Straight from the outer boroughs
|Brownstones in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn--via Wikipedia|
There are two stages of New York City neighborhood enlightenment:
Chinese, and bodega fare standard to nearly every New York zip code.
neighborhood — take notice of this phenomenon, and begin frequenting your hood on a regular basis.
is currently in progress.
Brooklyn’s longest street at 10.2 miles. It starts in Sheepshead Bay and
stretches north all the way up to Williamsburg. News of a Bedford
Renaissance would elicit a resounding “duh” since the cool bars, restaurants,
stores, and salons of that swath of Bedford are already well established.
hot new Brooklyn destination, and there’s no “duh” about it. I’m talking,
specifically, about the stretch between Lafayette and Monroe Avenues. These
several blocks have, in recent years, welcomed a range of exciting eateries, and
the outside world is finally catching on.
it; outside, it still sports the “B’s West Indian Food” awning of its
predecessor. Piloted by Food Network star Justin Warner, the restaurant offers
tasty New American cuisine that attracts diners from other parts of NYC.
Do or Dine – So hip
you could walk right past it. –credit
– 1102 Bedford Ave
Southern Italian in a cozy atmosphere with a backyard garden. Diners love the
simple, seasonal menu and curated wine list, which is also priced affordably.
Plus, the interior décor features work by local artists.
coffee shops, but in recent years SCRATCH’s Bed-Stuy location has emerged as an
outlet not for businesses, but for consumers. Stop by for a yummy fresh loaf
along with tastings and classes.
|Their motto is “You scratch my bread, I’ll scratch yours” – credit|
Citymarket – 1142 Bedford Avenue
trust without trekking to Fairway and the like. Metropolitan Citymarket solves
the supermarket deficit in Bed-Stuy with healthy, organic options akin to a
baby Whole Foods but without the hefty prices. Good beer selection too!
vaguely British bar and restaurant to a definitively British one. Whether you
want to watch soccer over the weekend or indulge in unlimited mussels on
Tuesdays, Black Swan is the place to be. You can even buy British snacks and
These are just a few of the choice spots along Bed-Stuy’s
Bedford Avenue — which, I should note, is not the same as Bed-Stuy proper.
Bed-Stuy has a reputation for being seedy for a reason, and I wouldn’t
recommend straying east of Nostrand Avenue or significantly south of Monroe Avenue, particularly at night. Bedford Avenue has brought a lot of great
businesses to the area, but its influence remains mostly limited to the west
edge of the neighborhood. Only time will tell if that edge creeps in the opposite direction.