Five new spots to refuel in the neighborhood
Let’s say you are out and about in the neighborhood shopping and you’re starving or you’re in the office and need a coffee. Maybe you’ve just seen an exhibit at BRIC or Grumpy Bert and are feeling like a snack, or your mind starts drifting to a vacation and you suddenly feel the need for a culinary escape.
We have put together a list of five new spots in Downtown Brooklyn to help revive and refuel you:
148 Lawrence St
Sometimes you just need soup dumplings – even if you are not a Shanghai native and it wasn’t your comfort food growing up. We’ve got our own authentic liquid-filled dough balls right here now, thanks to three Shanghai-born restaurateurs Chi Zhang, Kevin Gu, and Chong Wu Du.
Meaning ‘Uncle’s soup dumplings,’ Yaso Tangbao is tucked in just off the Fulton Mall on Lawrence Street. Popular Shanghai-born chef Zongxing Tu cooks up two types of soup dumplings – one with pork and one with a mixed blue crab and pork filling. You can also try small plates like sweet-and-sour pork ribs and noddle soups – street vendor style food inside a nice, warm, bricks-and-mortar location.
306 Gold St
There is a theme developing here, and that’s authenticity. Jun Shokudo on Gold Street has Japanese nationals declaring their love of the authentic Japanese grub at this cozy little spot. The home-style Japanese restaurant has a simple menu with miso black cod, steamed egg custard, niku jaga, and a good sake selection as well.
100 Willoughby St
On to a real pick-me-up – coffee! Downtown Brooklyn is now home to a great little coffee shop called Ava Brew on Willoughby Street. They are serving up Brooklyn-roasted Pushcart Coffee and their yummy pastries, too. Set in the base of the new AvaDoBro building, this coffee shop is perfect if you need pop out and grab your coffee to go, but also great to sit and relax with a coffee, organic tea, or even craft beer or wine – the most recent additions to this great new spot.
Piece of Velvet
708A Fulton St
Your coffee needs cake…red velvet cake. And Piece of Velvet has some of the best outside of the South. Created by former Cake Man Raven consultant Michael Morgan, Piece of Velvet has opened up one of his four locations right on Fulton St. Find out more about his classic red or decadent twists like pineapple velvet or red velvet Oreo cakes in our in-depth piece, “Cake Man Raven’s legacy reaches Downtown Brooklyn.”
57 Court St
Every downtown needs a Parisian boulangerie. Now we have two – right on Court Street. In addition to Paris Baguette, Downtown Brooklyn is proud to be the first Maison Kayser location in the borough. You may know Maison Kayser from such hits as ‘flaky butter croissant, Salade Gourmande or duck prosciutto over a bed of greens.’ Perhaps you prefer a ‘pain au chocolate’ (chocolate croissant) or, better yet, ‘pain au chocolate aux amandes’ (chocolate almond croissant). Oui, oui.
For a look at all places to refuel in Downtown Brooklyn, check out our comprehensive list of Eating and Dining in Downtown Brooklyn.