Located on Hicks Street, overlooking the BQE, Vekslers is a nice and quiet place that used to be a hydroponics store, with a clean palette of white and black walls and two big windows in the front. Once you go in, the noises of the BQE disappear and are replaced by good music and a long bar that dominates the room, opposite an orderly row of booths. Although a bit narrow, the space is ample and it has a bigger room in the back. We have come with a stroller and scooters, which we were able to park in a little corner on the right, opposite the bar and next to the door. As there is limited space (where is that not the case in New York City?), our recommendation would be a foldable stroller.
We went there on a warm Tuesday afternoon for their Happy Hour and found ourselves with their $8.00 General Tso’s chicken. They do have a kids menu with sliders, chicken fingers or sausage with sides of fries, chips or veggies. The girls went for the sliders with fries and Dad Vivant ordered the chicken (which happens to be one of his favorite dishes) and a cold beer to go with it.
The chicken was tasty and beautifully presented with a side of white rice with a touch of coconut flavor in it, which I enjoyed a lot. The sliders and the fries disappeared quickly. At that point, a good friend joined us for a pint and a quick bite, so the girls asked if they could have dessert. They had THE doughnut: an enormous doughnut topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and sprinkles in every imaginable color. Perfect parenting right then and there. But then, the girls’ faces were the closest reflection of what I think is utter happiness. Totally worth the sugar rush aftermath. After having dessert they hanged out with another girl their age and we got to speak with her parents, who told us that they frequent this establishment because of their food and their kid friendliness.
The bathroom is between the two spaces, to the left. It is on the smaller side and a bit darkish, but clean. And although it doesn’t have a changing table, it does have a little curtain on the door that has proven to be somewhat entertaining to my 3 year old.
It is a nice place and the food is pretty solid. However, as it is a bit out of the beaten path and not close to public transportation, I feel it makes it more of a destination hangout rather than a place that you happen to stumble upon.
521 Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am
Sunday: 11:00pm – 10:30pm