Recently, Grace & I were chatting about how fun it could be to showcase our favorite NYC spots… and what is best to wear & bring when headed there. One of my favorite things to do here (with or without friends in tow) is take a Citi Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge to one of my favorite pizza spots, Grimaldi’s…. (the most delicious!) Start in FiDi, where you can pick up a Citi Bike for $12 for the day at any number of spots (check out the map here). I personally recommend grabbing one at Centre & Chambers St, which is within blocks of a dozen subway lines (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, N, J & Z trains) and right near the entrance to the bridge.
Make sure you’ve donned a pair of shorts and flats… and fill your backpack with sunglasses and a water bottle and you’ll be good to go! It’s only about a mile bike ride, but you’ll want to stop for photos about halfway across. The view is spectacular (facing either Manhattan or Brooklyn) and after all of that uphill pedaling, you will probably want a tiny break!
Head out and enjoy the ride! Once you’ve taken as many selfies and snapchats as your phone will hold, finish up your ride at the end of the bridge on DUMBO’s Fulton Street and park your bike just two doors down from Grimaldi’s. Prepare to enjoy one of New York’s most famous pizzas! It’s the best.
While the best pizza in NYC is often disputed, many long-time favorites are actually iterations on the same recipe from over 100 years ago (you can read more about them here). Grimaldi’s and next-door Juliana’s are fierce competition, so pick your poison, but I’m a big fan of the Margherita pizza and cannolis at Grimaldi’s. Either way, you may have to wait in line to get a seat, but it’s SO worth it.
If you do pick Grimaldi’s, keep in mind that it’s cash only and you can’t buy by the slice. So I recommend grabbing a friend or two and heading over for a fantastic slice of pie.
Afterward, if you’re more of a cookie fan than cannoli fan (though I’m telling you, Grimaldi’s cannolis are delicious), head over to One Girl Cookies on the corner of Main St. & Water St., where they’ve got TONS of tasty sweets (many gluten-free & vegan) and serve locally-roasted Joe coffee.
If you’re not ready for your trip to DUMBO to end, take your cookies and coffee to go and pop next door to Powerhouse Arena bookstore, where you’ll find everything from novels by the latest local authors, to stunning coffee table books, to kid’s gifts and toys. It’s definitely an underrated gem.
Head back into Manhattan via the A, C, or F trains, or grab a Citi Bike again and enjoy the ride back over the bridge! Hope you enjoy the trip!