Tonight you’re going to want to wear comfy shoes (or have your ride-sharing app of choice fired up)—and be ready to discover your new favorite neighborhood.
DO: Take a Twilight Stroll Through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Every Tuesday through August 27, the garden stays open until 8:30 p.m. and features an eclectic mix of performances and experiences, plus seasonal cocktails. So stop to smell the flowers—and sip the spiked strawberry basil lemonade. Entrances at 455 Flatbush Avenue and 990 Washington Avenue
EAT: At the Persian Cuisine Sensation, Sofreh
Did that garden wandering make you peckish? Good, because not far away is one of Brooklyn’s best new restaurants: From house-made yogurt dips to fresh feta served alongside a pile of seasonal herbs, every dish that comes out of Sofreh’s kitchen is both light and true to its Persian roots. 75 St. Mark’s Avenue (between Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street)
DESSERT: Among Those Sweet and Clever Ample Hills
Next, take a short walk down freshly bustling Vanderbilt Avenue for a visit with the ice cream innovators at Ample Hills Creamery. The fast-expanding (but locally founded) chain features cheeky names for flavors, like the Commodore (chocolate-covered potato chips!), and its perennial fave, Salted Crack’d Caramel. 623 Vanderbilt Avenue (between St. Mark’s Avenue and Bergen Street)
DRINK: Retro-Chic Cocktails at Bearded Lady
Your nightcap choice is no choice at all—you must pull up a stool at the perfectly ’60s horseshoe bar at the Bearded Lady. Once there, you really can’t go wrong throwing back any of the throwback concoctions, but the Hot Chip stands out for both its beauty and spicy charms. Splashes of mezcal and sugarcane rum bring out the sweetness of a roasted maize twist bobbing above the rim of the glass. 686A Washington Avenue (at St. Mark’s Avenue)
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