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Best Bike-People-Watching Soundtracked by Live Jazz


French-Moroccan Antibes Bistro’s best quality is a quirk of its location: the last block of Suffolk Street before the Williamsburg Bridge, a major bike-lane artery. Anytime the weather isn’t totally dreadful, dining in the open-air street-level atrium offers a view of an endless parade of cyclists on their way to Brooklyn, each rider a snapshot of a particular kind of New Yorker: parents ferrying kids home, delivery people balancing white plastic bags on their handlebars, svelte models on Dutch bikes, and messengers on fancy fixed-gears whizzing past them all. You get to bask in the motion of the city but are spared the honking and exhaust that plague sidewalk diners a few blocks away on First or Second avenues. Convince the server to prop the door open to add a nice soundtrack — the indoor main room hosts small jazz bands Monday through Wednesday nights. Oh, and the food is great, too. Zoë Beery

112 Suffolk Street, Manhattan


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 19, 2016

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