Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

by Caitlin Dover, 10/16/2013

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  • Bars
    A night out in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill often comes with two New York City bar scene rarities: elbow room and great eats. Habana Outpost boasts an outdoor courtyard and a menu that includes frozen mojitos and Mexican dishes (the grilled corn on the cob makes an excellent bar snack). Between about mid-April to mid-to-late October, when Outpost is open, its picnic tables are the ideal spot to while away a lazy afternoon; on summer weekends, a party-primed crowd takes in open-air movies projected on the courtyard wall. For more libations in a communal setting, head one block down Fulton Street to Die Stammkneipe/Der Schwarze Kölner. The roomy bar with its long wooden tables is a natural locale for impromptu group celebrations, which are only enhanced by an impressive beer list and German comfort food like weisswurst and soft pretzels. If you'd rather have barbecue with your beer—or your whiskey sour—nab an outdoor table at Hot Bird and order a sandwich and sides from the neighboring Little Brother BBQ. Looking for a quieter night out? The tiny and exquisite bar Mayflower offers a cozy refuge. Settle into the velvet banquette, order a deftly crafted cocktail and retreat from the City's bustle for a while.

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