Eat Boutique Brooklyn Mini-Guide

by Maggie Battista on June 14, 2012

in Boutique Businesses, New York, Restaurateurs

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? :-}

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Kristi

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

    • Maggie

      Thanks, Kristi !! I hope you’re doing well. :-)

  • heidi | white loft studio

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

    • Maggie

      Merci ! xox

  • Shelby @ Lady Gouda

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

    • Maggie

      Aww, thanks Shelby! xox

  • Gwen

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

    • Maggie

      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

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