There may have been a time when Gowanus was a joke, but now fun seekers are heading there in droves—and they are having the last laugh!
EAT: Spice Up Your Life at Ugly Baby
The key to conquering Ugly Baby’s innovative, heralded Thai menu is carefully balancing the spice levels. Start with the laab ped udon—underneath that fiery heat is an outrageously juicy duck that pairs perfectly with crunchy white cabbage and cucumbers. 407 Smith Street
DRINK: Grab a Locally Produced Pint at Other Half Brewing
To cool your happily on-fire mouth, head south down the canal and west up Centre Street to Other Half Brewing, one of the major players in NYC’s craft brewery movement. 195 Centre Street
DO: Laugh Until It Hurts at the Bell House
Nicole Byer. Bob the Drag Queen. Dan Soder. Those are just three of the many hilarious comedians and performers who recently hit the stage at this comfy venue. 149 7th Street