Thursday, September 08, 2005

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

More from this week's trip to NYC.....

We started our Monday morning with an awesome breakfast at Pastis in the Meatpacking District. We then headed to Brooklyn to explore a few neighborhoods. Williamsburg was first. Got off at Bedford Avenue and though there seemed to be some pretty cool restaurants and shops, appeared to be a "work in progress". I'm thinking we didn't see the best Williamsburg had to offer but weren't completely impressed with what we did see.

Next up was Park Slope, which was quite nice. Lots of entertainment options and a chill vibe. The side streets had rows upon rows of picturesque brownstones and looked like a really nice neighborhood to live in. We stopped in a place called Cocoa Bar for some delicious drinks and saw Brooklyn's own Steve Buscemi (pictured here) order a cappucino to go.

Our tired feet got the best of us so we did not end up seeing Brooklyn Heights but instead took the subway back to Manhattan and took a walk around the farmer's market in Union Square. We filled up our gas tanks at the Greenwich Brewery before resting up for the evening.

That night, met up with some friends (recent transplants to the city) for dinner at Pipa in the Gramercy Park area. Being a tapas fan, Pipa had quite a bit to do in order to impress but suprisingly and thankfully, it delivered. The sangria was tasty and the tapas were solid with a few being even extraordinary - the dates wrapped in bacon with bleu cheese and the crispy calamari.

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