There is a reason Brooklyn has absolutely blown up in the last half decade. It’s amazing. It’s a breeding ground of cool, a jungle of well-made, curated, and created fashion, food, and drink. One can wander around any of the several boroughs and find place upon place to pass the time no matter your lifestyle or budget.
But sometimes so many choices can be a little overwhelming. So, we’ve done some of the work for you and created, Hey! VINA first dates: Brooklyn. Our hopes are that this helps push you to take that final step in meeting your new bestie in person. Pick a place, and see you there!! (Oh! And don’t forget to check out our other vina date suggestions – we might’ve featured your city already!)
Meeting for coffee is always a simple go to and Brooklyn’s boroughs has more organic, fair trade, fantastic coffee than hot guys. (Well, maybe not, but you get it.) We’ve got our eye on a few spots for you already: Wyckoff-Star Coffee Shop in Bushwick (their iced Americano is uhhhh-mazing), Cafe Pedlar (so adorable), Blue Bottle Coffee in Williamsburg, Parlor Coffee in Williamsburg (located inside The Person Of Interest Barbershop), Bien Cuit (this bakery is home to one of the best croissants in the area.)
BRUNCH FOR LIFE
The joy of brunching is the joy of life itself. There is a reason the saying break bread has been around for all of time. It’s how we make peace, share love, and dish about what happened over the weekend. There is no shortage of brunchable spots in Brooklyn. Check these out: The General Greene (everything is amazing, but the Cubano sandwich is guaranteed to cure any hangover), Cafe Luluc in Cobble Hill (classic diner breakfast served all day and most of the night. Pancakes are a must here), Buttermilk Channel in Cobble Hill (I feel like the name says it all. Their french toast is the best in all the land), James (their brunch menu is impeccable, but really what is calling my name is their famous bloody mary made with jalapeño infused tequila. I’ll have another.)
DRINK IT IN
Brooklyn is a mecca of craft cocktail euphoria. You can stumble around almost any corner and find yourself a watering hole that’s making a serious art out of serving serious drinks. Try tipping back a few at these lovely locations: The Narrows in Bushwick, Weather Up (love the white tile and speak easy style vibe), Clover Club (a damn fine and proper place to get a drink with some seriously good looking folks making them), Tooker Alley (old school, done right, and for sure worth the wait.)
EAT YOUR HEART OUT
Eating brings us together. That’s probably why almost half this list is comprised of things to consume. So, just one more. These are our fave, and rather random, good eats around town: Fish Tacos at Gran Electrica, Pies ‘n’ Thighs for fried chicken in Williamsburg, Mexican fare at Fonda, do sushi at Gen. If you’re doing lunch be sure to wander into Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg, their menu changes daily and it’s always delish. And if you’re vegan, find your way to Wild Ginger.
CATCH A READING
Get in with the poets in town and snap your fingers beatnik style. Greenlight Bookstore has a regular series of events of readings with local and traveling writers. Most are in the evening but if you’re doing a day date they’ve got story time every Saturday at 11 am. Head on over after grabbing coffee and get your literary on.
This is a cheap and easy way to spend some time. I like to grab coffee before doing a just browse afternoon. In this you literally just wander around a gorgeous store and look at things, allow it to spark a conversation, imagine what you might want. Sprout Home is a plant store, but oh so much more. It is heavenly. The space is so well designed and taken care of it feels more like you’re wandering through a botanical garden in the middle of Brooklyn. And you pretty much are.
It’s always open season in this neck of the woods. Whether you are looking for something in particular or open to the wonders of the discovery you and your new gal pal will have plenty to pick through around town. A few gold mines: Awoke in Williamsburg (this place has the perfect kind of range, some high-end pieces but also a stellar 2 for $25 rack that will send you home satisfied), Antoinette (a lovely space with a nice measure of vintage and new. All new items come from local designers), Friends in Bushwik (a buy-sell-trade kind of place that is wonderfully curated), Miss Master’s Closet in Bed-Stuy (a killer $15 rack that we cannot get enough of). Happy hunting ladies!!
We love creating this list of places for you to check out, thinking about all of you out there meeting for the first time brings us serious joy! Don’t forget to check out our other vina date suggestions, and if y0u don’t see your city, request it in the comments!