76 St. Mark’s Ave.
What is it: A gastronomic tavern and wine bar for the “established palate,” with an emphasis on local, seasonal food and good beer, with homemade bread and an old-school sausage machine.
Why we love it: The rustic farmhouse vibe of the Flatbush Farm restaurant makes for great dining at brunch or dinner; the huge, tree-covered backyard at the adjacent Bar(n) provides ample space to spread out with your crew in night or day.
Who to bring: Your brunch date, your big rowdy crew to hang out in the back yard, lovers of local fare and bluegrass music (the bar hosts regular live performances).
What to order: The beer selection changes regularly, but stalwarts like Sixpoint Brownstone or Dale’s Pale Ale go well with the bar menu, which features cast iron pot pie, bacon mac n’ cheese and amish hot wings.
Flatbush Farm fun fact: The building that houses the restaurant (Farm) and the bar (Barn) was once the home of Nkiru Books, the oldest African-American bookstore in New York City. The store moved to Washington Avenue and is now co-owned by Mos Def and Talib Kweli.