Mike’s Bed-Stuy Hitlist

Mike

Mike’s Bed-Stuy Hitlist

Coffee + Pastries
This is my regular go-to in the mornings for a quick coffee just a few short blocks away up Nostrand Ave. They have a great assortment of pastries, friendly service, and they also serve more substantial breakfast and lunch food if you’re hungry.
The Council Cafe
279 Nostrand Avenue
This is my regular go-to in the mornings for a quick coffee just a few short blocks away up Nostrand Ave. They have a great assortment of pastries, friendly service, and they also serve more substantial breakfast and lunch food if you’re hungry.
Located on the corner of the park, Little Roy is an adorable little cafe that has high quality pastries, hilarious baristas and healthy-ish breakfast items like shakshuka and avocado toast. You can sit out front if it’s nice, or take a stroll through Herbert Von King Park!
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Little Roy Coffee Co.
571 Greene Ave
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Located on the corner of the park, Little Roy is an adorable little cafe that has high quality pastries, hilarious baristas and healthy-ish breakfast items like shakshuka and avocado toast. You can sit out front if it’s nice, or take a stroll through Herbert Von King Park!
The best all-around bakery in the neighborhood, Clementine makes everything from donuts to croissants (the pistachio one is incredible) to vegan cookies and gluten-free cupcakes. It’s less than a 10 minute walk, has a huge outdoor setup, and serves breakfast/lunch too!
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Clementine Bakery
299 Greene Avenue
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The best all-around bakery in the neighborhood, Clementine makes everything from donuts to croissants (the pistachio one is incredible) to vegan cookies and gluten-free cupcakes. It’s less than a 10 minute walk, has a huge outdoor setup, and serves breakfast/lunch too!
The most creative donut shop in the area! Fan Fan is insanely popular, and usually has a line out the door and wrapped around the corner. They have donuts with globally inspired flavors like Mango Lassi and Mexican Cinnamon + Sugar. DON’T MISS IT!
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Fan Fan Doughnuts
448 Lafayette Avenue
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The most creative donut shop in the area! Fan Fan is insanely popular, and usually has a line out the door and wrapped around the corner. They have donuts with globally inspired flavors like Mango Lassi and Mexican Cinnamon + Sugar. DON’T MISS IT!
Hipster local coffeeshop that is also a bookstore and event space. It’s just a short walk away from the loft and has great cold brew and espresso drinks.
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Playground Coffee Shop
1114 Bedford Ave
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Hipster local coffeeshop that is also a bookstore and event space. It’s just a short walk away from the loft and has great cold brew and espresso drinks.
Breakfast + Brunch
Right at the end of Lexington is Greenberg’s, a new-ish bagel shop that feels like it’s decades old. They make some crazy breakfast sandwiches, a perfect hangover cure. Make sure you order online in advance on the weekends, it gets SUPER busy.
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Greenberg's Bagels Bed Stuy
1065 Bedford Avenue
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Right at the end of Lexington is Greenberg’s, a new-ish bagel shop that feels like it’s decades old. They make some crazy breakfast sandwiches, a perfect hangover cure. Make sure you order online in advance on the weekends, it gets SUPER busy.
Hipster cafe that serves coffee and healthy brunch items like acai bowls and gluten free pastries. They also have a cute plant and flower shop attached to the cafe!
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Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen
1058 Bedford Ave
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Hipster cafe that serves coffee and healthy brunch items like acai bowls and gluten free pastries. They also have a cute plant and flower shop attached to the cafe!
All-day cafe that serves Middle Eastern style breakfast sandwiches and uniquely flavored lattes like Sweet Tahini. Great place to catch some sun while you have outdoor brunch if the weather is nice!
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Golda
504 Franklin Ave
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All-day cafe that serves Middle Eastern style breakfast sandwiches and uniquely flavored lattes like Sweet Tahini. Great place to catch some sun while you have outdoor brunch if the weather is nice!
Along with the CUTEST little backyard setup in the neighborhood, this spot has a wide array of delicious pastries but specializes in the Kolache - a doughy pastry with sweet and savory fillings.
