Best Bars & Restaurants Near Barclays Center
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A laid-back restaurant that eschews traditional tables for more trendy communal benches both inside and out back on the patio, this Park Slope hangout is great for groups looking to kill time before a show. Its selection caters to a range of palates – everything from $1.80 Yuenglings to craft beers upwards of $20 – and offers sandwiches that’ll keep you feeling full through overtime, or an encore.
Cheap and great for sharing: Miriam not only boasts 2-for-1 drinks during happy hour, but also offers a free mezze (selection of small dishes) as part of the deal. In other words, the more people you bring, the more free food to go around.
A “gourmet grocery store,” Brooklyn Larder is like the hipster version of Whole Foods, only tastier and with a marked (read: better) emphasis on cheese. Because it doesn’t offer traditional table-service, its deli sandwiches are perfect for a quick bite before showtime.
Picky eaters will love this Brooklyn staple’s creamy, traditional ice-cream flavors, while more adventurous members of the family can tuck into “mulled apple cider sorbet” or our apropos fave, Barclays Gridlock: coffee ice cream with chocolate flakes, salted peanuts, fudge brownies, and chocolate-covered pretzels.
It’s tough to mess up pizza, but it’s even more difficult to stand out in a city renown for its doughy Italian fare. With locations in the Village, Midtown, Upper East and West sides, in addition to its Brooklyn restaurant, Two Boots is an NYC – and kid-friendly – staple. Classic margheritas and cheese pizzas will appease whiners and broad-minded diners alike, but there’s always The Dude (“cajun bacon cheeseburger pie”) or Bayou Beast (bbq shrimp and crawfish) for those willing to take full advantage of the acclaimed selection.
Although no Brooklyn location has opened yet, rumor has it Danny Meyer will bring his burger h(e)aven to Flatbush Ave. sometime soon. If that happens, happy families can indulge their cravings for the American favorite without the fast-food guilt. Fingers crossed.
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Because romance and good (so often Italian!) food go hand-in-hand, consider Va Beh for its homemade pasta – then choose Va Beh for its location right across from the arena.
If you don’t need to pick between his beer garden and her wine bar, why do it? 606 R&D boasts a wide range of drinks (including the trendy kambucha on tap), as well as an equally broad dinner selection and a great, doughnut-heavy dessert menu. Just be sure to budget enough time to waddle over to Barclays when you’re through.
CBS called it “a perfect location for a romantic dinner before a Barclays Center event,” while the Fort Greene Patch named it one of its top Valentine’s Day spots. If you’re going for a full night of romance before watching Barbra, or even Hova, perform, we recommend something bubbly at this intimate locale.
Bars Near Barclays Center
A little ways from Barclays (a full subway stop over, at Franklin Avenue on the 2,3,4,5) this burger-place-cum-beer-garden is worth checking out while the mild weather lasts. Franklin Park Bar boasts three bars, arcade games, plenty of outdoor seating, and service from the attached Dutch Boy Burger joint in front. Nothing too fancy, this Crown Heights favorite simply serves up good beer and good food (including a mean grilled cheese) without any gimmicks.
4th Avenue Pub has earned almost a full 5-star rating on Yelp, whose message boards are full of customers raving over the bar’s beer selection, unpretentious atmosphere, and free popcorn. The Park Slope pub is great for a relaxed wind-down after the show – should your invite to Jay-Z’s new 40/40 Club fall through.
Another laid-back hangout, Pacific Standard hits all the bases for a Brooklyn good time: cheap beer, board games and ice-cream sandwiches at the bar.
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A cultural holdout amid gentrification, Frank’s features live jazz when its jukebox isn’t churning out classic soul, hip-hop and R&B. Uninterested in any “mood” atmosphere, the bar champions – as one reviewer put it – a “down-home and authentic” vibe.
Mediterranean cuisine, candlelight and rustic accents – this place is all about classic romance, conveniently located within walking distance of Barclays.
NY Mag calls it a “good, classy cocktail bar,” a succinct description befitting the classic simplicity of Weather Up’s menu. With an emphasis on liquors like bourbon, gin and scotch, the bar’s drinks are meant to be savored – and revisited.