Thank you!

Our neighbor in Bushwick, FINE & RAW has been honing the art of candy-craft for over a decade. From humble beginnings in a Brooklyn market stall, their artisan chocolate shop has become one of the city’s true hidden gems. We partnered with FINE to make these special GREATS chocolate bars and share them with you - but that’s not the only treat to discover.

After three years in Brooklyn, the Greats team has lived, shopped, drank, and dined all over the area, over time discovering places as special and local as FINE & RAW. Now, we want to share our favorites with you. An insider’s guide to America’s coolest city, straight from our team to you.

For a taste of Brooklyn even sweeter than the one you just ate, just check out the map below. Who says chocolate can’t come with dessert?

Our Favorite Spots



1. Sunday in Brooklyn

Healthy, New American-style fare in a multistory restaurant right by the waterfront. Treat yourself to brunch here and never look back.

2. Lilia

The best Italian food in Brooklyn, if not the city. Come for the pasta; stay for the wines and desserts that make leaving akin to heartbreak. Mangia, mangia!

3. Casa Publica

Mexico City meets the city that never sleeps. This Williamsburg taco joint opened just this spring and is quickly getting buzz around town. Who doesn’t love fresh margs?

4. Mister Dips

Ice cream and burgers served up old school with irreverent flare. Eater Magazine describes it as “Shake Shack on acid.” We just call it “delicious.”

5. Paulie Gee’s

Paul Giannone’s temple to cheese pie was just named one of the best pizza shops in America, and was Zagat’s Best NYC Pizza in 2014. Visit and indulge.

6. Ovenly

The city’s best cookies, cakes, and baked goods. Seriously. No GREATS office party happens without Ovenly treats.

7. 1 OR 8

A sleek sushi restaurant with unconventional takes on Japanese cuisine in a minimalist space. Prepare to be wowed by food that tastes as good as it looks.

8. Brooklyn Barge

A floating pub right on the Greenpoint waterfront, offering skyline views and drink specials worth sailing for. The Barge just turned one this May and has already become a local summer tradition.

9. The Whiskey Brooklyn

Food, drinks, and games a-plenty at this neighborhood spot for all things strong and brown. For the connoisseur: ask about their special off-menu whiskies.

10. Freehold

Coffee shop in the morning; restaurant in the evening; bar, nightclub, and all-around good time until 4am. Repeat. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

11. Zablozki’s

Open since 2004, Zab’s has seen the neighborhood change by the minute. Its wood-paneled walls and old-school billiards table, however, have remained constant. Come here for that “local bar” feel you know and love.

12. Concrete+Water

A lifestyle boutique in every sense of the world. Shop a curated collection of housewares, apparel, and more - perfect for that industrial loft you’re totally getting next lease.

13. Kinfolk

A designer boutique/coffee shop/nightclub that may just be the coolest store in town. The store’s in-house line won the title of GQ’s “Best New Menswear Designer of 2017.” On a scale from 1 to -10 F, Kinfolk is the other side of the pillow. It’s that cool.

14. Pilgrim Surf

Brooklyn’s own bonafide surf shop. If you’re getting anywhere near sand and waves this summer, stop here first. Or their place in Amagansett. Just go.

15. Brooklyn Denim Co

Custom-made jeans, vintage eyewear, and a wide selection of heritage brands fill out this neighborhood emporium of all things denim. If the words Americana workwear” mean anything to you, this is your place.

16. McCarren Park

North Brooklyn’s own proper square of green. Breeze through any summer night - from outdoor concerts to Summer Screen, there’s bound to be something going on.

17. Brooklyn Steel

North Brooklyn’s newest (and largest) major music venue. Come here for the already-established artists. Big names coming up: London Grammar (8/1) and RJD2 (8/11)

18. Brooklyn Bowl

Bowling, brews, and a music calendar rivaling anywhere in town. Plus, food by Blue Ribbon, including their famous fried chicken. Come in and roll a game.

19. Music Hall of Williamsburg

North Brooklyn’s most iconic music venue. When indie names come to town, this is where they play. The venue’s triple-tiered bar is open outside of shows.

20. Output

Across the street from the Bowl’s fried chicken and acoustic sets lies this Mecca to all things neon and EDM. The rooftop here is a must-visit.