Want to see what all the fuss is about, but don’t want to trek all the way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard just to stock up on frozen quiches (friends, Wegmans has an entire department devoted to the pastry-and-egg savory pies!)? Make a day of it. There are plenty of great places to eat and drink within easy walking distance that you might not visit otherwise.
EAT: A Weekend Brunch at Vinegar Hill House
They say you should never go grocery shopping hungry. So fill up on smoked trout rillettes, sourdough pancakes, and shrimp and grits at this New American gem, tucked away in a quiet, historic part of Brooklyn. 72 Hudson Avenue
TOUR: Kings County Distillery
Take an educational, hour-long walk through the castlelike Kings County Distillery, New York’s oldest (and largest) whiskey distillery. On Saturday, tours run hourly,1–6 p.m.; on Sunday, tours are at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. 299 Sands Street, Building 121
DRINK: The Whiskey! (or Red Wine)
Your $16 tour ticket includes a whiskey flight in the distillery’s tasting room, which you can visit whether you take a tour or not. We recommend a few fingers of its smoky award-winning peated bourbon. If you prefer fermented grapes over malt, visit Rooftop Reds (299 Sands Street, Building 275), just a block away, where the wines are made from grapes grown on-site! Grocery shopping is way more fun with a buzz.
SHOP: At Your New Favorite Grocery Store, Wegmans
With 20,000 more square feet than even the massive Whole Foods in Gowanus, you can pretty much get whatever produce, prepared foods, or specialty products your heart desires here. We like to fill our carts with, yes, its house-made quiches, but also the fresh sub sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, and Wegmans famous chocolate chip cookies. 21 Flushing Avenue
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