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Guidebook for Brooklyn

Food Scene
This restaurant, one block away from my apartment, is consistently excellent as far as food, service, and only-in-Brooklyn ambience. They also have a great little wine bar around the corner.
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al di la Trattoria
248 5th Avenue
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This restaurant, one block away from my apartment, is consistently excellent as far as food, service, and only-in-Brooklyn ambience. They also have a great little wine bar around the corner.
Park Slope is renowned for indie cafes, but the Tea Lounge is the one that draws the most locals. Free wifi, multiple places to plug in, nobody cares how long you stay
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Sir D's Lounge
837 Union Street
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Park Slope is renowned for indie cafes, but the Tea Lounge is the one that draws the most locals. Free wifi, multiple places to plug in, nobody cares how long you stay
Excellent food, reasonable prices, and the chef is an active participant in the local sustainably raised food scene.
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Palo Santo
652 Union Street
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Excellent food, reasonable prices, and the chef is an active participant in the local sustainably raised food scene.
Excellent menu based on local, seasonal ingredients. Dinner is a bit pricey, but brunch is a steal.
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Rose Water - Classic
787 Union Street
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Excellent menu based on local, seasonal ingredients. Dinner is a bit pricey, but brunch is a steal.
If you love chocolate, this place is a must. 5 min walk from my place.
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The Chocolate Room
51 5th Avenue
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If you love chocolate, this place is a must. 5 min walk from my place.
Have I mentioned that there are a lot of independent coffee shops near me? Kos is a comfortable neighborhood hangout with free wifi and great coffee.
Ozzie's Coffee & Tea
249 5th Avenue
Have I mentioned that there are a lot of independent coffee shops near me? Kos is a comfortable neighborhood hangout with free wifi and great coffee.
Free wifi, Swedish pastries, good coffee.
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Konditori
186 5th Avenue
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Free wifi, Swedish pastries, good coffee.
There are other, cheaper sushi restaurants in the neighborhood, but if you're up for a bit of a splurge Blue Ribbon is totally worth it.
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Blue Ribbon
280 5th Avenue
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There are other, cheaper sushi restaurants in the neighborhood, but if you're up for a bit of a splurge Blue Ribbon is totally worth it.
Arts & Culture
BAM hosts internationally renowned dance and theater companies year-round. They lean towards the cutting edge (you can go to Manhattan for traditional)
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BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Place
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BAM hosts internationally renowned dance and theater companies year-round. They lean towards the cutting edge (you can go to Manhattan for traditional)
Really wonderful museum you can easily spend at least half a day in. 20 miin. walk from my place. Go on Saturday when you can also check out the farmers' market at Grand Army Plaza.
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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
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Really wonderful museum you can easily spend at least half a day in. 20 miin. walk from my place. Go on Saturday when you can also check out the farmers' market at Grand Army Plaza.
Essentials
Oldest coop in the U.S. and one of the biggest
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Park Slope Food Coop
782 Union Street
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Oldest coop in the U.S. and one of the biggest
Good medium-sized supermarket with pretty much everything you want a supermarket to have.
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Associated Supermarkets
216 5th Avenue
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Good medium-sized supermarket with pretty much everything you want a supermarket to have.
Gourmet food market with really excellent quality (if slightly pricey) stuff. If the supermarket doesn't have what you need, I bet this place will.
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Union Market
754-756 Union Street
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Gourmet food market with really excellent quality (if slightly pricey) stuff. If the supermarket doesn't have what you need, I bet this place will.
Everything Else
Terrific wine store half a block away from my place.
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Brooklyn Wine Company
211 5th Avenue
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Terrific wine store half a block away from my place.
Almost every subway stops here, as well as the Long Island Railroad
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Atlantic Terminal
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Almost every subway stops here, as well as the Long Island Railroad
Mega concerts and sports events, shops, 9 subway lines, 15 min. walk or 1 subway stop from my place.
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Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Avenue
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Mega concerts and sports events, shops, 9 subway lines, 15 min. walk or 1 subway stop from my place.
There are at least half a dozen yoga studios in my neighborhood, but this is my favorite. If you take a class there, tell them I sent you (yeah, I get a little yoga class credit for that -thank you!).
Bend + Bloom Yoga
708 Sackett Street
There are at least half a dozen yoga studios in my neighborhood, but this is my favorite. If you take a class there, tell them I sent you (yeah, I get a little yoga class credit for that -thank you!).
Farmers' market every Saturday
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Grand Army Plaza
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Farmers' market every Saturday
Sightseeing
A jewel of a botanic garden. 30 minute walk or 2 subway stops from my place. Right next to the Brooklyn Museum.
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Botanic Garden
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A jewel of a botanic garden. 30 minute walk or 2 subway stops from my place. Right next to the Brooklyn Museum.
One of my favorite parks in the world. Designed by Olmsted and Vaux, the same guys who did Manhattan's Central Park and SF's Golden Gate Park. 15 min. walk from my place.
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Prospect Park
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One of my favorite parks in the world. Designed by Olmsted and Vaux, the same guys who did Manhattan's Central Park and SF's Golden Gate Park. 15 min. walk from my place.
Shopping
OMG if you eat meat and if you cook, you need to splurge on something from Fleisher's. If you eat cheese, check out their small but fabulous selection of local cheeses.
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Fleishers Craft Butchery
192 5th Avenue
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OMG if you eat meat and if you cook, you need to splurge on something from Fleisher's. If you eat cheese, check out their small but fabulous selection of local cheeses.
There are well over a dozen second hand clothing stores in my neighborhood, but Beacon's Closet is my favorite. The clothes here aren't just cheap-because-used, they're in good condition and chic.
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Beacon's Closet Park Slope
92 5th Avenue
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There are well over a dozen second hand clothing stores in my neighborhood, but Beacon's Closet is my favorite. The clothes here aren't just cheap-because-used, they're in good condition and chic.