SoCo Southern Fused Cuisine
509 Myrtle Ave (between Ryerson St & Grand Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11205
G train to the Clinton-Washington Ave. station
We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather one evening and find a new place for dinner. As we cruised through the streets of Brooklyn, we came across a few interesting looking dining options, but the brisk breezes of dusk were so inviting we felt encouraged to explore more. On this particular night, the dining venue had to be just right. We must have walked through about four neighborhoods. The next thing we knew we were in the Clinton Hill section, and SoCo restaurant was IT! On this Thursday night, it was the place that had it all going on. Through the windows, we saw a moving picture of taste, art, culture and pleasure. It was speaking to us and told us to come in. So we did. We walked in and were attracted to the energy of this posh, hip, and tasteful venue. We entered and noticed the large Brooklyn themed collage repping Notorious B.I.G. and others, the raised DJ booth, the long bar, and the charming smile of the hostess guiding us to our desired seats at the bar. Instantly, the bartender, and our host for the evening (who we later learned was Brian) greeted us with a warm, polite smile. He welcomed us, asked if this was our 1st time visiting and took us on a guided menu tour to start off our full dining experience. Naturally, we began with cocktails – the French Q.75 and the Butternut squash for Harv (that’s right, “Butternut Squash” drink – and both drinks were delicious)! The cocktail menu is intriguing, unique and well developed by Mixologist, George Duvall. As we looked through the appetizer and entrée selections, the decision was difficult, but we ultimately decided on ordering the wings appetizer, mac-n-cheese side dish, and the Lobster, Shrimp & Grits entrée. (You should know that I chose the wings and mac because the woman next to me seemed to ripping hers apart. Her friend was trying to hold a mild conversation with her, but the woman next to me could barely stop eating long enough to provide any response. I took this as a sign that the food was pretty outstanding, plus she’d already turned around and told me so. LOL). As we waited for our food, we enjoyed the rest of our drinks, and the live DJ continued to spin tunes that had us vibing and feeling alive! We were chillin’ with the beautiful people. Our food arrived without delay and we devoured every morsel. SoCo’s talented executive chef, Kingsley John, has prepared a menu of, what we call, ‘feastive’ treats for the public, and we were glad to reap the benefits of his culinary expertise. We finally topped off our evening with some dessert cocktails, reluctantly picked up our check and headed home. We want to also mention how delighted we were with the fact that they were really busy all night (all seats at the bar were taken, and all tables were full), yet they still provided us excellent service the entire evening. SoCo Southern Fused Cuisine was intriguing, warm and delightful. We, easily, could have hung out there all night; it’s just that cool-a-place. You can now find them in “Cruisers Favorites”. Since our initial visit, we’ve been back and will be back again and again.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, SoCo is closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday closed by 2am
Brunch is served Sundays only 11am – 3pm
Live band Tuesday nights and Sunday brunch
Live DJ Thursday nights
Be sure to enjoy the Blueberry bourbon sour, SoCo caramel martini and other delectables.
Higher-end (Excellent preparation, creative and delicious).
Higher-end (Makes everyone feel comfortable, always pleasant, attentive and efficient).
Good/Moderate ($30 – $60). For a really good time here, this amount can get you an appetizer an entrée and a drink. You can also have just a drink and appetizer for under $30
Higher-end (Eye-catching, inspires conversation).
232 Vanderbilt Ave (between Willoughby Ave & Dekalb Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11205
G train to Clinton-Washington Ave station
This Italian eatery is very popular among the locals. With amazing food, and pizza that rivals old Grimaldi’s, you are sure to leave with your taste buds and tummy completely satisfied. Our favorites are many including the shrimp oreganata appetizer, pizza vito, pizza pescatore and chicken parm. The quality of table service could use some overall improvement (more smiles from the waitstaff and bartender would be nice; they could stand to provide a clearer explanation of side dishes available with your entree, and a printed list of the specials in their menu be helpful – they seem to think patrons should memorize the chalk board from outside the restaurant). That said, you’re still likely to enjoy your dining experience. Graziella’s is the only place we visit for dinner and just can’t leave without a cup of coffee to finish off the evening.
Graziella’s offers a good venue for lunch or dinner with your family, friends or a romantic evening.
Higher-end (Excellent preparation, creative and delicious). This place offers dishes you want to come back for. We love the pizza pescatore. The flavors are like we’ve never had anywhere else.
Good (You’ll come back again.)
Good/Moderate ($30 – $60pp) This is what you’ll pay for a really good time including appetizers, wine and main course.
Good/Moderate (comfortable, creative)
Mullanes Bar & Grill
71 Lafayette Avenue (right off of Fulton St), Brooklyn, NY 11217
C train to Lafayette Avenue station
We’ve been coming to this Fort Greene establishment for years and we just love their burgers the best. We really like the fact that their beef burger is so good, but you can also swap it out for turkey as well…and you will not be disappointed. They even offer a veggie burger! Mullanes also has a lot of other really good food! Stop in to catch your favorite sports games on large screens during brunch, lunch, happy hour or dinner. Note – happy hour is 4:00 – 7:00pm Monday – Friday and is accompanied by a small free buffet. Extra special is their late night kitchen – open Monday thru Thursday until 1am, Friday & Saturday until 2am, and Sunday until midnight.
Good (This place is sure to offer a dish you’ll find special enough to come back for). We love their selection of burgers. Their consistently delicious.
Good (You’ll come back again)
Good ($30 – $60 pp). This will take good care of you here
Good (Comfortable, creative)