The tree-lined neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope lure visitors across the Brooklyn Bridge with intimate bistros, cool boutiques, and funky local bars.

May 12, 2009


187 Atlantic Ave.; 718/624-4550. A Brooklyn fixture since 1948, this Middle Eastern and Mediterranean market has a wide selection of picnic-ready prepared foods, including luscious taramosalata and flaky spanakopita.

One Girl Cookies

68 Dean St.; 212/675-4996. A retro dessert parlor with cookies named after the owner’s relatives, and whoopee pies made of cream cheese and pumpkin cake.


86 Hoyt St.; 718/222-1933. Like a closet out of The Arabian Nights, this boutique is stocked with hand-loomed, Indian-inspired textiles and antique jewelry.

Blue Marble Ice Cream

420 Atlantic Ave.; 718/858-1100. Organic, eco-friendly ice cream and fair-trade coffee help you feel virtuous while you indulge.


227 Fifth Ave.; 718/230-1150. High-concept, often whimsical designs for the home, including Piet Houtenbos’s infamous grenade-shaped oil lamp.

Bar Tabac

128 Smith St.; 718/923-0918; dinner for two $60. A convivial bistro-cum-watering hole perpetually filled with young French expats, who’ve come to favor this part of Brooklyn.

Robin des Bois

195 Smith St.; 718/596-1609; brunch for two $55. Another francophone haunt, with a forest-like back patio that comes alive in warm weather during cocktail hour and weekend brunch.


220 Smith St.; 718/797-3776. Impeccably curated women’s clothing boutique offering one-stop shopping for Brooklyn hipsters.

Frankies Spuntino

457 Court St.; 718/403-0033; dinner for two $70. Rustic-yet-urbane local favorite serving fabulous seasonal Italian food (order the cavatelli with spicy sausage and sage butter).

Brooklyn Social

335 Smith St.; 718/858-7758. Packed to the pressed-tin ceiling on weekend nights, this atmospheric bar, once an Italian social club, is agreeably low-key during the week.

Al Di Là

248 Fifth Ave.; 718/783-4565; dinner for two $60. Unimpeachably authentic Northern Italian food (braised rabbit, stewed tripe), served in your nonna’s homey parlor. You’ll wait an hour for a table and be glad you did.

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