Public Records is a big restaurant/bar in Gowanus that feels like a communal space you’d find in a utopian condo building. It has high ceilings and a huge skylight in the middle, there’s a great sound system, and the ceilings are lined with shelves of records (which seems impractical, but looks cool). There’s also a venue in the back that hosts ticketed shows (DJs, mostly), as well as a full vegan menu in case you want to sit down for dinner. Try this place when you want to have some casual daytime drinks and listen to good music with a group, or stop by on a weekend night when you’re looking for a place where you can potentially dance.
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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.
Littleneck is a seafood place in Gowanus that looks like a clam shack you’d find on Cape Cod.
Surfish is a two-floor Peruvian restaurant in Gowanus where you can make a meal out of different types of ceviches.
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Plant Food + Wine
Plant Food + Wine is a great spot to drink wine and eat fancy vegan food in the East Village.
Cuisine By Claudette
If you’re near the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and you want to eat something healthier, go to the Cuisine By Claudette stand and get a cauliflower bowl.
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