Ridgewood might be one of the best kept secrets in the outer boroughs. Nestled between Brooklyn and Queens means parks and even a Dutch museum are just an L train ride away. Forgo the Williamsburg crowds because cool new venues are popping up alongside Ridgewood’s tried and true.
Although only a Thursday-Sunday joint, Nowadays Bar is an enormous outdoor-only bar that opened just last June and isn’t to be missed. Enjoy beer from Queens Brewery alongside sangria and traditional burgers and vegetarian options. Sit at one of the many picnic tables and if you’re a New York resident, stop caring you don’t have a backyard. Tourists will enjoy probably the greenest open space they’ve seen in NYC so far. Added plus? Optional pink-pong or bocce ball games.
Saint Seneca Store is your Ridgewood go-to for those special, one-of-a-kind odds and ends. Described as a “neighborhood lifestyle store”, Saint Seneca Store offers everything from home décor in the way of hand-painted mugs and unique plant pots, to accessories such as handbags, and creative stationary.