We had big plans for our day in Brooklyn. We were going to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, before people watching in DUMBO and taking in the incredible view of the Manhattan skyline. We were going to have some lunch in a trendy little Brooklyn cafe, before heading over to hipster central, Williamsburg, and partaking in a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. Our day would be complete with dinner in a trendy little Williamsburg restaurant and some more drinks in a trendy little pub or bar. Perfect.
But when we woke up. It was raining.
But we were not deterred. We were still going to spend the day in Brooklyn. And it was still going to be awesome. We even thought for a little while that we would tough it out and walk the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain. That was never going to happen but we did make it Brooklyn using that handy little New York tool, the subway.
Before that, however, we needed to eat. I’d been recommended the Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant in the Lower East Side for brunch. And it did not fail to live up to its recommendation. On the weekends the place is packed, so be prepared to wait. If you get the chance to go during the week, you won’t have to wait. We were seated straight away. The food is great (the brioche french toast was amazing!), the coffee is decent, they serve up freshly squeezed juice and the shakes on the menu look to die for (I didn’t try one due to overeating on everything else). Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area, or even if you’re not.
So then we were in Brooklyn. First stop was DUMBO. We didn’t stay there long. The rain was coming down hard, our shoes were wet, our hands were cold and the view of Manhattan was obscured by the rain. We took some photos and were on our way.
Next stop was Williamsburg. We got off the subway and headed straight for the nearest bar. We ended up in a place called Spike Hill. They housed a great range of cider, something of a rarity in this country. I was very happy.
A few ciders down, it was time for our tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. For a mere $9, this tour is a must if you are ever in Brooklyn. Included is a tasting of 4 different beers and a tour of the brewery itself. As well as tasting their famous Brooklyn lager, we also got to taste three of their boutique beers that cannot be found anywhere but the brewery itself. These boutique beers are often limited stock, so once they finish the kegs they have, that beer will be gone forever. It was pretty cool. The tour goes for 2 hours, but the last hour is only there to give you the opportunity to have a few more drinks at their bar. Ben and I left even more happy than before.
We then needed to find a place to eat and drink some more. Our tour guide at the brewery recommended we try the Brooklyn Bowl, right around the corner. This place was pretty incredible. It was a restaurant, bar, bowling alley and live music venue all rolled into one. We had some incredible pizza while sipping on frozen margaritas, before heading over to the bowling alley. $10 each for every half hour we played. We managed to get a few games (and some more margaritas) in within the hour we were there. Ben won every time. All the while, a live band was playing behind us to a fairly large and insane crowd. It was an awesome place and, again, a must if you are ever in Brooklyn.
In spite of the rain, this day was one of the best we had in New York City. Brooklyn, I’m not finished with you yet.