Borough-Wide: A Taste of Brooklyn – Al Fresco Dining

Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill are home to many restaurants where you can enjoy your meal or drinks in the warm summer air. Whether they offer wonderful waterfront views or ooze neighborhood charm, these restaurants deserve to be added to your list of local haunts.

Taperia
Brooklyn Heights
132 Montague Street
(718) 596-1800

This Spanish tapas restaurant might look unassuming from the street, but their back patio is the perfect spot to relax with a cocktail. While small plates are the menu’s main focus, Taperia also has main courses like paella on the menu. Cocktails like sangria packed with fruit or coconut mojitos help make any bad day better.

Alma
Cobble Hill
187 Columbia Street
(718) 643-5400

Alma is located right on the Cobble Hill waterfront. Offering traditional Mexican fare, drinks and a stunning lower Manhattan view (past the Brooklyn industrial piers), this restaurant is a favorite of Brooklynites. Each of the three floors has a unique atmosphere, including B61 Bar that offers up pinball, draft beer and a cozy setting.

Buttermilk Channel
Carroll Gardens
524 Court Street
(718) 852-8490

This restaurant is named for the mile-long tidal strait between Brooklyn and Governor’s Island that was notoriously mentioned by Walt Whitman in his writing for The Brooklyn Eagle; Whitman mentioned that Brooklyn farmers walked their cows across the channel to graze on Governor’s Island grass. The menu is a reinvention of classic favorites like duck meatloaf with corn pudding and blackberry gastrique.

Teresa’s
Brooklyn Heights
80 Montague Street
(718) 797-3996

Teresa’s Restaurant serves up homemade, authentic and delicious Polish food. Everything from blintzes and pierogis to eggs Benedict and thick French toast made with babka is dolled out in this classic Brooklyn Heights staple steps from the Brooklyn Promenade.

Strong Place
Cobble Hill
270 Court Street
(718) 855-2105

This unassuming bar and restaurant offers interesting twists on American fare, an extensive raw bar and a huge draft beer selection. Sitting on the outdoor patio is intimate and romantic especially while sharing an order of Cajun boiled peanuts or spicy duck fat edamame.

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