Friendly and vibrant, Fort Greene, Brooklyn is a neighborhood where artists, young families and life-long residents mingle effortlessly. Famous creatives including Walt Whitman, Erykah Badu and Chris Rock have all called Fort Greene home at one point, so it’s no wonder this section of the borough oozes cool from the cracks in its sidewalks. Easily accessible by subway (N, R, Q to DeKalb; A, C to Lafayette; or G to Fulton St.), and the LIRR (to Atlantic Ave.), Fort Greene is the perfect place for the entire family to eat, play and shop.

Habana Outpost

New York City’s first solar-powered restaurant, Habana Outpost is a cool, colorful sister location to the popular Nolita eatery, Café Habana. The menu is full of traditional Latin-American favorites, including their famous Mexican grilled corn (Mayonnaise and cheese? Yes, please!). But the best part about this place is the people watching. While there is some indoor seating, the outdoor garden is the place to be in Fort Greene on a sunny day.

When to Go

On weekend afternoons, the patio turns into a kiddie art space. Moms and dads can sip beers, margaritas and mojitos, while the little ones create. Then on Tuesday mornings, the restaurant hosts Baby Breakfast, a play date geared towards kids 4 and under. And because this spot is all about the garden, it's only open seasonally mid-April through late-October.

Habana Outpost
757 Fulton St.

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–Angela Johnson-Archer