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).
626 Vanderbilt Avenue (Between Park Place & Prospect Place), Brooklyn, NY 11238
#2 or #3 train to Grand Army Plaza station, or B or Q train to Seventh Avenue station
One of the most relaxed places to visit along the Vanderbilt Avenue strip. The manager, Rob, makes sure that everyone is happy and smiling and that they return. Plan B, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, offers a variety of tasty treats including some of the best sandwiches and salads. Enjoy dining at Plan B for lunch, dinner. Also, stop by for happy hour 4:00 – 7:00pm. Plan B is a small venue, offers outdoor seating, ok for any occasion, ok for children (during the days, of course). The atmosphere’s always friendly.
Plan B is also great place for sports viewing. They show all the games (football, soccer, hockey, tennis, etc), and you can count on always having someone to cheer along with.
Mon-Tues 4pm – 1am, Wed 4pm – 2am, Thurs 4pm – 3am, Fri 4pm – 4am,
Sat 12pm – 4am, Sun 12pm – 12am
Good (This place is sure to offer a dish you’ll find special enough to come back for) Menu is specific to appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Our favorites include the Buffalo wings, jerk chicken salad, fried fish sandwich (tilapia), pulled pork sandwich, and calamari. Rob also enhances the dining experience by altering the menu every so often. Plan B offers good beer selections (includes beers on tap). They also offer a nice weekend brunch menu. All-in-all, Plan B offers more than just your standard bar fare.
Good (You’ll come back again) Personal attention from the management is just super. Be sure to ask for Rob when you visit Fridays during happy hour, Saturdays and Sundays for lunch.
Cheap ($10 – $30 pp). $20 – $30 will take care of you here.
Good (Comfortable, creative). Still evolving as management continues to add sports memorabilia
The Livingroom at The Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street (near West 13th Street), New York, NY
C, E or A train to 14th Street Union Square
We ABSOLUTELY love this place! Located in the Meatpacking district, The Standard rates huge in every way. It’s a regular spot for fun and fabulousness! Even the restrooms are great. Dress casual but be sure to look good. The entire neighborhood is chic and there’s achance to meet celebs. This place is a must visit whether you live in NY or are just visiting. You’ll feel relaxed and part of New York’s elite crowd. The cocktails here are delicious. Our favorites are the cosmonaut and Rick Shaw! Favorite menu items are the shrimp cocktail and the turkey club! Even if you’re not an official part of New York’s elite, the staff here ensures your personal enjoyment. It’s classic service with a smile. We enjoy Livingroom at The Standard mostly during a nice afternoon lunch, evening and late night cocktails.
Higher-end (Excellent preparation, creative and delicious)
Higher-end/Splurging (Makes everyone feel comfortable; always pleasant, attentive and efficient. You’re sure to leave 18% or more for gratuity)
Good ($30 – $60). This is a great spending range for this place. You’ll enjoy yourself
Higher-end (Eye-catching, inspires conversation)
1048 Bedford Ave (near Lafayette Ave.), Brooklyn, NY 1205
G train to Bedford-Nostrand Ave station
Black Swan offers something great every single day of the week. It’s a great place for all beer lovers, sports lovers, and lovers of really good food. Black Swan offers about 10 or so beers on tap, and they offer a large selection of bottled beers. Our first visit to this BedStuy gastropub was on a breezy and very warm summer afternoon. Their menu selection offers a delectable and indulgent looking selection. We kept it safe and first enjoyed their Fried Calamari appetizer and the Blackened Salmon BLT. Since then, we’ve tried a number of other menu selections including their Buffalo Wings and also the Curry Chicken Salad sandwich served with delicious crispy fries. The decor at Black Swan is tasteful and filled with natural dark wood. Outdoor seating is available. Large televisions are at the bar for sports viewing. The brunch menu offers a little more than typical omelets and pancakes. Happy hour is offered daily 11:30-8pm. Late night kitchen available Thursday – Sunday.
If you like bloody marys, don’t miss theirs. It’s topped with……wait for it…………………shrimp, bacon, and cheese on a skewer! Oh yeah! They’re not kiddin’ around. Stop in for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Higher-end (Good preparation, creative, delicious)
Good (You’ll come back again)
Good ($30 – $60 pp) While you can certainly spend $30 or less and have a great time, a little more will get you a couple of extra drinks, and they are good!
Higher-end (Eye catching, inspires conversation)