Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of summer entertaining in Brooklyn with family and friends coming to town. It can be a challenge to find places to eat that make everyone happy, especially when the heat is on (ooh, those 90 degree days are killer in New York!). Over the last several weeks, I’ve rounded up a handful of crowd-pleasing spots:
FOR A LIGHT BITE WITH A BREEZE
Pair Wine & Cheese has become my new favorite place and it’s perfect for guests looking for a light snack. Plus, if you visit during off hours, you’ll easily score a primo seat on the back porch — a beautiful spot that’s surrounded by tall trees and vine-covered brownstones. Order a sampling of cheeses and a glass of rosé or opt for heartier fare (like the potato raclette).
FOR DINNER WITH A VIEW
This one’s easy: Fornino in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The seats are plentiful, the pizza is delicious and the counter-service is quick and simple. Time your meal for sunset — the views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge are unreal — and your guests will be impressed.
FOR DINNER IN AIR CONDITIONING
Buttermilk Channel has an al fresco option, but the interior design of the space is spacious and cool. For guests that need a break from the heat, this Carroll Gardens restaurant is perfect. My favorite part: There’s a separate menu with a full range of entrées just for vegetarians. Oh, and the Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes. Yes, please.
FOR DINNER UNDER THE STARS
It’s a Brooklyn classic for a reason: Frankie’s 457 has one of the most beautiful backyards for al fresco dining ever. It’s so pretty, they even host weddings here. The Italian-focused menu comes with tons of options — and don’t be surprised if you spot a few flashing fireflies while you’re sipping your wine.
Where do you like to entertain when friends and family come to town?