A Weekend in Brooklyn: Eat+Drink

Brooklyn, the most populous borough of New York City, is a mecca of pride, culture and community. With over 60 neighborhoods, 6,000+ restaurants, 17 parks and countless activities to do, it’s hard to decide how to conquer your weekend getaway.

Luckily, we’ve gathered great recommendations across different neighborhoods for you to try out for yourself. This week, we’re off to Bed-Stuy. Home to our newest Hotel RL location, the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, located in northern-central Brooklyn, is lined with row houses and brownstones and is thought to have the most Victorian architecture in the country with 8,800 buildings built before 1900.

The Hotel RL Brooklyn Bed-Stuy offers the best of Brooklyn boutique hotels, including comfortable rooms, a screening room downstairs featuring top movies, bicycles for cruising around town and a game room. The Living Stage located in our lobby features artwork, poets and musicians performing live from the local community. Check out the latest schedule of events here.

Bed-Stuy is an up-and-coming neighborhood with quaint and quirky restaurants and eateries around every corner. We put together a list of the best food and drink options in town to make the most of your visit:

Eat+Drink In… Bed-Stuy

Do or Dive 1108 Bedford Ave.

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Don’t be alarmed by the exterior! Do or Dive moved in after its previous tenant, Do or Dine, moved out.

True to its quirky nature, instead of changing the sign, the owner just spray painted a ‘V’ to replace the ‘N’ and called it a day.

The interior is decked out with tacky knick-knacks, beer signs and memorabilia – just like your dive bar back home. This dog-friendly bar is frequented by neighborhood bar-flies as well as a younger, more hip crowd. Offering beer options for less than $7 and an eclectic cocktail menu, this affordable bar keeps its patrons always coming back for more.


Saraghina435 Halsey St.

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“Born in Italy, Bread in Brooklyn” on their business card says it all. Saraghina is a Brooklyn gem, serving up items from its bakery and wood-fired pizza from its restaurant.

Folks can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas, and dessert in this artfully painted hangout. Because all its ingredients come from traceable and local sources, the menu changes seasonally. Check out the weekly menu online.


Pilar Cuban Eatery – 397 Greene Ave.

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This authentic, yet modern Cuban eatery celebrates the food, ingredients and culture of Cu Run by Chef Ricardo Barreras, Pilar uses fresh ingredients, house-made chorizo, Cuban bread from a local bakery and imported Spanish products. Make sure to try the pressed Cuban Sandwich and Guava Cream Cheese Pie.

The restaurant is named after Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat that he had in Cuba. After naming the restaurant, the owner found out that Pilar, the fishing boat, was actually made in Brooklyn – making the name even more fitting.

Also check out Peaches Hot House, Dough, A&A Bake and Doubles and The Black Swan.