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Feel Like You're In Ancient Greece
So not everything is oddball museums in Brooklyn! Obviously. There are also bars and restaurants. But when I was trying to think of a bar or a restaurant that was unique to Brooklyn, I kept coming across the same problem. Sure, there are places that might once have felt like they could only exist in Brooklyn, but now those types of places have sprung up all over the country. Basically, the branding of Brooklyn has been incredibly successful. So instead, I recommend you take advantage of a crazy little quirk in the naming of two of my favorite Brooklyn places to feel sort of, maybe like you're in ancient Greece. Stop off first at Achilles Heel, this waterfront Greenpoint bar is open from 8am, so you can get there early and spend the better part of the day lingering over a Hemingway daiquiri or two. Then stop off at the River Styx (where one of the owner's names is Homer—Homer!) and indulge in fava beans and braised pork, just like the ancient Greeks did or something. Feel free to end your night with a ride on the East River Ferry. Charon won't be there to collect your fare, so don't worry about having a pocket full of gold coins. Just bring $4, because Metrocards weren't around during the Trojan War. I mean, neither were Hemingway daiquiris, but who really cares about authenticity anyway?
Achilles Heel; 180 West Street, Greenpoint
River Styx; 21 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint