If you’ve been following along here, then you no doubt know that I’m always on the lookout for new foodie places to try. Living in New York, you’d be crazy not to! I thought I’d share some of my favourites in Brooklyn Heights, a neighbourhood I’ve called home this past year. Brooklyn Heights is a beautiful little section of the city, boasting the the famous promenade along the East River with stunning views of the Manhattan Skyline, close proximity to the Instagramable Brooklyn Bridge, and lots of quaint little streets with a lot of history to them. And of course, it has a many a great eatery, perfect for everything from a fancy dinner to a casual brunch. Read on for some places to check out if you ever find yourself in the area…
Heights Cafe has been a brunch staple sine 1994, helped along by its cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious menu. It’s also a great little place for potentially spotting a celebrity (I once had lunch a few seats down from the actor Paul Giamatti). I really recommend the Brioche French Toast. It comes with a selection of fresh berries and maple syrup, but what really sets it off is the creamy honey mascarpone. So tasty!
If you’re looking for something that’s no frills but great service, Clark’s is a great spot. The menu is pretty extensive, so it’s great for any time of the day. And with hearty portions, you won’t leave hungry. One of my favourite things on their menu is their chocolate mousse cake, which is one of the creamiest, chocolatey desserts I’ve ever had.
If you like Italian food, you will be sure to love Sociale. It’s small, but homely, and you can’t help but relax in the candle lit dining room. The menu strives to mix traditional and more modern Italian fare, and as you’d expect, they have a delicious array of pasta dishes. Being a big dessert fan, I also loved their Blueberry Cheesecake with Blackberry sorbet, which is such a refreshing way to end a meal!
Aysa is a recent find, but a fast favourite. The restaurant has a gorgeous interior with lots of vibrant art pieces adorning the walls and plush comfy couches that you can sink into an relax. I haven’t had a lot of Indian food before and it is something I am keen to try more of. I’ve only been the one time, but I had the Tandoori Chicken which was mildly spicy, with a side of garlic Naan Bread, and both were delicious. I had actually thought about going for something spicier, like a Vindaloo, but I had just had a wisdom tooth removed at the time, so spicy food and a big hole in my gums wouldn’t have been a good mix. But next time!
Jack the Horse Tavern
Another place that I had walked by often but only tried for the first time recently is Jack the Horse Tavern. When you first hear the word tavern, you immediately think of a bar. Jack the Horse has one right up front when you enter, but the majority of the interior is is a really cosy restaurant. The service from the very friendly staff is informal but attentive, and the menu has some really droll-worthy options. I had brunch their recently with my brother, and you can see what we had in the picture above: Jack’s Cheeseburger with Bacon, Slow Roasted Steak on Brioche, with a side of Red Bliss Potatoes and Spiced Pork Sausage Patties. So delicious!
Happy Days Diner
Finally, we have the classic American diner in Happy Days Diner. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Happy Days is the place for you as it is open 24 hours a day. The affordable menu is huge, and possibly a little overwhelming at first, but you’ll soon find favourites. Their Belgian Waffles served with either fresh fruit, syrup and ice-cream or ham, bacon and eggs for a more traditional breakfast, are a personal favourite. If you’re a fan of no-frills, comfort food done well, you’ll be sure to find it here.
Do you live in New York and know the area? If so, please feel free to send me on any recommendations for places that you think are worth visiting! If you’re new to the area, make sure you check these places out!