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Ah, summer—time to finally come out of hibernation. Unlike denizens of sun-soaked cities like L.A. and Miami, we Brooklynites actually appreciate summer. The temperature rises, the days are longer (more time for drinking!), and we rediscover the joys of living in this glorious—if sometimes infuriating—city. And what better way to soak up the summer than by reconnecting with your friends (remember them?) over drinks at one of Brooklyn’s best new bars? We surveyed the...
Save for slip-on shoes and sunglasses, an outdoor drinking and dining guide is the ultimate accessory for spring. And we’ve got 14 exemplary spots to add to Brooklyn’s ever-expanding al fresco list, from Bushwick’s Martha’s Vineyard-emulating Cape House, to Bed Stuy’s tiki-inspired Diamond Reef. Cape House: Thanks to tall walls erected along Bushwick’s Knickerbocker Avenue flatiron— shielding the neighborhood’s unforgiving industrial sprawl from view—Cape House is a convincing stand-in for a New England clam shack...
Can a place be a destination bar and a neighborhood spot? That’s what Diamond Reef aims to be, according to Dan Greenbaum, managing partner. “I think it can be both,” he told me as I sipped a rum concoction he had prepared. “I think to excel here, we need to be a neighborhood bar. Those are the people who are gonna come out on cold winter nights." Opened on March 1st, the buzzed-about new spot...

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