Neighborhood guides are fallible, but people seem to love them. As noted in our “What to Eat and Drink With One Day in Manhattan” story about attempting a fantastical yet possible day of eating, drinking, and shopping in the city, gustatory pleasure is not one size fits all. Yet it’s inspiration we’re after: The inspiration to try do it all—and do it well; to treat ourselves to pleasures of our home before it’s too cold out to do much of anything. Here, then, is one person’s perfect Brooklyn day. We all have our own.
Have a sweet breakfast.
At the magical Little Choc Apothecary in Williamsburg, where everything is not just vegan but gluten-free. There are both savory crepes, too, if one is anti-sweet breakfasts. Also recommended? Dun-Well Doughnuts in Bushwick, which also serves up vegan sweets that no omnivore has ever turned down.
Drink an Irish coffee and get some chocolate.
This is quite the indulgent little spree, but get the best Irish coffee around at Fort Defiance in Red Hook then go over to Raaka Chocolate to check out their unroasted operation. Walk down by the water and take a gander at Lady Liberty.
It’s over to Bed-Stuy for lunch.
Because Toad Style does the best veggie burger in the borough, and their options for salads and fries and fried pickles… must be tasted to be believed.
Time for some shopping.
So head south to Crown Heights, because Marche Rue Dix magically combines vintage and gorgeously curated local goods.
Then eat some pizza.
Barboncino is an under-sung gem in the realm of New York City’s neapolitan joints. Don’t miss out on its brilliance.