An Appetite Grows In Brooklyn

Brooklyn is home to more than just Nathan’s Famous hotdogs. Here are seven places you need to taste on your next trip to the BK.


L & B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst has been a name for over 80 years, famous for their Sicilian pies and spumoni. With a pizzeria to one side and a restaurant to the other, out of all the times I’ve visited I can’t say I’ve ever actually been inside the restaurant itself but there’s a full menu. Sit down and grab a square slice with a crisp bottom, soft dough middle, topped with thinly sliced cheese, a signature red sauce above it, and scattered with a saltier cheese on top. I can’t wait for the 100 year anniversary pie.


Other Half Brewing


Other Half Brewing sits in a seemingly inconspicuous location, as all the best places do, situated between Park Slope and Red Hook. Wooden benches, a TV screen for football, high tables alongside the back by the silo’s, and plenty of merch to go. There’s a draft beer list around 20 varieties each day. Not much for IPAs, which dominates the list, there were two coffee flavors I simply couldn’t get enough of; the Double Sunset Imperial Stout with Ethiopian Worka Coffee (13% ABV) and a Short, Dark & Handsome Stout flavored with coffee and coconut (7.2% ABV).


Steve’s Authentic


Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie in Red Hook is one of only two commercial bakeries in the United States to use fresh squeezed key limes in their pies. They have a 10-inch, eight inch, and even four inch pie sizes. The four inch was a sweet little bite to share between stops. Eat at one of the several wooden benches in front or walk over to the small pier and stare out to Lady Liberty and lower Manhattan.




Over in Clinton Hill, Speedy Romeo wows with flavor. Located in a bar over 100 years old, it’s named after a champion race horse, which explains the champion style food. Grilled Octopus with Hazelnut romesco, potato, and chili oil, a sauce so savory I could endlessly dip bread into it. Then, the thin crusted Dangerfield pizza with bèchamel, pork-veal meatballs, ricotta, basil, and garlic chips. The toppings slid off the sides and onto the plate as I topped it off with green and red pickled peppers.


The boutique cafe Urban Vintage also in Clinton Hill has the charming allure of a vintage shop meets quaint cafe, and everything I’d personally want in a coffee shop. Amid the countless style seating options, from the front window to the back mirrors, it showcases unique jewelry and other small home good tokens, things very unlikely seen anywhere else. The cafe part offers a full menu with coffee and teas, some flavors especially unique like a Rose Late.

Hibiscus, glazed, cafe au lait, maple pecan

Dough is a corner shop only blocks away from Speedy Romeo. Their brioche style doughnut is light yet on the cakey side. They have tons of flavors but the Hibiscus pink frosting stood out as the real game changer.

at Bed Stuy Barbs


New to the cleaned up Bed Stuy scene is Barbs on Garvey Marcus Blvd. It’s where the locals go to kick back and have a conversation with the extremely friendly bartender, Jill. Cash bar only, the drinks are right and the vibe is very relaxed.

The Next Generation of a Mothers Love

There’s a point in every girls life where eventually the daughter becomes the mother. It’s not when you have kids and it’s not when you get married. It’s the day you start taking care of your own mother to protect her.

On December 29, 2017 I stopped being the daughter. Riding in the ambulance with my 95-year-old grandmother that morning, I arrived at the hospital- alone- only to be told there was nothing they could do. I waited for my mother to arrive to relay the bad news.

The time spent alone collecting my thoughts, trying to grasp this new reality I was living in, was nothing compared to the mental preparation of telling my mother that her own mother had passed.

In these moments I stopped being the child. At 28-years-old I still fain to call myself a child because the connotation depicts a sort of innocent, protectiveness. A mothers bubble that I was always safe in and as long as I stayed there would never have to face the harsh world on my own.

That bubble burst when I had to sign the papers accepting my grandmothers death. Then, in the hour that followed, holding my mothers hand as she watched her own lay there still.

I emphasize my solitude throughout this experience.

By taking on these moments solely, without the comfort of a loved one or family member, I recognized I have become my mother and my grandmother. Both incredibly strong women in a matriarchal family.

So while my grandmother had passed on I had assumed all her responsibility and strength moving forward. A trait she had passed down to my mother, one I have always admired in both of them. Now I can admire it in myself as well.

Saying goodbye is never easy. As the daughter, I was once an observer needing protection. But now I know I can protect my own mother because she needs it. I love my stubborn, full of life grandmother so much that rather than seeing her death as a weakness I view it as an opportunity to be the woman she passed down for me to be. I will be the next generation of a mothers love.


In dedication to my grandmother, Gloria (August 1, 1922 – December 29, 2017)