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An Afternoon Spent in DUMBO Brooklyn and an “Adventure” in Dinning.














This weekend was lovely in New York, a bit hot but not unbearable. My friend Angela and I decided to head to DUMBO in Brooklyn for some brunch and a stroll along the water front. It really is incredible how many neighborhoods have changed over the years and even in the seven years that I have been back in New York I have seen a change in DUMBO. Mainly in the sheer number of people there now, it is starting to feel a wee bit like an amusement park, and I don’t know if that is a good thing. But the waterfront is beautiful, it was redone a few years ago and I can see why it attracts such large crowds. Though I must say it is still manageable compared to other areas of the city.

We met at Almar which is at 111 Front street and located in the heart of the business district. I have been to Almar before and have always had a great experience but this time it was definitely an off day for them. First we had a bit of wait at the door along with a small crowd of other people waiting to be seated. Then when I ordered what I wanted I was told by the waitress that she forget to inform us that what I ordered was no longer available, then I was going to go for the second item on the menu and she said that too was no longer available. So she brought the menu back for me to choose a third item. [blockquote]she did say she could comp a new drink, so after all that I was like yes please bring me another glass of wine![/blockquote]I placed my order and off she went. While we were waiting for our food the waitress returned and asked if we wouldn’t mind moving tables as we had been seated at three top and now there was a three person party waiting for a table. We agreed to move and off she went again. The waitress then came back again and informed me that the third item I ordered was also no longer available—umm what? They were out chicken. She said that they could make the same thing with turkey instead, I agreed to this but now my friend Angela was quite annoyed and asked to have our drinks comped. The waitress said she could not do that because the drinks were already in the system, again umm what? My friend continued to argue with her to no avail, however she did say she could comp a new drink, so after all that I was like yes please bring me another glass of wine! I don’t think I will return here for for brunch but I may consider dinner. The times I had been here before was for dinner and both the food and the service were excellent. I am not sure if the business changed hands or again it was just an off day. So for the time being I do recommend Almar for dinner, and I hope the next time I return it will be up to the standards that I have come to expect.

After this frustrating start to the day Angela and I headed out to walk along the water front and do a bit of shopping. Before heading to the waterfront we stopped in to Jaques Torres as Angela wanted to pick up some chocolates for a friend of hers who is going through a rough time. They had samples out of their frozen hot chocolate and it was de-lish! Perfect for sipping on our walk to the waterfront. As you can see the waterfront is spectacular with plenty of photo ops to be had. DUMBO is a unique neighborhood with two bridges crossing over in to it. It is a bit loud due to the off ramp and the bridge traffic. I don’t know if this is a place I could live, but it is a great place to work and visit, and in fact another friend of mine has a studio located in this neighborhood. After our stroll along the waterfront we headed back to the business district and popped in to West Elm and then to their sister store West Elm Market. I picked up the new Oh Joy book at West Elm and at The Market I bought a fun quirky item that I will be sure to write about in an up coming post. Well that was what my sun filled urban get away weekend was all about, how was yours?

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  1. Looks like it was a wonderful weekend! Gorgeous pics. And I love your shoes and bag!


  2. What a great place to dine amazing pictures lovely dress very chic.

  3. you two look lovely and sorry for all the troubles at this restaurant.


  4. Sorry to hear about lunch, maybe it was just an off day. That is always disappointing. Such great pictures. I have never visited Dumbo before. One day. Whenever I’m in NYC, I just want to soak in as much as I can downtown. My friends live in downtown and to them getting out to Dumbo is too much traveling. lol.

  5. It’s a shame that the service at this restaurant was so scattered during brunch. It would have totally frustrated me as well. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and did the Dumbo thing a few weekends ago. Getting there from where we live is actually even easier than going to Central Park. Did you walk the bridge?

  6. Beautiful photos. I never tire of looking at the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s so visually interesting. Glad you had fun!

  7. Ohh, sounds like brunch was a really frustrating experience, Ali and I would have been severely annoyed too. On a more positive note, DUMBO is lovely and the waterfront is quite the sight!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. the Outfit is so fabulous and fashionable 🙂
    It’s always great to go Shopping while you’re frustrated 😀 I think it’s one of the best ways to think of something else with some workout 🙂


  9. What a frustrating restaurant experience, but the pictures are beautiful 🙂

  10. gorgeous shots of Brooklyn Bridge!

  11. Beautiful Pictures! 🙂

    xx Arwa

  12. Loving that great ruffled sleeve dress + ankle boots, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. I love your huge photographs, made me feel like I was there! Pity your day started off badly in the restaurant but the frozen hot chocolate sounds like it made up for it!
    I love your navy dress, nicely styled. I am running a giveaway on my blog if you want to win some Clarins goodies and chocolate X

  14. Dumbo is such a beautiful area. I went there in the winter, but never really got to see much. I am absolutely loving that West Elm store and market. I can shop in that store all day long and not get bored. Just loved this post Allie :).

    Kia / House of KTS

  15. Excellent photos Allie. Looks like you ladies had a great day frolicking around town. You really captured just how special Dumbo is. I’m not a Brooklyn girl (not a Manhattan sobe either) as I never seem to have a reason to go over there. However I did go over there a few weekends ago to do several photos shoots and it’s amazing. You can tell there’s history there but looks as though there are so many new buildings (commerical & residential) over there. After we were done with the shoot, I actually asked the driver to just drive around so we could take in the area. All the little shops, the carousel (already posted those photos), the art installation, clearly the hot spot for tourist & fashion bloggers….under the bridge. I did unfortunately miss West Elm. That’s a good thing. Even though I have one close to me in Flatiron, I would have probably purchased a few things out there.
    Sorry to hear of the challenges you had with seating & ordering. At least they comped you. That was nice. Whatever the case, great post.


  16. It’s been such a long time since I’ve been in DUMBO! I used to work there and walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park every day. These are fantastic photos and are totally making me miss the neighborhood.

    Have you ever had an almond croissant from Almondine? If you like almond croissants, theirs are the best!

  17. Hi Allie, beautiful pictures, I love Brooklyn, when I first came to live in NYC my home was Brooklyn!! It looks like you have an amazing weekend, so happy you share this pictures!!
    Glamoury Armory Blog

  18. That is so crazy, what you went through for lunch Allie! They were out of so much, they should’ve shut down for the day. The DUMBO area looks really cool. Love all the shops and your dress was just too cute! I love the flutter sleeve and ankle boot.

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