Over the past year-and-a-half, it’s been such a pleasure exploring all that New York City has to offer. It truly is an incredible place to call home, even if it is just for a bit. There has been so many times where I’m walking down the streets, and I kind of have to stop myself and just look around, taking in everything that’s around me. I feel extremely lucky to have the chance to embrace it all. One of my favorite things about this extraordinary place is that it’s constantly changing. New restaurants and exhibits popping up every second. And well the list could go on and on.
That’s why I thought it’d be a lot of fun to compile a list of all our favorite places Derek and I have found to eat (yes, mostly brunch!) and things to see and do. Since this city can seem quite overwhelming in size, I thought it’d be best to list everything out by neighborhood, as part of my very own city guides!
Of course, I had to begin this new series with our absolute favorite place, Park Slope. Not only is this place close to our hearts because it’s now the place we call home, but it also has some of our favorite spots in all of NYC! Since Carroll Gardens is so close, and there’s a ton of cool stuff to do there as well, I figured I’d compile the list with both neighborhoods!
So, without further ado:
Eats – Sitdowns:
Stone Park Cafe
324 5th Avenue (718) 369-0082
Thistle Hill Tavern
441 7th Avenue (347) 599-1262
(Such a hidden, romantic gem!)
501 11th Street (718) 788-1014
(Amazing brick-oven pizza)
289 5th Avenue (347) 725-4891
Eats – Quickbites:
Henry’s – Vietnamese Sandwiches
433 7th Avenue (718) 788-8882
Ample Hills Creamery
305 Nevins Street (347) 725-4061
Naidre’s Cafe & Bakery
(One of our favorite coffee shops!)
384 7th Avenue (718) 965-7585
Things to Do:
Attend FREE summer concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Explore the Down to Earth Farmers Market.
(Open year round!)
Catch a glimpse of wildlife at the Prospect Park Zoo.
Listen to live music at Barbès.
Rent & ride bikes at 9th Street Cycles.
Play a game of shuffleboard at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
Don’t Miss Out On:
The Boathouse – Prospect Park
(The best place for whimsical gifts!)
(Be sure to check out the backyard garden!)
While I know this list only scratches the surface of what you can explore in these two neighborhoods, I hope it helps in one way or another!