The food at Threes Brewing is all made by Meat Hook, a Williamsburg butcher that has a permanent pop-up inside, and the highlight of the menu is a burger that you can only order rare or medium-rare. Before you throw a fit about this being a free country, know that ordering this dry-aged double cheeseburger any other way would be a waste. It’s juicy and meaty and covered in raclette, and it’s one of the best burgers in the neighborhood. In case you can’t get over being told how to eat a burger, though, there are also some salads, sandwiches, and sides. Grab food and some beers that are brewed on-site, and get a table in the big backyard.
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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.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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While the burger and the brunch menu are great, the rest of the menu at Cafe Colette falls short.
P.J. Clarke’s has been rocking a good burger for decades. Let’s give the elders some credit. The only thing we don’t like about P.J. Clarke’s is that it’s almost always insufferably busy.
One of the few New York City restaurants you can count on for an excellent meal regardless of circumstance. Go for any meal or for a day on the patio.
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Threes Brewing is one of the better places for a laid-back big group hang in Brooklyn.
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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