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In Red Hook…

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Hola Hart Beat! Annnnnd, happy Monday. Or at least, hey, it’s Monday, what can we do about it. Over the weekend Pedro and I ate like the kings of Westeros and decided to do somethings that have been on our bucket lists this summer.

For me, one of those things has been to spend a day in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I don’t know Red Hook at all but it’s one of those Brooklyn neighborhoods that I’ve been wanting to check out. For those of you not familiar with the neighborhood, it’s a East River adjacent little nook of a neighborhood pretty isolated from the rest of the borough. The subway doesn’t run there so you’re dependent on bike or bus to get in and out of the area. Since I have my trusty SAAB in the city we drove over in the morning and well, it was a success Hart Beat.

First thing we did because we are human and need energy, was stop by Baked to grab some coffee and a treat. The shop is super cute and sells the BEST cookies. I can attest since I got the “breakfast” cookie in an attempt to both please my stomach and my health concerns. After hanging out in, what Pedro called, the yuppies coffee shop I could have found, we ventured forth to the rest of the neighborhood.

There isn’t a ton to do in Red Hook in terms of attractions but there are a dozen or so adorable little stores, a handful of great bars and some breathtaking piers to walk out onto. From the pier you can see all of lower Manhattan and look out over lady liberty. You can check out in my pictures below some of the places we checked out.

After walking around in the heat for what felt like EONS we checked out the Brooklyn Crab to grab some Coronas and seafood before we trekked back to Bay Ridge and the sanctuary that is AC. It was a successful day and if you’re coming into Brooklyn this summer and looking for something to do, I couldn’t recommend it more.

P.S. If you want to check out the Superga shoes I’m wearing in the top shot, you can see them here!

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Greenpoint Guide: Le Gamin

Hola Hart Beat! Welcome to the third installment of the Greenpoint Guide series on the blog. To read the first reviews visit favorite neighborhood haunts Ovenly and Word to get the full story. Today I want to tell you about my favorite french restaurant and cafe in the neighborhood, Le Gamin. The restaurant is located just a block away from Word at 108 Franklin Street in Greenpoint and is the kind of french restaurant and cafe that I used to dream about having near me before I moved to Brooklyn.

Le Gamin in Greenpoint is the sister restaurant of the Soho original location. The French owner, Robert Arbor, then went on to expand the restaurant by opening the Greenpoint branch and for that I am very thankful. Le Gamin is open daily from 8:30am to 10pm which means that you can both come in for a petit déjeuner of muesli, fruit, and a traditional Citron Chaud (pictured above on the left) which is the delicious drink consisting of fresh lemon juice, hot water and honey, and for lunch, dinner and everything in between.
These pictures here on the blog were taken when my mom visited the city and the two of us went into Le Gamin for breakfast. I loved being there in the late morning as the sun streamed through the window but, coming to Le Gamin for dinner is almost better. The ambiance is so romantic without being pretentious and the menu is amazing. The muscles and french fries are a particular favorite of mine and the best part is on Tuesday’s the host a bottomless muscle and fries dish for only $20. Um, yes please. 
Anyway, if I wasn’t going to be out of town for Valentine’s Day this is where I would go to celebrate for sure. For all of you still in the city I can’t imagine a more perfect spot than the quietly charming neighborhood of Greenpoint and a delicious dinner at Le Gamin.

Greenpoint: The neighborhood love of my life

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Wednesday night? It’s been a while since I’ve written about my beautiful neighborhood in Brooklyn, and since I’ll be leaving the lovely Greenpoint for a few weeks, I thought I would share a few new finds that I’ve been loving lately. (Really my goal here is to make you fall in love with Greenpoint as much as I do.)

The three places that I want to share with you are so Hart Beat appropriate that I wish I could just take you to them and show you. The only way I can explain my love is that if somehow I were reincarnated in a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop, these three would be the result. Weird, or endearing? You pick.

Achille’s Heel




Why did I fall in love with Achille’s Heel? I honestly don’t even know where to start. What I first fell for was the secrecy of the place (which this blog post kind of ruins, whatever.)  The bar is nestled out of the way of crowded Greenpoint and sits on the corner of West and Green Street, right on the water. The bar has kind of a nautical theme, and by nautical I mean it used to be an old fishing bar and still feels like it in the best way possible. It also has a feeling of being on the bayou (my favorite theoretical place ever). The cherry on top was that they served chilled red wine and it has the best romantic mood lighting I’ve seen in a while. Want to take me on a date here, Hart Beat? 
(Image via Grub Street)


Almeda


Oh, this place. Papa Al and I just went to dinner here to discuss the last logistics of our trip to Spain. Hands down, now it’s our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. And guess what! It’s right around the corner from Achille’s Heel on Franklin! Win for North Brooklyn and win Hannah Hart. The food is an amazing mix of Mediterranean, local, and delicious american bistro. After the waitress heard that my Dad and I were about to bike across Spain the kitchen sent us over a plate of prosciutto and the best oysters I’ve ever had. Restaurant win right there. They also carry Pais Vasco cider (the same drink I had to toast my 21st birthday in Bilbao.) Seriously, I think this restaurant was made for me. 
(Image via The Scout)

Milk and Roses



Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t been here yet. DON’T TELL ANYONE. I’ve heard from multiple people that I really, really need to go and I’ve been weirdly obsessing over it for the last couple weeks. The bizarre part is I live right around the block on Manhattan Ave so I really just need to check it out myself. Apparently it’s a coffee shop that looks like a library inside and it has a garden out back. I envision El jardín secreto but with books. Life win right there, Hart Beat.
(Image via Yelp)

I can’t wait to tell you about a few more in a couple weeks, Hart Beat. I heard theres a real life lobster shack on the water on West Street. I’ve also been meaning to stop in at Permanent Records and a brand new beautiful plant store that opened up next to Latika Spa on Franklin…. Oh madre mia do I love this neighborhood.

