I have neighborhood envy. Park Slope is okay…. We like our ‘hood. But I’m crushing on Fort Greene. The vibe is different, a little more freewheeling. It feels spread out and open — full of possibility and things to discover. And, oh, the big, beautiful buildings! Gorgeous.
I’m reminded of it whenever I walk over to see my friend Maggie (though, technically, she’s more of a Clinton Hill girl), or we take the kids over on a pretty afternoon to Habana Outpost for lunch. We did that yesterday, and if you haven’t taken your kids there for a family meal, then get your behind on over before the season ends (they’re open from roughly mid-April to the end of October.)
Here are the deets:
It’s the little sis’ of Soho‘s Cafe Habana, plopped down on hopping Fulton Street (at South Portland Ave) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There are several big draws for families — a kid-friendly menu, an arts-and-crafts Kids’ Corner, and a big, festive outdoor space. A DJ spins tunes, which keeps the feel fun and funky AND tones down any kid noise.
The Kids’ Corner proved awesome for us — it’s staffed with a friendly young person who led our kids in an easy and engaging mask-making session (while the moms had a few moments to talk uninterrupted.)
There was strawberry lemonade on a sunny day — yum. (There are also margaritas, mojitos, and sangria if you’re in the mood.)
Go early — the single-and-child-free crowd descends for lunch later in the afternoon, so I recommend an early lunch or dinner.
Drop by for their third annual Back to School Bash (with free school supplies, face painting, arts and crafts, clowns, and more!) on Monday, September 6th, from noon to 5pm.
And while you’re in the ‘hood, check out:
Greenlight Bookstore — A beautiful new book shop on Fulton, right across the street. Scan the great children’s section for new bedtime reading material.
Greene Grape Provisions — A specialty foods shop with all sorts of pricey-but-delicious-looking goodies. You need *something* from this place, I guarantee it. We picked up some pesto for an end of summer pasta meal.