Friday, October 20, 2006
While my parents were visiting we went to Brooklyn for lunch one day. We went to Grimaldi's, Jacques Torres Chocolates, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was a great family outing, in the the D.U.M.B.O (down under the manhattan bridge) area of Brooklyn. You can sometimes find street parking, but there are also two parking garages within a few blocks.
As far as I'm concerned, Grimaldi's is IT for New York style pizza. It's often rated as the #1 pizza in the five boroughs by lots of people who know. The thin crust that is chewy and crispy at the same time is amazing. Because it's so good it's very popular and you often have to wait in line outside to get inside the cramped quarters. I like going on a weekday for lunch. By arriving soon after they open (11:30), you avoid lines and crowds. It's very casual (read kind of a dive), so it's not stressful to have the kids there. The kids also enjoy watching the pizza being made and put into those enormous ovens. Make sure you order try the root beer. It's something with Brooklyn in the title and very good.
From Grimaldi's, Jacques Torres chocolates is just a short 2 block walk toward the river. It's worth it to go into the shop just to smell. Heaven. They have a display case filled with beautiful chocolates and truffles, but I go for the frozen and hot hot chocolate. I love the Wicked variety (chocolate spiked with ancho and chipotle chili peppers). Warning: this shop is not for the casual chocolate lover. It is serious stuff. The hot chocolate is thick, thick and super rich.
1/2 block down and across the street is the entrance to the park that runs along the East River. From this entrance it's a short walk to the playgroud that includes a pirate ship and tire swing. It's a nice spot to sit and enjoy the view while the kids blow off some steam.