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.

Brooklyn Strategist

Brooklyn Strategist


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Faye Penn, founder of Brokelyn (brokelyn.com)

“Nobody in North Brooklyn has heard of Fox’s, which is fine with me. It’s like a smaller, more out-of-the-way version of Century 21, loaded with off-price designer clothes, [with] both labels you’ve heard of—Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Taylor and Marc Jacobs—and newer ones. The prices are fantastic, and it’s at least as reliable as any of the other discount stores. Plus, the other shoppers tend to be Orthodox Jews or have more of a dressy Brighton Beach vibe, so a lot of good stuff gets left behind. But don’t make the mistake I did and bring your four-year-old son, because they have those open-style collective dressing rooms. He was actually pretty psyched, but nobody else was.” Fox’s, 911-927 Kings Hwy at E 10th St, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (718-645-3620, foxs.com)

“With most Brooklyn kids’ concerts and the like geared toward the under-five set, it’s hard to figure out where to take an older kid. My nine-year-old would move into Brooklyn Strategist if he could: all of his favorite board games—think Munchkin, Dungeons & Dragons and the Settlers of Catan—and four hours of pickup play for $10. Plus, Wi-Fi for me. There’s no better rainy-day hang, and Jon, the owner, is officially the nicest guy in Brooklyn.” The Brooklyn Strategist, 333 Court St between Sackett and Union Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-576-3035, thebrooklynstrategist.com)

“If Salon Takeover’s Tabatha ever sets foot in Anton’s Hair Design, she should be maced with AquaNet. This is not your Jean-Michel-whatever corporate salon, and that’s the whole point. Don’t even look for the sign; you’ll know you’re at the right townhouse when you see a Greek sculpture garden and a silver Mercedes in the driveway. Inside is a third-floor salon where mom-and-daughter bombshells Rosemary and Colette beautify a clientele as lively as they are, even if nobody can touch them in the looks department. Come for extensions, linger for the gossip. Getting your hair done here is like Sunday sauce with foil highlights.” Anton’s Hair and Makeup, 327 Ocean Pkwy near Ave C, Kensington, Brooklyn (718-871-2512/718-541-0529, antonshairandmakeup.com)

“You know all those well-intended corporate escapees who open coffee shops but really should have kept their accounting jobs? Their places never quite work, but Lark Café does. Kari Browne, a former BBC journalist, is that rare coffee-shop newcomer who did everything right—from the branding to the decor (modern grown-up but family-friendly) to the Stumptown coffee and whipped ricotta with honey. Divine. Wear cleats, because the Parade Ground crowd will be beating a path to this Church Avenue pioneer come soccer season.” Lark Café, 1007 Church Ave between E 10th and E 11th Sts, Kensington, Brooklyn (718-469-0140, larkcafe.com)

“I lived in Carroll Gardens when the only decent food places were the Italian bakeries and butchers. Not that it was grounds for complaint; I was addicted to Monteleone’s sesame cookies. Fast forward none-of-your-business years, and now they have this really talented baker whose cakes look like hamburgers, artichokes and ladybugs—all for around $25. That burger is a genius party trick.” F. Monteleone & Cammareri Bakery, 355 Court St between President and Union Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-852-5600)

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3 comments
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.