Brooklyn Social

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Keep your eyes open, because you might miss it. And believe me, you won’t want to. To get your cocktail or beverage fix in a dimly lit, yet inviting, bar, look out for Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. 

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At 335 Smith Street, you’ll find an all black facade, tiny slits for windows and an unassuming, recessed door. What started out years ago as a Sicilian men’s social club, is now open to “non-members”, serving up some really great, potent drinks. Through the first room, toward the back, you’ll walk into another smaller room with a private couch and pool table. Just past that, walk out and enjoy the outdoor patio on a nice night. How amazing do all of these things sound? 

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For my drink, I ordered the Neapolitan (citron vodka, lemon, Italian triple sec, pomegranate juice). This was great. The drink is a little sweet, with a great citrusy quality and nice subtle tartness from the pomegranate. You won’t even notice how pleasantly strong it is until you’re about half way through. Cheers. 

The Shorts:
Name: Brooklyn Social
Location: 335 Smith Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. It’s a great place to grab a seat at the bar, or weather permitting, enjoy the summer air at night. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, come one, come all…as long as you’re over 21. 

Cafe Luluc

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If you’re looking for brunch in a low-key, cafe and bistro environment with a bit of a diner flare, search no further than Cafe Luluc in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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They have a patio in the back, open now for spring, that I’d recommend sitting in. The restaurant is cash only, but everything here is so affordably priced, that even getting a $20 from the ATM ($40 to be safe with plenty of change) will do you just fine. 

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I started off with a Bloody Mary. I really liked their’s, it was spicy, but not overwhelming, and a little bit sweet. Oh, and it’s only $6, so, yeah. 

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For my meal, I ordered Scrambled Eggs (with smoked salmon and scallions) served with French fries and field greens. While this isn’t necessarily a fancy dish, everything here was really great. Seasoning was on point, and everything was cooked wonderfully. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafe Luluc
Location: 214 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. They have a really laid back vibe, good service, and tasty food. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, a great spot to grab a good meal that’s good on your wallet.