Justine and Adrian's Neighborhood Guide

Justine
Justine and Adrian's Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhoods

Even though Prospect Heights is steeped in old-Brooklyn culture, it's also on the cutting edge of all things trendy and notable about the borough as a whole. Charming eateries, majestic Prospect Park, and quick train access to Manhattan and the rest of Brooklyn keep the scene in this neighborhood ever-changing – and ever-energized.
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Prospect Heights
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Even though Prospect Heights is steeped in old-Brooklyn culture, it's also on the cutting edge of all things trendy and notable about the borough as a whole. Charming eateries, majestic Prospect Park, and quick train access to Manhattan and the rest of Brooklyn keep the scene in this neighborhood ever-changing – and ever-energized.
Set-back wood-frame houses juxtaposed with brownstones and mansions give parts of Clinton Hill a 19th-century feel. The Pratt Institute’s campus encompasses several blocks of greenery, striking architecture and public art, while local cafés, bars and restaurants function as cozy hangouts for students, neighborhood residents and, increasingly, cuisine-loving visitors.
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Clinton Hill
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Set-back wood-frame houses juxtaposed with brownstones and mansions give parts of Clinton Hill a 19th-century feel. The Pratt Institute’s campus encompasses several blocks of greenery, striking architecture and public art, while local cafés, bars and restaurants function as cozy hangouts for students, neighborhood residents and, increasingly, cuisine-loving visitors.

Groceries

A 24-hour bodega/deli literally feet from our apartment, making it the closest place to get anything you need or want in a pinch.
Dean Organic Market
486 Dean Street
A 24-hour bodega/deli literally feet from our apartment, making it the closest place to get anything you need or want in a pinch.
Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products. Amazon Prime members get a discount.
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Whole Foods Market 365
292 Ashland Pl
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Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products. Amazon Prime members get a discount.
Local grocery store with cheap, high quality produce. The vegetable and fruit stands outside of the store are regular priced at only $1 (for example, 2 cucumbers for $1, 3 scallions for $1, 3 lemons for $1). This is our personal favorite place to get produce.
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Mr. Mango Fruit & Vegetables
59 Lafayette Ave
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Local grocery store with cheap, high quality produce. The vegetable and fruit stands outside of the store are regular priced at only $1 (for example, 2 cucumbers for $1, 3 scallions for $1, 3 lemons for $1). This is our personal favorite place to get produce.
This one’s a bit further than the rest, but you can get cheaper, organic produce and a bunch of interesting snacks here. It’s also in the same building as a high-end food court and the Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater where you can order food from your assigned seat.
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Trader Joe's
130 Court St
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This one’s a bit further than the rest, but you can get cheaper, organic produce and a bunch of interesting snacks here. It’s also in the same building as a high-end food court and the Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater where you can order food from your assigned seat.
Supermarket chain with house-brand groceries, produce & more. For higher quality, though significantly pricier, groceries, we highly suggest walking the extra 2 blocks to Whole Foods 365. However, if convenience is your drive, this is the closest large grocery store to our apartment.
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Stop & Shop
1009 Flatbush Ave
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Supermarket chain with house-brand groceries, produce & more. For higher quality, though significantly pricier, groceries, we highly suggest walking the extra 2 blocks to Whole Foods 365. However, if convenience is your drive, this is the closest large grocery store to our apartment.

