Sweet Chick is the mecca of chicken and waffles in Brooklyn and a beloved brunch spot here. The Southern brunch staples, like shrimp and grits and mac and cheese, are made with Brooklyn love, and the brunch-only biscuits and gravy are so good you’ll want to slap your mama, or some other cliche physical expression of flavor-motivated joy. Less carnivorous brunch companions have been known to rave about the vegetarian chicken and waffle dish.
BTW: The franchise is co-owned by American rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur Nas, so have your Shazam app on standby — you’ll hear one of the best dining playlists in the city.
164 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe
With its perfectly toasted “soft on the inside, crisp on the outside” bagels and old New York decor, this nine-year-old shop wins the hearts of true Brooklyn bagel-eaters. Franky Assad, the born-and-raised Brooklynite who owns the shop, has packed out his menu with sandwiches named after his favorite neighborhoods in the borough, from Red Hook to Sunset Park.
BTW: Brooklyn is big, and Assad is ambitious, so there are over 35 bagel sandwiches on the menu. Save yourself the stress of making a decision and try out the Park Slope, Flatbush or Brooklyn Heights sandwiches — three tried-and-true crowd favorites.
645 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11238
At the corner of Bedford and North 11th, facing off the neighborhood’s beloved McCarren Park, the Bedford is a quintessentially Williamsburg dining experience. Appropriately described as offering “upscale pub cuisine,” the restaurant has an eclectic lunch menu with a comprehensive wine list for the “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” crowd. The gastropub dishes out a crispy pickleback chicken sandwich and a very Instagram-worthy “mac n cheese burger.”
BTW: If for some reason you can’t get into the Bedford for lunch, the Roebling Sporting Club is a bar just 10 minutes away that’s owned by the same management. It has a similar menu, so you can still get the upscale pub cuisine sans the upscale pub.
110 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11249
Black Nile, a restaurant self-described as “a river that feeds the soul,” is the home of flavor-packed, itis-inducing soul food cooked by Brooklyn native Fanerra Dupree and her husband, Hasson. You’ll be served perfectly seasoned seafood with Southern comfort recipes like hot-honey catfish, seafood cornbread and Cajun pasta. If seafood isn’t your thing, thankfully pretty much everything on the menu is phenomenal.
BTW: You’ll have serious regrets if you leave without buying a bottle of hot honey sauce on your way out.
592 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216
Fancy Nancy is, by all means, a true neighborhood joint. Right on the corner of Bedford and Lafayette avenues, in the middle of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the restaurant has been serving the block only since 2015 but has become the go-to spot for locals thanks to its refreshing take on classics. In the spirit of the diversity that characterizes Brooklyn, the restaurant offers American dishes with hints of foreign flair. Dishes like homemade potato chips with a Middle Eastern labneh dipping sauce and roasted chicken with kale fried rice and ginger-scallion dim sum dressing carry the spirit of the neighborhood.
BTW: The Calabrian Cowboy is the drink to get. That is all.
1038 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205
Win Son looks like your average neighborhood Chinese restaurant, but it takes its “not necessarily fusion” Taiwanese-American fare seriously. The menu is an inventive spin on genuine Chinese classics that will tempt you to order everything. Trigg Brown and Josh Ku, the duo who opened the restaurant in 2016, put together a menu meant to pack a punch, and a bit of spice, in every bite.
BTW: Brown, Ku and their new pastry chef, Danielle Spencer, brought their same inventive twists to pastries, coffee and grab-and-go breakfast foods with their new bakery right across the street. Stop by for a mochi doughnut, milk-bun sandwich or soy milk hot soup at Win Son Bakery.
159 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11206
Archie’s Bar & Pizza
To be frank, you haven’t properly completed a night on the town in New York City if you didn’t stop by somewhere to grab a slice. Archie’s is the best slice you’ll find after 2 a.m. and a notable one to find during the daytime as well. The bar has fantastic slices and whole pies, an A-1 meatball sub and a super friendly staff who will make you feel at home inside the busy pizzeria.
BTW: While you can always grab and go, it’s worth dining in on the weekends for a fun and eclectic late-night crowd.
128 Central Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221
Kinfolk comes with a lot of options. If you stop by the multidisciplinary space between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. you’ll find a well-curated store carrying all the best streetwear brands like Carhartt WIP, Engineered Garments and Adidas. But if you find your way to those doors after 9 p.m., you’ll probably see a line of people waiting to get into one of Brooklyn’s coolest bars to dance to whichever DJ is spinning that night.
BTW: If your night-out group skews a bit older, check out Kinfolk 90 right next door. Here you might be able to find someone having an Old-Fashioned rather than all the whiskey-gingers next door. (No shade from this whiskey-ginger man.)
94 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11249