Greenpoint: The neighborhood love of my life

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Wednesday night? It’s been a while since I’ve written about my beautiful neighborhood in Brooklyn, and since I’ll be leaving the lovely Greenpoint for a few weeks, I thought I would share a few new finds that I’ve been loving lately. (Really my goal here is to make you fall in love with Greenpoint as much as I do.)

The three places that I want to share with you are so Hart Beat appropriate that I wish I could just take you to them and show you. The only way I can explain my love is that if somehow I were reincarnated in a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop, these three would be the result. Weird, or endearing? You pick.

Achille’s Heel




Why did I fall in love with Achille’s Heel? I honestly don’t even know where to start. What I first fell for was the secrecy of the place (which this blog post kind of ruins, whatever.)  The bar is nestled out of the way of crowded Greenpoint and sits on the corner of West and Green Street, right on the water. The bar has kind of a nautical theme, and by nautical I mean it used to be an old fishing bar and still feels like it in the best way possible. It also has a feeling of being on the bayou (my favorite theoretical place ever). The cherry on top was that they served chilled red wine and it has the best romantic mood lighting I’ve seen in a while. Want to take me on a date here, Hart Beat? 
(Image via Grub Street)


Almeda


Oh, this place. Papa Al and I just went to dinner here to discuss the last logistics of our trip to Spain. Hands down, now it’s our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. And guess what! It’s right around the corner from Achille’s Heel on Franklin! Win for North Brooklyn and win Hannah Hart. The food is an amazing mix of Mediterranean, local, and delicious american bistro. After the waitress heard that my Dad and I were about to bike across Spain the kitchen sent us over a plate of prosciutto and the best oysters I’ve ever had. Restaurant win right there. They also carry Pais Vasco cider (the same drink I had to toast my 21st birthday in Bilbao.) Seriously, I think this restaurant was made for me. 
(Image via The Scout)

Milk and Roses



Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t been here yet. DON’T TELL ANYONE. I’ve heard from multiple people that I really, really need to go and I’ve been weirdly obsessing over it for the last couple weeks. The bizarre part is I live right around the block on Manhattan Ave so I really just need to check it out myself. Apparently it’s a coffee shop that looks like a library inside and it has a garden out back. I envision El jardín secreto but with books. Life win right there, Hart Beat.
(Image via Yelp)

I can’t wait to tell you about a few more in a couple weeks, Hart Beat. I heard theres a real life lobster shack on the water on West Street. I’ve also been meaning to stop in at Permanent Records and a brand new beautiful plant store that opened up next to Latika Spa on Franklin…. Oh madre mia do I love this neighborhood.

Chocolate con churros

Hi Hart Beat! I’m back! Sorry to those of you who tried to find the blog on my old url (www.hart-beat.com). If you want info on irregular heart beats and heart deformations then the old site is the place of dreams for you. If not and you just want some good old romantic fun from New York City then stick  around.
I came back to Brooklyn on Saturday and today C. and I had a good catch up in Soho. We were wandering around after lunch here and randomly walked by this amazing churro bar. Seriously, the place was straight out of Spain. San Gines a la nueva york.  La Churrería, located at 284 Mulberry Street, is an epic find and I recommend it to anyone experiencing Spain nostalgia. I heard vale three times while inhaling the churros. Bonus, they have café con leche. New York, I love you.

Sorry for the quality of these photos, 
I only had my iphone on me at the time.

Amazing times

The past week has been such a whirlwind. An amazing whirlwind. I feel like I’m abroad again. My parents came into the city for a couple of days yesterday. They met me at work and then took my roommate G. and my good friend R. (gotcha this time) out to an amazing dinner at Westville. It was so nice to have everyone together in the city. Then today my mom and I met up with one of her best friends in Williamsburg and walked around for a while. I love having people visit and this weekend it’s so nice to relax in Brooklyn finally. G. and I are having a apartment warming party tonight. It’s a potluck wine and cheese thing, want to come Hart Beat?

Mom and Dad at dinner. 

D. and Boris.

G. playing the guitar.

Amazing times

The past week has been such a whirlwind. An amazing whirlwind. I feel like I’m abroad again. My parents came into the city for a couple of days yesterday. They met me at work and then took my roommate G. and my good friend R. (gotcha this time) out to an amazing dinner at Westville. It was so nice to have everyone together in the city. Then today my mom and I met up with one of her best friends in Williamsburg and walked around for a while. I love having people visit and this weekend it’s so nice to relax in Brooklyn finally. G. and I are having a apartment warming party tonight. It’s a potluck wine and cheese thing, want to come Hart Beat?

Mom and Dad at dinner. 

D. and Boris.

G. playing the guitar.