Now I'm not much of a bar hopper (my friends and family are now doubling over in laughter at the thought) but when I happen on a place like this one, it's definitely worth a blog entry.
Some very close friends of mine had a welcome home party on Sunday, honoring their return from a long trip. They're not that old, so inviting all their friends to gather at a bar is de rigeur. I was invited too.
Habana Outpost in Brooklyn's Fort Greene is not to be missed. For starters, it's the first "eco-eatery" in NY. What does that mean? It's solar powered, everything is recyclable, and even the smoothies are blended with bike power. Second, you can take your dog, at least to the outdoor seating (which is all I saw). Third, the Cuban menu includes corn on the cob rolled in something that is positively delicious (though not identifiable to this gourmande). Fourth, there's a fashion flea market set up around the perimeter but inside the bar's fence (yes, it's a fence). Fifth, they show movies at night. I could go on but just look at the pictures.
Then take a walk down South Portland Avenue, toward Fort Greene Park, and see what Time Out New York calls "the most beautiful block in New York." No surprise to me. It's Brooklyn, my mother's beloved hometown.