Bed Stuy has changed in the past couple of years. The real estate market is soaring and the streets are bustling with new restaurants and bars, with numerous notable spots opening around this historic section of Brooklyn.
Once a dangerous part of NYC, which was even referenced in Billy Joel's song You Might Be Right. The area was also the setting for Spike Lee’s 1980’s classic film, Do the Right Thing. The transformation of both Bed Stuy and Brooklyn recently inspired a satirical skit on Jimmy Kimmel based on Spike Lee's film.
If you’re heading to this stretch of Brooklyn, here’s a guide to the best places to grab a bite, a drink, or a decadent meal. From cafes to cool bars, we’ve got your covered. Enjoy drinking and dining at these nine places in Bed Stuy.
The cozy café opened in the fall of 2015 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite. Zabka Cafe serves seasonal "polish tapas,” the menu has soups, breads, cheeses and other small plate foods. Or you can indulge in a Russian Chai and a chocolate wafer. In any case this is a great spot to warm up with a coffee and some eastern European comfort food.
For the past few years, the beloved Alice’s Arbor has been serving “authentic, seasonal, full-flavored American dishes sourced from local or nearby farms.” They’re also the ideal spot for weekend brunch.
Stop in for some of the tastiest wood burning pizza in Brooklyn or for a coffee, at this pizza/coffee shop in the heart of Bed Stuy. The eclectic country décor will make you feel as if you’re dining in a quirky upstate restaurant/café. The pizza is one of the best in the city, and it’s also the ideal spot for watching hipsters.
Georges Andre Vintage Cafe
Stop in for a latte and a pastry at this cafe on Halsey Street, which is packed with locals. In the warmer months, sit outside and people watch.
Last spring, Willow opened in Bed Stuy and folks have been trekking to this hyper seasonal restaurant run by the folks from the popular restaurant, The Pines, located in the Gowns section of Brooklyn. Foodies won't be disappointed with a meal at Willow.
This dive bar serves tacos from a taco truck and has a menu of tasty cocktails. Although the outdoor space is a summertime draw, Chilos is open year round.
Stop in for a French meal at this "farm and sea to table restaurant bringing classic and authentic French cuisine to the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant." The Bed Stuy newcomer is already a destination restaurant.
How can you not love a bar with cocktails named Funny Lady and Bagel Bird? This comfort food restaurant also doubles as a cocktail bar. Start your day with a boozy brunch or end your day with some tasty grub and a cocktail at Fancy Nancy.
Order an artisanal doughnut at this beloved Bed Stuy doughnut shop. If you're a serious donut fan, also consider visiting other donut shops in Brooklyn.