See Just What the GREI. Duo Loves About Bed-Stuy
Larry Paul and Andrew Spargo of the accessory line GREI. have lived in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy for two and a half years—and they love it there. “When we’re sitting on the stoop, people actually say hello as they walk by. Everybody says hello,” says Larry. They’ve also devoured a whole lot of meals in the neighborhood. Dive into their favorites—from Jurassic-size donuts to sophisticated seafood—here.
Larry: I can’t wake up without my coffee in the morning, and Bread Love is my alarm clock. Enter through the back of the beautiful historic mansion on the corner. It’s kind of like a farm stand with a bunch of picnic benches.
Andrew: Everything is local and tasty. I love the banana and zucchini bread. You can also sign up with one of their organic produce partners for a bag of weekly picks from local gardens.
(375 Stuyvesant Ave.)
Larry: A pizza joint not to be missed: authentic thin-crust Neapolitan pizza and a slew of daily specials. There’s a huge garden in the back, so if it’s nice out, check it out.
Andrew: There’s a small bar in the front that serves incredible cocktails. The gin & tonic with fresh rosemary is seriously addictive. And they serve up the best fritto misto I have ever tasted.
(435 Halsey St.)
Larry: Andrew is a pescetarian—I hate that word—so he’s obsessed with this place. When chef Massimiliano Nanni left Saraghina, he went on to open Celestino. The focus is Mediterranean seafood, but there are equally mouthwatering pasta dishes.
(562 Halsey St.)
Larry: A no-frills Dixie-style hang serving Southern favorites and BBQ. My favorites are the fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. It gets packed, so you’ll need some patience.
Andrew: Also try Peaches, their sister restaurant at 393 Lewis Avenue!
(415 Tompkins Ave.)
Do or Dine
Larry: This is the first of many new businesses opening on Bedford Avenue in the ‘hood. Don’t let the “B’s West Indian” take-out awning alarm you: You’re at the right place. Everything about Do or Dine seems like some sort of inside joke. The menu is a mash-up of just about every culture. It’s perfect for stoners with a cultivated palette.
Andrew: I have two words for this spot: disco ball!
(1108 Bedford Ave.)
Larry: This is the same crew that offers the dinosaur-size donuts at the Brooklyn Flea. Their brick-and-mortar location is located catty-corner to the Lafayette Gardens projects on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy.
Andrew: I recommend the toasted coconut, but if you’re a purest, go for the plain glazed.
(448 Lafayette Ave.)
Larry: Okay, this is technically not our neighborhood, but it’s just a short walk across Atlantic Avenue. Franklin Street in Crown Heights is kind of like Williamsburg ten years ago. It’s now full of 20-somethings wearing anything high-waisted.
Andrew: The food at Chavela’s is amazing. Larry is from California and usually turns his nose up at Mexican cuisine in New York, but I can easily persuade him to go for tacos here any day of the week. Don’t leave without at least one order of guacamole and muchas Micheladas—with the Mexican beer of your choice.
(736 Franklin Ave.)
Andrew: Glady’s is new. The food is simple, but with outstanding fresh ingredients. They just started serving brunch, so if it’s a hike for you, try visiting on the weekend.
(788 Franklin Ave.)