Food scene

The turkey and gruyere breakfast sandwich is the best breakfast sandwich ever. While you wait for your sandwich (because wait you will), check out all the cute, interesting food stuffs they have for sale. This wouldn’t be a place to go if you’re in a hurry, but the wait is definitely worth it.
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Bklyn Larder
228 Flatbush Ave
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The turkey and gruyere breakfast sandwich is the best breakfast sandwich ever. While you wait for your sandwich (because wait you will), check out all the cute, interesting food stuffs they have for sale. This wouldn’t be a place to go if you’re in a hurry, but the wait is definitely worth it.
Solid shop for all things bagels. We recommend the sausage, egg, and cheese on a toasted everything bagel.
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Bergen Bagels
473 Bergen St
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Solid shop for all things bagels. We recommend the sausage, egg, and cheese on a toasted everything bagel.
A popular donut spot just 2 blocks away. They have both cake and yeast donuts, and are particularly known for their tres leches donut.
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Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St
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A popular donut spot just 2 blocks away. They have both cake and yeast donuts, and are particularly known for their tres leches donut.
Vietnamese fusion with a cute outdoor space out back.
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Bricolage
162 5th Ave
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Vietnamese fusion with a cute outdoor space out back.
One of our favorite places to eat hands down. We're not brunch people, but we love brunch here because every dish is made a little bit more interesting and tasty with a Mediterranean spin on it. We're not the only ones who love it though, so the wait can be a bit long.
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Olea
171 Lafayette Ave
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One of our favorite places to eat hands down. We're not brunch people, but we love brunch here because every dish is made a little bit more interesting and tasty with a Mediterranean spin on it. We're not the only ones who love it though, so the wait can be a bit long.
All-day restaurant with a garden dispensing soul food with interesting seasonal & global touches. They have an amazing deal for $13-15 brunch prix fixe. As you may imagine, that brunch price draws in the crowds.
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Cheryl's Global Soul
236 Underhill Avenue
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All-day restaurant with a garden dispensing soul food with interesting seasonal & global touches. They have an amazing deal for $13-15 brunch prix fixe. As you may imagine, that brunch price draws in the crowds.
Rustic-chic eatery with American comfort food, such as chicken & waffles, plus cocktails & brunch. This is a local NYC chain with some fame, so expect a wait.
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Sweet Chick
178 Ludlow St
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Rustic-chic eatery with American comfort food, such as chicken & waffles, plus cocktails & brunch. This is a local NYC chain with some fame, so expect a wait.
Well-known for their Nashville hot chicken (which is sometimes not on the menu but they definitely have it at all times). Beware though - it’s not for the faint of heart! To satisfy fried chicken cravings of a lesser spice level, their fried chicken sandwich is, in Justine’s opinion, even better.
Peaches HotHouse Fort Greene
87 S Elliott Pl
Well-known for their Nashville hot chicken (which is sometimes not on the menu but they definitely have it at all times). Beware though - it’s not for the faint of heart! To satisfy fried chicken cravings of a lesser spice level, their fried chicken sandwich is, in Justine’s opinion, even better.
Pub in a former carriage house offering locally sourced beer & snacks plus live events. Also just generally a cool, large, skylight-filled space with excellent weekend brunch choices. Again, as not-brunch people, that's saying quite a lot.
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61 Local
61 Bergen St
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Pub in a former carriage house offering locally sourced beer & snacks plus live events. Also just generally a cool, large, skylight-filled space with excellent weekend brunch choices. Again, as not-brunch people, that's saying quite a lot.
Cozy diner serving comfort food elevated with modern ingredients & preparations plus cocktails too. The portions are huge!
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MeMe's Diner
657 Washington Avenue
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Cozy diner serving comfort food elevated with modern ingredients & preparations plus cocktails too. The portions are huge!
What would a trip to NYC be, without a stop at Shake Shack? For the most decadent of experiences, get the Shack Stack – a burger with a meat patty plus a deep fried, cheese-filled portobello mushroom.
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Shake Shack
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What would a trip to NYC be, without a stop at Shake Shack? For the most decadent of experiences, get the Shack Stack – a burger with a meat patty plus a deep fried, cheese-filled portobello mushroom.
Authentic, delicious, and large Philly cheesesteaks.
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Shorty's
219 E 23rd St
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Authentic, delicious, and large Philly cheesesteaks.
Ramen bowls & Asian-accented appetizers, plus beer & sake, are served at this hip, cash-only eatery. One of the most famous eateries in Prospect Heights.
Chuko Ramen
103 N 3rd St
Ramen bowls & Asian-accented appetizers, plus beer & sake, are served at this hip, cash-only eatery. One of the most famous eateries in Prospect Heights.
A local chain in NYC, most known for their creamy artichoke topping. A great place for those late night nomz or a quick bite.
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Artichoke Basille's Pizza
321 E 14th St
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A local chain in NYC, most known for their creamy artichoke topping. A great place for those late night nomz or a quick bite.
A laidback nearby Japanese restaurant emphasizing seasonal & local ingredients with creative takes on familiar dishes.
Wasan Brooklyn
440 Bergen St
A laidback nearby Japanese restaurant emphasizing seasonal & local ingredients with creative takes on familiar dishes.
A chef with an all-star history (Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chicago’s Alinea) has teamed up with a farmer to open this Prospect Heights American drawing from super-local sources, including its own backyard garden. The fanciest and most famous of the restaurants in Prospect Heights, situated on the cute Vanderbilt Ave.
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Olmsted
659 Vanderbilt Ave
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A chef with an all-star history (Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chicago’s Alinea) has teamed up with a farmer to open this Prospect Heights American drawing from super-local sources, including its own backyard garden. The fanciest and most famous of the restaurants in Prospect Heights, situated on the cute Vanderbilt Ave.
French-Japanese fusion opened by the same chef behind The Olmsted, Prospect Heights' most lauded restaurant. Classical French cooking meets Japanese flavors at this relaxed yakitori spot with a backyard patio.
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Maison Yaki
626 Vanderbilt Ave
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French-Japanese fusion opened by the same chef behind The Olmsted, Prospect Heights' most lauded restaurant. Classical French cooking meets Japanese flavors at this relaxed yakitori spot with a backyard patio.
The best place for Chinese food in this area of Brooklyn. Member of a Chinese chain serving Szechuan fare (from mild to fiery) in a straightforward setup.
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Han Dynasty
90 3rd Ave
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The best place for Chinese food in this area of Brooklyn. Member of a Chinese chain serving Szechuan fare (from mild to fiery) in a straightforward setup.
High end food court in one of the area’s newest malls. One of the most famous eateries in the food court is Katz’s Deli.
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City Point Shopping Center
445 Albee Square W
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High end food court in one of the area’s newest malls. One of the most famous eateries in the food court is Katz’s Deli.
Generous portions of meat-centric Yemeni cuisine are served at this casual, unpretentious outlet. The appetizers are great, and you eat with your hands.
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Yemen Café
176 Atlantic Ave
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Generous portions of meat-centric Yemeni cuisine are served at this casual, unpretentious outlet. The appetizers are great, and you eat with your hands.
Small spot drawing big crowds for smoked meat sandwiches & other Montreal-style Jewish deli staples.
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Mile End Delicatessen
97 Hoyt St
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Small spot drawing big crowds for smoked meat sandwiches & other Montreal-style Jewish deli staples.
Restaurant & bar in a refurbished brownstone serving upscale, seasonal American dinners. Adrian particularly loves the cocktails there.
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The Finch
212 Greene Ave
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Restaurant & bar in a refurbished brownstone serving upscale, seasonal American dinners. Adrian particularly loves the cocktails there.
Cozy cantina serving typical Mexican fare & margaritas, plus brunch, in a colorful setting. Serving sizes are plentiful.
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Pequeña
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Cozy cantina serving typical Mexican fare & margaritas, plus brunch, in a colorful setting. Serving sizes are plentiful.
Middle Eastern eats & pita bread fresh from the oven served in this casual space with an outdoor patio. They're known for their pitza - a flat pita with toppings like a pizza with a twist.
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Bedouin Tent
405 Atlantic Ave
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Middle Eastern eats & pita bread fresh from the oven served in this casual space with an outdoor patio. They're known for their pitza - a flat pita with toppings like a pizza with a twist.
Refined setting for rustic, seasonal Italian dishes plus biodynamic & reserve wines.
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Fausto
348 Flatbush Ave
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Refined setting for rustic, seasonal Italian dishes plus biodynamic & reserve wines.
A century-old former drugstore converted into a vintage space serving Northern Italian cuisine.
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Locanda Vini & Olii
129 Gates Ave
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A century-old former drugstore converted into a vintage space serving Northern Italian cuisine.
Outpost for customizable Fukuoka-style ramen bowls served in a modern Japanese eatery with blonde-wood accents. One of the only 2 Danbo locations outside of Japan.
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Danbo
52 7th Ave
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Outpost for customizable Fukuoka-style ramen bowls served in a modern Japanese eatery with blonde-wood accents. One of the only 2 Danbo locations outside of Japan.

