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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Maple Lanes

Maple Lanes


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Brian Hedden, publisher of Bay Ridge Odyssey (bayridgeodyssey.com)

“Maple Lanes is one of the last old-school bowling alleys in Brooklyn. It isn’t where you go to get your drink on or hear your favorite band play a show; Maple Lanes is where you go when you want to bowl. It’s a great melting pot, too—The New York Times profiled a bunch of WASPy old-timers not too long ago, but at any given time, you’re just as likely to see Orthodox Jewish families and Muslim teens in the lanes.” Maple Lanes, 1570 60th St at 16th Aves, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-331-9000, bowlmaple.com)

“Ho’Brah Tacos is my new favorite place for Mexican food that replaces all my other favorite Mexican restaurants. Sorry, Papacitos. I usually pass on restaurant tacos, preferring to go for burritos or the like, but the Ho’Brah tacos are simply too delicious to pass up. And I like being able to take my son to a place where he can get his favorite food and I can get my favorite drink, which would be margaritas.” Ho’Brah Tacos, 8618 Third Ave between 86th and 87th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-680-8226, hobrahtacos.com)

“Alpine Cinemas doesn’t have the latest and greatest in amenities, like stadium seating or football-field–size screens, but it still has everything I need in a moviegoing experience and has one huge advantage over the super-modern googleplexes: cost. I still have money left over after I go there—a particular concern for people with families like me. And sometimes I’ll grab a snack from Nablus Sweets & Pastries (6812 Fifth Ave between 68th and 69th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; 718-748-1214) from across the street and bring it into the theater, which is a little more interesting than smuggling in some Junior Mints from any generic Walgreens.” Alpine Cinemas, 6817 Fifth Ave between 68th and 69th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-748-4200, alpinecinemas.com). $9.

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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.