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Lavender Lake

With school having started and a not so sure what type of weather it is, we spent the weekend debating if we should go out (and risk getting soaked at any given moment) or stay in (and maybe risking our sanity). As we know that winter is coming (probably sooner than later) and it won’t be as nice to go out, we took the risk (and the scooters) and headed to Lavender Lake to grab something to bite.

Lavender Lake, which owns its name to the hue of the Gowanus Canal, is in that area of Gowanus that seems being worked on 24/7. There are luxury condos construction sites all around and not that many amenities (as of yet). Good thing it’s just a mere block and a half from Ample Hills, so all can enjoy a good meal, the adults can have a drink and then all can head out to get an ice-cream. See? It’s all about compromise.

A wood and glass door welcomes you and brings you to an ample space with a long bar to your right and a set of tables to the left. And even best, a great outdoor sitting space in the back. The space is darkish, with exposed brick walls, wood beams and dark wood tables lavender lake backyard1along it. The backyard is ample and bright,  with picnic tables and benches. The place seems to cater more to the sans kid crowd, and we noticed that there were no high chairs or kids menu. Not to worry, the girls really liked the outdoor space and we never go wrong with burgers, and we were not the only parents there. They do take credit cards here and make sure to bring it, as they request one when you order to start a tab.

As there were no dark clouds in sight, we obviously sat outside. Service was nice but a tad slow, so keep that in mind if you go with little ones about to have an “I-need-to-eat-NOW” meltdown. We did get our iced cold Narragansetts in vintage 70s cans (think Captain Quint in Jaws) relatively soon but had to wait a bit for food. We ordered a couple of burgers to share, as they are quite decently sized. The burgers are very tasty and they come with home made chips (crunchy and perfectly salted) or you can order them with fries, which had a slight quick to them and were very tasty too. They also have smaller bites, a meat/cheese platter and a selection of really interesting sounding sandwiches.

The two bathrooms are on the left, opposite the bar. They are spacious, but really dark an do not have a changing table.

Overall, a great place to stop by for a pick me up if you are on your way to or from Prospect Park or Whole Foods.

Lavender Lake
383 Carroll Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tel: 347-799-2154

Monday – Wednesday: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Thursday: 4:00pm – 1:00am
Friday: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm – 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm – 12:00am