often, when i’m heading to a brooklyn academy of music production at the howard gilman opera house on lafayette avenue just off fulton street, i am a bit disoriented and disappointed. first, there is all the stuff that is on fulton on the other side of flatbush heading toward downtown brooklyn which just is so unappealing (very affordable but very unappealing) and then in terms of food it seems on first glance my only options are applebees or juniors. so when i started doing more research on the fantastic urbanglass studio space located right next to bam, i finally realize how close it all is to fort greene, and there is a pretty heavy duty strip of both shops and food not too far away. below, i have listed some ideas for roaming around the neighborhood and helping you to avoid the fate that is applebees.
cloth, this charming independent boutique with women’s clothes is big into organics and comfort with style. 138 fort greene place between hanson place and lafayette avenue, brooklyn, new york, 718.403.0223.
greenlight bookstore, i was very jealous when i walked in here last week. big, spacious, clean, chock full of great recommendations and even a cute, but not cutesy, children’s nook. i’m so thrilled they’ve opened and they were super busy. excellent news. 686 fulton street at south portland, brooklyn, new york, 718.246.0200.
stem: at the recommendation of thistle & clover, i stopped in here and the flowers are gorgeous. i’ll be back soon and there were quilts. 112 s. oxford between lafayette and fulton street, brooklyn, new york, 718.722.4767.
saffron: i have not been yet, but the photos look enticing. vintage clothes mixed in with artists’ things and cut flowers. excellent location too. 31 hanson place between saint felix and fort greene place, brooklyn, new york, 718.852.6053.
brooklyn fare: we just had our first take-out from here last night. braised ribs, fingerling mashed potatoes, garlicky brussel sprouts and eggplant lasagna. all delicious. 200 schermerhorn street at , brooklyn, new york, 718.243.0050.
aqualis grill: have not been here, but if you’re into fish i think this is the place to at least try. 773 fulton street between south oxford street and south portland avenue, brooklyn, new york, 718.797.3494.
cake man raven: i of course have heard of this guy for ages, and his amazing red velvet cake so i’m curious. a little worried that there’s been too much hype but it’s worth checking out. 708A fulton street at south oxford street, brooklyn, new york, 718.694.2253.
greene grape provisions: a great little condensed fancyish grocery store (union market without the pretense) with great sandwiches and treats from all the best locals like whimsy & spice and my new obsession liddabit sweets. 753 fulton street at south portland avenue, brooklyn, new york, 718.233.2700.