Best Neighborhood Hangout

"...the kind of casually chic gathering place that (New) Brooklynites, almost by definition, salivate over. Building on Bond isn't just a gift to the brownstoners, however; it's a prime pit stop for beers, coffee, (or a Balthazar sticky bun)* just off Atlantic Avenue's shopping district. It's also a flat-out cool space, with artfully rusted metal file cabinets, salvaged fixtures, wood-slab tables, and a thick pipe hanging from the ceiling that's been repurposed to accommodate beer taps."

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Exactly what the neighborhood needed

"Thanks to this quirky multitasker, arty Boerum Hill types now have a him one-stop shop for WiFi-enhanced coffee in the morning and a good selection of cocktails at night; its good-humored staff, very social mood and cozy, hand-hewn digs lead fans to call it "exactly what the neighborhood needed""

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Boerum Hill's living room

In this NY Times blog Julia Felsenthal suggests new eatery Lavender Lake take a cue from us for our neighborhood vibe.

"If the desire to appeal to everyone seems overly ambitious, one need only look half a mile north on Bond Street, to Boerum Hill’s Building on Bond, to see how a bar can serve as the living room of an entire community. And Gowanus, a long-overlooked sliver of a neighborhood whose charm is increasingly coming into focus, could use a place where its disparate inhabitants can get acquainted."

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Best of NY Daily News

"The best way to describe this beautifully unique establishment is as a community eatery that makes one hell of a tasty veggie burger... The pickled onions and sun-dried tomato spread add a burst of flavor to a veggie burger with a distinctly meaty consistency. According to co-owner Jared Lewis, this non-meat option transcends gender and vegetarianism. Much like Building on Bond’s steel-pipe beer tap, the veggie burger is simply one of a kind."

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Eclectically decorated with animal skulls and LPs, the neighborhood hang serves a cozy cafe menu.

We're not sure where they got the thing about animal skulls (which is just not true) but we still love Time Out.

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The best thing we ate this week: The burger at Building on Bond

"In these troubled times, you need simple pleasures. But the best thing we ate this week - the burger at Building on Bond - proves that simplicity doesn't means compromise. Yes, it’s a humble hamburger, but this architecture-themed restaurant tosses chorizo into the mix, giving the resulting patty a smokey, juicy transcendence."

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Industrial-chic art-gallery-meets-hardware-store decor

"Everyone wants a multipurpose hangout like Building on Bond in their neighborhood: Cozy cafe, dining tables, floorboards so worn and smooth they feel ancient, and wine and beer. Mix in free Wi-Fi, industrial-chic art-gallery-meets-hardware-store decor, and voila! Lingering locals and writers galore... The burger - a mixture of beef and chorizo - is perfectly cooked. There is a small but well-chosen selection of microbrews, and the coffee is rich and robust, exactly how it should be."

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Best macaroni and cheese for NYC kids

Alison Lowenstein graciously included us in a list of the best mac n' cheese in NYC.

Our dish: Baked macaroni and a four-cheese sauce - cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan and Asiago - comes topped with bread crumbs. The side order is the perfect size for tots.

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