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Chafiq’s guidebook

Chafiq

Chafiq’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Between Fort Greene on the west and Bed-Stuy to the east lies Clinton Hill, a historic, central Brooklyn neighbourhood. Despite a vibrant culinary and culture scene, Clinton Hill manages to maintain an under-the-radar vibe that appeals to renters looking for a place to live, not a place to party. The local university, Pratt Institute, keeps a steady stream of young creatives flowing into the area, and they mix nicely with the more laid-back, stroller-pushing crowd that also calls Clinton Hill home.Clinton Hill may be small size in size, but it has a high density of great restaurants, beautiful brownstones and classic, leafy Brooklyn streets. There are also solid rental options, especially for those who value the quality of life and peace of mind. That said, it is one of the more expensive Brooklyn neighbourhoods.
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Clinton Hill
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Between Fort Greene on the west and Bed-Stuy to the east lies Clinton Hill, a historic, central Brooklyn neighbourhood. Despite a vibrant culinary and culture scene, Clinton Hill manages to maintain an under-the-radar vibe that appeals to renters looking for a place to live, not a place to party. The local university, Pratt Institute, keeps a steady stream of young creatives flowing into the area, and they mix nicely with the more laid-back, stroller-pushing crowd that also calls Clinton Hill home.Clinton Hill may be small size in size, but it has a high density of great restaurants, beautiful brownstones and classic, leafy Brooklyn streets. There are also solid rental options, especially for those who value the quality of life and peace of mind. That said, it is one of the more expensive Brooklyn neighbourhoods.
Food Scene Clinton Hill
In Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, you’ll find a humble Michelin-starred kitchen, a buzzy raw bar, and even a pseudo-speakeasy -- none of which demand prohibitive wait times, or the sacrifice of your first-born child. You’ll find cafes and bistros that have been operating since before you cut teeth. You’ll find a new favorite spot, or three, and you’ll curse the fact that you (or a generous relative) didn’t buy property here back in 1975. You’ll also regret learning to tap dance for the sake of bar admission.
You know those places you build up in your head until they’ve reached mythical proportions? Like the bar in your college town that you actually had to wait until you were 21 to get into, or the apartment of the person you’ve been on six dates with, or The Olive Garden? Aita was one of those places for us. Food Rundown On a quiet, charming corner on the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene border, Aita always called to us. We’re easily seduced by neighborhood Italian spots, and whenever we passed this one it always looked especially enticing: a communal wooden table, a nice bar, homey details, and lots of people that always look so g*ddamn cozy. Suckling Pig A nice and kind of different way to start your meal: with pieces of pork. They come on top of potatoes, peppers, and onions - cozy food in a cozy restaurant. Zucchini Fritti There’s always a fried vegetable on the menu at Aita, and we recommend getting one order for the table to split. Green Taglierni If you’re craving a pasta with meat sauce, this is your order. For a meat sauce pasta, it’s on the lighter side. Or maybe that’s just the green noodles talking. Oxtail Ravioli The richest option of the pastas - little pillows of oxtail meat in a brown sauce. The small-ish size of the dish keeps this from feeling over the top. But while Aita is definitely affordable, those small sizes are also what keeps it from feeling like a true value spot. Ricotta Gnudi We have no idea what the technical difference between gnudi and gnocchi are, so we’re just going to assume it’s a matter of size. These are big gnocchi stuffed with ricotta, and your best vegetarian pasta option
32 Greene Ave
32 Greene Ave
You know those places you build up in your head until they’ve reached mythical proportions? Like the bar in your college town that you actually had to wait until you were 21 to get into, or the apartment of the person you’ve been on six dates with, or The Olive Garden? Aita was one of those places for us. Food Rundown On a quiet, charming corner on the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene border, Aita always called to us. We’re easily seduced by neighborhood Italian spots, and whenever we passed this one it always looked especially enticing: a communal wooden table, a nice bar, homey details, and lots of people that always look so g*ddamn cozy. Suckling Pig A nice and kind of different way to start your meal: with pieces of pork. They come on top of potatoes, peppers, and onions - cozy food in a cozy