September 2023 Wine and Rugby: 24hrs in Brooklyn

by | Oct 4, 2023 | Food & Drink, Travel

We started our adventure with an easy Uber ride to the airport, then our flight left on time AND we had an open middle seat between us – huzzah!

Our room wasn’t ready at the Even Hotel when we arrived at noon so we stored our bags and headed out on foot toward the DUMBO area. My first lunch place choice was more like a gas station with a deli and didn’t have anywhere to sit, so we kept walking. A few blocks away we found La Bagel Delight at Dumbo where we ordered a toasted everything bagel with whipped lox cream cheese for me and a BEC on sesame for Eric. The bagels were a touch on the bready side but my schmear had actual pieces of salmon and it was creamy. No seating available but we were only a short walk to Pebble Beach so we enjoyed our sandwiches with views of Manhattan across the river.


After lunch, we walked through the Timeout Market – pricey as expected, and surprisingly the downstairs seemed a bit nicer than upstairs, which felt like a cafeteria.

Next up was Evil Twin Brewing. Eric’s berry sour was amazing, very fruity. My first choice, the golden was a bit bland and hoppy for my tastes (surprising at 8%) so I went back inside for a 9oz pour of the dessert beer. It was deliciously sweet and deceptive at 12%. We sat outside for a while and watched the various delivery people jockey for parking space before a brief rain shower sent us inside.

From here we walked along the river for more city views and at this point I was getting overheated, so we stopped into Bees Knees Provisions for happy hour. It was Rosé All Day! Wednesday, so we ordered a glass each of the rosés on special, the Wolffer Summer in a Bottle and a French Pinot Gris. Good value with $2 off per pour. The heavy air conditioning inside revived me after the humid walk over but I would love to try their outdoor courtyard on a future visit.

We were pretty close to the place we had scoped out for dinner, so we walked over only to find a notice that Sam’s was closed from mid-July to the end of September for vacation. Good for them but sad for us! Instead, we booked a table at our backup option, Barbaulu Brooklyn.

Eric noticed that I had marked a ‘mosaic house’ on the planning map so he detoured us past it on the way back to the hotel. Worth it!

We used our two free drink coupons at the hotel bar, then walked back over to the Cobble Hill area for our dinner at Barbaulu Brooklyn. The place was only about ⅓ full when we arrived at 7:45pm but filled up (and got loud) quickly. The service was friendly and prompt, and our food was delicious. Eric got the pappardelle with beef short rib ragu and I ordered the prosciutto, parmesan and arugula pizza – which came loaded with all the ingredients. The wine list was all Italian and I was excited to spot a ripasso on there! Eric opted for a glass of rosé.

By now the air had cooled off so it was a lovely walk back to our hotel for an early night.

We had a relaxing morning at the hotel then headed out for bagels at Court Street Bagels – a toasted everything with sundried tomato cream cheese (enough for three bagels!) and the standard BEC on sesame for Eric. There is very limited seating inside so we shared a table with two other folks. One of the employees did not stop chatting with everyone the whole time = free entertainment with breakfast.

After breakfast, we meandered over to the Transit Museum. The photos from the 1910s were amazing and there was a thorough history of building the tunnels and the dangers therein. My favorite part was the old advertising and the decommissioned train cars, all staged in an actual retired subway station. Worth the $10 entry and two hours of time.


We headed back to the hotel around 12:30p, printed our boarding passes in the business area and then called a Revel car for our trip to JFK. Eric had me sign up for the app the day before and I scored a 40% off two rides promo code which saved us nearly $40!

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)