staycation faves

new york is the most overwhelming place on earth because of the sheer number of options everywhere, anytime. akin to the lifestyle of T.I. , you can have whatever you like - and then some. after almost a year and a half here, i've only hit up a fraction of my yelp bookmarks. it's tough to keep up when there's a new wine store/matcha bar/vegan donut shop/acro yoga studio opening every other week, but i have managed to find some favorites around my neighborhood. some of these are insta-famous hotspots, others are more hidden gems - and most all are around the bedstuy/clinton hill/park slope/williamsburg areas but i'm sure i'll be adding approximately a trillion more places to this list soon enough.

bagels: bagel pub

crown heights

- a zillion types of cream cheese (which is very important to me)

- i always order an everything bagel with zaatar cream cheese, except for when i get the lox special with no lox (they make fun of me, rightfully so).

pizza: speedy romeos

clinton hill

- must order: 
the dick dale (béchamel, speck, pineapple, provel, grilled scallions)
the white album (béchamel, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, provel, pecorino, parm)
smores cake

tacos: swell dive


- small, chill bar with authentic filipino tacos

- the best queso in brooklyn and probably in the world

- really cool outdoor patio, surfing videos projected on the wall, overall excellent vibes

- breakfast tacos

bar: royal palms shuffleboard club


- there's always a super long wait for a shuffleboard court on the weekends, but there's a ton of board games and other various fun stuff around so you can play and drink while you wait

- no need to be a pro, they'll give you a quick shuffleboard lesson

movies: nitehawk cinema


- you can order food/booze before or during movies (nitehawk actually changed the law in NY about drinking in movie theaters, HYFR!)

- classic films + film series events + midnight showings

- must order: nitehawk popcorn (truffle butter and citric salt), tater tots with queso, hibiscus lime soda and if you're feeling healthy, the kale salad

smoothies: juiceland

park slope

- bam bam smoothie

- tikal smoothie (has blue majik in it, very majikal)

ice cream: ample hills

prospect heights

- every flavor is insane and amazing ie: ooey gooey butter cake, salted crack caramel, the munchies, honeycomb  - they don't mess around

- pretzel cones

date night: olea

fort greene

- reeeealllllly good tapas & mediterranean entrees

- the best pita bread and dips
- love their plants + tile + lanterns inside, plus outdoor seating too

nature: brooklyn botanic garden

flatbush/prospect heights

- cherry blossoms are insanely beautiful, they have a tracker online so you can make sure to visit when the trees are in full boom

- rose garden + desert conservatory + japanese garden and pond

hangover brunch: jimmy's diner


- really good hot toddies

- girl scout cookie milkshakes

- must order: crispy corn flake french toast, all the breakfast bowls, grits, cornbread

gifts: annie's blue ribbon general store

park slope

- the best place to find a gift for absolutely anyone, even your boyfriend's aunt's neighbor

- home decor, kitchen stuff, stationary stuff, kids stuff, chocolate stuff

bakery: mia's

boerum hill

- the most beautiful bakery hands down 100% no doubt (i'm really obsessed with mia's)

- really cute patio out back

- horribly convienient location directly on my walk back from the gym