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Food & Drink

Friday Night Highlights

Where our editors get down when work is done

friday night highlights!

Believe it or not, we don’t live at DailyCandy headquarters. Here’s how five of our editors kick off the weekend.

Crown Heights/Prospect Heights
Tiffany Davis, Everywhere editor
Warm-Up: With the front burger joint, back beer garden, firehouse bar space, and casual cocktail bar, happy hour standard Franklin Park is four stops in one.
Main Course: Teensy Jamaican dining attic De Islands is the curry-est, coziest way to fake a Caribbean sojourn. It’s BYOB, so visit boutique wine seller Wino(t) beforehand.
Next Level: Cocktails at The Crown Inn and a midnight (second) dinner of bulgogi on rye and house-brined pickle pots from Black Tree sandwich shop tucked in back.

Cobble Hill
Lauren Berger, senior editor
Warm-Up: Score a picnic table at 61 Local for hyperlocal brews and shared honey ricotta toast with pistachio dust. Make a mental note to return in the a.m. for cinnamon tea and Bien Cuit pastries.
Main Course: Follow the brownstone lights all the way to Spanish tapas joint La Vara. Only have time for a quickie? Hanco’s classic pork banh mi is a steal at $6.
Next Level: The snug Sample (152 Smith St.; 718-643-6622) eases up once (a worthy) happy hour ends. Dessert nuts should know The Chocolate Room’s best-kept secret is a cup of mint chip ice cream.

Fort Greene
Jay Blades, managing editor
Warm-Up: Put your name in at tiny newbie Lulu & Po then walk two blocks south to Walter’s. Sit at the bar; order a Diablo and a dozen oysters (or spoil your appetite with artichoke dip and steamed duck buns).
Main Course: Lulu & Po plays into the whole local, seasonal, small-plates shtick, but you can’t knock deep-fried anchovies, bone marrow tacos, or hearty house-brined pork chop with seasonal chutney.
Next Level: Dick & Jane’s may look like your typical speakeasy (unmarked door, tin ceiling), but it’s surprisingly unpretentious. It’s the only area bar that can make a Penicillin (blended Scotch, ginger, honey, and lemon), though rumor has it the other drinks are quite tasty.

Park Slope
Emily Warman, social media editor
Warm-Up: Half-price wine and apps (try the fried lamb and sage sausage) make for a very happy hour at Terroir. You’re supposed to get free sherry, so ask for it.
Main Course: If you’re balling, Al Di Là or Talde. If you’re thrifty, Peruvian joint Coco Roco for the $14 roast chicken (it feeds three).
Next Level: Check The Bell House show schedule or get down at Blueprint with Smoky Mary’s (chipotle tequila, lime, agave). For better or worse, swing by Pork Slope and/or High Dive for a nightcap.

West Village
Jordan Blumberg, New York editor
Warm-Up: Powwow about forthcoming antics and stain your lips red at Aria Wine Bar. Or shuck it and fill up on oysters and a split plate of lobster spaghetti at Jeffrey’s.
Main Course: Get on the list at Red Farm; temper the wait next door at Swine; return and inhale dumplings on dumplings on whatever special is happening.
Next Level: Channel competitive energy with beer pong and a Britney sound track at Pieces Bar. It’s cash only, but beer is cheap and there’s an ATM that dispenses nothing but $10 bills.

Photo: Ailbhe O’Donnell / Getty Images

LOCATIONS
Aria Wine Bar
117 Perry St
bt Greenwich & Hudson Sts
New York, NY 10014
The Chocolate Room
269 Court St
@ Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-246-2600
61 Bergen St
@ Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
347-763-6624
Dick & Janes
266 Adelphi St
@ Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Coco Roco
392 5th Ave
bt 6th &7th Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Terroir Park Slope
284 5th Ave
@ 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Piece's Bar
8 Christopher St
bt Gay St & Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
Red Farm
529 1/2 Hudson St
bt Charles & 10th Sts
New York, NY 10014
166 Dekalb Ave
@ Cumberland St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-488-7800
Blueprint
196 5th Ave
bt Sackett & Union Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11217
8203 Flatlands Ave
@ 82nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11236
718-241-3812
The Crown Inn
724 Franklin Ave
bt Park & Sterling Pls
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Sample
152 Smith St
@ Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-643-6622
Wino(t)
796 Franklin Ave
@ Lincoln Pl
New York, NY 11238
Lulu & Po
154 Carlton Ave
@ Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Hanco's
85 Bergen St
bt Smith & Hoyt Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-858-6818
High Dive
243 5th Ave
@ Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-788-0401
247 5th Ave
bt Carroll St & Garfield Pl
New York, NY 11215
718-768-7675
531 Hudson St
bt 10th & Charles Sts
New York, NY 10014
212-255-7675
268 Clinton St
@ Verandah Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-422-0065
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