The best of Brooklyn: Bloggers' favorite local spots

We asked a few of our favorite Brooklyn bloggers for their recommendations of the borough’s best restaurants, shops, parks and more.



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Louise Crawford, founder and publisher of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn (

“The Gate, a bar with a wonderful patio, is a fun place to be on Sunday nights at 10pm, when the bartender turns the TV to Breaking Bad. An interesting and random assortment of mostly young, mostly male locals are glued to the tube. Rumor has it the Gate is going to show seasons one through four of Breaking Bad on Sunday nights, which sounds like a great idea.” The Gate, 321 Fifth Ave at 3rd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-4329,

“Prospect Park is my perennial favorite place: for running the three-mile loop, for watching my kids play on the Third Street Playground, for biking, Celebrate Brooklyn! and long loop walks with girlfriends.” Prospect Park, enter at Prospect Park West at 5th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-965-8900,

“I was blown away by my birthday dinner at Bar Corvo. Al di Là’s sister restaurant in Crown Heights is a little more casual, a little cheaper and just as delicious. Plus, there’s a backyard for alfresco dining.” Bar Corvo, 791 Washington Ave between Lincoln and St. Johns Pls, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-230-0940,

“I love the Old Stone House, where I run Brooklyn Reading Works, a monthly thematic reading series. It’s a historical site. The largest, conflict—the Battle of Brooklyn—engulfed areas in Brooklyn, including the site of the Old Stone House.” The Old Stone House, 336 3rd St between Fourth and Fifth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-3195,

“Every Saturday morning my twin sister and I meet for coffee and chitchat at Sweet Melissa, a charming bakery-restaurant on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. My sister always has the oatmeal; I have the yogurt and fruit, or a currant scone. It’s quiet, easygoing and a pretty, feminine place to be.” Sweet Melissa Patisserie, 175 Seventh Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-788-2700,

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I wonder if Robert knows that one of the proprietresses of Bamonte's is a member of our local Community Board? I do. I'm going to bring this to her attention. I'm certain his back-handed "suggestion" will be amusing to her. And I stand by my endorsement of their blueberry cream pie: it's wonderful.


Frost > Bamonte’s, all the way.


I gotta wonder if Robert has ever actually been to Bamonte's. The only soundtrack at Bamonte's is the sound of people dining, talking, and maybe a little baseball game sound from the TV at the bar. They don't play music, Sinatra or otherwise. Secondly the old timers will not tell you Sinatra ate there, because he did not. Mike the bartender used to work at Jilly's, and waited on Sinatra there.