Brooklyn’s mantra should be “Revival of the Fittest” because it has not only evolved from Manhattan’s dingy sidekick, but is now a completely dynamic cultural capital in its own right. With a never-ending list of events, world-class art galleries and businesses, many Brooklynites no longer feel the need to venture over the bridge to the “Big Apple.” The restaurant scene is so divine that list upon list of the best restaurants in New York feature Brooklyn’s newest additions. From the feminist wing at the Brooklyn Museum to the bowling/music venue Brooklyn Bowl, the hipster borough offers entertainment for the whole family.
Luminous rooms with floor to ceiling windows look out onto stunning views of Manhattan from Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel. The 117 year-old factory-turned-hotel on the Williamsburg waterfront boasts stylish yet homely decor, from custom made beds to locally produced bath products. The rooftop bar, Ides, is a local favourite for bespoke cocktails and King Kong skyline views of the sunset, as is the hotel’s restaurant, Reynard, equally known for delicious local dishes cooked over a wood-fired heath. The Wythe Hotel offers a true Brooklyn-style setting from which to explore the exciting borough. Expect exposed brick, patterned tiled floors and marble tabletops, all the makings of a dreamy accommodation for your stay.
Brooklyn is a borough with an ethos of community at its heart, and Metta truly puts this into practice. Appropriately named after the Buddhist term for kindness, the eco-friendly neighbourhood restaurant sits in historic Fort Greene. The carbon neutral restaurant fuses the age-old art of asado (open-fire barbecue) with the trendy locavore movement built on the importance of locally produced foods, to offer a highly curated menu that is at once sustainable and bursting with flavour. Delectable mains such as the crispy duck neck with sour cabbage, creme fraiche and dill are among the many dishes that are not to be missed. Metta is understandably a popular spot amongst the Brooklyn crowd so we suggest avoiding the crowds and going early on a balmy weeknight for a relaxed, delicious dining experience.
Brooklyn is a playground for creatives, so naturally the borough boasts some of New York’s top galleries and Clearing Gallery in Bushwick is one of the best. Founded by Olivier Babin in 2011, the gallery is housed in an impressive 5,000 square foot former truck repair depot and has a sister gallery in Brussels which allows for a transcontinental art experience.The gallery is known for its work in helping emerging artists break into an increasingly competitive New York art scene, and has given several acclaimed artists including Marina Pinsky and Calvin Marcus their first ever gallery shows.