The West Indian Parade
The sunsets on the Narrows or over Manhatten. Kosher smells in the deli. Eating a knish with mustard on a cold day. The Coney Island Boardwalk. ( I am not sure if it still is there.) I have many fond memories since I grew up there.
Street map of Brooklyn
It can be very easy to lost your way in Brooklyn, especially if you’re not familiar with the area and you wander away from the main streets. Hence it’s a good idea to carry a small street map. Though there will always be someone around to point you in the right direction. I took the subway out from Manhattan one Sunday to explore Brooklyn and got completely lost in a Hasidic Jewish neighbourhood. Subway stops are less common out here and I was walking around in circles for ages. I did get to talk to some interesting people who could tell I was lost and gave me directions back to the Subway (after giving me a long, very interesting history of their neighbourhood!)
A little bit of Russia in NYC
Brighton Beach-one of the country's largest, or possible the largest, Russian communities. Great to visit for the food and atmosphere. Amazing place. I took my mother here for mother's day many years ago and she had a blast. Take the D or Q train from Manhattan to Brighton Beach. Right next door is Coney Island-see must see activities. Make sure to hit Brighton Beach hungry, there is good food galore.
Gem of the Columbia Street Waterfront
Now serving a fantastic weekend brunch as well as lunch weekdays and dinner every weeknight, this little gem of a restaurant is truly worth a trip to Brooklyn's historic Columbia Waterfront District.
If you crave all-American specialties, such as Eggs Up with Corned-beef hash, or an authentic Philly Cheese steak improved with melted cheddar, grilled onions and a locally-baked French baguette, or Fish and Chips Newcastle-style, the hometown of the friendly restaurateur, this is the place.
The staff welcomes you like part of the family and guides you through a panoply of dishes supremely executed by the resident French chef, all at prices so reasonable, and portions so generous, that it's even worth splurging on carfare to cross the Brooklyn Bridge for a meal.
Dinner specialties include a classic Caesar salad, with or without chicken, a choice of either mouth-watering organic or Western-style black Angus steaks, a delectable lobster ravioli, and seasonal specialties of the house.
Besides the food, Bluestone has a spectacular outdoor garden, and boasts some of the best drinks in town, with its full liquor license and specialty beers on tap.
This wonderful little "sleeper" is currently the sworn secret of knowledgeable locals alone, so I suggest you hurry to get in on a good thing while the lines at the door are still manageable. I am very partial to the Fish and Chip, having never encountered anything this authentic on our side of the Pond. Two whopping cuts of fresh atlantic cod are steamy and fragrant on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside. Served with a bed of delicate greens and a huge portion of delicious golden-browned fries. Just sprinkle on the Malt Vinegar to taste and you are instantly addicted.
Best Pizza Place in the City???
This place is advertized in social circles as some of the best pizza in the city. I personally disagree but it was good. Simply it was just too burnt. And the company was great.
Snuggled in a small building with your typical checker covered tables this is a nice place. Try it for your self, but I feel it’s a onetime visit only place.
They are open 11:30 to 10:45 most days. Not until noon on Saturday and to 11:45 Friday and Saturday nights. Pizza. It was too burnt for my tastes and just average at best. A good point of it though is it was not very greasy like many tend to be.