In the Neighborhood
Arts & Culture
Billie Holiday Theatre
A Bed-Stuy cultural cornerstone since 1972, the 200-seat Billie Holiday Theatre has served as one of the neighborhood's few venues for live theater, focusing on contemporary plays and musicals by Caribbean and African-American writers.
This eclectic bar has a little bit of something for everyone: an absinthe fountain for those who are out for an adventure; a miniature library of books and magazines for thinking types seeking a quieter evening; a dartboard for patrons with traditional pub-night interests; and a backyard patio for those hoping to simply enjoy the nice weather with one of the bar's classic (Sazeracs, old-fashioneds) or seasonally inspired specialty cocktails.
Speedy Romeo (Clinton Hill)
The creation of former Jean Georges chef Justin Bazdarich and casting director Todd Feldman (The Sopranos), Speedy Romeo specializes in Italian classics with a twist, like watermelon gazpacho, tuna confit and steak tartar crostini, and wood-fired pizzas like the “Saint Louie” (Provel, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and pickled chilis) and the “Casey Moore” (baked clams, spinach, Bechamel, and tarragon).