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Brooklyn Kolache Co.
520 Dekalb Avenue
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Along with the CUTEST little backyard setup in the neighborhood, this spot has a wide array of delicious pastries but specializes in the Kolache - a doughy pastry with sweet and savory fillings.
Lunch + Snacks
Probably the best tacos in the neighborhood, Chilo's is a bar+restaurant that makes their tacos out of a food truck in the backyard. Big picnic tables on the street are perfect for daydrinking with friends.
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Chilo's
323 Franklin Avenue
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Probably the best tacos in the neighborhood, Chilo's is a bar+restaurant that makes their tacos out of a food truck in the backyard. Big picnic tables on the street are perfect for daydrinking with friends.
Crispy and delicious thin crust pizzas on the border of Clinton Hill. Speedy Romeo is famous for them, but they also have an incredible Italian-ish dinner menu with steaks, caesar salad and more.
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Speedy Romeo - Brooklyn
376 Classon Ave
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Crispy and delicious thin crust pizzas on the border of Clinton Hill. Speedy Romeo is famous for them, but they also have an incredible Italian-ish dinner menu with steaks, caesar salad and more.
A neighborhood staple. Peaches has a few restaurants in their family in Bed Stuy, but HotHouse is the most popular because of their insane fried chicken sandwiches. A must visit!!!
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Peaches HotHouse
415 Tompkins Avenue
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A neighborhood staple. Peaches has a few restaurants in their family in Bed Stuy, but HotHouse is the most popular because of their insane fried chicken sandwiches. A must visit!!!
This little cafe makes all their tortillas and masa from scratch in house, has delicious coffee/espresso, and makes you feel like you're on vacation in Mexico. Try the squash blossom quesadilla if they have it! Gorgeous outdoor setup as well!
For All Things Good
343 Franklin Avenue
This little cafe makes all their tortillas and masa from scratch in house, has delicious coffee/espresso, and makes you feel like you're on vacation in Mexico. Try the squash blossom quesadilla if they have it! Gorgeous outdoor setup as well!
Just around the corner from the loft, Shipwreck looks like a simple fish market at first glance. Not only do they have restaurant-grade fish for cooking at home, but they also serve a killer seafood lunch menu with lobster rolls, soft shell crab and more. Perfect for a quick weekday lunch.
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Shipwreck Seafood Boutique
1047 Bedford Ave
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Just around the corner from the loft, Shipwreck looks like a simple fish market at first glance. Not only do they have restaurant-grade fish for cooking at home, but they also serve a killer seafood lunch menu with lobster rolls, soft shell crab and more. Perfect for a quick weekday lunch.
Dinner
Pilar is a Bed-Stuy classic by now, specializing in satisfying plates of cuban food like Arroz Con Pollo and Ropa Vieja. They also have a full bakery and coffee shop attached to it, serving guava pastries and crispy empanadas. Also a great brunch option!
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Pilar
397 Greene Avenue
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Pilar is a Bed-Stuy classic by now, specializing in satisfying plates of cuban food like Arroz Con Pollo and Ropa Vieja. They also have a full bakery and coffee shop attached to it, serving guava pastries and crispy empanadas. Also a great brunch option!
If you like natural wine and rotisserie chicken, come to the Fly... because that's pretty much all they serve. A fun vibe inside and outside, perfect for a group dinner or a date in the neighborhood.
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The Fly
549 Classon Ave
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If you like natural wine and rotisserie chicken, come to the Fly... because that's pretty much all they serve. A fun vibe inside and outside, perfect for a group dinner or a date in the neighborhood.
Classssssic style Northern Italian food hosted in a converted drugstore that is decades old! Romantic and unassuming spot in Clinton Hill, the ideal Sunday supper on a cozy night.
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Locanda Vini & Olii
129 Gates Avenue
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Classssssic style Northern Italian food hosted in a converted drugstore that is decades old! Romantic and unassuming spot in Clinton Hill, the ideal Sunday supper on a cozy night.
