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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John Loscalzo, founder of Brooklyn Heights Blog (brooklynheightsblog.com)

“What I love about Brooklyn Heights is being this close to NYC, but being totally transported somewhere else. On the corner of tree-lined Cranberry and Hicks Streets is my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Jack the Horse. Walking toward the restaurant up Cranberry Street, you can see views of the lower Manhattan skyline. But then you duck into Jack the Horse and you’re met by Ryan, one of their friendly staffers, and the inviting wood bar, where my wife and I often opt to eat. The restaurant has a casual vibe, with food that’s well done. Chef-owner-local Tim Oltmans has done a great job with not only the food and vibe, but the staff, who bend over backwards to get to know their patrons. Don’t even get me started on their cheeseburger.” Jack the Horse Tavern, 66 Hicks St at Cranberry St, Brooklyn Heights (718-852-5084, jackthehorse.com)

Awesome is an overused word that’s practically lost its meaning, but it would be correct to use it to describe the view from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. On one side are some of the most beautiful historic homes in the world, and on the other is the great East River and the iconic Manhattan skyline. The skyscrapers, not to mention the Statue of Liberty, are fixed landmarks in the background, and in the foreground is the ever-changing view of the river. At any given moment, water taxis, tug boats and tall ships are all going by. Go at sunset, check out our local Christmas tree in December—whenever. It’s kind of a ‘pinch-me-I-live here’ moment every time you walk the Promenade. It’s a great place to people-watch, too. I became a dad two years ago, and I love taking my daughter on walks there. Even at this young age, she loves it—the boats, the dogs, etc.” Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Columbia Heights between Orange and Remsen Sts, Brooklyn Heights (nyharborparks.org)

“Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park is also not to be missed if you have kids. The water park is world class. And for the folks? Bark Hot Dogs and, well, beer. While we’re talking piers and kids in Brooklyn Heights, the pop-up pool at Pier 2 was my little girl’s favorite spot to see and be seen this summer by the in-the-know toddler set.” Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Atlantic Ave and Furman St (brooklynbridgepark.org)

“The Brooklyn Historical Society is always a great visit. One past exhibit had profound influence—it featured Otis Pearsall’s handmade map of historic homes in the neighborhood. That map served as a key piece in the successful effort to landmark the area in 1965. They also have some great flea markets, and this summer, hosted a beer garden.” Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St at Clinton St, Brooklyn Heights (718-222-4111, brooklynhistory.org)

“I could go on and on; and as a matter of fact, I do, during my Homer Fink’s Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour (hiddenbrooklynheights.com). The next one is October 6—come on out! No beer, sorry—but you can always stop off and see our favorite neighborhood bartender, Lee, at Henry Street Ale House afterward. It’s bound to be one of your favorite things about Brooklyn Heights.” Henry Street Ale House, 62 Henry St between Cranberry and Orange Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-522-4801, henrystreetalehouse.com)

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Heather
Heather

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.

Lynne
Lynne

Frost > Bamonte’s, all the way.

Marie
Marie

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.