Colonie – You can decide which neighborhood you’re in …

I spend my first summer in New York mostly in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
With a full view of downtown Manhattan’s skyline, plenty of lawns, a little beach and multiple hide out benches, it’s the perfect place to unwind, relax, wander or people-watching.

Maybe I should write some posts on all the great things that happened to me so far at this park? – Keep going, we’re all ears!

Anyhow, after one of my days at the park, I wasn’t really in the mood for cooking at home. – Reading all those reviews, you wouldn’t think I’d actually know how to cook at home, would you? So I was walking home and stumbled upon Colonie. Oysters and pasta on the menu, fun people inside, a bar, planters on the wall… Yeah, found my dinner spot I guess!

Ever since that first time, I’ve been visiting Colonie on many occasions. With Mr. P., with P&C – my ‘NYC-parents’ for brunch, with I. to catch up on our friendship. The vibe is lively, food simple American but always on point. Can’t remember a single time when I didn’t have a good experience at Colonie.

And since Hospitality is keeping me alive in New York, I know I can always get my free shot here!

Colonie
127 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Photo credit: Colonie

House of Small Wonder

And be sure to be ‘wondered’.
One of those hidden places you wouldn’t notice passing by.
The fact it’s just a huge blank wall on the outside, is helping keeping the Instagram Influencers away.

Once you get inside, do make pictures of the huge tree growing in the middle.
Or is it the restaurant embracing the tree?

One of my co-workers was telling me about a trip to Japan he was planning.
And to get into the right setting, I invited him for breakfast here at House of Small Wonder.

My friend made me excited about going to Japan!
But for now, House of Small Wonder will do …

House of Small Wonder
77 N6th street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Photo credit: House of Small Wonder

Vinegar Hill House – Little Brooklyn Gem

The discovery of a hidden gem,
or when turning left is absolutely right!
That’s how I found Vinegar Hill House,

Just kidding, my date took me here after gazing at the stars the night before.
Nonetheless, I was amazed by everything.
Not seeing the guy anymore – this place every once in a while …

From the delicious granola parfait, over our freshly squeezed OJ
(-I didn’t know that was short for Orange Juice at the time) till the summers breeze cooling down the patio.

Very local people, very Brooklyn vibe and very nice food.

Come early for dinner or later on Saturdays and Sundays for Brunch…

It’s the perfect spot!

Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Photo credit: GrubStreet