A Weekend in Brooklyn: Eat+Drink Part 2
We’re taking you on a tour around the great neighborhoods of Brooklyn. In our last blog, we concentrated on the up-and-coming Bed-Stuy neighborhood. This time, we’re off to the trendy community of Williamsburg. Once home to the industrial working-class, Williamsburg is now defined by its contemporary art scene, indie-rock hub and vibrant nightlife.
The Brooklyn Bowl food, bowling and live music all in one venue. This place is packed with energy and an electric atmosphere – you know you’re going to have a good time. While you might not be there for just the food, Brooklyn Bowl is known for its delicious fried chicken dinners. Don’t forget the spicy honey dipping sauce! After dinner, head over to the stage, where the likes of Marc Broussard, Talib Kweli and The Spin Doctors have performed. Check out their acts and purchase tickets here.
A few steps down the block sits the award-winning Brooklyn Brewery. Get there early to snag a spot at one of their communal tables. It’s a simple space with tables, a bar and a merch corner. Visitors must purchase tokens – 5 for $20 or $5 each – in order to get the freshest beer around town. You can even take a tour of their facilities for free. Be sure to tell the security guards when you walk in to get a ticket. They can accommodate up to 40 people. See their website for tour times, as they vary by day. You can’t go wrong with any beer; try the original Brooklyn Lager, Sorachi Ace Saison and the Defender IPA.
Once home to the Wythe Diner, Café de la Esquina Brooklyn operates in a classic 1950’s diner – a true landmark to the Williamsburg neighborhood. You have four dining options packed into this gem – the diner, the back room (reservations recommended), the taqueria for to-go orders and the outdoor garden. La Esquina serves brunch, lunch, tacos and entrees along with tequila, margarita and café selections.
If you’re in the mood to try anything and everything, head to Smorgasburg at the East River State Park each Saturday from 11am-6pm throughout the months of April to October. Test out foods from over 100 regional vendors at the largest open-air food market in America. Chef Mario Batali calls it “The single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City.”
The neighborhood of Williamsburg is packed with local artisans, record stores and vintage finds.
Located on N. 6th Street, you’ll find both 10 Ft. Single and SD Living – by Stella Dallas. At 10 Ft. Single, you’ll spend hours looking through a well-curated collection of vintage clothing, from leather jackets to 80’s graphic t-shirts and everything in between. Wall to wall, 10 Ft. Single is packed with unique finds. Right next door, SD Living houses vintage furniture, rugs and home décor.
We also recommend the trendy Williamsburg Flea. Each weekend, 80 vendors come out to sell their products, creations and vintage finds. With views overlooking the Manhattan skyline, the flea is a great place to wander and find that next piece of jewelry, art installation or the end table you’ve always been searching for.
Tucked between 5th and 4th Streets is the Mini Mall, which offers local trendy clothing boutiques, non-touristy Brooklyn souvenirs, jewelry stores and artisanal soaperys. A favorite for many visitors is Handsome Dan’s snocone and candy shop! Worth a stop for a sweet treat.
There are many more interesting finds in Williamsburg. Take time to really wander the neighborhood and explore. Whatever you get into, make sure to Make It #WorthIt!
Looking for accommodations? The Hotel RL Brooklyn Bed-Stuy offers the best of Brooklyn boutique hotels, including comfortable rooms, a screening room downstairs featuring top movies, bicycles for cruising around town and a game room. The Living Stage located in our lobby features artwork, poets and musicians performing live from the local community. Check out the latest schedule of events here.