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Emily
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Bed-Stuy Favorites

We LOVE food. This list includes our favorite places in the neighborhood, but we can provide you with recommendations anywhere in the city.
The pizza is world-famous (you might see Jay-Z and Beyonce low key enjoying dinner here, Sean Carter grew up in the neighborhood) but the early morning breakfast is also outstanding. The ricotta blueberry pancakes are a favorite. Saraghina bakery is right around the corner, and is a morning MUST for fresh bread. The line is out the door most weekends. You can't have a bad meal here if you tried.
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Saraghina
435 Halsey Street
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The pizza is world-famous (you might see Jay-Z and Beyonce low key enjoying dinner here, Sean Carter grew up in the neighborhood) but the early morning breakfast is also outstanding. The ricotta blueberry pancakes are a favorite. Saraghina bakery is right around the corner, and is a morning MUST for fresh bread. The line is out the door most weekends. You can't have a bad meal here if you tried.
The back garden of this restaurant is the most romantic spot in the neighborhood. Bonus: the food is excellent.
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L'Antagoniste
238 Malcolm X Boulevard
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The back garden of this restaurant is the most romantic spot in the neighborhood. Bonus: the food is excellent.
Cheap and delicious tacos. Always the first meal my dad requests when visiting us.
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Oaxaca Tacos
478 Halsey St
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Cheap and delicious tacos. Always the first meal my dad requests when visiting us.
Vegan junk food inspired by Kung-Fu movies. Toad Style defies description, but if you want to taste some seriously delicious sandwiches check them out. The restaurant is tiny and uncomfortable, so I recommend take-out or delivery.
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Toad Style
93 Ralph Avenue
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Vegan junk food inspired by Kung-Fu movies. Toad Style defies description, but if you want to taste some seriously delicious sandwiches check them out. The restaurant is tiny and uncomfortable, so I recommend take-out or delivery.
Chez Oskar is our go-to for a delicious and easy meal. French bistro style, this place is great for kids if you arrive before 7pm. A Brooklyn classic for 20 years. Their Bastille Day parties are legendary.
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Chez Oskar
310 Malcolm X Boulevard
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Chez Oskar is our go-to for a delicious and easy meal. French bistro style, this place is great for kids if you arrive before 7pm. A Brooklyn classic for 20 years. Their Bastille Day parties are legendary.
Our new favorite in the neighborhood. Trad Room is a Japanese-American restaurant in a beautiful old space: we recommend the oysters ($1.50 from 5-7pm), the salmon, the steak, and the yuzu ramen. They’re also open for breakfast if you want to sit down and enjoy your morning coffee.
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Trad Room
266 Malcolm X Blvd
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Our new favorite in the neighborhood. Trad Room is a Japanese-American restaurant in a beautiful old space: we recommend the oysters ($1.50 from 5-7pm), the salmon, the steak, and the yuzu ramen. They’re also open for breakfast if you want to sit down and enjoy your morning coffee.
Cute Haitian cafe with outdoor garden near the Myrtle/Broadway subway stop.
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Cafe Erzulie
894 Broadway
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Cute Haitian cafe with outdoor garden near the Myrtle/Broadway subway stop.
A 15 minute walk from the house, great new spot created for and by NYC artists. Monthly restaurant residency program, good for morning coffee and friendly, hip vibes.
OSTUDIO
366 Stockton Street
A 15 minute walk from the house, great new spot created for and by NYC artists. Monthly restaurant residency program, good for morning coffee and friendly, hip vibes.
Quite possibly the best bagel spot in the whole of NYC. Order online for pickup or you’ll have a long wait for food on the weekends.
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Greenberg's Bagels Bed Stuy
1065 Bedford Avenue
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Quite possibly the best bagel spot in the whole of NYC. Order online for pickup or you’ll have a long wait for food on the weekends.
A local institution, Royal moved into a much larger location on Malcolm X and actually had regular hours for the first time! If you love BBQ, this is a place you should try.
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Royal Rib House
303 Halsey Street
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A local institution, Royal moved into a much larger location on Malcolm X and actually had regular hours for the first time! If you love BBQ, this is a place you should try.

