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Ideas for couples weekend in Brooklyn

My wife and I want a two day weekend in Brooklyn, NYC (we have never been)in May 2014.  We are planning to stay in an Airbnb and want to know the best neighborhoods to be near/in.  We like food, art, theater (including puppets), music, coffee and books.  We would also like easy Metro access to Manhattan but this may not be necessary if we love Brooklyn so much.  This is a low budget trip with a splurge for dinner and drinks.  Would love advice on cheap breakfast and lunch ideas.

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Walk around Brooklyn Heights simply because it's a beautiful neighborhood.  Explore Atlantic Ave and stop in Sahadi's for a great selection of spices and Middle Eastern foods.  Consider lunch at an Arab place on the street.  If you drink beer stop at the Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Ave.  Walk to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it's beautiful.  Next door is the Brooklyn Museum, which is actually a major art museum and well worth going to.  Splurge meal: maybe Peter Luger Steak House in Williamsburg.  Check out the Brooklyn Academy of Music schedule for theater, music etc.  All of this stuff with the exception of Peter Luger is close to each other.hipster territory: Bushwick- think twice about that! (Williamsburg is passe).

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  1. Brooklyn Heights (attraction)
  2. Waterfront Ale House (attraction)
  3. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (attraction)
  4. Brooklyn Museum (attraction)
  5. Peter Luger Steak House (restaurant)
  6. Williamsburg (neighborhood)
  7. Brooklyn Academy of Music (attraction)
  8. Bushwick (neighborhood)
  9. Atlantic Ave (attraction)
  10. Sahadi's (attraction)
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Hey Thom, 

Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Fort Greene are great neighborhoods that meet your requirements. 

AirBNB's neighborhood guides and Foursquare are great for recommendations.

Enjoy it!


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  1. Carroll Gardens (neighborhood)
  2. Cobble Hill (neighborhood)
  3. Fort Greene (neighborhood)
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answered by
Shannon from Ottawa, Ontario

I would stay in Williamsburg by the MTA Subway - Bedford Ave (L) stop.  Great restaurants, bars and cultural venues.  For food I recommend Reynard, Bistro Petit, Wild, Sel de Mer (especially during happy hour).

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  1. Williamsburg (neighborhood)
  2. MTA Subway - Bedford Ave (L) (attraction)
  3. Reynard (restaurant)
  4. Bistro Petit (restaurant)
  5. Wild (restaurant)
  6. Sel de Mer (restaurant)
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answered by
Julia from New York, New York

Hi Thom! To meet all of your needs, I would recommend you stay in Prospect Heights. Its proximity to Prospect Park (with all of its summer programming such as Celebrate Brooklyn in the Prospect Park Bandshell), upscale-casual eateries such as 606 R&DChuko and Franny's are sure to keep you entertained.

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  1. Prospect Heights (neighborhood)
  2. Prospect Park (attraction)
  3. Prospect Park Bandshell (attraction)
  4. 606 R&D (restaurant)
  5. Chuko (restaurant)
  6. Franny's (restaurant)
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ISA is an adorable place near the water.

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answered by
Chris Lee from Malta

Since you're going to be in Brooklyn, I really suggest The River Café for a special night out with your lady. 

You won't regret it ! ;) 

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answered by
Annemarie from New York City

Hi Thom. I'm biased because I'm based here, but I love Prospect Heights. It's a neighborhood that has changed quite a bit in the last five years and you can still feel that change happening: still super authentic, but very DIY. 

Start at the Brooklyn Museum and walk down Washington Avenue to grab a bite at Tom's Restaurant, an old favorite diner where you'll meet tons of locals, or if diner food isn't your thing, Gen RestaurantThe Islands, or Bar Corvo.  For a snack and coffee, not a whole meal, Sit & Wonder serves Stumptown and D's Just Desserts has really great cakes and pies. Might also want to check out Bitter & Esters homebrewing. 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is also in this area -- they have their cherry blossoms out now and it's gorgeous. If you follow Washington or Flatbush to the very end of the neighborhood, you'll come face-to-face with BAM Harvey Theater and BAM Rose Cinemas for theatre and films, mostly avante garde, foreign or art variety. 

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  1. Brooklyn Museum (attraction)
  2. Tom's Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. The Islands (restaurant)
  4. Bar Corvo (restaurant)
  5. Sit & Wonder (restaurant)
  6. D's Just Desserts (restaurant)
  7. Bitter & Esters (attraction)
  8. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (attraction)
  9. BAM Harvey Theater (attraction)
  10. BAM Rose Cinemas (attraction)
  11. Dekalb Market (attraction)
  12. Gen Restaurant (attraction)
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answered by
CK from Brooklyn

You want to stay in Park Slopeor Fort Greene. PS has Puppetworks, Inc. nearby as well as a ton of great couple's restaurants, al di la TrattoriaLot 2, The Chocolate Room as well as many others. FG has a ton of quaint coffee shops, baba cool and Greene Grape Annex as well as a lot of great theater at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House as well as Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, and BRIC House.  There's a great bookstore at Greenlight Bookstore. There's a nice safe vibe to both neighborhoods and FG is a little more subway friendly then PS. 

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  1. Park Slope (attraction)
  2. Fort Greene (neighborhood)
  3. Puppetworks, Inc. (attraction)
  4. al di la Trattoria (restaurant)
  5. Lot 2 (restaurant)
  6. The Chocolate Room (attraction)
  7. baba cool (restaurant)
  8. Greene Grape Annex (restaurant)
  9. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (attraction)
  10. Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (attraction)
  11. BRIC House (attraction)
  12. Greenlight Bookstore (attraction)
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answered by
Dave from New York City

Try Brooklyn Heights or Cobble Hill. Second choice of Park Slope or Fort Greene.  

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  1. Brooklyn Heights (attraction)
  2. Cobble Hill (neighborhood)
  3. Park Slope (attraction)
  4. Fort Greene (neighborhood)
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