New Yorkers know there are few better experiences than grabbing a bite to eat and spending an afternoon people watching or taking in one of the city’s many great vantage points. Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, is an excellent place for precisely that. There are many locally owned businesses serving some of Brooklyn’s best cuisine, which makes perfect fare for a picnic at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which offer unparalleled views of the city and recently renovated grassy perches. There are many nearby eateries you shouldn’t miss, like the Middle Eastern spread (especially the hummus) at Sahadi’s or the rows and rows of Baklava at Damascus Bread and Pastry Shop, both on Atlantic Avenue. You can always dip into Trader Joe’s for supplies, or decide to spend an afternoon watching the crowds stroll by from the outdoor seating at Bareburger on Court Street. And if you’re in need of a good book, check out BookCourt, a small, independent bookstore around since 1981 and filled with titles to suit everyone’s taste. But don’t leave the neighborhood without trying one of the following local specialty food shops. You won’t be sorry.