by Amy Abate - 72 Reviews - 3 List
Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood offers an abundance of high-end restaurants and bars and divey late-night spots. Whether you take the train from Manhattan to wander down Smith and nearby tree-lined side streets or come from another Brooklyn `hood to explore all Cobble Hill has to offer, get ready to eat and drink your way through one of Brooklyn's more refined hoods with our guide to seven of Cobble Hill's finest restaurants and bars.
Updated: September 08, 2010
An offshoot of Brooklyn Social, another local favorite, Henry Public boasts an attractive blend of hipsters and yuppies sampling unique cocktails after work and families brunching on the weekends. As well as serving the best bar food in the neighborhood, Henry Publick also mixes up a bloody mary that's the best in Cobble Hill and possibly in all of Brooklyn.
Our top pick for a first date in Cobble Hill, this wine and tapas bar is located on the west side of the neighborhood. It serves up reasonably priced wines and a variety of Italian small plates that are ideal for sharing. If you don't mind a wait, stop by on Friday or Saturday night, when a DJ spins good background beats.
A the restaurant that started the Smith Street craze, The Grocery is geared toward true foodies. Although the menu--chock-full of local ingredients--changes monthly, the focus is on New American cuisine. Open since 1999 (a long time in these parts), it remains one of New York's most esteemed restaurants.
Brooklynites who favor brown liquor--and who doesn't?--flock to this upscale whiskey den. With more than 150 bottles of bourbon, Scotch and whiskey, it's pure paradise for hard-drinkers who can hang. Chase a swig of the tough stuff down with something off of Char's legit Southern-inspired menu.
Semi-pretentious speakeasy-style cocktail dens may be more common in Manhattan, but everything makes its way to Brooklyn. In the midst of a street filled with dive bars galore, this high-end cocktail lounge is a welcome respite, complete with mixologists, comfy couches, booths and a separate back room.
The bar is unmarked, but look for the red door and discover Smith Street's best dive bar that Smith Street. Boat works just as well for quiet Monday night chats as it does for a final nightcap after a crazy night out in Manhattan. An added bonus: a pinball machine and Ms. Pac Man.
A Smith Street favorite, this French bistro is a go-to for local hipsters in search of steak frites, bar snacks or Sunday brunch. It's always packed with Brooklyn scenesters, but head over on a weeknight when there's live New Orleans jazz. Once upon a time, Cobble Hill's most famous couple--Michelle Williams and Health Ledger--were regulars.