Just off the G-train stop, Samurai Papa is the best Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood -- try everything from ramen to chicken karaage to soba noodles.
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Samurai Papa
594 Lafayette Ave
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Just off the G-train stop, Samurai Papa is the best Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood -- try everything from ramen to chicken karaage to soba noodles.
Hart's has a regularly changing menu that is Mediterranean mixed with farm to table. All the ingredients are top notch, and it never disappoints. Great cocktails and natural wine to sip as well!
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Hart's
506 Franklin Ave
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Hart's has a regularly changing menu that is Mediterranean mixed with farm to table. All the ingredients are top notch, and it never disappoints. Great cocktails and natural wine to sip as well!
A more modern Italian option that makes hearty pastas and pizzas, plug great deals on carafes and bottles of Italian wines.
Bar Camillo
333 Tompkins Ave
A more modern Italian option that makes hearty pastas and pizzas, plug great deals on carafes and bottles of Italian wines.
Bars + Nightlife
Swell Dive makes really fun cocktails and tiki drinks, but also has a creative food menu: Filipino meets Tex-Mex. Things like Charred Beef tacos and Spam tacos and delicious Queso. Funky little back patio area too for some daytime drinks!
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Swell Dive
1013 Bedford Ave
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Swell Dive makes really fun cocktails and tiki drinks, but also has a creative food menu: Filipino meets Tex-Mex. Things like Charred Beef tacos and Spam tacos and delicious Queso. Funky little back patio area too for some daytime drinks!
The quintessential dive bar! Jukebox, super cheap drinks, a massive concrete backyard, and hilarious bartenders. You can start your night here before heading off to your next adventure.
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Do or Dive Bar
1108 Bedford Avenue
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The quintessential dive bar! Jukebox, super cheap drinks, a massive concrete backyard, and hilarious bartenders. You can start your night here before heading off to your next adventure.
I am obsessed with this place. It's a gay bar / queer space that serves frozen cocktails (try the menage e trois!), amazing decor, and a big backyard with picnic tables. They play great music and serve hot dogs if you're hungry :)
The Holler
348 Franklin Ave
I am obsessed with this place. It's a gay bar / queer space that serves frozen cocktails (try the menage e trois!), amazing decor, and a big backyard with picnic tables. They play great music and serve hot dogs if you're hungry :)
Right around the corner from the loft, Cpt. Dan's is the neighborhood watering hole with a classic menu of pub fare and bar snacks. The burger is amazing and the staff is super nice!
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Cpt. Dan's Good Time Tavern
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Right around the corner from the loft, Cpt. Dan's is the neighborhood watering hole with a classic menu of pub fare and bar snacks. The burger is amazing and the staff is super nice!
Shopping + Other
Low cost local supermarket where I buy my groceries for the week ahead.
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Metropolitan Citymarket
1142 Bedford Avenue
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Low cost local supermarket where I buy my groceries for the week ahead.
Queer boutique run by two lovely ladies with inventive fashion, home goods, art and more. Pop in and say hi!
Lagoon New York
293 Nostrand Avenue
Queer boutique run by two lovely ladies with inventive fashion, home goods, art and more. Pop in and say hi!
Teeny tiny vintage store near the G-Train with a nice collection of old-timey clothing for men and women.
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Harold and Maude Vintage
592 Lafayette Avenue
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Teeny tiny vintage store near the G-Train with a nice collection of old-timey clothing for men and women.
Specialty grocery store in the front (a bit expensive so be selective!), and a full restaurant and bar in the back. They offer 25-cent wings on Monday nights, and host trivia competition with prizes on Tuesday.
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Mekelburg's
293 Grand Avenue
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Specialty grocery store in the front (a bit expensive so be selective!), and a full restaurant and bar in the back. They offer 25-cent wings on Monday nights, and host trivia competition with prizes on Tuesday.
No-frills antique store that I like to explore for glasswares, furniture and random objects.
Bedford Galleries Inc
1167 Bedford Avenue
No-frills antique store that I like to explore for glasswares, furniture and random objects.