Good Beer, Good Music, and Great Italian Fare in Boerum Hill
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The building at 166 Smith Street stood for years as an outcast amongst its neighbors—it was even named one of the ugliest buildings in all of New York. But today, Uglyduckling celebrates the change, innovation, and beauty of Brooklyn’s past and present. Offering a selection of American classics, you’ll find chicken and waffles or a brisket burger (with the secret “ugly” sauce) served alongside elevated dishes like whole baby chicken with rosemary & garlic creamed potatoes. FYI, they feature a “handsome” happy hour including small plates for $10 and under, Monday—Friday from 4-7 p.m.
At Gersi, just like in Italia, you get fed, homestyle. They start by bringing out complimentary bread with an (incredibly addictive) bean salsa. The relationship is truly sealed though, once you taste their pasta. The Northern Italian menu has an emphasis on housemade pasta, from the classics like orecchiette with broccoli rabe and Italian sausage to Chef Fernando's specials including risotto with butternut squash, prosciutto, and goat cheese. We recommend you make a reservation for this spot—it’s one you do not want to miss out on.
166 Smith Street, Brooklyn
316 Court Street, Brooklyn