Coffee

Stumptown coffee, casual lunch fare & housemade baked goods in a chill, modern storefront setting.
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Hungry Ghost
253 Flatbush Ave
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Stumptown coffee, casual lunch fare & housemade baked goods in a chill, modern storefront setting.
A cute, tiny neighborhood coffee and brunch spot only 2 blocks away. The owner is very friendly, the vibe very chill, and the pace very slow (read: only go here if you have time to spare!) They have a lot more than just coffee on the drink menu, even CBD-infused drinks. At night, this tiny cafe turns into a bar called Shaka Shaka Tiki.
Companion Cafe
64 6th Ave
A cute, tiny neighborhood coffee and brunch spot only 2 blocks away. The owner is very friendly, the vibe very chill, and the pace very slow (read: only go here if you have time to spare!) They have a lot more than just coffee on the drink menu, even CBD-infused drinks. At night, this tiny cafe turns into a bar called Shaka Shaka Tiki.
Snug local hangout known for its espresso & drip coffee brewed from fair-trade, house-roasted beans.
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Gorilla Coffee
472 Bergen St
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Snug local hangout known for its espresso & drip coffee brewed from fair-trade, house-roasted beans.
Trendy little coffee shop serving interesting drinks, such as a deconstructed latte.
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Coffee Project NY
239 E 5th St
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Trendy little coffee shop serving interesting drinks, such as a deconstructed latte.

