It’s too hard for me to pick my favorite spot in New York. And narrowing it down to Brooklyn doesn’t make the task much easier. But if I had to make a list for each, TROOST would be near the top of both.
I love TROOST because if feels like a classic neighborhood bar. Everything about it represents the character of Greenpoint, once a working-class neighborhood in northern Brooklyn. It’s warm and welcoming no matter the season – from the friendly staff to the weathered floorboards that creak to the cozy backyard garden.
During the day, it’s a comfy coffee shop where locals bring their laptops to enjoy a cup of La Colombe and free Wi-Fi.
At night, the Wi-Fi is switched off, the lights are dimmed and the spot becomes a low-key bar with live performances – often by local, Brooklyn-based groups. One of my favorite nights spent here was listening to percussion instrumental covers of Stevie Nicks with Daniela D’Avanzo, a Spotter visiting from Rome.
Beer, wine and cocktails are on the menu – so there’s something for everybody – and all are affordable. I’m a gin and tonic man myself, but the Legs Akimbo (prosecco, bitters and a Demerara sugar cube) for $6 is a refreshing way to end the day.