restaurant. Zucchini Fritti There’s always a fried vegetable on the menu at Aita, and we recommend getting one order for the table to split. Green Taglierni If you’re craving a pasta with meat sauce, this is your order. For a meat sauce pasta, it’s on the lighter side. Or maybe that’s just the green noodles talking. Oxtail Ravioli The richest option of the pastas - little pillows of oxtail meat in a brown sauce. The small-ish size of the dish keeps this from feeling over the top. But while Aita is definitely affordable, those small sizes are also what keeps it from feeling like a true value spot. Ricotta Gnudi We have no idea what the technical difference between gnudi and gnocchi are, so we’re just going to assume it’s a matter of size. These are big gnocchi stuffed with ricotta, and your best vegetarian pasta option
A lot of new Brooklyn restaurants look like someone searched for photos of “Brooklyn restaurant,” threw together a Pinterest board, and went shopping at the restaurant supply version of West Elm for items that fit. But not Sisters. The Sisters space is genuinely unusual and objectively awesome-looking, from the ceilings to the black brick walls to the massive white wood and marble bar that takes up the front room. And during the day, there’s a huge skylight that lets in tons of natural light. This place is straight up PRETTY. The space is the main thing you’ll notice at Sisters, located in Clinton Hill on the same stretch as pizza haven Emily (Sisters’ bar is a great spot to occupy yourself during Emily’s three-hour wait). But the food, which includes fresh, solid takes on the usual suspects like kale, burger, mac and cheese et al, is pretty good as well. At night, a DJ takes over in the back room, and the whole space turns into more of a bar and general place of drinking and hanging out. Hanging out can also happen here during the daytime - chill vibes and pretty people fill this place at all hours, whether that’s dudes in Steven Alan plaid shirts or babies wearing sweaters much nicer than yours. Food Rundown Scotch Egg It’s basically a meatball sitting in tomato sauce, with a hardboiled egg inside. Not mad at it. Fried Chicken Sandwich Light, crispy chicken on a bun with spicy mayo and cabbage. As it should be. This is the sandwich option to get here. Mac And Cheese In a skillet. Tastes how it looks: good. Hangar Steak Kebab Sleeper pick. The tender steak kebabs come on top of some grains, with pickled onions and chimichurri sauce. Maybe the most random thing on the menu here, but also maybe the best. Veggie Burger Unlike your usual I-have-no-idea-what’s-in-here mush, the veggie burger here is crispy and full of black beans. If you’re a veggie burger person, it’s enjoyable, but you don’t need to go out of your way for it. Grilled Kale Salad We appreciate a salad offering at brunch - this one comes with grilled kale on top of farro.
900 Fulton St
900 Fulton St
A lot of new Brooklyn restaurants look like someone searched for photos of “Brooklyn restaurant,” threw together a Pinterest board, and went shopping at the restaurant supply version of West Elm for items that fit. But not Sisters. The Sisters space is genuinely unusual and objectively awesome-looking, from the ceilings to the black brick walls to the massive white wood and marble bar that takes up the front room. And during the day, there’s a huge skylight that lets in tons of natural light. This place is straight up PRETTY. The space is the main thing you’ll notice at Sisters, located in Clinton Hill on the same stretch as pizza haven Emily (Sisters’ bar is a great spot to occupy yourself during Emily’s three-hour wait). But the food, which includes fresh, solid takes on the usual suspects like kale, burger, mac and cheese et al, is pretty good as well. At night, a DJ takes over in the back room, and the whole space turns into more of a bar and general place of drinking and hanging out. Hanging out can also happen here during the daytime - chill vibes and pretty people fill this place at all hours, whether that’s dudes in Steven Alan plaid shirts or babies wearing sweaters much nicer than yours. Food Rundown Scotch Egg It’s basically a meatball sitting in tomato sauce, with a hardboiled egg inside. Not mad at it. Fried Chicken Sandwich Light, crispy chicken on a bun with spicy mayo and cabbage. As it should be. This is the sandwich option to get here. Mac And Cheese In a skillet. Tastes how it looks: good. Hangar Steak Kebab Sleeper pick. The tender steak kebabs come on top of some grains, with pickled onions and chimichurri sauce. Maybe the most random thing on the menu here, but also maybe the best. Veggie Burger Unlike your usual I-have-no-idea-what’s-in-here mush, the veggie burger here is crispy and full of black beans. If you’re a veggie burger person, it’s enjoyable, but you don’t need to go out of your way for it. Grilled Kale Salad We appreciate a salad offering at brunch - this one comes with grilled kale on top of farro.