Eat Boutique Brooklyn Mini-Guide



Brooklyn has carved out a special place in my heart. It’s gritty and cool and when I leave after a visit, I get a bit heavy, wondering if I’m ever really supposed to go.

Having lived in downtown Manhattan for many years in the 90s, I always considered myself a Manhattan girl. I lived in Nolita when it was just becoming Nolita, when Cafe Gitane first started baking eggs in little ceramic dishes, splashed with tomato and cream. Downtown had a burgeoning food scene with folks trying to do something different, refreshing old European methods that were at the core of the Italian and Asian immigrant population that lived there. Brooklyn, on the other hand, was this dark nook glowing at the other end of a long bridge, a place I’d visit for a party or a family obligation. But the food was just always better in Manhattan.

Oh my, have times changed.

When I visit Brooklyn now, I stay in Greenpoint, a neighborhood that echoes the Soho and Little Italy of the 90s. My friends live nearby, my cousins live in Park Slope and up yonder in nearby Queens, and my sister used to live in Williamsburg. I just love how this borough has totally creeped into my life.

With so many delicious things happening in Brooklyn, we crafted this mini-guide highlighting 12 of our favorite spots there. You can even print the last page of the guide on your next visit, tuck your cheat sheet into your pocket.

A huge thank you goes to Jessica, Chloe, Todd and Kumi – such wonderful, generous people who wrote, designed and photographed the guide. This guide wouldn’t be possible without them, and I really hope you like our  labor of love. Shall we make one for Paris? :-}

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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  • Kristi

    I’m gonna pass this on the Jenn Jacovsky for my next visit with her – she lives in Park Slope!

    • Thanks, Kristi !! I hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  • heidi | white loft studio

    this really looks amazing….well done. loving the imagery…

  • Sending this along to my NYC friends and those who simply love to visit — what a fantastic resource. And it’s just SO BEAUTIFUL!

    • Aww, thanks Shelby! xox

  • Nice! I’m in Brooklyn now, visiting, and am on my way to Brooklyn Social after reading this. Thank you!

    • So glad we could help. We love Brooklyn Social! xox

  • Karen

    this is beautiful, but I’d expect nothing less from you! 🙂 love it!

  • Dennis

    very nice guide with excellent recommendations