Ditch the subway and take the ferry! It’s only $2.75 per person (the same as a Metro card swipe) and infinitely more enjoyable, especially when it’s 95+ degrees, like the recent sultry Friday evening we went. You get those oh-so-impressive cityscape views with the breeze in your hair and, if you like, a drink in your hand.
Make a stop at a destination you just can’t find in Manhattan, such as the Other Half Brewery, a garage-style diamond in the rough of the industrial section of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Sure, you can find their fresh and hoppy beers on tap in some bars on our fair isle, but there’s something about being on the premises where it’s brewed, with barrels of grain out front and plenty of tattooed people-watching opportunities within.
Venture to a neighborhood you’ve never been to before and have some light bites in an open-air restaurant with all the atmosphere. We tried Alice’s Arbor in Bed-Stuy, known for “seasonal, flavorful American dishes with an emphasis on farm-to-table fare.” We were drawn to the friendly, laid-back service, soft lighting, and warm wood furnishings.
Classic drinks like G&Ts and Prosecco were on pointe, and the oysters on the halfshell were so fresh, briny, and delicious that it made me think of being seaside.
Alice’s Arbor has many small plates to choose from, at incredibly reasonable prices (about $10-$12 on average – take that, Manhattan). We enjoyed the plate of pickled vegetables with crunchy French fries, as well as the special of the evening, scallops ceviche style. Beets carpaccio were pretty and flavorful, with a healthy swipe of sinus-clearing wasabi.
There are plenty of reasonably-priced main dishes as well (around $20), and Alice’s Arbor also serves lunch and brunch, making it accessible for day-dates too.
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By: Sarah Henry