Food & Drink

Our editor uncovers sex shops, table bowling, and Douche Bag sandwiches

Published On 05/19/2013 Published On 05/19/2013
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Williamsburg: everyone's got their feelings on it, whether they be good, bad, or whatever cool, even bigger word people in Williamsburg use instead of "indifferent". But our New York editor Andrew Zimmer is here to provide a tour of his favorite spots in the 'hood that often go unnoticed amidst all the, well, Williamsburgness.
Do more than drink wine at a wine bar Brooklyn Winery 213 N 8th St; Brooklyn; 347.763.1506 Sure, you can just drink wine anywhere, but no one else has their own rooftop vineyard (seriously!) -- enter Brooklyn Winery, who makes their own wine, but also doubles as just a fantastic wine bar and day-drinking venue thanks to their atrium. Get more info on how to wine and dine yourself
Get hardcore Brooklyn Beast 230 Bogart St; Brooklyn; 347.457.6290 Ever since they stopped calling it freestyle walking, parkour has been badass. Now you can learn how to do it without breaking your clavicle from the good people at Brooklyn Beast, who opened NY's first facility for learning how to jump from building to building artfully. They also offer capoeira classes. Get your Beast on, here
The classiest place to look at sex toys Shag 108 Roebling St; Brooklyn; 347.721.3302 Anyone who's ever watched Blind Date knows that sex shops are awesome. But Shag is the kind you'd actually be proud to take your non-TV girlfriend to, and maybe even take a class together. It's not too raunchy, and not too weird -- you know, in the way that the "Flirty Curve Marble Hardrocks Diletto" is not too raunchy and not too weird. It's GF-friendly, so you can click for more without feeling guilty
Look at furniture that you wish you had in your apt Strawser and Smith 487 Driggs Ave; Brooklyn; 718.399.6855 There's a ton of second-hand/flat-out junk stores all over the place in Williamsburg, and they're great to dig around in -- I consistently find myself spending more time than I should looking through the one with the creepy dolls on Driggs. But to find old and repurposed stuff that's actually awesome and usable, head over to Strawser & Smith, which's stocking coffee tables made from old medical carts and a 1950s Schwinn Panther, which is made with zero bits of real panther, but is still good. Get some second hand goodies
If you're in the mood for good music, the outdoors, and miniature bowling Lady Jay's 633 Grand St; Brooklyn; 718.387.1029 They've got cheap beer, shots, a great jukebox, an electric table bowling game that I'm pretty sure I've never seen anywhere else in the city, and a great backyard that'll occasionally have live music and BBQs. No frills, all awesome. More on this laid back spot...
Everybody likes crazy ass sandwiches Hana Food 534 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn; 718.218.7747 A favorite of late-night revelers and sandwich enthusiasts, Hana's bread-monsters are delicious, but the best part is the names. The Douche Bag is chicken, swiss, avocado, and blue cheese, the MILF Revenge gets pastrami, eggs, Muenster, and jalapeños, and you'll just have to go there yourself to see what's on the Munch On My Box or the beloved My Girlfriend is a Whore. Get those late-night eats
No matter the time, this place has got you covered Hope Garage 163 Hope St; Brooklyn; 718.388.4626 A great place to hang out day or night (or both), the actual former garage is perfect if you're looking to party post show, or just need a place to hunker down at 3a and tuck into some next-level bar eats. They've got maybe the best wings in Brooklyn, fried Wisco cheese curds, a three-cheese grilled cheese, and serve it all until 4a. See the late-night eats

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1. Brooklyn Winery 213 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Two vino enthusiasts fell in love with the winemaking process but didn't quite care for the hassle of heading to Manhattan to enjoy it. Their solution? Converting a massive former BK nightclub into an oenophile's wet dream, complete with a start-to-finish process that lets customers make their own wine. And assuming Paul Giammatti isn't one of your buddies, feel free to make all the Merlot you want.

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2. Brooklyn Beast 230 Bogart St, Brooklyn , NY 11206

If you've ever wanted to run up walls or across pipes 20ft in the air, but feel you would definitely require adult supervision to do so, head to Brooklyn Beast to learn the arts of parkour and capoeira. Assuming you're wall-climbing experience is minimal, you can start with their beginner classes and work yourself up.

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3. Shag 108 Roebling St, Brooklyn, 11211

Sex shops can be a fun and perfect way to bring some extra excitement to the bedroom, but often at the risk of freaking your lady out. Such stores can be creepy, intimidating, and uncomfortable. Shag, owned by two Brooklyn gals, bucks this trend and casts aside the tacky and classes things up with massage oils, glassware phalluses, and hentai-influenced paintings. Feel good about feeling good, you feel me?

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4. Strawser and Smith 487 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A key element of successfully being what the kids call a hipster nowadays is looking cool and fashionable on a budget. Well, apply this philosophy to your personal space by outfitting your apartment with Strawser and Smiths' super affordable, super fashionable furniture that ranges from coffee tables made from repurposed medical carts to a coat rack that doubles as a trendy bench.

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5. Lady Jay's 633 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

No frills, no nonsense - Lady Jay's is a joint that strips a bar down to its bare necessities. LJ's a neighborhood spot dedicated to straight-ahead boozin', decorating its walls with Native American paintings, an American flag, and a pair of mounted steer horns. If you're looking for fancy cocktails, take your business elsewhere, 'cause Lady Jay's is all about seasonal draughts, PBR tallboys, and the highest quality whiskeys.

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6. Hana Food 534 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Not only will your inebriated self love that this joint is open late-night, it's also serving up wackily-named sandwiches (My Girlfriend is a Whore, Douche Bag, and MILF Revenge, to name a few) that will be that much more entertaining when you're a couple brews deep.

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7. Hope Garage 163 Hope St, New York, NY 11211 (New York)

Hope Garage's a resto open 'til 4am and satisfying your cravings of panko-crusted fish sticks w/ spicy remoulade, tri-fromage grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, buffalo wings w/ blue cheese fondue & celery ribbons, and fried Wisconsin cheese curds.



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