Monday, August 13, 2012

Dinner with a View

Alma Restaurant/B61 Bar

Head over to 187 Columbia Street in Brooklyn, New York, and take the back steps to the rooftop deck for cuisine of Mexican tradition with American and Asian influences. I recommend starting with guacamole and chips, and wash it down with your choice of 12 beers on tap, margaritas, or one of the bars signature drinks like Tavern Lemonade or Hard Palmer (vodka, triple sec, lemonade and iced tea).

While waiting for your food, take in the panoramic view of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Governor's Island. This is a fabulous venue for dinner and a sunset. The rooftop is open year-round with a canopy cover in the summer to block out the sun and heated in the winter to take the chill off.

Check out the menu at but also ask the waitstaff about the specials.

If you're looking to relax after work, stay downstairs at B61 Bar. Named after the MTA bus that travels down Columbia Street, enjoy the jukebox, pinball, and free billiard table. Limited menu available with 12 beers and tap, along with their signature drinks. Happy Hour is 4-7 PM with $1 off all drafts & well drinks, and $2 Yuenglings.

Il Fornetto

On the opposite end of Brooklyn, located at 2909 Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay, enjoy Italian cuisine at Il Fornetto. A friendly staff will walk you through the menu of wood-fired brick oven pizza, pasta dishes, fresh fish, and desserts. I found the dishes with the least amount of ingredients tasted the best: tomato, mozzarella and basil; rigatoni with meat sauce, although all the other dishes looked amazing.

Come early to score a table by the window for a view of the marina and a ballet of swans. A prix fixe menu is available every day.

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