Brooklyn, New York travel tips

Where we ate and drank:

  • Louis’ Ices – If someone asks “Can we stop for Italian ices?” the answer is always, “yes”: YEH
  • Panino’teca – Friendly and tasty: YEH
  • Red Hook Food Vendors – The lines are intense, so go with a group and everyone take a truck: YEH!
  • Iron Chef House – The sushi’s ok. The apps are much better: YEH
  • Front Street Pizza – Some say it’s the best pizza in Brooklyn. We say they should turn the blaring TV off. Only if you get the pizza to go does it deserve a: YEH
  • Fish Tales Seafood Market – The lobster roll was one of the best we’ve ever had. At $20 for one lobster roll, even as overloaded with lobster as it is, it’s an expensive indulgence (no seating, to go only): YEH
  • Panee Vino – Cheesy décor, reluctant service, but we were happy enough with the small snack and wine we had: MEH

What we saw:

  • Red Hook Playing Fields – YEH
  • Red Hook Public Swimming Pool – Free. Check the website for the full list of rules (No belt loops in the weight room…huh?): YEH
  • DUMBO – This Brooklyn neighborhood, the name of which stands for “Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” is chock full of galleries and street art. The parks on the north edge are outstanding and currently filled with hit-and-miss public art: YEH
  • PowerHouse Arena – Worth a visit for fans of photography or independent book publishers: MEH
  • The Waterfalls – A large-scale, multiple location public art piece that’s currently all the rage. We agree with Tate who said, “It would be impressive if the falls pumped out four times the volume of water.”: MEH