Getting to know the true colors of a destination means eating, drinking and being merry with the locals. The boroughs surrounding Manhattan are hiding some Gems that only the really in-the-know locals are frequenting.Here are some of our favorites, but shh, don’t tell anyone.
While the tourists who aren’t in the know are queuing outside the newest opened gastro café with mismatched chairs and beer barrels to sit on (with risk of sounding like Gran: it may look funky but it’s just not comfortable) we are tucking into our brunch in a comfy booth and ordering another mimosa at Sweetwater. Their menu is pub food with a twist, burgers on an English muffin instead of a bun and fish sandwiches. The decor is war time vintage mixed with cozy French patisserie and for sunny days they have a garden. Food of the Gods on the dessert menu is king. Chocolate, in a pool of chocolate, topped with chocolate? Who wouldn’t?
King and Grove Williamsburg
Rooftop bar, New York, poolside, need we say more? We will anyway, in New York’s sought after, vibrant neighborhood Williamsburg, Brooklyn, The King and Grove is sure to be the new hotspot for the summer, with views over McCarren Park and the bright lights of the city in the distance. Very recently opened it serves poolside cocktails, has a deck for lounging or dancing and a bar snack menu for grazing. It also has the added convenience of being in a hotel if you get stranded too far from home.
New York is notorious for its party scene, late nights, flitting from one hip haunt to another and a hedonistic ‘go hard or go home’ attitude. The Lower East Side’s PKNY serves this scene well, with a ‘suffering bastard’ cocktail dedicated to curing a hangover, various ‘painkillers’ and ‘Zombies’ which are so strong they limit to one per customer, knowing what makes for one rousing party. The feeling is Tiki with a little punk mixed in, bamboo bars and graffitied walls. The narrow windowless room of the bar is designed in a way that will make you lose track of time. The strength of the cocktails will fuel that.
Located just outside Brooklyn Bridge Park, and between Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the view from Bubby’s Brooklyn is unrivalled. With fresh farm food daily, you’ll be able to enjoy your seasonal meal overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The food is rustic country cooking, homely and warming, and the venue caters for groups of all sizes, from an intimate dinner for two, to a wedding for up to 325 people. Its high ceilings and a mezzanine style dining room make it a light and roomy venue for all occasions.