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.
Bernie's: An elevated diner-style restaurant, expect hearty American comfort food like baked clams and vinegar chicken served on red and white checkered tablecloths.
Sweetwater: A restored punk bar, Sweetwater is a local bistro offering French-American dishes in a buzzing atmosphere.
Five Leaves: Come for brunch – The American-style pancakes here can't be beaten.
Frankel's Delicatessen: A contemporary take on a traditional Jewish deli, this place is an institution. You can't go wrong with the egg and cheese bagel - with pastrami.
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.
Front General Store: An immaculately organised vintage store selling secondhand high-end designer pieces.
Stella Dallas: A treasuretrove of vintage finds from 50's style letterman jackets to jewelled cowboy boots.
Ferry from North Williamsburg to Dumbo: This ferry journey gives fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll even spot the Statue of Liberty.
Brooklyn Flea: The larges vintage market in the area with countless stalls selling clothes, jewellery, antiques, furniture, knick-knacks and so much more..