushwick and Carroll Gardens. I’m sure we missed tons, and I can’t wait to go back to discover more. Explore on, friends, explore on!