If you don't understand the appeal of a store that serves nothing but specialty mayonnaise—in white truffle and bacon varieties, for example—then we're not sure what we can do to convey it. You'll just have to taste it for yourself.
Beer lovers may be interested in this home-brew supply store, which is also a school that will teach you the ins and outs of producing your own suds. Their "Brew On Premises" area is a place where you can do so within the store.
Consider Bklyn Larder a small, very selective grocery store: packed with thoughtfully sourced provisions and staffed by knowledgeable folks who can talk at length about every ingredient in every product. The prepared food is pretty great too. Try the thick hot chocolate, made with milk and cream, on a chilly day.
"Please do not steal the books" is the humble request on a small sign within this neighborhood bookstore. It sets the tone for the rest of the cozy, friendly shop. For a certain kind of visitor, local bookstores are a must on any itinerary—and this one does not disappoint.
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Saul Bolton—the gentleman behind Saul and Brooklyn Bangers—runs this gastropub, so the food is no afterthought. Have some cocktails and nosh on dishes like duck wings, fried brussels sprouts and grilled pork chops.
Get fancy cocktails galore at this bar, which features a cozy backyard and additional locations in Manhattan's TriBeCa and Austin, Texas. There's no sign out front, so keep an eye out for the white-brick frontage at 589 Vanderbilt Ave.
If you need further proof that nerd culture has ascended to become the new cool, this bar's got it: a "TARDIS," the time machine from Dr. Who; live music (among the genres recently listed: "beardy alternative folk") and comedy; and "nerdeoke," where the sing-along songs are by the likes of They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton.
This speakeasy-style bar (don't worry, you won't need a password to get in) strives to emulate the bohemian spirit of Chicago's old Dil Pickle Club—which was located on a street named Tooker Alley—and prides itself on what its menu calls "serious cocktails."