Most neighborhoods in NYC have a casual Italian place like Bar Tano, but Gowanus just happens to be the one lucky enough to have this particular version. They have a solid Happy Hour menu and an outside area with string lights for when it’s nice outside. Come here for a date, to catch up with friends over some wine and pasta, or just to hang out with the friendly neighborhood strangers at the bar. It’s also very close to The Bell House, if you need a place to eat or drink before that comedy podcast show you have tickets for.
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Fletcher's Brooklyn BBQ
Fletcher's serves up some great pulled pork, and is a solid local BBQ stop if you're around Gowanus. We just wouldn't travel for it.
Runner & Stone
Don't make the trek down to Gowanus just for Runner & Stone, but if you want a reliable meal in the neighborhood, go for it.
My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
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A simple Italian cafe that works in tons of situations, Epistrophy is one of our Nolita go-tos.
Trapizzino is a casual Italian restaurant on the LES serving pizza dough pockets with a bunch of different fillings.
Fiaschetteria Pistoia is an East Village restaurant from some Italians who have another restaurant in Tuscany. It’s all about the handmade pasta.
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Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
A solid addition to Gowanus, Freek’s Mill is all about the wood-burning oven. It’s best when things don’t get too fussy.
Threes Brewing is one of the better places for a laid-back big group hang in Brooklyn.
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