PLAN DATE: SUN / JUL. 15
At Sofreh, atmosphere and flavor go hand-in-hand. Offering authentic Persian cuisine from chef and owner Nasim Alikhani, this newly opened restaurant excels in slow-cooked dishes popping with exotic flavors and aromas. Meant to elicit a warm, homegrown atmosphere with options like Persian plum chicken (with sun-dried plum, saffron, julienne fries, barberries, and basmati rice), beef and potato-based lori kebab (with herbs, pickled pearl onion, and walnut pomegranate sauce), and vegetable noodle āsh (with split pea, herbs and bulgur, mint, garlic chips, and caramelized onion), Sofreh is fully-stocked with urban charm and Persian influence. And once you reach your third course, go for either the Persian rosewater sorbet (frozen vermicelli rice noodles in a sweet lime juice) or rose custard (whipped up with milk, rice flour, cardamom, and pistachio).
After dinner, your next stop is Hot Bird. This unapologetically hip bar is a hidden gem in the Prospect Heights (bordering on Clinton Hill) neighborhood. With a bar backdrop covered in discolored subway tiles and a vintage cinema lightbox, the space has no shame showing off its warehouse bones, from its exposed ceiling to its massive, weathered warehouse doors. And if you’re pining for some fresh air, its cozy patio keeps with the refurbished-grunge aesthetic—the perfect place to test out Hot Bird’s twelve-tap craft beers selection.
75 St Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: Their homemade yogurt dips (including Persian cucumber, sun-dried shallot, and honey-roasted beet) may as well be required purchases.
546 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: Keep in mind that this bar is cash-only.