NYC Classics

These are *the* spots: authentic NYC classics that stand the test of time.
The best, oldest diner in Chinatown located in the middle of a picturesque alley.
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
13 Doyers St
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The best, oldest diner in Chinatown located in the middle of a picturesque alley.
Skip the whole of Little Italy and head to Bamonte’s in Williamsburg for the best Italian food. One of the oldest (if not *the* oldest) red sauce place in NYC. Bamonte’s is like something out of The Godfather: the service is fancy but not pretentious, the food is decadent, the drinks are strong. Get reservations if you’re going on a weekend.
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Bamonte's
32 Withers Street
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Skip the whole of Little Italy and head to Bamonte’s in Williamsburg for the best Italian food. One of the oldest (if not *the* oldest) red sauce place in NYC. Bamonte’s is like something out of The Godfather: the service is fancy but not pretentious, the food is decadent, the drinks are strong. Get reservations if you’re going on a weekend.
Legendary burger place on the Upper East Side: skip the tourist traps and head here for lunch if you’re visiting Museum Mile.
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JG Melon
1291 3rd Avenue
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Legendary burger place on the Upper East Side: skip the tourist traps and head here for lunch if you’re visiting Museum Mile.
Where the SoHo artists used to hang, Fanelli’s is a pub with a relaxed atmosphere. The perfect place to chill out if you’re shopping in this area.
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Fanelli Cafe
94 Prince Street
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Where the SoHo artists used to hang, Fanelli’s is a pub with a relaxed atmosphere. The perfect place to chill out if you’re shopping in this area.
A no-frills Jewish deli that’s been around for over 100 years. My husband’s favorite.
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Barney Greengrass
541 Amsterdam Avenue
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A no-frills Jewish deli that’s been around for over 100 years. My husband’s favorite.
The best ramen place in NYC. If you have to wait for a table, we recommend Ace Bar across the street.
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Minca
536 East 5th Street
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The best ramen place in NYC. If you have to wait for a table, we recommend Ace Bar across the street.
24/7 Ukrainian diner and East Village staple, one of my favorite places to go in NYC. I recommend the blintzes.
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Veselka
144 2nd Avenue
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24/7 Ukrainian diner and East Village staple, one of my favorite places to go in NYC. I recommend the blintzes.
Skip Fraunces and try the Ear, a bar so old it existed when Canal Street was still a canal. The ceiling is low (people were shorter in the 18th century) but you can grab a drink and sit outside in nice weather.
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Ear Inn
326 Spring Street
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Skip Fraunces and try the Ear, a bar so old it existed when Canal Street was still a canal. The ceiling is low (people were shorter in the 18th century) but you can grab a drink and sit outside in nice weather.
My go-to spot in the West Village.
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La Bonbonniere
28 8th Avenue
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My go-to spot in the West Village.
A fancy hotel bar with giant murals painted by Madeleine author Ludwig Bemelmans. Not exactly kid-friendly, but if you go early they have a mocktail called the “Miss Clavel” for kiddos.
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Bemelmans Bar
35 East 76th Street
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A fancy hotel bar with giant murals painted by Madeleine author Ludwig Bemelmans. Not exactly kid-friendly, but if you go early they have a mocktail called the “Miss Clavel” for kiddos.
If you’re catching a Broadway show, this is our go-to for dinner. It’s charmingly small, serving French classics.
Chez Napoléon
365 West 50th Street
If you’re catching a Broadway show, this is our go-to for dinner. It’s charmingly small, serving French classics.
A classic French bistro with a lot of history. We ate here after getting married nearby at City Hall.
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Balthazar
80 Spring St
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A classic French bistro with a lot of history. We ate here after getting married nearby at City Hall.
The original Jin Fong closed during the pandemic, but this outpost is still running. The best dim sum in the city. A great place to celebrate something special.
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Jing Fong
20 Elizabeth Street
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The original Jin Fong closed during the pandemic, but this outpost is still running. The best dim sum in the city. A great place to celebrate something special.

Drinks & Nightlife

One of the oldest bars in Bed-Stuy, Casablanca just reopened after renovations and is a stylish, friendly bar full of locals and tourists.
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Casablanca Cocktail Lounge
300 Malcolm X Boulevard
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One of the oldest bars in Bed-Stuy, Casablanca just reopened after renovations and is a stylish, friendly bar full of locals and tourists.
A fun, crowded place for the cool kids.
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Doris
1088 Fulton Street
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A fun, crowded place for the cool kids.
You don't have to love reggae to love the chill island vibes at Lovers Rock. The friendliest bar in Bed-Stuy, but no small children allowed.
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Lovers Rock
419 Tompkins Avenue
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You don't have to love reggae to love the chill island vibes at Lovers Rock. The friendliest bar in Bed-Stuy, but no small children allowed.
Local studio musicians form the backbone of this warm and inviting bar, the music is always excellent and extremely diverse. If you visit during the day, they have a very peaceful garden that doubles as a workspace for lots of people in the neighborhood.
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LunÀtico
486 Halsey Street
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Local studio musicians form the backbone of this warm and inviting bar, the music is always excellent and extremely diverse. If you visit during the day, they have a very peaceful garden that doubles as a workspace for lots of people in the neighborhood.
Owned by our lovely neighbor Sam, Mama Fox is a new bar/restaurant styled after the beloved Nita Nita (Sam’s old bar in Williamsburg). Cocktails are generous and strong. I recommend the Nita ‘rita.
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MAMA FOX
327 Stuyvesant Ave
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Owned by our lovely neighbor Sam, Mama Fox is a new bar/restaurant styled after the beloved Nita Nita (Sam’s old bar in Williamsburg). Cocktails are generous and strong. I recommend the Nita ‘rita.
No-frills bar with a young crowd and a very laid back atmosphere.
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Turtles all the way down
236 Malcolm X Blvd
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No-frills bar with a young crowd and a very laid back atmosphere.