For your sweet tooth

A yummy NYC chain, so yummy that it's made its way to Disneyland. Small-batch ice cream with lots of goodies mixed inside, made from local, organic ingredients at this compact, kid-friendly shop. Our recommendation – the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.
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Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Ave
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A yummy NYC chain, so yummy that it's made its way to Disneyland. Small-batch ice cream with lots of goodies mixed inside, made from local, organic ingredients at this compact, kid-friendly shop. Our recommendation – the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.
Snug, cash-only bakeshop with limited seats specializing in many varieties of muffins, plus coffee.
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Blue Sky Bakery
53 5th Ave
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Snug, cash-only bakeshop with limited seats specializing in many varieties of muffins, plus coffee.
Inventive sweet, salty & spicy treats offered in a cheery bakery/cafe with counter service & coffee. After 7pm or so, everything is half off.
Ovenly Park Slope
210 Flatbush Ave
Inventive sweet, salty & spicy treats offered in a cheery bakery/cafe with counter service & coffee. After 7pm or so, everything is half off.
Cozy bakery & cafe featuring a seasonally changing menu of handmade pies whole or by the slice.
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Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Counter
634 Dean St
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Cozy bakery & cafe featuring a seasonally changing menu of handmade pies whole or by the slice.
All-natural ice creams & sorbets share the menu with Northern Thai curry & noodle dishes. They have interesting ice cream flavors, like almond miso.
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SkyIce Thai Food & Ice Cream
63 5th Ave
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All-natural ice creams & sorbets share the menu with Northern Thai curry & noodle dishes. They have interesting ice cream flavors, like almond miso.

Drinks

Bar serving draft beers by its own brewery, along with other craft brews & food by pop-up eateries. On occasion there are also pop-up fairs inside the brewery.
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Threes Brewing
333 Douglass St
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Bar serving draft beers by its own brewery, along with other craft brews & food by pop-up eateries. On occasion there are also pop-up fairs inside the brewery.
Potent old-school cocktails served in a white-tiled, speakeasy-like atmosphere.
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Weather Up
589 Vanderbilt Ave
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Potent old-school cocktails served in a white-tiled, speakeasy-like atmosphere.
Cozy-chic bar for cocktails (plus wines & New York beers) with oysters, cheeses & small plates. They’ve recently expanded to also serve meals, but note that the service is on the slower side.
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Sweet Polly
71 6th Ave
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Cozy-chic bar for cocktails (plus wines & New York beers) with oysters, cheeses & small plates. They’ve recently expanded to also serve meals, but note that the service is on the slower side.
Natural, biodynamic & small-production wines are paired with market-driven fare in a sleek setting. Orange wine, anyone?
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LaLou
581 Vanderbilt Ave
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Natural, biodynamic & small-production wines are paired with market-driven fare in a sleek setting. Orange wine, anyone?
Enjoy fun drinks at this tiny tiki-themed bar. During the day, it turns into Companion Cafe.
Shaka Shaka Tiki
64 6th Ave
Enjoy fun drinks at this tiny tiki-themed bar. During the day, it turns into Companion Cafe.
In a lofty space dotted with turquoise seating, this Attaboy spin-off serves rum drinks & slushies. Can someone say classy craft cocktails?
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Diamond Reef
1057 Atlantic Ave
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In a lofty space dotted with turquoise seating, this Attaboy spin-off serves rum drinks & slushies. Can someone say classy craft cocktails?
Nordic-themed cocktails & beer served in a simple, relaxed watering hole. We suggest bringing some bread if you plan on trying the herring shot – there’s definitely more herring than you need for a shot.
North Pole Pub
428 Bergen St
Nordic-themed cocktails & beer served in a simple, relaxed watering hole. We suggest bringing some bread if you plan on trying the herring shot – there’s definitely more herring than you need for a shot.

Pharmacy

Retail chain offering home goods, clothing, electronics & more, plus exclusive designer collections.
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Target
139 Flatbush Ave
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Retail chain offering home goods, clothing, electronics & more, plus exclusive designer collections.
NYC drugstore & pharmacy chain selling products including cosmetics, vitamins & mini-mart basics.
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Duane Reade
1517 Cortelyou Rd
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NYC drugstore & pharmacy chain selling products including cosmetics, vitamins & mini-mart basics.