Channel Your Inner “Riverdale” Fantasies at Brooklyn’s Finest Old-School Soda Shop
Get ready for a dinner date with a hometown feel at the Filipino join, F.O.B. Brooklyn. Reclaiming the term F.O.B. (Fresh Off the Boat—a slur used in reference to Asian immigrants), chef Armando Litiatco is taking pride in his Filipino roots and cooking up dishes reminiscent of his Sunday afternoons cookouts with his family. From Peel & Eat 7up Shrimp and Jicama & Pomelo Salad to Grilled Spare Ribs in San Miguel beer, these dishes are sure to hit all of your five tastes—sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. You would be remiss to skip out on the Sisig—sizzling pork belly, ears, cheeks, and chicharron with jalapeño.
After dinner, take a stroll down to Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain for a throwback to simpler times. Housed in a 1920s apothecary store, the old-school soda shop is serving up sundaes for a contemporary crowd. Go decadent with the 99 Problems or get weird with one of their classics, like the Mr. Potato Head, a sweet-salty concoction of vanilla ice cream with North Fork potato chips and peanut butter, topped with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream. Or order one of their Thick Milkshakes with two straws. Grab a seat at the bar or one of the cute cafe tables, and who knows? By the end of the night, you and your date might be going steady.
271 Smith Street, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
513 Henry St, Brooklyn