In the not too distant future, we're heading up to the Big Apple. I can't wait. It's been a year or two since I was last in the city and this time I'm finally heading to Brooklyn, which I've not perused before.
My Brooklyn-based pal, whom we'll see that weekend, is an amazing, stupendous, unbelievable resource for good ideas of places to eat, drink and be merry in her borough. Her favorite place is Carroll Gardens' Brooklyn Social, which led me to Henry Public (same owner). Just look at this bar (see pic #2). I love bars that look or are old and slightly decrepit-looking. Don't know why except that they feel cozier. Eater reports that Henry Public "has an antiquey vibe, with framed old letters and documents on the walls, old books in the bookshelves, and a collection of paraphernalia evoking an earlier age. Also: fireplace." YES. Awesome. Love working fireplaces.
And for a place that reminds me a bit of D.C.'s own Red Derby and New Orleans' d.b.a., Williamsburg has Spuyten Duyvil. According to New York Magazine, "In a neighborhood where $2 PBR rules the day, it's built an almost cult-like following around obscure imported microbrews." Yumm. Sign me up...and please, please establish one of these fabulous pubs in D.C. We could always use more. Always.