Smile to Go is The Smile’s counter-service baby cousin. This is their second to-go location (the other is in Soho) and all of their pastries are made by the same people as the original cafe so they’re unsurprisingly tasty. This is a useful place for coffee and a quick snack or something more substantial like sandwiches, salads, and larger protein options that you can take outside and eat by the water.
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Vinegar Hill House
One of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, especially in the summer when their back garden is in full swing. Bring some bug spray, eat a pork chop.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
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Chicken, waffles, an unpretentious vibe, and communal atmosphere are the things that make us love Sweet Chick.
Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Camperdown Elm a neighborhood spot deep in Park Slope where you can get some creative American food in a nice, casual environment.
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Gran Electrica serves simple, excellent Mexican food and creative cocktails. It also has a great back patio.
Citizens of Gramercy
If you want to eat some avocado toast or a grain bowl in Gramercy, go to Citizens of Gramercy. It’s an Australian café, and it’s full of plants.
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