Sightseeing

This park has the most breathtaking views of the city and harbor, and isn't nearly as crowded as other city parks. A short 10 minute subway ride from our place in Bed-Stuy, take the A/C train to the High Street station.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St
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This park has the most breathtaking views of the city and harbor, and isn't nearly as crowded as other city parks. A short 10 minute subway ride from our place in Bed-Stuy, take the A/C train to the High Street station.
It's silly, BUT IT REALLY WORKS. The Whispering Gallery never fails to impress. Bonus: get some fresh oysters at Oyster Bar, the entrance is tucked between the tiled arches.
Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd St
It's silly, BUT IT REALLY WORKS. The Whispering Gallery never fails to impress. Bonus: get some fresh oysters at Oyster Bar, the entrance is tucked between the tiled arches.
At the end of the pier, you’ll find swings to sit in! For free! A beautiful spot to watch boat traffic on the East River and see the bridges. In summer, the rooftop of the pier hosts live concerts and outdoor movies.
Pier 35
At the end of the pier, you’ll find swings to sit in! For free! A beautiful spot to watch boat traffic on the East River and see the bridges. In summer, the rooftop of the pier hosts live concerts and outdoor movies.
Like the High Line, Little Island can get crowded. I recommend going in the morning on a weekday.
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Little Island
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Like the High Line, Little Island can get crowded. I recommend going in the morning on a weekday.

Arts & Culture

BAM is always doing something incredible: first-rate theatre, dance, and music. If you don't have tickets to a show, the BAMcafe on the second floor has live jazz and a lounge to enjoy by the general public.
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
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BAM is always doing something incredible: first-rate theatre, dance, and music. If you don't have tickets to a show, the BAMcafe on the second floor has live jazz and a lounge to enjoy by the general public.
Admission to the museum is FREE on the first Saturday of every month.
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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
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Admission to the museum is FREE on the first Saturday of every month.
Weeksville was a free community of African-Americans established in 1838. A completely fascinating history embedded in the fabric of the city.
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Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
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Weeksville was a free community of African-Americans established in 1838. A completely fascinating history embedded in the fabric of the city.

Shopping

On-trend, small label fashion boutique adored by the best-dressed women in NYC. On Sunday mornings starting at 10am they serve a special neighborhood brunch.
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Sincerely, Tommy
343 Tompkins Ave
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On-trend, small label fashion boutique adored by the best-dressed women in NYC. On Sunday mornings starting at 10am they serve a special neighborhood brunch.
Vintage vinyl and cassette tapes, zines, and tshirts sold on consignment - a great space full of great people and positive vibes. Playground is also host to a community garden and library.
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Playground Coffee Shop
1114 Bedford Ave
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Vintage vinyl and cassette tapes, zines, and tshirts sold on consignment - a great space full of great people and positive vibes. Playground is also host to a community garden and library.
My favorite clothing store in Brooklyn.
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Alter
140 Franklin Street
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My favorite clothing store in Brooklyn.
My favorite place to shop for gifts.
November 19 Shop
461 W 49th St
My favorite place to shop for gifts.
Famous for making Chinatown shopping accessible to tourists, shop here for great gifts. If you’re in the market for a knockoff handbag, the sidewalks in this area are full of folks selling them.
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Pearl River Mart
395 Broadway
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Famous for making Chinatown shopping accessible to tourists, shop here for great gifts. If you’re in the market for a knockoff handbag, the sidewalks in this area are full of folks selling them.

Getting Around

A/C subway entrance is located at Stuyvesant and Fulton. The A train runs express to Manhattan.
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Utica Av
Fulton Street
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A/C subway entrance is located at Stuyvesant and Fulton. The A train runs express to Manhattan.
JMZ subway with quick service to Williamsburg and the Lower East Side.
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Broadway/Myrtle Av
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JMZ subway with quick service to Williamsburg and the Lower East Side.