- Building on Bond
112 Bond St., at Pacific St., Boerum Hill; 347-853-8687
Having done the interiors for hot spots the Stanton Social and the Box, the principals of the design firm Hecho Inc. devoted themselves last summer to something a little more low-key. The result—a bar-café that links a former bodega and two other Boerum Hill storefronts—is 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.
Best Neighborhood Hangout
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).