What’s Special About Williamsburg
The ‘Mona Lisa of Williamsburg’ by Colossal Media & Steven Paul
The intersection of Broadway and Bedford Avenue
Williamsburg, which sits across the East River from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, remains synonymous with the rise of fashionable Brooklyn. Though the neighborhood’s gritty, industrial vibe might be primarily gone, Williamsburg still has an edge; you have to look for it. Popular with millennials, families, and just about every artist in NYC who flock to the new construction rentals, converted warehouse buildings, and waterfront hi-rise condominiums.
Opened in 2018 on the grounds of the old Domino Sugar Refinery, this waterfront park has a playground inspired by features from the original factory. All ages will love the cantilevered walkway with stunning Manhattan views. A bocce ball and volleyball court round out the activities, while Danny Meyer’s Tacocina provides the food.
This Italian restaurant has been a hot reservation since 2016, thanks to chef Missy Robbins’ Michelin-starred pedigree. If your table isn’t ready, head to the small back bar where the well-crafted cocktails will make any wait worth it, as will the grilled clams and mafaldini pasta. Lilia brings the best of Italy to Williamsburg.
Sunday in Brooklyn
Sunday in Brooklyn is a versatile concept, with brunch and dinner served daily and a name that speaks of relaxation. There’s strong coffee, great drinks, aromatic bread baked in a wood-burning oven, and a bold, delightful menu prepared by Jaime Young (ex-Atera). Depending on the time of day, look for buckwheat sourdough with beer butter; house-smoked salmon and pastrami black cod with rye sour cream; bone marrow with pickled elderberries; and warm devil’s food cake with peanut ice cream.
This bowling alley cum concert hall also has a bar-restaurant, all spread out over 20,000 square feet. You’ll find mainstream acts, DJ sets, tribute bands, and themed nights that get everyone singing and dancing.