A day spent in North Williamsburg offers more than just great views of Manhattan.
Check out NYTG Neighborhood Guide: North Williamsburg for a walking tour of Brooklyn’s hipster haven (and download the NYC walking tour map for easy reference).
NYTG Neighborhood Guide: North Williamsburg
Take the L train to Bedford Avenue and head in either direction for great food and drink: grab a slice of one of Anna Maria Pizza’s specialty pies between North 7th and 8th Street, or head east on North 8th to the Brooklyn Winery between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street and sample some of the borough’s best grapes. If you want to eat and imbibe, the Charleston provides both: each drink purchase earns you a personal pizza baked on-site. And if a dive bar isn’t your thing, check out The Meatball Shop next door. It’s one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg NYC and has tons of unique cocktails (ask about their daily Jell-O shot).
Walk north on Bedford Avenue and you’ll find yourself at McCarren Park, where you can catch an outdoor movie or swim in the pool during warmer months (pro tip: locals often bring a to-go cocktail from the Turkey’s Nest, and that’ll keep you warm, too). While you’re in this area, check out art exhibits and installations at MOIETY Gallery. Bitten by the shopping bug? Head to Buffalo Exchange and Monk Vintage, popular NYC thrift stores where you can get designer clothes at prices that won’t leave you broke. If you’re sticking around Williamsburg for the night, head west on North 12th Street to find some of the area’s most popular venues. Verboten, Output and Brooklyn Bowl host DJs, bands, and local performers on most nights of the week. Looking for a nighttime activity that’s more low-key? Hit the Brooklyn Brewery and sip on a pint of their namesake lager (or three).
Even if you skip McCarren you can still spend the day outside in North Williamsburg. The waterfront at East River State Park is a perfect place to sit and gaze at Manhattan, especially with some ice cream from Oddfellows on Kent Avenue and North 3rd Street. The park is the site of Smorgasburg, the epic seasonal food market where vendors pedal the latest food trends — the Ramen Burger, Cronut, and Bruffin were all debuted here.
Around the corner on North 7th Street you’ll find Artists and Fleas, a massive indoor market where you can buy clothes, jewelry, art and most anything else from local craftsmen. More baubles and Brooklyn-made designs can be found at Catbird, a boutique on Bedford Avenue. Rejuvenate with a cup of gourmet coffee from Blue Bottle on Berry Street or Sweatshop on Metropolitan Avenue. More art awaits you at The Journal Gallery and Front Room Gallery, both found a few blocks from North 1st Street.
For an immersive cinematic experience, see a movie at Nitehawk Cinenmas. A ticket will get you dinner, cocktails, and the film-watching experience of your choice. If drinking is on the agenda for the evening, Radegast Hall and Biergarten’s long-tables, beer selection, and giant soft pretzels may keep you inside for the night. Find cheaper booze across the street at The Levee, where $3 will get you a can of beer and $10 will get you a pitcher. The real deal here is the free cheese balls that can be found throughout the bar. More than one patron has fled into the night with a bowl of them. If you find yourself in that position, just remember to share with your fellow straphangers on your journey home.This entry was posted in Neighborhood Guide