Gowanus Yacht Club

Address: 323 Smith St.
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

The exterior doesn’t lie—this place is as ugly as it appears, but if you let the décor be the deciding factor you’ll miss out. Yes, the weatherworn furniture looks like it was stolen from a street corner that even a NYC bum wouldn’t claim, but with foreign taps and microbrews served in plastic cups, this place oozes grimy charm. Grab a bratwurst from the grill and quench your thirst with a pitcher of Dentengem’s Witbier.