36 Hours In…Brooklyn Waterfront

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Brooklyn has finally gotten its recognition. With the new Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Park, Luna Park amusement park in Coney Island, and the Barclays Center home of the Brooklyn Nets; Brooklyn is back on the map. Brooklyn has many restaurants with wonderful food and experiences.  From the new Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Park in the day n’ night there is a beautiful view of both the city and the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1803.

FRIDAY

3:00 P.M.

1. Nathans Coney Island

Nathan’s has been serving hot dogs on the Coney Island Pier since 1916. You are not allowed to step foot on Coney Island pier without enjoying an order of Nathan’s Cheese fries and a famous beef hotdog ($4.00). Don’t forget to wash it down with a large beer (42oz for 7.25) or fresh squeezed lemonade in a souvenir cup. You have a variety of options to put on your hot dog or you can go classic with some mustard. Enjoy your hot dog and cheese fries outside of their restaurant if the weather permits. It is great for a quick afternoon lunch for a good price. After you’ve enjoyed your famous Nathans hotdog, take a tour of the Coney Island Pier.

9:00 P.M.

2. Footprints Cafe

Footprints motto is “Not your usual Caribbean restaurant” with their amazing Rasta Pasta their motto stands true. Rasta Pasta ($9.00) can be enjoyed with curry chicken & shrimp ($17.50), jerk chicken ($13.50), among many other types of meat. Maybe you don’t feel for pasta try their curry goat & rice n peas served with vegetables ($11.00).  Pair your meal with a Caribbean Sorrel ($3.50). Enjoy your food with live entertainment, live singing and dancing from a range of music Soca, Reggae, and even some American music. Dance the night away while you enjoy a wild named cocktail from the bar, such as a “Lean On Me” or “Help, I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up”($9.00).

11:00 P.M.

3. William’s Candy

The motto “like a kid in a candy store” has finally come true. William’s Candy has been serving candy apples on the Coney Island pier for over 75 years. You can go for the traditional candy apple ($3.50), a candy apple with sprinkles, or even a candy apple with nuts. Among candy apple there is a slew of other candies offered priced per pound. Enjoy a candy apple or any other type of candy while you tour more of Coney Island Pier and Luna park amusement park.

Luna Park Amusement Park

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“On May 28, 2010, after a 100 day challenge CAI proudly presented Luna Park. The first new amusement park to be built in Coney Island in over 40 years, complete with 19 brand new rides, 6 games, 5 food kiosks, and a retail location. During its first season, Luna Park created 247 jobs for the local community, and delighted 450,000 visitors with over 1.7 million rides,” according to Luna Parks Website. Luna Park is a wonderful place for thrill seekers. Riding rides and enjoying the music playing through the speakers it, ties your trip on the Coney Island pier.

Saturday

12:00 P.M

4. Vinegar Hill House

Voted #1 on the top 10 brunch restaurants

in DUMBO, Vinegar Hill House offers a tasty brunch for moderate prices.  Enjoy an order of Sourdough Pear pancakes served with maple syrup ($12). Or maybe you feel for Shrimp & Grits along with a poached egg ($14). Add a side of sausage ($5) or maple glazed bacon ($5).  Pair your brunch with a French Press Coffee ($3) or a Morning Rose, which consists of Flor de Cana rum, lemon, orange curacao, and grenadine ($9).

4:00 P.M.

5. Brooklyn Cupcake

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Sisters Carmen Rodriguez and Gina Madera founded Brooklyn Cupcake, Brooklyn Cupcake is “The Best of NY” based on NY Daily News readers. Try their Puerto Rican and Italian inspired cupcakes ($2.50 per cupcake), such as Guava Con Queso, Dulce De Leche, and Tres Leche. There also some traditional flavors like Red Velvet, Classic Vanilla, and Oreo Cheesecake.

Brooklyn Bridge ParkEnjoy your cupcake on the lawn of the Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Park Pier 1. You can enjoy a book on a blanket along with your cupcake from Brooklyn Cupcake. Or maybe you can work off those meals with a Citi bike ride around the park. You can also enjoy the barge music, great music five days a week. General ticket prices are $35.00. 

10:00pm

6.    Sea Thai Restaurant

The DJ spins music all night long. As you walk in you feel the beat pumping through your body. Sit down at one of the abstract tables. Sea is a Thai restaurant in Williamsburg a few blocks from the Brooklyn Promenade is sure to impress the taste buds. Try the Tup Tim fritters ($5), chicken and shrimp stuffed into a fried dumpling served on a skewer drizzled in a honey chili sauce. The volcanic chicken ($11) is a great option for an entrée, a half chicken with spicy lava sauce and stir-fried vegetables served to you flaming.

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Sunday

12:00 P.M.-4 P.M.

7.  Smorgasburg

A quick stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park gets you to Pier 5. Every Sunday 11am-6pm Smorgasburg is a flea food market located in the historic Tobacco Warehouse, with over 75-100 vendors from NYC and across the region. Brooklyn Bangers, Dan & Johns Wings, People’s Pops, and Red Hook Lobster Pound are a few vendors. Enjoy hours and hours of eating and tasting many foods. Sometimes you don’t know what is available to eat but here is a quick one-stop shop for all your tastes buds needs! Try some drinks, food, among other vendor’s products.

8:00 P.M

8. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria           

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Grimaldi’s coal fired brick oven pizza is a must have for pizza lovers! Grimaldi’s pizza is like no other pizza, voted best pizza by ZAGAT year after year, A large regular pizza ($14) with 8 slices serves 3-4 people. Fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese served on a wonderful brick oven crust. Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, or other toppings can be added for $2.00. You cannot possibly go wrong with the family atmosphere inside of Grimaldis. 

10:00 P.M.

9. The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

One thing you definitely cannot forget is desert after a great meal. You cant leave the waterfront without seeing the Brooklyn bridge at night. So why not enjoy a sundae or milkshake from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, located in a landmark fireboat house. Enjoy a Vanilla sundae ($7.25) or a Banana Split ($8.50). Maybe you don’t want so much ice cream get a simple 1 scoop cone for $4.00. Slightly higher in price for ice cream but it is well worth every cent!

 

Sources

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory:

Brooklyn Cupcake:HomeSite YELP NYTIMES Article

Footprints Cafe:Home site

 Grimaldi’s Pizzeria:homesite 

Sea Thai Restaurant:homesite

Smorgasburg: HomeSite BrooklynFlea

Vinegar Hill House: Homesite

 

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