As anyone living in a New York-sized apartment can tell you, summer weather calls for open spaces and for outdoor seating when you are having food and drinks. It doesn’t matter if you are facing a busy avenue or if people are actually walking into your appetizer, the fact is that you are outside enjoying the nice weather after a long winter, and that is priceless.
Last Sunday we decided to walk from our neighborhood to Prospect Park, which meant going through Gowanus. Our initial plan was to spend the day in the park with the girls and then find some new place(s) to eat. We got sidetracked and by the time we realized, we hadn’t even gotten close to the park and the girls were (already) hungry. That’s when we walked into The Bahche, which seemed the perfect compromise between the park and having food.
Located on 7th Street, just off Third Avenue, on Gowanus, this space has an amazingly enormous courtyard in the front, with big heavy tables and chairs and a couple of lounge chairs, and it is decorated as a pretend little Main Street.
The interior is also very spacious with exposed brick and huge windows with heavy iron frames. To the right, there is a long exposed brick bar that goes into the front courtyard. There is a huge screen at the back that was projecting the Turkish elections when we were there. There is also a second dining open level above and a little terrace above the outside part of the bar.
The Bahche seems to be very kid friendly, as we could see by the many families with children enjoying the beautiful Sunday afternoon. And although they don’t have a kids menu, their food offering can please both youngsters and adults alike: burgers, sandwiches, salads and Eastern Mediterranean inspired appetizers. They also have high chairs. We ordered the hummus and pitta, a burger and an extra side of sweet potato fries and they were all pretty decent. The service was very friendly, but it seemed to us a bit all over the place.
The bathrooms are to the left. They are ample and clean. The ladies room has three stalls and a changing table on the first one of them. The gents room also has a changing table.
Overall a great place where to spend nice sunny days if you don’t have your own backyard.
191 7th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 12:00am
Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday: 10:00am – 10:00pm